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Ortovox Col Becchei Pant

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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!

  • One pocket on the thigh and two on the hips keep snacks, beacon, or phone handy.
  • Zipper-plus-snaps on the cuffs allow perfect adjustment to fit over boots.
  • Aramid sharp edge protection around hem prevents ski edge cuts and slices.
  • Elastic waist with adjustable drawcord keeps your drawers from drooping.
  • Matches the Col Bechhei jacket.

Update 2019/20: Ortovox didn't change anything on these pants, but they did add a new colorway, "Blue Sea".

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402g [M]
Ventilation N/A
Pockets 2 hip, 1 thigh
Waist Elastic with adjustable cord
Cuffs Zip and button lock
Specs Verified Yes
Fit Athletic
Materials   75% Polyamide, 18% Merino Wool, 7% Elastane
Insulation N/A
Seams Flat
Lining Light Merino wool
Coating N/A
Skimo Co Says
Usage Ski touring, mountaineering
Notes Strategically placed Merino elastic inserts
Bottom Line Extremely breathable and waterproof
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Greg
Will the cuff fit over a radical pro? If no, have a recommendation for a similar pant that would work with that boot?
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Greg,

They will fit over a Radical Pro, I just tried it. They do not have a gaiter, but the cuff can be tightened over the boot via a zipper and snap closure. They are a nice middle ground between a tight fitting, dedicated skimo pant and a roomier, more protective freeride-oriented pant. The wool lining is really nice. If you do want a boot gaiter with your lightly insulated softshell, I love my  Karpos San Martino pants. They breathe really well and keep me warm in 20-30 degree temps even without a baselayer. You could also look at the  Dynafit TLT Touring pants for something a bit less insulated, but featuring boot gaiters and vents.
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Question from Keith
Looks like this pant does not have any side zip for ventilation. Would they be too hot for spring ski tours in the Rockies and the Alps?
Answer from Emmett I
Hi Keith,

Largely depends on what you wear underneath them and your personal preference. I personally would gladly ski in these in the spring here in the Wasatch, which I believe is similar in temperature to the Rockies. Add in a base layer and I'd wear them in single digits. But for some people who run warmer, these might be overkill for spring skiing.
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Ben (downright abused product)
These are the most comfortable pants I own. The material is incredibly soft but has held up through 80 days of use without any damage. I have worn them with no baselayer in temps from 10 to 60F and have been comfortable. My one complaint is the front pockets are shallow, and my phone sits horizontally in there which is kind of annoying. A back pocket or two would also be nice. There is no pocket that fits a normal beacon so you will need to wear a harness.
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Question from Gary
is there a way to carry a beacon in one of the pockets? Is there loop or something inside a pocket to clip the beacon to?
Answer from Cole P
Hey Gary, there is not a loop inside any of the pockets for beacon leashes. Using a beacon harness would be the best bet for you.
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Pete (used product regularly)
The fabric is light and thin, not a cold weather touring pant.These lack cutouts for dyanfit, or rear lever boots. Though they work fine with my aliens. Keep in mind that that these are wool, so wool moths will put holes in them. They also tend to pill in high wear areas, wearing a harness all day will get to them.

I'm 5'9" 145lbs and a size small fits pretty well. Not a skin tight race fit, but a looser touring fit.

Dropped one star because I don't think these are worth the $300 price tag, many other good options out there for cheaper.
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Model: Col Becchei Pants M MPN: 60038

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