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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

    Tech Specs

    [face fabric] 40d nylon ripstop, DWR treatment, [abrasion panels] 50% nylon, 41% polyester, 9% spandex
    60gm 3DFX stretch
    1 zippered stow
    Side Zips
    Claimed Weight
    13oz [large]
    Recommended Use
    backcountry skiing

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

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    GREAT for Touring

    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    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.

    Nano-air knickers

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

    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.

    Nano-air knickers

    favorite layer

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

    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.

    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: 230lbs

    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.

    Great concept

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

    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.

    Love Them.

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

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

    Night Skiing Essential

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

    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.

    Kinda baffled on this product honestly

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

    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. 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.

    Night Sking just got WARM!

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

    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.

    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).

    - 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.

    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.

    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: 240lbs

    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!

    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.

    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.

      Toasty Buns

      • 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.

      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?).