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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

Material
[face fabric] 40d nylon ripstop, DWR treatment, [abrasion panels] 50% nylon, 41% polyester, 9% spandex
Insulation
60gm 3DFX stretch
Fit
semi-fitted
Pockets
1 zippered stow
Waist
drawcord
Side Zips
yes
Claimed Weight
13oz [large]
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing

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>Rating: 5

Perfect for my intended use

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 0"
Weight
184 lbs

I'm using these for hiking. I primarily hike in shorts (all seasons) and need something that I can quickly pull on to keep me warm at the summit or if wind picks up to unbearable levels. I like that the there's a tab at the top of the zipper (at the waistband) so that I can unzip the leg area if I need to vent. They do run a bit large but it's perfect for my intended use, because I want to be able to put them on over hiking shorts. I'm a spot-on size 34 and I'm able to pull the size large on easily and secure them sufficiently. They fit just right not too tight and not too baggy. If I were to change one thing, and again this is just for my intended use, I would reinforce the seat of them (since I'll probably be doing more sitting in them then the typical user). I also like 3/4 length because that way I can have these on while having gaiters on also.

Thanks for the great review!!

>Rating: 5

Runs large, but awesome!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 10"
Weight
150 lbs

A fantastic 3/4 mid-layer insulator. It’s plenty comfortable for my 32 inch waist, and I’m not a fan of overly tight waists. Easily adjustable waist. I wear it alone under my ski pants or bibs, or it pairs nicely with a 3/4 length 150 or 250 merino wool weight baselayer. Perfect to keep on for after skiing wear, grabbing food, etc.

>Rating: 5

great mid layer, runs big

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Small
Height
6` 1"
Weight
160 lbs

Kept me plenty warm without over overheating while skiing with just these under shell pants. I have a 32” waist and I’m usually a medium. Medium was way too big and was returned for small, which fits fine with even a little room to spare. Small is also plenty long, and I have a bout a 32” inseam. Feels like Patagonia nano-air jacket, but these feel a tad thicker/more insulated.

>Rating: 4

Good features but runs big

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 1"
Weight
150 lbs

I think I am going to love these pants but I had to exchange the medium for a small as they run big. That is really my only complaint. Even though they are somewhat adjustable they were still too big in the waist for me. So take that into consideration when purchasing. Other than that the features and materials and weight should be perfect for backcountry and mountaineering and cold resort outings when you need more than a base layer and shells.

>Rating: 5

F&cking $$

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
240 lbs

These knicker bockers kick a&*. Seriously, wore them every day except uber spring skiing. I like them better than capilene lightweight. wash well. fit bit. only ugrade would be suspenders integrated like a polyester/ spandex body suit for us big boys. I'm 31in inseam, 6 ft . 240 lbs and wore a Large

>Rating: 5

GREAT for Touring

Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 9"
Weight
135 lbs

Holy smokes these are awesome! I typically tour just in my Outdoor Research Cirque softshell pants (which are phenomenal). Only on the coldest of cold days do I wear a baselayer underneath because I stay pretty warm while touring. These knickers come in super handy when I don't have a baselayer on but the temperature plummets or I'm standing around for a while and want to retain warmth. They are easy to put on over any layer because they completely zip open. I got the Medium and they fit well over my softshells.

>Rating: 4

Nano-air knickers

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XXL
Height
6` 3"
Weight
235 lbs

These seem just like my nano-air jacket. That might give you a sense of the insulation. In that sense, a baselayer, these, and shell have served me well to -20 w/ windchill. As someone else tall mentioned, they're a tad short as I probably have an inch+ of space from my boots when standing and more when sitting. I fit in the XL size chart, but the SLC store only had XXL. It fit fine. The XL might have been too small for my quads. I took off a star because I had to fix them. I didn't really need to pull them over pants I'm already wearing. The built in elastic just pulled the front, so it would still slide down as I snowboarded during the day. For the fix, I made 6 small slits between the seams. This let me remove the existing shock cord. Then I was able to weave in some flat boot laces around the back, connect the front and have them come out of the 2 existing holes. I also removed the included toggle.

These
>Rating: 5

favorite layer

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 11"
Weight
165 lbs

i'd been eyeballing a pair of insulated 'long johns' for a while, and saw these on sale after xmas. pulled the trigger and couldn't be happier. paired with a ninja suit, they're all iv'e needed for warmth on the ski hill, winter flyfishing, and ice climbing in subzero temps. love how the lower cuff lands right above my tele boots, and there's almost no blank spot on my shin when it's extra cold or windy. I'm between a 33/34 waist most of the time, and the medium fit perfect. 10/10, would buy again.

>Rating: 5

Pretty Awesome as is, room to improve

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 3"
Weight
230 lbs

Love these pants quite a bit. I used them a couple weeks ago on a 3 day ski trip in VT when it was well below zero F. Kept me warm under my shell pants, I wore them over some 3/4 length tights as well. Fit pretty okay, but the waist is a bit tighter than expected. It would be better if the waist fit a bit more like the BC Timpanogos. I like the draw cord setup, unlike some of the other reviewers. I have not tried them on after they came out of the wash, so hopefully they didn't shrink or anything, I'll update this review later if they did.

