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    One man's snowpile is another man's honey pot.

    Like a honeybee to a flower, you're drawn to snow-covered mountains. When you're dipping and diving into the sweet nectar of fresh powder and mega jumps, protect your legs with the Arc'teryx Men's Stinger Pant. Gore-Tex Pro 3L fabric is guaranteed waterproof and guaranteed breathable, so you can zip up hard-charging ascents and not be a sweaty, sticky mess at the summit. A streamlined silhouette, rugged cuffs, and high-volume thigh pockets gives you power to play all day long.
    Durable nylon yarns are tightly woven together to create a smooth-feeling, abrasion-resistant fabric. The DWR finish helps water bead on the pant surface, so with one quick kick, excess moisture goes flying. Nylon isn't known for compromising, and it keeps a fairly stiff upper lip so rocks and branches can't hurt the pant. The Gore-Tex Pro fabric prevents external moisture from ever reaching your skin, or your baselayer if its too cold to ski, um, freely.
    Side thigh vents let you dump surplus sweat and body heat without having to take your pants all the way off. The e3D design keeps this pant simple and sleek without taking away any of your layering options. Cordura powder cuffs and Keprotec instep guards extend the life of the Stinger by protecting the pant ankles from crampon teeth, boot scuffs, and sharp edges.

    • Gore-Tex Pro 3L
    • 80D nylon plain weave, DWR finish
    • Expedition fit, articulated knees and seat
    • Gusseted crotch
    • Side thigh vents
    • 100D Cordura powder cuffs
    • Keprotec instep guards
    • Slide n' Lock attachment
    • Item #ARC3670

    Tech Specs

    [face fabric] 80D nylon plain weave, DWR finish, [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Pro 3L, [lining] brushed flannel
    Waterproof Rating
    guaranteed waterproof
    Breathability Rating
    guaranteed breathable
    fully taped
    2 thigh
    side vents
    integrated webbing belt
    Claimed Weight
    [medium] 1 lb 3 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Excellent ski pants

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"

    I've been wearing these for a year in Tahoe skiing everything from cold snow days in the teens to sunny days in the 40s. As long as you take care of them and wash them regularly (search YouTube for the Arc'Teryx video) they will offer you the protection you need and the ability to layer. If you run cold (like me) and you're skiing in temps in the 20s or 30s, you might want to consider the Rho AR base layer. I'm using that base layer when it's cold and I finally am able to stay warm enough all day long with these pants.

    great pants

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I got these pants to go with my Arc'teryx jacket and they work great. I found that they do size slightly big so keep that in mind. I have a 34 waist and medium fits me pretty good. Most other pants medium would be too small for me. Like others have mentioned this is a shell only, no insulation. I actually like that though because it is more versatile. I've found that above 35 deg or so I can just wear a base layer and these and I'm warm enough. If it goes below that then I add an insulating mid layer pant.

    Another great thing about these is the slide lock attachment that hooks onto the jacket. This interface keeps the pants in place if you fall down so you don't get snow down your pants.

    Not Tough Enough, Fabric Flaws

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I love these pants as far as fit, weight and atyle. However after only 15 days in them they had tons of cuts and holes in the cuffs just from resort skiing and some basic ski touring (not caused by ski edges or rocks abd crampons). Then I noticed strange warping of the fabric in the leg and pocket areas with little wear and proper cleaning and care. I wore them on a ski mountaineering trip (big mistake) and they are now basically shredded and covered with puncture wounds from rocks etc. and have to be held together with lots of tape. Needless to say they will be flying to BC at the end of the season for some major warranty work.

    I think there are simply some design flaws that need to be worked out (cuffs shoukd be tough reinforced on both sides and higher uo the legs). I love the way they are light weight, but it seems to me Arcteyx sacrificed too much durability on this one. Interested to see how these evolve over time or what they come up with for the ski mountaineer/backcountry enthusiast. These just are a work in progress in my opinion.

    Amazing Pant

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I needed a shell only, waterproof pant for skiing. These pants are top-notch quality. They fit perfect as described.

    ARC pants

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'9"

    Fit - I'm 5'9"with a 32 waist. The waist fits well, but the inseam is a little long. The fit is still very good for touring and skiing.

    Quality - It might be me, but it seams to cut pretty easily. I have small cuts on the outside of the legs after a half a dozen uses (not sure how this is happening on the outside)

    Overall - Pants look nice, not too baggy not too tight. Work well for ski touring; pretty light for resort skiing.

    Well Built Pant

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Like most Arc Teryx stuff these pants are really well built. The material is good but is just a straight Goretex shell so it may be a bit thin for resort skiing unless you really layer up under them. The fit is great, I tend to have issues with the thighs in pants feeling tight but these have plenty of room. I was on the fence with sizing between medium and large as I was right at the top of the size range for medium and didn't want them too tight. I went with the medium and they fit great.

