Jimmywrote a review of Marmot Pro Tour Softshell Pant - Men's on February 4, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I have been skiing with these pants for three seasons now. They have certainly made me reevaluate my choice of fabric for "normal day" resort and side country skiing. Marmot's choice to use Polartec Power Shield (Marmot M2) was brilliant really, and I would have argued that just a few seasons ago. Being a life long skier (I'm 50) and having a job where I work outside all day everyday in what can be some knarly conditions, I would have advocated the durability, flexibility and weather proofness of a hard shell all day to anyone who asked. I think technology has marched inexorably forward and Polartec has changed the game. These keep me warm on normal ski days, they keep the snow out, and allow me to stay dry and comfortable on the inside. My internal "micro-climate" is very happy.
These Marmot pants are softshell and really REALLY! comfortable. Durable for the long haul and not surprising for a soft shell very breathable. Other reviewers have commented here and elsewhere, that these pants do not have side zips. I"m not sure these pants "missing" side zips (extra venting) is even an issue, they just breathe that well. If you are a hiker/backcountry skier that is in need of copious extra zippers to open the pant legs up then you can look at the Marmot Misto. For the rest of us, all those extra zippers can complicate things in my opinion. They add unnecessary durability issues (breakage, snagging, etc), waterproofness issues (zippers can leak, especially with age and wear), insulation problems (zippers do not insulate and allow the cold in), and worst of all, for me anyway, they add to the manufacturing cost of the garment (passed on to you and me). So, at the end of the day these are simple pants with an advanced construction and fabric choice. The price and functionality have served me well. I have no real "brand loyalty" and tend to flow with what works the best for me. That said, I think Marmot has done an amazing job keeping up with the latest tech and not busting our wallet too badly.
Also, one may ask, do I really need a breathable softshell for resort skiing or sidecountry? For normal days I say yes, and yes. When your fancy, expensive hard shell doesn't breath you sweat and then get on the lift and freeze. When your fancy waterproof, insulated pants don't breath you sweat and then freeze when your activity level slows. Add to that, insulation not drying very fast makes multiple continuous day usage a smelly and icky affair. Don't get me wrong, hardshell and insulation have their definite applications and can save the day in in extremely cold, or wet, or high wind conditions where you don't want to miss the slide, but If you can afford to have a little flexibility in your garment selection, then these will not disappoint.