>Rating: 2

Great concept - poor waist

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 2"
Weight
200 lbs

The concept is great, and the quality seems to be great. The ability to throw on the insulation (or take it off) without taking ski boots off is perfect for the backcountry. My only complaint is the waist. I require a large for the length and size of my quads, but the waist tightens with a flimsy stretch cord and does not stay super tight, and therefore I find that I have to keep pulling these up on a constant basis. Almost perfect BC. Fix the waist and you've got a winner. Unfortunately I've already used them several times and can't return, but I may modify the waist. I suggest reviewing the prana zion pants and the way in which the waist can tighten, and implementing something similar to these. Need to have that solid waist for touring. Update after 18/19 season, the waist cord has stretched to the point of not being usable. The pants simply don't stay up and I'm constantly having to do this weird butt pull thing to pull them up under my shell. If I could, I'd return them. They lasted one season and now I need to find another cold weather layer that works with ski boots.

>Rating: 5

Love Them.

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 10"
Weight
145 lbs

These knickers are just what I needed for colder weather. Extra bonus points for warmth during ice belays, but solid on cold days skiing!

>Rating: 5

Night Skiing Essential

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 8"
Weight
145 lbs

I've been doing quite a bit of night skiing this season and cold nights on the lift can force you off the mountain early. Pick up a pair of these to keep you out there until the lifts stop running or on cold mornings. The zip off feature makes them easy to put on and take off without taking your boots off.

>Rating: 4

Kinda baffled on this product honestly

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
small
Height
5` 11"
Weight
155 lbs

So I can't quite figure these pants out and some of the features. They say they are great for touring but I can't figure out the full zips features and when you would use them ? are people zipping them over their pants ? They are great for cold resort days and are pretty streamlined. They do need a an actual draw string though and maybe just a small bit of elastic on the bottoms of the legs

You could zip them over your pants. Or you can drop your shell and zip them on and then do the shell up again. I can think of a number of occasions touring where I have been super cold at the end of the day when the sun drops and something light warm and packable would take the edge off. Full length insulated pants like the Black Diamond Belay stance pants don’t work so well if you don’t have full side zips on your shells although you could wear them overtop. Now...boo on Backcountry for ordering up such a small number of these - especially in the smaller sizes which have reliably sold out several times a season.

Hey Brian, Andy is right on the spot on how to use these pants! Hey Andy, We manufactured quite a few pants this year and they were more of a hit than we thought. You'll definitely see us making more in the future.

Thanks as always, for your reviews, Brian. You're awesome!

take em off for apres. they get real toasty when you're inside for an extended period of time

>Rating: 5

Night Sking just got WARM!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 0"
Weight
155 lbs

I tried these Knickers out for Night Sking and I was amazing at how warm and above all comfortable they are. I wear 32x32 pants and the Medium fit well and could easily layer with a base layer underneath with no feeling of constriction. These are a welcome addition to my Black Diamond Mission ski pants.

>Rating: 5

Awesome, great fit, multi-purpose

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large

Great product improvement ( additional features) over the similar style manufactured by Arcteryx ( which I have owned for 1.5 seasons). Pros- - full side zips for easy on/off — changing in a parking lot, back country, or throwing on a knee brace. Convenient not to have to take off your ski boots/ shoes when putting on/taking off. - stretchy material. Moves with you, slim fit hardly notice it’s on while hicking/ skiing. - fits perfectly under shell bibs. Not bulky, slim fitting. - warm, breathes well. - versatile- wear when driving to/from mountain, snow camping, at the resort on fridgid days while cruising casually behind your kids or slow students, tail-gating around the BBQ at the ski resort parking lot- for lunch, or to the ski resort bar after a full day of skiing. Much more comfortable than hanging out in ski bibs/pants. Cons- only one I could think of is the elastic waist draw cord. It’s functional and does what it’s supposed to do. But I wish it had a non- elastic waist draw cord. I can see the thin elastic waist drawcord loosing its spring over time..... it actually already has started stretching after only 16 or so days of skiing/ athletic use. Great product. This product builds and improves on the great knickers designed by Arcteryx a few years back- which I still love but are not getting much use this season.... (because they are a bit bulkier, material is not stretchy & prone to snags, and have no side zips). For Questions call your gear head. Aaron has been helping me for a couple seasons... he rocks.

Thanks for the great review and contributing to our online community, Luis! I'm glad to hear you've been getting use out of these pants! Cheers!

>Rating: 4

Warm, and useful

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 4"
Weight
240 lbs

Switching to a set of these knickers from the normal sweats I normally wear on a cold day under my ski shell is a game changer. They could be a tad bit longer, as me being a tall guy with long legs, the knickers have about a half of inch to make up to get all the way down to my boots. But otherwise, these rule!

>Rating: 5

First look, can't wait to test them out!

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 11"
Weight
148 lbs

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.

>Rating: 5

First Impresssions

I have been looking for something like this for a couple years. There are a few alternatives out there. These appear very similar to Arcteryx’s 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. I’m 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 I’ve tried them on the mountain.

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>Rating:

Does the fly open in the front?

Hi Greg, The fly does not open.

>Rating:

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.

>Rating:

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?

Hey Tony, 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?).