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Begin your powder quest in the Marmot Spire Pant.

When the days of winter are spent in an endless quest for fresh tracks through waist-deep fluff, the Marmot Men’s Spire Pant is an obvious clothing choice. Made with three-layer, waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric, the Spire provides a guaranteed barrier against moisture, no matter what form it takes. Full-length side zips dump excess heat and make for quick on-and-off, while the adjustable suspenders keep the pants where you want them.

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5 5

Ascend the Spire

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Searching powder in the backcountry, storm riding at the resort, or boot packing for fresh lines, the Marmot Spire Pants perform admirably even for us knee-dropping tele skiers. After ripping the crotch seam on two pairs of ski pants from all the downhill squatting (Mammut and The North Face) it was time to find pants that can handle the abuse and more suited to mobility. The Medium fit me the best, I was swimming in the Large.

Height: 6'1" Weight: 180 lbs
Waist: 33" Inseam: 33"
Size: Medium, Dark Crimson

My favorite features:
- Removable suspenders (I cross them to keep them falling off my shoulders)
- Full length leg zippers provide adequate ventilation for touring
- Gore-tex material stands up to the elements, even during a blizzard and negative wind chill

My only complaint is the lack of insulation means on colder days (single digits and below) I have to wear a thick underlayer to keep from getting chilled.

Picture: Galena Pass, Central Idaho north of Sun Valley

Ascend the Spire
4 5

Awesome pant, difficult to size though.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First off, these pants are sweet and I was drawn to them because of the removable suspenders and the full zipper on the sides. These are consistent with Marmot's high quality and attention to detail when it comes to features for those who don't just ride lifts.

The size is difficult though and I am convinced that Marmot designs their outerware for people who are Brad Pitt Fight Club ripped. I'm 5'10" 1/2 195 pounds athletic build with a little bit of a double IPA belly, because lets face it I'm not going cut back and drink that light swill. I wear a waist size 34 pant comfortably, but sometimes go to 36 with a belt. Based on reviews I went with the medium at first. I could barely button them shut. They are a true 32/33 waist with no room to spare. Otherwise they were perfect other than being maybe an inch too long. So I exchanged for the large which was perfect on the waist for someone who is in a 34. Just enough room for a thick layer underneath and not too loose with just a light layer. But the legs are super long, 5-6" too long. I'd guess that if you were 6'4" these would be perfect. I'm going to keep them because I don't mind a baggy pant for ski touring, but if you have a 34+ waist and you are any shorter than 5'11"ish then I don't think these will work for you without being comically long.

5 5

Choose one size smaller than usual

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

Never used, just tried and returned when I realized it was huge sized.
However it seems to be a great 4 seasons pant, all the gaiters are fully detachable, therefore converting the spire pants into a summer - stormproof version.
I love the features and the fabric, therefore I ordered the smaller size.

Unanswered Question

Im 5'11", 270 lbs. Ive been skiing 30 of...

Im 5'11", 270 lbs. Ive been skiing 30 of the 33 years old I am. I ski hard and aggressive despite my size. I am generally muscular stocky build but am carrying an extra 50lbs due to life as a chef. Would the fit a 42" waist and 30" inseam?

4 5

Bomber

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have purchased a couple pairs of these pants for my son. He is an alpine ski racer so needs the full length zipper. I was a bit worried on the durability at first, but these hold up well. With 80+ days of skiing per season and much of that time spent bashing into race gates these pants have been proven to stand up to some serious abuse! Great fit, very waterproof/weatherproof.

5 5

Great pant for skiing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I use this as my every day alpine pant, runs a bit big im 6'3" 215lbs and the Large fits great with plenty of room for movement. I cross the suspenders, wearing them normal they do not stay on your shoulder very well Other than that they stop all wind and are dray with the taped full let zipper.

5 5

Great Gore-Tex Pant

  • Fit: True to size

This is typical Marmot quality. I have a lot of Marmot stuff because it is high quality and they stand behind the product. I originally bought the large after reading reviews. I am 5'9", 34 waist, 30 inseam. The pants were huge, almost laughable. I returned them and got the mediums, and they fit me in all the right places. This is a shell pant, meaning no insulation. I bought Smartwool Merino 250 as a baselayer.

i will be skiing with these in the next week and will post an addendum to this review after I use the pants.

4 5

Great shell pants for skiing

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn these about 10 times and love them. Great fit that allows layering for comfort from 6 to 32 F so far. Love the full side zips and pocket placement. Prefer the belt to suspenders as the suspenders slip off my shoulders. Absolutely water tight! I'd recommend these highly

Responded on

I use a small 2" shock cord with small hooks in the front at the adjustment slides that hold the suspenders very nicely. A small line would do the trick as well. Love these pants!

2 5

Weird Fit

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Never even wore these out of the house. I am 6'2, 190 lbs and the L was so uncomfortable because of the short inseam (in other words, went up my crack) and the XL was big enough for someone weighing 250. Oh yeah, the L had a hole in the pocket too. Not impressed.

