Solid choice for a softshell.
La Sportiva’s Solid 2.0 Pant is a softshell pant built for ski touring and alpine climbing in the mountains. Four-way stretch material provides an additional range of movement, so you can easily make your kick turns on the skin track or high step up to a ledge on an mixed climb. Meanwhile, built-in windproof inserts at the knees give an additional layer of protection for your lower legs from cold wind gusts.
- Softshell pant for ski touring or alpine climbing
- Four-way stretch doesn’t restrict high steps or kick turns
- Windproof knee inserts add extra leg protection from biting winds
- Item #LSP00IQ
- Q & A
Nicer than expected
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 165lbs
These are quite a bit nicer and more substantial than I expected for the price. The upper part is a stretchy, highly breathable material, the lowers are a wind-resistant softshell, and the inside of each cuff has rugged cordura-like material to protect against crampons and ski edges. Pockets all have beefy YKK zippers, and there's also one you can unzip to expand the leg opening for extra room to fit over big ski/mountaineering boots.
The sizing as listed on Backcountry is the "American" sizing - so, if you order a Medium, you're getting a "European Large." As such, they actually fit a little on the large sizes. I ordered the Medium, and I have to cinch the waist down quite a bit. Consider sizing down if you are between sizes. They fit well other than that, with a slim but not at all tight or restricting fit.
They are thick enough and windproof enough to wear with no base layer, and a soft fleece backing throughout makes it comfortable to do so. I have been quite comfortable wearing these for ski tours in mild temperatures (20 +) with no base layer and. The breathability is top notch as well. No issues with sweating them out so far even during really hard efforts. These will be my new go-to for fair weather ski touring in the dry, sunny, Wasatch range.