Descente Best Shell Ski Pant (Men's)

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Style: D3-8147US

The Descente Best Ski Pant is a durable mens' pant with a relaxed fit. You'll love that you have plenty of room to move and layer underneath, and you'll appreciate that a tight tree run won't tear up your pants. The fabric is 10K waterproof which is solid over a range of conditions, and since it's a shell you also get maximum breathability. When you're skiing aggressively excess heat will be allowed to escape instead of building up and making you sweat.


  • Fabric Rating: 10K Waterproof / 10K Breathable
  • Shell Material: Durable Oxkin fabric
  • Insulation: Shell-only
  • Fit: Relaxed fit


  • Adjustable waist for the perfect fit
  • Durable construction for long-lasting wear
  • Boot gaiters fit around boots to keep out snow
  • Two zippered hand pockets to hold gear
  • Reinforced scuff guards to prevent shred

Questions and Answers

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"Does descente ski pants run small? I am 6'2",240. I normally take size 38-40 waist but my Marmot ski pants are XXXL as are my North Face pants. Thanks "
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Question by John on 1/13/2013 - 8:31 pm
"This particular style has a relaxed fit. Based on your measurements we do recommend to size up and choose size 40 for a more comfortable fit that will allow thermals. "
Answer by Priya (Peter Glenn Staff) on 1/14/2013 - 11:04 am
"I have a 38" waist, but short legs that require a 28" inseam. Do you have any ski pants that fit me and, if not, can the inseam length be altered without harming the integrity of the insulation and waterproofing?"
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Question by Lorenzo on 2/12/2013 - 5:49 pm
"We do offer short lengths. You can view some of out options here. You would need to contact a seamstress about the ability to shorten a pant. Sometimes you can and sometimes you cannot depending on the individual pant. "
Answer by Sarah (Peter Glenn Staff) on 2/13/2013 - 8:34 am
"What is the inseam on a 38 and 40 pant? "
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Question by Gates on 4/2/2013 - 12:31 am
"A 38 has an inseam of 34.5" and the 40 has an inseam of 35"."
Answer by Sarah (Peter Glenn Staff) on 4/2/2013 - 10:39 am
"I am a 36 waist 34 leg in normal trousers. Can you advise which size would be best in these please. Many thanks Colin"
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Question by Colin on 5/19/2013 - 7:16 am
"You would be a size 36. They should fit perfectly!"
Answer by Sarah (Peter Glenn Staff) on 5/20/2013 - 11:06 am
"I wear a medium in Spyder Ski pants and have a 32" waist for jeans. I like the looser feel though because of bigger thighs. What sizing would you recommend for these pants, assuming wearing thinner thermals? They look great and comfortable..!!"
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Question by Adrian on 8/9/2013 - 12:47 am
"If you fit a medium in Spyder I would say a medium in these would work for you as well. They are very comfortable!"
Answer by Sarah (Peter Glenn Staff) on 8/9/2013 - 9:08 am
"I am between two sizes, order up or down? Are they waist adjustable?"
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Question by Bill on 8/27/2013 - 11:13 am
"I would recommend ordering up as you can always adjust the waist with the Velcro adjustments!"
Answer by Sarah (Peter Glenn Staff) on 8/27/2013 - 1:00 pm
"Do the Descente Best Shell ski pants have a full zipper down the outer thigh? I am not interested in a zipper from waist down side."
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Question by Tim on 10/16/2013 - 2:25 pm
"These pants do have a 19" side vent on the outer thigh. It has a mesh lining and starts about 11" from the top of the pant!"
Answer by Sarah (Peter Glenn Staff) on 10/17/2013 - 12:05 pm
"Will these be long enough for someone who is 6' 3""
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Question by Wendy on 1/9/2014 - 12:51 pm
"This is not a long ski pant, it is a regular length. The size chart that we have provided has all of the inseam lengths listed (it depends on what size you need). If the regular inseam does not work for you in this pant, then you can check out some other vendors that have long inseams."
Answer by Martha (Peter Glenn Staff) on 1/9/2014 - 1:52 pm

User Reviews

Average Customer Rating: 5/5 (2 customer reviews)
Very good ski pants but some changes from previous versions   Rated: 5/5

Overall an excellent pair of ski much so that I have a total of three. The last one I bought had some changes in construction though: the inner gaiters no longer have a vertical Velcro fastener and snap button, instead they have a one-piece elastic band that is relatively tight fitting and cannot be adjusted to fit over boots. Second, in the waist area just above the zipper, they eliminated a metal clip fastener to keep the waist closed. What's remaining unchanged are two original snap buttons which can release in hard skiing. The fix is relatively simple by going into a fabric and sewing store such as Joann's or Hancock Fabric and purchasing a interlocking fastener. There used to be an extra two inches of material where the fastener was attached outboard of the snaps. Now it has to be installed behind the button snaps.

The ski pant material is excellent and so are the heavy-duty zippers. Just the right amount of pockets and waist adjustments also. A top-notch ski pant.

Excellent Shell Ski Pant   Rated: 5/5

I purchase this Descente shell ski pant (on sale) in a light grey color the last week of March 2013 for spring skiing at Lake Tahoe. During the remaining three weeks of the season these pants were perfect for the (mostly) warm spring skiing. They are comfortable, breathe very well and I was able to dump any extra heat out of the two mesh lined vents on the outside of each thigh. Unfortunately, these mesh lined vent zips are not mentioned in the product's description, but they are there and are very useful. On a couple of cold days I just wore a heavier base layer, kept the zips closed and the pants were plenty warm.

As for fit, I am 6', 175lbs with a 35"-36" waist (unfortunately, it varies). Fortunately, these ski pants have adjustable velcro pull tabs on both sides of the waist as well as belt loops for a belt. I bought this pant in a size 36" waist and adjust the waist accordingly. One more note: I learned that Descente is a Japanese company. Due to the name, I had always assumed the products were French. Who knew?! I definitely recommend these pants.

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