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".
|Pockets||2 hip, 1 thigh|
|Waist||Elastic with adjustable cord|
|Cuffs||Zip and button lock|
||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|
|Compare to other Men's Touring Pants|
Questions & Reviews
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.
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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