Leave it to Karpos to design a performance ski pant like the Alagna Lite. K-Shell fabric on the front half is windproof, traps a bit of air for some very light insulating properties, and employs a DWR treatment to protect you from the elements. However, Karpos thought the K-Shell fabric was a bit too stiff for some key areas, so the area surrounding your hip flexors and the backsid..
As the bottom half of Dynafit’s two-piece training getup, the DNA pant is tasked with providing no interference to your progress. It accomplishes that goal by hugging your legs and letting boot buckles operate unimpeded. It also just may speed you up since it’s made with Nilit® Innergy fabric. This special fiber technology is able to reflect heat as infrared rays which purportedly ..
As the bottom half of a Crazy Idea Repeat detachable suit, the pants can be used shirtless or affixed to the jacket. They certainly stand on their own two legs when compared to other pants. Made with the supernatural PowerKler fabric, the pants are sleek and form fitting. The fabric-makers claim touching it will increase your “micro-circulation” and exercise capacity. We’re not sur..
Like the jacket, the Millet Touring Intense Pant is designed to eat up elevation gain. The body-hugging X-Fit™ design is efficient for climbing and skiing. Stirrups and boot buckle cutouts mean you don’t have to fuss with your cuffs during transitions. The comfortable elastic waist is adjustable with a pull cord and stays in place. The Touring Intense pants are lightweight, breatha..
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 w..
Similar to the jacket, the Dynafit PDG Pant offers race level efficiency without the unwanted coolness associated with full body lycra. Smooth Dynastretch on the exterior and softer fleece on the interior make for comfortable tours with race level efficiency. A chunk of that efficiency is in the form of cutouts for boot buckles, alleviating the need to futz with your pants during t..
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We aren’t entirely sure if the Alagna pant (pronounced uh-LAHN-ya) is supposed to be the ideal training pant for racers, the snug pant for backcountry skiers, or the “quiver of one” pant for light ‘n fast skiers. What we do know is that it’s awesome and that if you like to move quickly in the mountains, you’ll like the Alagna. Thanks to Karpos’ highly breathable and stretchy Thermo..
Ortovox are the leaders in natural ski apparel and offer some of the most comfy touring clothing around. With 100% Tasmanian Merino wool on the next-to-skin layer, the Tofana pant has exemplary thermoregulating powers so you always stay comfortable, regardless of the outside temps. Because Merino wool is also a breathable sweat-wicking fiber, the pants won’t get boggy like heavier ..
Perfectly matching the Pierra Ment’ Jacket or Hoodie, this technical pant from Millet betrays its intended purpose. That is, ski mountaineering. Articulated knees, reinforced scuff guards, elastic cuffs with side zips, and general awesomeness make this a great skimo pant. Breathable and abrasion-resistant Vueltex Knit fabric stretches in every direction without stretching your wall..
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 buc..
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The term “vanguard” refers to a position at the forefront of development. La Sportiva is positioning the Vanguard pant to serve those at the forefront of ski mountaineering. The focus of the pant design was on comfort and fit, and Sportiva nailed this with a combination of brushed tricot lining and stretch-woven soft shell fabric. The Vanguard pants are designed to hug your legs an..
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If you have one Crazy Idea pant, you want them all. The Sideral is another comfortable touring and general mountain pant to add to your collection. The breathable Crazy Endurance fabric is hard-wearing enough for regular use while repelling dirt and water. The Sideral features a clean look with a heat-bonded polyurethane film decorating and reinforcing the cuffs and outer knees. It..
These bottoms hold the title of “pant of the century”. If someone points out that’s not a real competition, we’ll just say there must have been a bad translation from the original Italian. In any case, the Century Pant from Crazy Idea builds on centuries of Italian leadership in clothing design. An athletic cut with reinforced knees and bonded zippers make it a great mountaineering..
The Viper is Crazy Idea’s Goldilocks mountain pant. Not too snug, not too baggy, it’s just right. Not too much fuzzy backing inside for spring skiing, just enough to keep you warm in the winter. The waist itself is elastic and has an elastic drawstring going through it, to ensure a stylish fit no-matter your waistline. Two zippered front pockets secure cargo like Voile scrapers, in..
