Rated 5 out of 5 by ghostduster Great ski/snowshoe pants
I bought these for my husband... who loves them... very comfortable for winter sports. I did have to return the medium for a large... they do run small... my husband normally wears a 34, but the medium is more for a 32 inch waist.
January 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by TrekAbout Waisted Effort
I say "waisted" effort because I have ordered the Large, the XL and the XXL trying to find a fit and "No Joy". The issue is the construction of the waist combined with what I believe to be labeling errors for size, or even a lack of quality control for size consistency on the part of the manufacturer.
1) The stretch band is not substantially elastic enough to give one confidence that the whole thing won't end up around your ankles.
2) There is no draw string on the waist that would otherwise permit fine-tuning of personal fit/comfort.
3) The side snaps (one on each side. Each reduce circumference of waist by 1-1/2 inch) pop open at the slightest hint of any pressure.
4) A word or two on actual product size verses the size on the label verses the manufacturers claimed sizes. My objective standard? A trusty tape measure. My dimensions: I have a 38 inch waist, 40 inch hips.
The large barely fit over my hips, even at maximum stretch of the stretch waistband. The size chart says waist 36. Not! Try 34 (measured with a tape measure while NOT stretching the stretch waistband).
The XL and XXL went over my hips without a problem.
As for XL, waist measures 35-1/2 (32-1/2 with both snaps on the next available adjustment), and 34 inseam.
XXL waist measures 37 (34 with both snaps on the next available adjustment) with inseam 34.
All of the above is measured unstretched. With nearly any configuration of snaps, I could still ball my fist, thumb facing my waist, hand edge facing outward, and fit my fist between me and the waistband with no effort. In my opinion, this is the fault of the insubstantial elastic in the waistband and can't be remedied since there is no draw string in the waistband.
These factors are deal breakers for this product in my opinion.
In balance, were these problems fixed I'd buy this product. I love the wind breaker front fabric idea as that would make bike rides into the wind on cold days more pleasant and less chilly in the nether regions. The zip sides are a great compliment to the elasticized ankles, making it all the easier to climb into and out of these pants. The zippered pockets (two, one on each side) are great.
This product is a "waist" of effort. Avoid it.
February 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by spllinter Sizing is strange
I usually wear medium tights and running shorts, but these were too small. The large were too long. Otherwise they are great. The side zips are great way to vent and make it easy to take off with skis on.
December 26, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Kayakkel Swix Tour Pants
I purchased these pants hoping they would meet my winter skiing and cycling needs here in Alaska. For the conditions common in winter in southcentral Alaska, these pants are too light weight for my purposes - particularly when compared to other softshell options now on the market. These are fine pants for those who don't need the durability and insulating value of a mid-heavyweight softshell pant.
January 25, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by BlueStone Nice Pants
I am new to skate skiing and bought these for that purpose. They are light weight, have good wind protection and rear ventilation. They are a little tight across the hips but the fit is good with the seat being made to stretch. Im 6'4" 178# and stay busy with outdoor activities.
January 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MJLinAK Exactly what I was looking for.
These pants are just what I was looking and hoping for. Breathable, durable, comfortable. Good range of motion for skate skiing on cold Alaskan trails. I was nervous about sizing after reading other reviews but size L are perfect for a 33" waist/73" tall. I am sure that I will use them for cycling also. Super comfortable and functional.
January 11, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by XCskier Great look and fit, just doesn't work
These pants look great, fit great, but when I ski they get soaking wet - the material does not wick at all. When I am skiing the moisture builds up on the front (around the knee/front calf area) and by the time I'm finished they are totally wet, which means cold. I tried them out in all kinds of weather from about 20 degrees and sunny to the mid 30's night skiing. Always wet. I am returning them, and caution anyone who is a nordic skier not to buy them.
December 30, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by meetmeinstlouie nice....but
take these reviews with a cuple large grains of salt. i read the review from the 32/34 male who stated the men's medium was a perfect fit. being a 32/34 the review, plus the website fitting guide lead me to purchase the men's medium. Guess what?
yup, too small. i gave it to my sister who is about 5'8" with a 28" or so waist and it fits and looks darn good on her. the pants themselves are well made, stylish, and look just great. but be sure to order the right size, which may be difficult to judge by supplied data and customer comments
November 25, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reed201 Great Activewear Pants
I use these for cycling. The full-length zippers allow easy on/off. Snaps at the elastic waist make it easy to put these on while on the trail, and can also be used to take them in an inch or two at the waist if necessary. I wear 33 waist, 34 length pants, and the medium tall size fits great. They're a slender pant, but the size seems right on. I like the front pockets. Good wind block in front, ventilation in back. Nice cool weather pants!
October 23, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by fivekidds swiss ski pants
We ordered these in both the men's and women's. Both pants are really nice but run very small requiring us to return them. We ordered short notice, so we were unable to order a larger size. I wish they had fit because we both thought they were excellent quality.
By the way, L.L.Bean did a great job getting our order to us in two days!!
March 11, 2009