This 4-way stretch training pant is designed for those with a devotion to uphill skiing. The La Sportiva Devotion Pant is built with high performance fabric that is lightweight, breathable, and makes you feel fast. It is adorned with an adjustable waist, fly zip, and cuff zippers to secure it in place over ski boots. It also has a rear waist pocket for valuables so you can use it without a pack on safe in-bounds training laps. But nothing will stop you from also wearing it to climb your favorite peaks and ski your favorite lines. The Devotion is a tight-fitting skimo performance pant.
- 89% polyester, 11% polyurethane blend is comfortable and breathable.
- Four-way stretch woven fabric is assembled with movement in mind.
- Zippered back pocket is great for a key, cash, or proof of identity.
- Flatlock seams and sublimated artwork ensures no needless chafing.
- Reinforced scuff guards have zips to fit tightly over your ski boots.
|Pockets||1 back, zippered|
|Cuffs||Reinforced with zip opening|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Race training, fast touring|
|Notes||Four way stretch fabric|
|Bottom Line||For the devoted|
|Compare to other Men's Speed Pants|
Questions & Reviews
First, I have the classic La Sportiva black-and-yellow color scheme, which is sharp and edgy as always. (If you’re instead contemplating wearing the blue/orange/black version in public, you’re definitely braver than I am!)
Second, the sizing is the usual strange differentiation between Europe versus U.S., but as usual at 5’8” and 145 lb I fit perfectly into a U.S. Small (which is also a Euro Medium).
Third, the material is lighter than some competitors’ pants I have that are otherwise generally comparable. So feels almost as thin as race wear, yet with material that seems more weather-resistant. Really looking forward to wearing these more in the spring when even relatively lightweight tight pants feel too warm. Yet unlike almost all tights, you get a pocket, complete with zipper (albeit not much capacity).
Fourth, the cuffs offer interesting versatility. The zippers are fairly long yet allow only for expansion of the cuffs, not opening up a slit. However, if you want to use them more like race tights, then you can cut in slots for your boot lever, and affix shock cord as stirrups through the metal eyelets.
Fifth, the elastic waistband is nice, but the one definitive downside of the design is that the drawstring has no elasticity, and the provided cord lock has insufficient holding power. I added a second cord lock and now the drawstring stays put. But I might try to insert some shock cord to complement the elasticity of the waistband instead of working against it.
The attention to detail on these pants is high. Very well thought out. The reinforced lower leg sections has spots ready to be cut out to fit over a ski boot. I have Atomic Backlands, and the top buckle as well as the ski/walk throw line up perfectly. Material otherwise is perfect for what I use these pants for.
One other minor note, I ordered the black color which is not completely correctly shown above. The two panels on the thighs with the lettering are actually in classic La Sportiva Canary Yellow. Looks great.
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