    Best Backcountry Pant on the market

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: xl
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 220lbs

    If you're in the market for a light but tough backcountry fit that actually fit's well and moves with you when you skin, then this is your pant.

    I tried on top level offerings from about 5 different companies this year and no one comes close to these. T

    I'm not an Arc'teryx fanboy but I have to say that they are ahead of the competition in terms of their patterning. Their is plenty of material where you need it and none where you don't. You also don't like a euro randonee freak but have a functional streamlined garment.

    If you just ride the resort then choose something different but if you're looking for a backcountry pant then I would give these serious consideration.

    I bought the black because i plan on having them for many, many years.

    Arc'teryx Stinger Pant

    Paper thin material

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size

    I initially purchased this pant, but exchanged it for the Sabre pant. The Stinger pant is so thin that you would need to layer up big-time for most skiing situations. I am not a backcountry guy, so maybe I was not the right target consumer for this pant. I do like the Sabre, it is also very light, but has a thin soft liner. Better for resort/inbound skiing, but same high quality.

    Dad digs em

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    My dad has been looking for a new pair of pants to replace his old Patagonias for a while now. I got these for him, and they are PERFECT. He is tall and slim- 33 inseam and a 31 waist- and the size Medium fits him great. These pants do have an internal belt which is a nice feature as well. The side vents are great for dumping heat, and the material itself isn't too heavy. Overall, I would absolutely recommend these!

    Great Fit & Details

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

    Love the zipper accents and built in belt. I did size up for a slightly baggier fit rather than the traditional Arc'teryx slim/Euro style. Super waterproof and very breathable.

    These pants are bombproof.

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

    I've had these since 2009 and they look virtually brand new. I absolutely love them. They are totally windproof , waterproof, and bombproof. I wear an icebreaker 200 merino base layer under these and have never been cold. From Vail to Park City to Whistler I've never had a problem with these pants. Considering how they've held up so far, unless I lose them, I'm not sure if I'll ever need another pair of ski pants!

    I’m 5’8” 140lbs with 32 waist, I have been using North Face Thrasher Cargo pants in a medium and I like baggy loose pants especially when wearing shells. I just want a fit where I’m not fighting my pants. Would the sabre be a better fit than the stinger? Are they true to size? How does it compare to the NF Thrasher Cargo pants?

    Hey John,

    I'm 5'9" 140ish, 30" waist and I have Small Stinger Bibs. They're a perfect middle ground between alpine climbing tight and park skiing baggy. I've never felt restricted by them in any way.

    That said, if you do prefer a fit on the baggier end of the spectrum, the Sabre pants will be the ticket. They're quite a bit bigger than Stingers, but do use a different Gore-Tex with a "fleece" liner that adds a little weight and bulk over Gore-Tex PRO.

    Out of the Stingray, Stinger, and Sabre pants; the Stingray will have the most trim fit and the Sabre will have the most relaxed fit. The Stinger will be right in the middle. All of these pants fit a tad large compared to most mediums as a medium in Arcteryx is 33" at the waist. However that is the size I would recommend for you. If you liked those North Face pants I would look at the Stinger or the Sabre. Let me know what other questions you have on these pants.

    Regarding the Arc'teryx Stinger Pants, is the Blue Moon Color a lighter blue like shown when you select that color? Or is the Blue Moon a darker navy blue like shown in the Arc'teryx video?

    Great question! I just got these for my dad and they are darker than I thought they would be! Definitely a dark navy blue! I think our picture looks lighter due to studio lighting - or just looks brighter on a white background, where the video probably looks darker due to the black background.

    If you want a lighter blue pant, I would recommend the Sabre in Thalo Blue!

    Which suspenders would you recommend with this pant? Are they even necessary?


    With the integrated belt I doubt you will need suspenders.

    If you do want to try some though i would check out the links below

    What are the differences between the stinger...

    What are the differences between the stinger and the sabre (aside from more color choices with the Sabre), since they're both the same price and I am assuming the same material? Thanks!

    Best Answer

    Stinger has a different face material. The Sabre has more of a softshell face fabric (though still with 3L gore-tex membrane), whereas these pants have a more traditional hardshell face fabric. That translates to the Stingers being about 5oz lighter then the Sabre. The Stinger is also cut more athletically, whereas the Sabre is a relaxed fit. If you're going to be touring, if weight matters, or if you just prefer a slimmer cut the stingers are probably a better choice. If you like a more relaxed cut, or don't care about 5 extra oz then it really doesn't matter, go with whichever sounds better to you, or has a better color. Also the sabre has 3 pockets, the stinger only has 2.