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
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Overall an excellent pair of ski pants...so 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.
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.