Pants that move with you are very helpful during big days in the backcountry. Four-way stretch fabrics, pre-formed knees, and special inserts help avoid unnecessary resistance. Additional features like boot-buckle cutouts are a big plus, avoiding messy transitions that end with snow in your boots.
The Mezzalama Race is a multi-use pant designed for high-speed backcountry skiing, cold weather training, Tuesday night racing, and skiing into late spring. It replaces the PDG pant in Dynafit’s line, which many skiers adored. They surely adore the updated version, despite being named after a different race. On the seat, hamstring, and calf of the pant, the 4-way stretch Carvico fa..
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No, they are not real denim jeans, but they do look pretty sweet. Most people upon seeing you wear the Crazy Idea Hugo Race Pants will think you are skimo racing in your street clothes. Add in the Hugo Race Top and they will definitely be looking twice. But, don’t be concerned by the appearance, the pants are made of Power Kler high-performance stretch fabric to keep you at the top..
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..
Time to put on the go-fast gear! The Millet Touring Intense II pants are best paired with race boots, light skis, and a big agenda. The close fit and thin material moves with the body perfectly to increase efficiency and minimize effort while crushing vertical gain. When paired with the Touring Intense II jacket, these pants are great as a training outfit, a casual 2 piece race sui..
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 ..
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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..
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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..
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..
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This durable pant will serve you well through all your ski mountaineering dreams and cold, hard realities. Using Singtex® 10000 fabric, the Crazy Idea Acceleration pants are waterproof, windproof, yet breathable to keep you warm but not overheat. It’s not magic, they say, but science. Crazy reinforced the lower pant legs with a waterproof membrane and designed the gaiter-style cuff..
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..
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..
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..
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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..
Oftentimes, the phrase 'daily driver' is used when describing objects which possess attributes that allow them to fit our ordinary tasks so perfectly that we find ourselves using them on a nearly daily basis. For the garden variety backcountry skier, the Karpos Ramezza pants are the ideal daily drivers for most days in the backcountry (daily driver pants, that is). The Ramezza's ar..
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..
Designed to follow the popular Century pant (remember the "pant of the century"?), the Crazy Idea Avenger pants have some updated trimmings and colors, but in form and function are essentially the same thing. The Avenger pants are designed for comfort and functionality while exerting yourself in a wide range of conditions, making these pants the favorite Skimo Co softshell bottom. ..
It doesn't matter if you're just getting into backcountry skiing or have skied 100 days a season for the last 40 years-- everyone needs a good pair of ski pants. Historically, skiers have had to choose between stretchy or waterproof, and lightweight or durable, but the Dynafit Mercury Pro 2 pants eliminate that decision entirely. Made of a stretchy, spandex-infused blend, the Mercu..
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 z..
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 ..
Amply lined with soft and breathable fleece, the Karpos Express 300 is the go-to pant for frigid skimo adventures. Run cold? Ambitious expedition? Midnight powder skiing in a January storm? The Express 300 has you covered. Literally. Touting one of the most impressive DWR (durable water repellent) finishes of any softshell pant, your pants will be drier and cleaner for longer. This..
Many skiers take pride in owning a ski-quiver. Fewer take pride in their quiver of ski-touring pants. The Millet Extreme Rutor Shield pant is a defense against ski-pant quivers. It’s the right choice for 90% or more of the conditions you will encounter when ski touring. The Millet XCS 200 material is lightweight and breathable enough to keep you comfortable lap after lap. High leve..
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..
Crazy Idea’s powder-performer Pressing Pant is made for those deep days trail breaking or questionable weather. With a more relaxed fit than their ski-mountaineering pants the Pressing Pant incorporates a wind and waterproof membrane to fend off the elements. It retains Crazy’s signature style and of course is light and flexible for going uphill. On hotter spring days you will find..
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..
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..
Whether you're racing, training, missioning, or just hanging out, the Mezzalama Alpha 2 pant from Dynafit is here to save your bacon when the temps drop lower than the forecast promised. Updated to be stretchier, warmer, lighter, and more breathable than the older Mezzalama pant, the Mezzalama Alpha 2 has the same targeted insulation and weather-proof outer that made the original m..
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..
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..
Skiing in jeans has always been a way to make a statement to other skiers, but unfortunately, cotton just has no functional place in the backcountry. However, the Backslash pants combines the sought-after look of jeans while avoiding the use cotton, a fabric that is absolutely terrible for snow sports. Here's the thing-- skiing in jeans is cool. It takes a pretty confident and comp..
If you’re planning on using your over shorts for more than just avant/après ski, consider getting the most breathable option. The entire Mezzalama line-- including the jackets, pants, and over shorts-- uses targeted Polartech Alpha insulation to transport perspiration away from your skin in order to keep you dry and warm without overheating or freezing. With 98g of premium lightwei..
It’s a given than race suits are cool. Super cool. Sometimes they are a little too cool…more like cold. For those times, the Pierra Menta Alpha ¾ pant can save the day. Boosting your warmth with Polartec Alpha insulation, these pants are perfect for warming up, cooling down, and navigating blustery ridge lines. The insulation is targeted to specific areas so that your body warms up..
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..
Aimed specifically at high-performance, high-output sports, the Ortovox Comp Light Pants are not your grandpa’s wool shorts. 16.5 micron fiber yarns assembled through seamless circular knitting process has allowed Ortovox to place different material strengths throughout the garment while maintaining an ultra-soft, comfortable feel against the skin. The net result is a 3/4 length ba..
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..