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Work hard and play hard.

The Outdoor Research Blackpowder Pant keeps your lower bits dry while you're working and playing in the snow. Whether you're pushing up the mountain for a pre-work tour, digging pits, or setting off hand charges because that's what you do for work, these pants give you pro-level protection in a wide range of winter environments. The burly 200D nylon fabric is laminated with a fully waterproof and breathable Pertex Shield+ membrane that'll stand up the worst conditions you'll run into, and the knees, cuffs, and hem are all reinforced to take a serious beating from ski edges, rocks, ropes, and biting snow snakes. Fully taped seams take the waterproofing up a notch, and detachable suspenders and ankle gaiters keep things tight so snow doesn't sneak in through the gaps when you're getting down and dirty. Maybe best of all, the Blackpowder has a whole mess of pockets--zippered hand, thigh, back, and beacon—to keep all your key gear handy, whether you're out doing 6am patrol routes or knocking out some pre-work pow laps.

  • Waterproof and breathable two-layer Pertex Shield+ membrane
  • 200D nylon face fabric with polyester tricot lining
  • Fully taped seams
  • Inner and outer thigh vents
  • Hand, thigh, and back pockets
  • Beacon pocket with key clip
  • Reinforced articulated knees, scuff guards, and hem
  • Detachable suspenders and stretch ankle gaiters

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5 5

Great pants

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6'
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

This review is for a previous year's model, 2013 or 2014.

Used for both backcountry touring and DH skiing in temps from minus 10 to 30 F. Was worried they might be too burly and hot for highly aerobic activity but, no... With the dual vents in the thighs and crotch, I'm never too hot in these pants.

They've held up durability-wise despite what seems to be lack of a reinforced knee - mentioned elsewhere. I've lost count of how many times I've used these pants, and are still in one piece, so don't be overly concerned about the knee issue.

Fit is perfect and is what I'd call an athletic fit. Waist is snug and truely a 32 if not a bit smaller, and pants are fuller in th thighs. This is a rarity these days when seems all other pants have an oversized waist and are too tight in the thighs and elsewhere. I don't dig having to overly snug up my belt, and bunch up the waistline, just to keep the pants from falling down on long treks. I hope this newer model keeps the same snug waistline.

The length is good for me but I've got very long legs, but do think these would still work for people with a regular inseam.

All pockets and zippers work great.

Hope they didn't change the new model too much as I'm ready to buy a backup pair.

Super comfortable. So much so I forget to take them off when I get home.

Wish the gaitors had a small attachment point to attach and run a cord under a smaller leather ski boot to hold them down. While the elastic stretch band works great on a full plastic ski boot, they don't grip a thinner boot (like a 3 pin leather Asolo) tightly enough to stay put. No big deal though, as it's an easy fix to sew loops onto the gators yourself.

4 5

Not quite as described (Part II)

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

First off, gcoaster nailed it: the photos show what appear to be reinforced knees (or at least different colored knees). The pants don't actually have this feature. Buyer beware.

That said, I'm keeping the pants because they still seem quite burly and they fit really well.

Fit: I'm 6'2" / 185 and wear a 34/34 in jeans (maybe getting closer to a 35 in the waist, but just don't want to admit it). I bought the Large. The waist and length are perfect -- maybe even a tad on the long side, but not enough that they go below my boot.

These are on the baggy side of the spectrum, but sit high on the waist, so they come off more as baggy work pants rather than saggy-skater pants.

They're lightly insulated (very thin brushed fleese on the inside). They have vents on the inner and outer thigh to dump heat. On super cold days, there's plenty of room for layering.

The material seems very tough and is quiet when moved. Being quiet is important to me, because I can't stand the "crackling" sound some ski pants make. There's no range of motion issues.

All the pockets are in the right place (two hip pockets that are oriented vertically, one butt pocket, and one thigh pocket).

Anyway, that's the extent of my review because I just got these and haven't used them yet. I simply can't imagine that the'll be anything short of awesome. They only lose a star because of the monochromatic knees when two colors are shown in the photos.

2 5

Not quite as described

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

OR makes great stuff and these appear high quality as expected. But the pants aren't the way they look online. The knee box is articulated but NOT reinforced with the scuff guard material like the bottom hem, as it appears in photos. So it wasn't really what I expected. The waist is slightly tighter than my North Face and HH ski pants but not too bad. Overall fit was nice, but it only gets 2 stars because whats on Backcountry and OR website is wrong. See photo for difference in the knees. I have a pair of Flylow pants with real reinforced knees and there is a big difference. So if you know what to expect by all means grab the pants, they just won't look like the promo photos. I returned them.

Not quite as described
Responded on

Thanks for posting this.
Do the still have the knee pad pockets though?

Responded on

Hey Cody, the knees are articulated so they are sewn in a way that has a roomy, "pre-bent" box to them, its just they are not reinforced in any way with extra durable materials. OR customer service confirmed this.