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The Bee's Knees
on December 6, 2013
I love these pants. However, whether you will depends on what exactly you are looking for. If you want thick snowpants you can throw on bare legs and stay warm in 25 F degree weather, these will not work. They are much thinner than most pants and have very little insulation. However, if you've used omni-heat before, you know what you are getting into. They are very breathable, which means if I'm skiing it 50 F degree weather I don't have to worry about my legs sweating. The leg vents are also wonderful for hotter weather or taking a break inside. When it gets colder, I just throw on some under armour leggings and I'm comfortable down to 10 F. The pants are also light and flexible making them great for outdoor sports like skiing. I still have yet to put their waterproof capability to the real test, but I'll update when I do.
Sizes run pretty true. I ordered a large at first but the measurements seemed to be approximately 36-38 waist, 34-36 inseam. I swapped out for a medium which is about a 34-32 waist, 32 inseam. Personally I clip suspenders on them to hold them up but the velco tightening straps work plenty well enough to hold them up.
The leg gaiter is just one continuous elastic band (as in no buttons or zipper to close the circle) which means it is a bit harder to get around ski boots and such but also reduces the risk of those buttons popping open and ruining the seal. Don't expect to store much in the thigh cargo pockets because they are fairly small and tight, but I don't use them anyway.
All in all, it's exactly what I would expect from another Columbia omni-heat, and I would definitely recommend them.