Dynafit’s TLT lineup has been the mainstay touring gear, suited to all kinds of conditions and adaptable across various various terrain. The TLT Dynastretch is the latest iteration of the TLT line and has set a new standard for what a lightweight touring and mountaineering pant should look like. The majority of the pant is comprised of a lightweight Dynastretch fabric, which allows..
The acronym TLT (Tour Lite Tech) is synonymous with Dynafit. It was the name of the original tech binding and has since been passed down to worthy successors. The company also uses it for their signature touring boots, now up to series six. Now comes their signature touring pants. The TLT softshell uses a double weave construction to achieve wind resistance and water repellency, wh..
The Nomix is a fitted ski touring & mountaineering pant that could be the ultimate combo of style and function. Reinforced knees are articulated for free movements and decorated with reflective piping. Instead of a small/medium/large size run, Crazy Idea used standard Euro sizing so you can get a perfect fit. The integrated elastic belt is adjustable to snug up comfortably agai..
For those of us that sometimes wear spandex and use normal-size skis (often called “skinny”), the fashionable touring apparel is too bulky to get where you’re going. On min-winter foul-weather days, however, the only thing warm enough might be the aforementioned bulky apparel. Not anymore. Introducing Karpos’ magic pants, the Alagna Plus. Unlike the Alagna Lite pant, the Alagna Plu..
Dynafit’s debut of the Speedfit Dynastretch Pant has been anxiously awaited by fence-sitters everywhere. If you can’t decide between weather protection and mobility, you’re in luck because you no longer have to. Stitched with Hybrid Construction, the Speedfit pant is split into two main sections. The front-half is Dynastretch, an abrasion-resistant and weatherproof fabric that is a..
When diverse sports like skiing progress, the gear often lags behind the trends and is outdated by the time it’s introduced. Luckily, there are a few companies like Karpos that have their ear to the ground and are interested in the progression of ski-mountaineering. The Mountain pant is a protective pant for moving fast in harsh conditions. K-Shell fabric is a warm, wind-proof, and..
Crazy Idea made the Cervino pant for ski mountaineers used to going race speed. The outside weave is smooth and flexible for friction-free movement. The inside contains a light fleece lining to add a little warmth. Stirrups and boot buckle cutouts keep the legs in place over two-buckle boots. Two side pockets fit your hands and plans. An elastic waist, stretchy Vuelta knit, and fla..
The Dynafit Radical pant is either a more touring-oriented version of the PDG, or a more race-oriented version of the TLT. But regardless of how you try to classify it, the pant just works. It’s wind-resistant, water-repellent, breathable, comfortable, and just plain nice to wear. Nothing radical about that at all. The material is a blend of nylon, poly, and spandex that is stretch..
Millet designed the LTK XCS for “intense, top-gear, calorie-guzzling sport.” The fitted pant has meshed thigh vents for dumping heat and a sporty cut for unrestricted movement. The LTK is engineered with a special XCS fabric which is perfect for high-performance ski touring without the high price of a patented membrane. Strategic reinforcements in the knees and cuffs imply the pant..
The Mercury is a softshell pant made with Schoeller Dynatec fabric. It’s a protective, hard-wearing material that Crazy Idea assembled into a ski touring and mountaineering pant. The Mercury is a thin shell that keeps out the weather while you’re on the go. There is a soft lining under the reinforced knees, but otherwise is just the breathable shell. It has boot buckle cutouts so y..
The ski-touring pant that indicates you mean business. Sexy enough for formal occasions, the Ortovox Cevedale is also a workhorse touring pant. The pants are made with lots of Cordura, an incredibly durable fabric made popular in military applications in which the quality of your gear can make the difference between life and death. However, Cordura is a relatively stiff fabric whic..
Dynafit streamlined the Mercury pant enough to earn it a new number (2). Switching up the fabric mix and weaving the light lining into the inside of the shell material, the designers managed to shave 100 grams of weight and make it even more appropriate for active touring. The Mercury 2 pants have mesh-backed zip-vents on the thighs for dumping excess heat. They feature active-cut ..
