Ease your way into skimo formal wear by just wearing pants. But not just any pants, start with the Syborg Racing model from La Sportiva. These have one of the most important skimo features, which are reinforced cutouts for race boots. Stop fussing with pants that get caught in your buckles, preventing your boots from locking into ski mode. Just open a window in the cuff for the buckle to pass through. When you’re ready for the next step in your formalization, you can add the matching jacket.
Seamless waistband and flat lock seams offer a smooth fit from waist to arch.
Stirrups help keep your pants over your boots and snow off your liners.
A slim fit with a splash of La Sportiva colors maximizes sex appeal. True story.
Update 2016/17: Now with red highlights, otherwise the same.
If I am 6'0" and a size 30" waist, which puts me in a size L and XS, respectively, according to the sizing chart. Given that I'd expect these to be snug and stretchy no matter what, I'm inclined to err on the larger side (M or L) so I don't end up with too-short pant legs. What would you recommend?
Hey Niko, they should be able to stretch pretty well in both length and width, and it's somewhat your preference! The medium will probably fit you well, and you may even fit in the small if you wanted something more snug.
Five Stars for the bottom half of a race suit: just that, and nothing more. The broad elastic waistband is simply yet effective and comfortable. Ditto for the stirrups, along with a lower-leg fabric that is easy to cut (and not subsequently tear apart) for a race boot lever.
Perfect for wearing with my La Sportiva top for when I want to train with all the benefits of a full race suit yet want some more clothing versatility upon returning to civilization. I also plan to use the pant with a windshirt for real ski mountaineering in the spring. But only in good weather: the material is no more protective than a race suit, so not a good choice for ski mountaineering in harsh winter weather. My only real complaint is that I wish it had some sort of minimal pocket or two, like on a typical trail running tight.
Approaching the nearly deserted Helen Lake campsite in mid-June 2017. Deserted that is because of brutally high (and not forecasted) winds. Which the pants were actually reasonably comfortable for ... although the bursts of icy spindrift, well, nothing would be comfortable in that!