5 5

Awesomeness!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great fit for skiing while not being overly large or baggy, watertight pocket zips, a back pocket, suspenders, full side zips...basically everything you need without being over featured. One small complaint that is quickly remedied with some 2 or 3mm cordelette is that the zippers are very hard to grab with gloves on as they are tiny. I added some cord and now they are great!

Finally, I would add that they keep me dry, are way better than the MH Hestia pants for dryness and the mediums fit me well at 6'1-2" , 175 lbs, tall and slim/athletic. Waist is a little large but the pants have suspenders and accept a belt. Great purchase!

4 5

NICE PANT/BIB FOR SKIING

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

WISH THEY CAME IN A SHORT SIZE. TOO BAGGY FOR ICE CLIMBING MOUNTAINEERING BUT AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR SKIING.

4 5

Excellent Bib/Pant

Replacing my worn out Arc'teryx Alpha LT 1/2 Bib Pant.
Nice fabric, soft to the touch, and does the job. I'm short and stocky 5'7 190lbs and got the XL. Good fit but a little long as usual for me. Slightly baggy but not too much. This would be the perfect skiing pant for me if they came in a short. Not suited for ice climbing. Yellow is sweeeet

i am 184 cm high and 90 kg weight, what...

i am 184 cm high and 90 kg weight, what is the right size?
thanks in advances
Michele Minnozzi

Responded on

Marmot's sizing chart says a Large should fit you spot on.

Marmot Spire Pant

Eric Bryant, one of Marmot's Freeride Skiers, reviews the Spire Pant from

Unanswered Question

I'm 5'10 175 with a 31-32' waist, and I...

I'm 5'10 175 with a 31-32' waist, and I wear a medium in almost everything, but tried the medium on in a store recently and it was pretty big...so big that I was afraid they'd slide off my butt while skiing, and so big that I think a small might fight better, but I never wear a small in anything....thoughts?

4 5

Solid Ski Pants

Really nice pants. Well suited for resort skiing and the full zip lets you vent as much as you want for backcountry skinning. My only complaint is that the fabric is not particularly hard-wearing, I have visible scuffs and a few small tears in the outer fabric on the seat and other areas from minor falls and such. Definitely not something I'd wear mountaineering but comfortable and stylish for skiing.

Sizing: 6'1", 32/34, 180#, size medium fits perfectly.

Is the fit of this pant more toward a ski...

Is the fit of this pant more toward a ski pant (baggy) or more of a alpine pant shell for winter climbing?

I am looking for a pant that will be suited for climbing in the north cascades in winter will this suite my needs?

Responded on

They will fit more like ski pants than tight climbing pants but you shouldnt have much problem climbing in them if you size right and dont get something too big

5 5

Spot on

I bought these pants for snowboarding, which I do mostly in the backcountry. The XL fits me as well as I could expect- I'm about 220 and 5'10" with a waist of ~39", so quite stocky and while the pants are a little long, my size always forces a compromise in that area. If you're more normal in proportion, I would expect little issue with length. So that's the only vaguely negative thing I have to write, otherwise, the fabric is great in waterproofness and breathability as you would expect. A pleasant surprise was how much more packable they are than I anticipated, considering the fabric is goretex performance shell. I was originally considering the Marmot Randonee pants, but ultimately was put off by the proshell fabric only being 2 layer, which lead me to expect some durability issues. Plus the Randonee pants actually weigh more than the Spire. The pockets are well placed and functional, as are the suspenders, which easily zip off if you don't like them. The pants do fit fine over soft snowboard boots, but as the first reviewer states, these would be too big for mountaineering boots. By the same token, the fit at the cuff isn't as big as you'd see on snowboard specific pants from, say, Burton. Overall, the fit as mentioned above, together the with full side zips allow for excellent modulation of coverage during a day in the backcountry: It's easy to open a vent as large as you desire, and also take the pants off altogether without taking skis or board halves off while skinning up. I definitely recommend these.

Are these suitable for skiing?

Do ski...

Are these suitable for skiing?

Do ski pants need to be insulated?

Responded on

These would work fine for skiing. As for the insulated or not, that is personal preference and if you get warm easily it is best to go with non-insulated and layer IMO.

How would these pants work with cross...

How would these pants work with cross country skiing?

Responded on

Caleb, these are made with a 3 layer Gore-Tex Performance hard shell. I suppose this could work in extremely cold climes, but in my mind not the intended use. I could see myself easily overheating with all but the slowest paces in - 15 degree temps. You could vent with the side zips, but I think you would be better off with a wind proof soft shell for such a highly aerobic sport. For most of my winter XC tours and runs I wear a simple tight like Under Armour cold gear or a power stretch. Not for everybody. But, like all things you can make it work if you want to. Good luck!