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Set the skinner.

Someone has to lead, and you'll be more than ready to show everyone the way up in the Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Men's Softshell Pant. Designed with input from IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) guides—the best mountaineers in the business—the Trailbreaker is a super-breathable and rugged softshell, with a waterproof Pertex Shield+ three-layer membrane on the lower legs to keep you dry when you're powering through fresh with clients, friends, and hangers-on behind you. The articulated knees and stretchy fabric give you top-shelf freedom of movement, while the adjustable waist and removable suspenders ensure that you've got the perfect fit when you're teaching city folk the finer points of kick-turn technique. Outdoor Research also outfitted the Trailbreaker with tons of useful pockets and outer thigh vents to help you stay cool and organized during long days in the alpine.

  • Pertex Shield+ three-layer waterproof and breathable lower-leg membrane
  • Stretchy softshell face fabric
  • Zippered outer-thigh vents
  • Zippered thigh, hand, back, and beacon pockets
  • Detachable suspenders and adjustable tricot-lined waist
  • Articulated knees
  • Stretchy ankle gaiter with ankle zips and scuff guards

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Do these pants fit over snowboarding boots?

Hey Kjd, thanks for your question! Yep! These should fit just fine over snowboard boots.


Great Skinners

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

Picked these up for a San Juan Mountains trip. We had a few really warm and a few really cool days and these worked great for both. Adjust your base layers for temp and these will work right along with it. Pockets are roomy and easy to get in and out, huge fan of the back right thigh pocket for Avy book. The suspenders were cheapo with weak velcro and kept wanting to tear at the base layers and pill them up. Easy and cheap swap or go without.

Kneepad pockets

Kneepad pockets

The internal pockets for kneepads perfectly fit the styrofoam sheets that come between new pairs of skis.

Doubt it does much for trauma protection, but it does keep knees much warmer when skiing fast, or when booting up steep lines.


Great ski touring pants

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

I have used these pants about 20 days this season, all skinning. I really like them. I wear 32/32 jeans and the medium fits me perfectly.

I previously used OR Valhalla pants, which are more traditional "schoeller-like" softshell. These Trailbreakers are much more wind-resistant than even "Gore WindStopper" Valhalla pants. The ability to stop cold winds gives them a much larger temperature range. I can wear less base layer, still stay warm, and also dump more heat when I open the big side vents. These Trailbreakers are very very water resistant, on the upper end for a softshell.

The cuffs work perfectly for allowing AT/Tele boots to open up and flex while skinning. The internal gaiters keep powder out. The suspenders keep the waist from drooping but don't interfere with my pack.

OR says both the Valhalla and the Trailbreaker have the same cut, but the Trailbreaker is definitely slimmer, a more traditional fit compared to the Valhalla's baggier/saggier new-style fit.

Great ski touring pants

Great skinning pant for the price

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

Breathable, light, great fit, waist adjustment straps, suspenders, outer thigh vents. What more could you ask for in a moderately priced pant? Will be using these a lot this winter.


Money Pant

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

I mostly ski backcountry these days and I have a tendency to severely overheat. This year, I'm in search of a pant that will keep me warm and dry when it's nasty out and one that will breath adequately and allow me to dump excess heat. I've tried on probably a dozen pants of different brands (Arcteryx, Black Diamond, Norrona, Dynafit, Marmot) and for the price, I found that these were exactly what I was looking for. I will review further after I've been able to get out on them a few times this season, but I am already digging them. The fit is "relaxed". I'm 5 ft 10, currently 165. I could fit into the medium, but it was just alittle tight in the waist. I opted to size up the the large and just use the size adjust straps to tighten them down. The included suspenders are an added bonus. Now when I ski with my pack, I don't have to worry about the pack pulling my pants down. The pants are fairly lightweight and seem like they will breath well. The side zips are about a 12-14 inchesin length so they will vent well. I like that they give you the option of carrying your beacon in your pants if you don't want to carry it on your chest.

I really like the idea of having the pertex shell material for the lower legs where you'll be bound to get wetter, and the softshell for the uppers to allow better regularization. Stoked to try these out.