Question New Backcountry Ski Pants

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Vanders, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:51 AM.

  1. Vanders

    Vanders Active Member

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    My old faithful Mont Syncro backcountry pants have endured a bashing over the last maybe 7-8 years, and now need a retirement.
    I'd like to say that I've worn them out (they've survived a lot) but they're shrinking i swear! -ok ok, I've gotten fat...

    Can anyone recommend backcountry ski pants for Australian (wet & icy) conditions?

    I've absolutely loved the Mont design, but funds are tight this year.
     
  2. ajmit3

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    Black Diamond Dawn Patrol - can get them cheap. Did 18 days in japan with them. I think they would translate well to Aus as well. Get em from Barrabes or snowinn.
     
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  3. Tanuki

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    Check out the Montbell optins
     
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    The Outdoor Research Cirque is a good durable one.
     
  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

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    Second this. Got a pair at beginning of year. The Mont Gore-Tex shell pants will stay in the bottom of the gear bin.
     
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    Dynafit Mercury soft shell dacks.
    Arcteryx Goretex jobbies layered over the top for inclement conditions.
     
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  7. Kletterer

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    What ever you choose consider ones with scuff pads on the inside leg to protect from ski edge damage.
     
  8. piolet

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    Softshell ftw
     
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  9. Vanders

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    how do you guys find the softshell pants in a storm? I'd like to avoid carrying extra overpants...

    I've found softshell jackets to range from amazing to terrible.
     
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    They should have a good length zip in the calf area, so if bushwalking or skiing in the base layers and the rain/snow/strong wind comes, you can put them on while wearing boots.
     
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    That's been my thing with softshell jackets, I never take them touring as I have to take a hard shell as well.
     
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    Softshell can be fine, depends on assessment of the conditions, location and the season. For some cases, hardshell only is best, but in winter where there is more snow than rain, it takes longer for moisture to penetrate the layers.
     
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  13. Vanders

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    @Kletterer @Fozzie Bear no troubles with these and wearing a pack? Softshell is super comfy... I am tempted.
     
  14. Kletterer

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    No troubles, also ok for a climbing harness. Missus loves the OR hiking/climbing pants as well- tried and tested on short and long walks with up to 20 kg rucksack.
     
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  15. Fozzie Bear

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    @Vanders only got them at the beginning of the year, so haven't had a chance to wear them in anger.... so far a dozen lift assisted alpine skiing days in Yourope and Oztralia. However, other than in rain (and i try to avoid skiing in unconstituted snow) these soft shell pants (and they are supposed to be climbing pants) are the duck's nuts and they are now my default lower half wear.
     
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