Dead Tree Zip-Off Knickers
The darkest hour is just before dawn. It’s also the coldest one, and since Backcountry Gearheads get most our skiing done before sunrise, we wanted to add more warmth to our touring collection. The Dead Tree Zip-Off Knickers are insulated to add warmth on frigid dawn patrols with innovative insulation that boasts high levels of breathability and plenty of stretch for performance-oriented comfort on the skin track.
When the track gets steep or the temperature rises with the sun, top-to-bottom zippers at each side let you remove the knickers without taking off your boots or skis. The knickers have a water-resistant treatment to shed any snowfall when you’re in the middle of this transition or when things get powdery.
- Backcountry Exclusive
- Insulated knickers part of Backcountry’s ski touring collection
- Breathable, stretchy insulation ideal for highly aerobic skiing
- Abrasion-resistant shell assures long-lasting durability
- Water-resistant treatment prevents moisture from soaking baselayers
- Top-to-bottom side zippers make on-and-off easy
- Zipper pulls are glove-friendly for fumble-free transitions
- Gearhead Certified Product
- Item #BCC00BV
- Q & A
First look, can't wait to test them out!
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 148lbs
I am fit with no fat. I love snowboarding. I run cold all the time. And I wear Gore Tex pro pants with no insulation. Mild days snowboarding (28F and up) I am fine with a bottom base layer and shorts. Colder than that and I am layering up. But I was looking for a bottom pant that 1) was warm, 2) didn't get in the way of my snowboarding boots, and 3) would do for the cold mornings or cold days that are below 20F.
Enter these. Just got them today, so can't say how they perform IRL but after trying them on I am excited enough to post a review. Fit is perfect (I am 148 lbs 5'11" tall 30" waist and got the small). These are very warm, as in they actually have a touch of loft to them. Articulated, movements and squatting work well enough. This is exactly what I was looking for. Definitely too warm for anything above the low 20s F, but has full zips to get out of them on the go if the day warms up too much. Length falls perfectly just above my snowboard boots.
Will be in Jackson hole for 5 days of snowboarding this January, looking forward to testing them out, will try to remember to update this post after that.
I have been looking for something like this for a couple years. There are a few alternatives out there. These appear very similar to Arcteryxâs product. It seems like Backcountry has taken the best parts of the Arcteryx knickers and made their version cheaper and better. These have full length zippers, a wide waist band, a stretchy panel in the back, and a great drawstring. I am 190 and 6 foot and not in great shape. I got the medium and it is almost perfect. The waist band area is perfect however there is a tiny bit of constriction in the hip flexor area if I do a full squat or big stretch. Iâm not worried and am very exited to test them in a few weeks. They go down below my knee right to the top of my boots. I will update this review after Iâve tried them on the mountain.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 170lbs
I tout myself as someone who always "runs warm" in the backcountry but maaaaybe I'm not as hot as I thought? I wore these skitouring last winter and holy crap I was instantly more comfortable and did NOT want to take them off.
Super easy to don and doff (just drop your pants!) and they have plenty of stretch and warmth to keep you comfortable.
I'll be wearing these on really cold days in the backcountry, at the resort, belaying during the cold shoulder season, and shoot maybe even around the house in winter.
These things are seriously warm, comfortable, and I didn't know I needed them until I wore them. Friggin' awesome!
They fit pretty well in the waist/thighs but maybe are a tad bit long? Not an issue, don't interfere with boots at all, but just a note.
Can we get a weight for the product? Specific by size would be great but at least an average.
Hey Lucas! The weight on the Large is 13oz and the difference between sizes is negligible.
Anyone know the measurement of the rise?
Do the pants sit above the hip high enough to go past the waist belt of a touring/climbing harness?
These knickers fit your waist like a regular pair of pants would. The will likely sit directly beneath the waist belt of your harness. They're designed specifically to be taken on and off frequently while wearing your ski boots, so having a harness pinning them to your waist would cancel out their main function. Something like the Backcountry x Flylow Mill D Bib Pant might suit you better, though that is a shell piece and isn't lined with fleece. Call or chat in with one of us and we'll help you get outfitted for your specific needs.
Hey Tony, I spoke with Ben who posted a review here and they sit at your waist but with the cinch, you could cinch the waist belt to sit above your harness. The front rise Is 11 1/2 on the size M and 14 in on the back without including the 1 1/2 in waistband. It really depends on the rise of the body where they will sit (do you have a long rise, a short rise?).