These bottoms hold the title of “pant of the century”. If someone points out that’s not a real competition, we’ll just say there must have been a bad translation from the original Italian. In any case, the Century Pant from Crazy Idea builds on centuries of Italian leadership in clothing design. An athletic cut with reinforced knees and bonded zippers make it a great mountaineering pant. The Century hits the key zone in warmth and flexibility, between a race suit and typically heavy touring attire.
- Athletic fit with modern styling is the height of European fashion…now in the U.S.!
- Elastic waistband also has a drawstring so it’s a cinch to get a snug fit, pun intended.
- Two side pockets with bonded zippers for stashing keys, camera, you-name-it.
- Reflective logo and piping make it easier to spot you on camera or from the rescue ‘copter.
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|Pockets||Two side zips|
|Waist||Elastic w/ cinch cord|
|Cuffs||Elastic w/ zips|
|Materials||Vuelta, Protection magic silver|
|Lining||Very light fleece|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski mountaineering, other mountain sports|
|Notes||Reinforced knees, cuffs|
|Bottom Line||Impressive Italian design|
Questions & Reviews
The Century pant in a XXL will be a nice fit that will not be too tight to the legs. I believe you wanted to compare these to the Avenger pant, which will fit you in an XL, but will be more form fitting (tighter). If you have any further questions just let us know!
Patrick // Skimo Co
I initially bought this pant as a warmer, tighter fitting pant for Tuesday night races and days when I would be moving fast with the Skimo Co crew. They have been excellent on all but the absolute warmest days of skiing (May to mid-June in Utah). On cold days the design blocks wind well on the front but stays well ventilated and never seems to build up with sweat. After 2 seasons of use, the original DWR treatment is still going strong and they show very little sign of wear. I have not at all experienced the pilling that another reviewer commented on.
They are without question the most comfortable pants I own, skiing or otherwise. The versatility of the design has encouraged me to use them in several other aspects. I've worn them on long mountain runs in the late fall. Taken them backpacking in colder fall and spring weather. Most recently, I've put them to use as my preferred soft-shell pant for alpine climbing. After many pitches scraping up a granite corner system, they still look great (minus a couple crampon punctures from poor technique on the ice and mixed climbing prior to the corner.)
The Century Pant has absolutely earned it's place in my stable and I'm sure I'll always own a pair from now on.
I'm 5'9" 135 pounds and these fit quite well in a size medium, Slightly baggy for ski mountaineering definitely not a skin tight race fit.
The cuff material is stretchy and easily fits over boot cuffs and stays put. No need for add-on stirrups, IMO. The zippers at the cuffs tidy things up nicely for MTB approaches and keep the material out of my chain rings. Bonus.
The only drawback is that they don't have a belt. I'm not a fan of drawstrings and have always added a Fast-tex-buckled belt to all of my pants. It's an easy task for any seamstress. One other complaint is that the slash pockets on are a bit shallow but the zip closure takes care of that.
There are actually 2 sizes of the gaiter, but the Large encompasses sizes 27-30 so may still be small for the 30. For pants with stirrups, check out the Dynafit PDG & Sportiva Syborg pants.
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