Similar to the jacket, the Dynafit PDG Pant offers race level efficiency without the unwanted coolness associated with full body lycra. Smooth Dynastretch on the exterior and softer fleece on the interior make for comfortable tours with race level efficiency. A chunk of that efficiency is in the form of cutouts for boot buckles, alleviating the need to futz with your pants during transitions. Another chunk is simply the tight fitting nature of pant, which keeps material away from crampons, ice axes, and other material grabbers. As a bonus, Dynafit added Stormwall wind protection in the crotch and thighs, to shield you from your own speed.
- Stirrups hold the pant in place to prevent snow from entering the top while booting.
- Reinforced cutout areas can be adapted to most one-motion boot buckle systems.
- Abrasion resistant cuff inserts add some durability where you’ll likely be adding some abuse.
- Four way stretch fabric is woven with wind blocker material in wind sensitive areas.
- Elastic waist and zippered fly offer multiple opportunities for relief.
- Multiple pockets offer multiple places to put things.
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|Waist||Elastic w/ drawstring|
|Materials||Complicated combination of nylon, polyester, spandex, and even polyurethane.|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, speed touring|
|Notes||Reinforcements for boot buckle cutouts.|
|Bottom Line||Race suit performance from waist down.|
Questions & Reviews
I have Dynafit TLT6 boots... How does the whole cut-out/zip thing work with that kinda buckle system?
(Apologies in advance, I am brand-spanking-new to racing)
These seem like a good combo of being burly enough for touring but dialed-and-light-enough for racing.
Thanks muchly for any input!
Background on product familiarity: I used the PDG pant during the 2014-15 season for lots of training sessions combined with a La Sportiva Syborg top. And for my touring the last few seasons I’ve used Dynafit’s very similar Racing pant and the somewhat similar Movement pant.
First, the first impressions out of the box: If your goal is more modesty than allowed by a full one-piece lycra race suit, then unfortunately you’ll be flashing a large Snow Leopard in back, plus the white sections of the white-on-black color scheme are glaringly bright. The fit matches up with the sizing chart, but note the continental differentiation, e.g., I’m a medium among presumably skinny Euro metrosexuals yet a small in the Obese States of America.
The elasticized drawstring waistband works very well, which begs the question of why this pant bothers with a zippered fly. Or perhaps that zipper migrated unintentionally a few inches from where it could have served as a highly useful front pocket (e.g., like on Dynafit’s own Movement and Racing models). The zippered mesh pocket in back (same as on the Movement and Racing) and the elasticized mesh pocket on the lower thigh (same as on the Movement, yet mysteriously absent on the Racing) are both very useful, but neither is a perfect substitute for a zippered front pocket.
Although the underpocketed design seems more suited for a racing tight, the relatively stiff zipped lower leg openings seem more suited for a touring pant. A Dynafit side-throw or an Alien vertical lever can be accessed via the long two-way zipper. If you want race-style access, the lower leg has reinforcements for cut-your-own holes.
Second impressions, in use: This has been the perfect pant for when I want to train with a separate top (as opposed to a one-piece suit), whether for more clothing flexibility, fitting in better with society after training, or enhanced protection against the elements. Most notably, as compared to a plain lycra suit, the PDG pant has coped much better with brief bouts of rain and freezing rain, and I’ve been much warmer for post-dawn-patrol “victory” laps on a cold chairlift. In my nearly identical Racing pant, with lightweight long underwear and wind boxers, my lower body has been perfect fine touring in sub-zero F temps and nearly hurricane-force winds (which is more than I can say for my big toes and big nose).
Third impressions, for long-term durability: My PDG pant has lived a relatively easy life so far, but my nearly identical Racing pant has been through hellish bushwhacks. Once I even brushed up against what I thought was a bushy protrusion that turned out to be a sharp broken-off branch – ouch! I was surprised to see that the pant was entirely unharmed. I was even more surprised back home to see the extensive blood on my leg. Yes, this material is impressively thin, but it’s also impressively durable.
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