Guardian Shell 3L Pant
When the big storm finally hits and snow is blasting in your face, you need to keep your layers protected the way a ram guards a flock of sheep. Much like your ram-like instincts, the Ortovox Men's Guardian Shell 3L Pant shields you from the snow when you tour the backcountry or hit the resort, thanks to the highly breathable and waterproof Toray Dermizax EV membrane. And much like the sheep's sheep-like instincts, it's lined with comfortable and breathable merino wool. In addition to being super-comfortable and moisture-wicking, merino wool also offers thermal regulation that cools you down when you're warm and warms you up when you're cold, making this pant perfect for a range of conditions and levels of output.
This shell pant also features an innovative waist adjustment, using a system that Ortovox calls Merinoprene. The high cut back uses neoprene on the outside and merino wool on the inside to fight the cold, and a snug and secure hook-and-loop adjustment system that gives you added lumbar support for long days on the slopes. When you start to heat up there aere are zippered vents at each side for circulated airflow, and when you find the perfect pow stash you've got ankle gaiters keeping the snow out. For targeted durability you've got reinforced cuffs that protect footwear from ski edges and crampons.
- An innovative shell pant for backcountry and all-mountain skiing
- Waterproof and breathable membrane keeps out slashing powder
- Merino wool lining offers next-to-skin comfort and temp-regulation
- Neoprene and merino waist provides warm comfort and lumbar support
- Back thigh vents release your heat when you take on challenging runs
- Ankle gaiters stop deep snow from getting in your boots
- Cordura-reinforced cuffs withstand abrasion from ski and boot edges
- Loose fit gives you easier movement for technical lines
- Item #ORT00B8
- Q & A
An impenetrable fortress for your legs
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 6'7"
- Weight: 180lbs
These are the best hard shell ski pants I have ever owned. The high waist seems weird at first but when you take a digger in bottomless pow and get up to find that no snow has gone down your pants you will be sold.
I like having four big pockets for snacks and stuff, and the gaitors stay on my ski boots even when boot packing in deep snow.
I have never been wet in these pants (and thanks to climate change I have skied in the rain in these pants a couple times). nor have I ever felt the wind cut through them even when skiing way to fast at the resort. I have had them a couple season now and they still look and feel brand new.
I primarily use them in-bounds but I have toured with them on really windy or cold days and they are not bad to tour in. They breath really well for a waterproof shell and they articulated knees make them nice to walk in.
A very well rounded hardshell for skiing.
I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.