Living to tell the tale is so much better than the alternative.
- Dry.Q Core waterproof breathable membrane provides very impressive 40K-rated protection from brutal, high-alpine storms
- Micro-Chamois-lined waist is adjustable for a customized fit
- Zippered inseam vents not only sound intriguing, they also allow you to dump excess warmth when you work up a sweat
- Internal powder cuffs seal out snow
- Ankle reinforcements at inside lower leg protect against sharp ski edges and crampons
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A slim, more fit type these pants worked great for me and the adjustable waist came in handy with the right amount of pockets for storage of gear. With an under layer, these pants for perfect in a wintery storm at 15F. Don't hesitate.
This is a great pair of ski pants for Spring weather or if you've got soft-shell pants underneath. Wind- and water-proof, just the right amount (and size) of pockets, adjustable waist fit. As a relatively thin guy, I also appreciate the trimmer fit and look of this pant. Great value-for-money at the season-end price, too!
I normally wear a 40 waist, 32 inseam. Will an XL fit me or are these going to be small like most other gear type pants?
Your best bet would be to measure your hips and waist. Pants waist sizes don't really make sense these days due to the way most people wear them. These pants don't run different in size to most winter pa ts. Backcountry has a great return policy incase the XL doesn't fit, and you could chat with their experts if you want more specific answers.
The Returnia shell pants are very nice. The Dry.Q Core is not quite as nice as Dry.Q Elite, but more affordable and still does the job. The fit is good, maybe a touch loose.
I see that the Tech Specs still have it as a 40K waterproof rating. It should be closer to 20K. Still very good at keeping the water out.
could i wear these with snowboard boots?
You can indeed. I'd pull the gaiter over the boots for a nice snow seal.
I normally wear a 40 waist, 32 inseam. Will an XL fit me or are these going to be small like most other gear type pants?
As someone that doesn't care for thick insulated ski pants these were incredible. They are incredibly comfortable and water/wind proof beyond anything I needed. I just got back from the top of Keystone in negative wind chill temperatures and these pants staved off the wind and kept me warm with just a base layer underneath. These are the best pants I've owned in 20 years of skiing.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Med/Reg fits good. A tad baggy, but overall a great pant. Affordable high waterproof rating. (around 20,000mm)
Deep Water color is a tad more "teal" than the stock photo.
I am 6,3" and I'm thinking about getting a large, will that be big enough? my inseam is about 34, and i weigh 170 lbs, my waist is 35".
Mike. We may need more info to give you the best advice. What is your waist size and inseam length. Along with your height this info would help a lot. Also, please check out the size chart next to the 'options' box on the upper left of this page. This may provide all the info you are looking for. Cheers!
These pants have been through the wringer this season. My AT and touring set up haven't made a single mark on these pants. They have great movement, protection from H2O and breathability. My buddies wanted me to go with a more expensive pant, but why should you when you get everything for a ton cheaper?
These shell pants are a pretty great product. They breathe EXTREMELY well (for a shell). You will still overheat if you work too hard, although the side vents do a good job at well, venting; however, feeling clammy is very hard to accomplish in these pants. Have not yet been able to test durability, although they look pretty solid.
My only qualm with these pants is that the bottoms are cut for ski boots or fat mountain boots, which I expected, however there is no velcro or elastic method to cinch it down. So, when using regular hiking boots they are pretty saggy at the bottom. Thankfully does not impede functionality all too much, but does make an annoying sound.
Overall, pretty good. DryQ is an amazing step forward.
Is the internal snow cuff removable?
The internal snow cuff/gaiter is permanently attached.
Can anyone tell me about the mens Insulated Returnia Pant:
1) How many pockets and their location? Description says 2 hand and 1 right thigh, but I see what looks like 4 zip toggles on the outside.
2) Where are the vents? Inseam or outside thigh? Are the vents protected by mesh to reduce snow entry?
3) Are there attachments for the back of a MH jacket e.g. Snowtastic, Vertical Peak, to keep it riding up and letting in snow?
Just found out the vents have no mesh, just an opening.
No mesh on the vents, but that's a preference thing. The problem with most mesh lined vents is that they snag. No mesh = no snag. Personally I only keep vents open when I'm going up or once I'm at the bottom, so the risk of snow getting in is pretty minimal.
Are these insulated. Or are they just a shell.
These are just a shell.
Just a shell.
John. This particular pant is a two-layer shell. We do make an insulated version of this pant with 80grams of Thermic Micro. I hope this info helps!
Inaccurate waterproof rating. I talked to a MH rep and only the Dry Q Elite has the 40k mm WP rating.