The Col Becchei pant ticks every check box for what makes a fast and light ski mountaineering pant. It’s comfortable; the Merino wool next to skin is soft, plush, and wicks moisture away from the body quickly. Elastic stretch throughout allows unimpeded movement. It’s weather-tough; the Merino Naturetec Light material quickly sheds precipitation in stormy conditions and windproof zones block out cold blasts around vital areas. It’s durable; after crazy amounts of use by Nate, the pants still look and perform like new.
With attributes like these, the Ortovox Col Bechhei is ideal for long days of moving fast and eating up terrain. It is also an ideal race/training pant for the “citizen class” skimo racer who may not want to make the jump into a full spandex suit but is looking for top-functioning apparel. Or, if you love yours as much as some of us do, you may want to wear them as highly technical pajamas!
Update 2019/20: Ortovox didn't change anything on these pants, but they did add a new colorway, "Blue Sea".
|Pockets||1 thigh, 2 hip pockets|
|Waist||Elastic with adjustable cord|
|Cuffs||Zip and button lock|
|Materials||75% Polyamide, 18% Merino Wool, 7% Elastane|
|Lining||Light Merino wool|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski touring, mountaineering|
|Notes||Strategically placed Merino elastic inserts|
|Bottom Line||Extremely breathable and waterproof|