When diverse sports like skiing progress, the gear often lags behind the trends and is outdated by the time it’s introduced. Luckily, there are a few companies like Karpos that have their ear to the ground and are interested in the progression of ski-mountaineering. The Mountain pant is a protective pant for moving fast in harsh conditions. K-Shell fabric is a warm, wind-proof, and surprisingly supple softshell fabric that makes up the majority of the pant. Waterproof K-Dry fabric has been strategically placed to not impede range of motion and is found at the waistband, butt, and cuffs. K-Dry and achieves rarefied air with a 20,000mm rating in the water column test. To translate, that’s a seriously high level of waterproofing for a pant this agile and breathable. YKK Zippers and Cordura cuff panels will stand up to more than their fair share of abuse. The Mountain pant is designed for extended use and abuse in the mountains. Once you go Karpos, you never go back.
Update 2017/18: The back of the waist is now straight (no high flap). See photo in Reviews tab.
|Ventilation||Outer thigh vents with mesh insert.|
|Pockets||2 thigh, 2 waterproof rear.|
|Waist||Adjustable velcro tabs, belt loops|
|Cuffs||Zipper with internal gusset, plus internal gaiter.|
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|Notes||YKK zippers throughout.|
|Bottom Line||Weatherproof soft shell pant.|