We’re not entirely sure what Express 300 means, but what we do know is that this Karpos pant is capable of being the one. Adaptable to all but the harshest cold, the pants are also suitable right up until you switch to skiing in shorts. The Express 300 is treated with a durable water repellent which helps water bead and also repels dirt which means less time doing laundry. The stre..
These could be the nicest sweat pants ever made. The Millet Touring Power Pant is designed for efficient human-powered ski touring. Made with Polartec® Power Stretch Pro, power is the theme and powder is the dream. The material is as comfortable and flexible as sweat pants, with bonus protection and breathability. The front of the pant is covered in a rip-stop nylon lining for wind..
The age-old Nordic saying “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing” rings true for anybody that spends times in the mountains. The Karpos Schiara pant is here to make sure bad weather is a thing of the past. Now you don’t have to be confined to bluebird days in the backcountry. Bad weather scares most people away, but if you are one of the die-hards, then the Schiara pant has yo..
Zip on and off this superlight hard shell pant in a hurry. The TLT 3L is the perfect extra pant layer for keeping at the bottom of you pack. It’s so light and packable that it won’t hold you back, and if you actually need to use it, it still won’t you back. That’s because it’s a four-way stretch weave with impressive breathability ratings. This is exactly what you want in a hard sh..
The Mezzalama Pant from Dynafit is a zip-on insulation layer designed for its namesake high-altitude race. Known as the white marathon, the Mezzalama is a long, arduous, often-cold affair. In such races and/or places, it’s nice to have a pant you can whip on without taking off your skis. The pants are made with a rip-stop nylon that is strategically (and lightly) filled with Polart..
Sometimes you actually need more protection than “checklist” pants that most folks carry during skimo races. If you’re expecting an especially long or cold race or tour, consider adding some Polartec Alpha insulation. The latest in breathable warmth, Alpha is a revelation when it comes to highly aerobic activities in cold weather. The Crazy Idea Half Blade pants feature full-length..
Makers of insulated ski touring overpants seem to agree that Polartec® Alpha insulation is the key ingredient. Millet is no exception, as they chose the surprisingly breathable fill for the new PM Alpha Pant. The annual Pierra Menta in France, home of Millet, is just the type of race that might require some backup insulation. Further, the company’s headquarters in the Alps has just..
If you’re planning on using your overshorts for more than just avant/après ski, consider getting the most breathable option. Like the Mezzalama jacket & pants, the Overshorts use Polartec Alpha insulation which features the most advanced perspiration-transport technology. The shorts a stretch-woven so they move well, filled with 98g of premium lightweight insulation, and topped..
Guys no longer have to run around in pre-race skirts (but still can). Filled with Primaloft insulation, the Dynafit Radical shorts can be zipped on and off over a race suit or touring pants. Providing the perfect insulation in the perfect spots, the shorts are sometimes just plain perfect. Whether high on a ridge or feeling low after a race, throw on the shorts for some warmth and ..
The Flash Competition Pants are a great wind pant by themselves, or a perfect match with the competition anorak. Made of the same durable ripstop Araneum fabric as the anorak, the wind pants can be put on or taken off easily while wearing ski boots. With full side zips and minimalist elastic straps to secure them onto your ski boots, the CAMP Flash Pants are an ideal lightweight sh..
Simple descriptive name, simple functional pants. The Light Pants from Crazy Idea are a full-length thin-nylon wind pant. With zippers down the side they can be quickly donned over a skin suit or softshell to provide protection from the wind. And at an ultralight weight, they make a great checklist item for a race. The pants have an elastic waist and cuff and can be stowed in a hid..
La Sportiva calls it seamless technology. We call it comfortable. The Cirrus Tight is somehow built without any seams, using a 4-way stretch fabric that is body mapped with varying insulation and ventilation zones. The Polygiene® fabric is moisture wicking with an anti-bacterial / anti-odor treatment. The lightweight tights have an 18” (46cm) inseam so they won’t crowd your shins i..
If you have trouble keeping your pants up or need more places to hang your skins while skiing, check out the Dynafit Suspenders. The elastic straps are compatible with 2015/16 and later Dynafit pants and can be adjusted to your height and/or girth. One strap in back helps prevent plumber crack. Two straps in front match the number of skins you probably have. The suspenders come in ..