Patagonia doesn’t fail with Powder Bowl pant
I’ve haven’t had a decent pair of ski pants in more than a decade. That all changed this season when I became the proud and satisfied owner of a pair of Powder Bowl pants from Patagonia.
Before I get into the specs of the pant, let me just say I’ve gotten more compliments on how they look than some of my most expensive and fashionable street clothes.
They have a high waist, are form-fitting around the hips and are slimming. My butt doesn’t look too bad either, or so I’ve been told on the hill.
One of the selling points of the pant for me was the interior adjustable elastic waistband that customizes the fit. That’s important for a woman whose waistline can expand and contract overnight for no apparent reason.
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Now to functionality. I needed a month or two of testing them to really know how warm these Powder Bowl pants are. The true test was a recent snowy, cloudy and cold day at Highlands. I was in such a rush to get out of the house that I forgot to throw on a pair of long underwear so I went commando, so to speak, underneath my ski pants.
Yes, it was annoying to have the hard shell touching my bare skin. But the pants kept me warm the whole day through. That’s saying something if you knew the temperatures that day.
Patagonia has invented a system called “H2No” – 100 percent waterproof and breathable protection. H2No is created by adding a waterproof and breathable coating to the fabric (which is super-light, by the way). This fabric package blocks wind and water on the outside while allowing water vapor generated by the body to escape. It keeps me warm, dry and comfortable.
Time will tell, but I’ll bet these pants hold up for a long time. Patagonia has designed them to take more than a season’s worth of abuse. The pants have a canvas shell – made from 100 percent recycled polyester – and a huge selling point are the burly scuff guards that protect the inside of the leg and bottom hem.
That last feature is important – every year I rip the inside bottom of my pants and as a result, they fill up with giant snowballs.
There are a lot of notable features to the Powder Bowl pants, too many to mention here. But more highlights for me include the thick gaiters with gripper elastic; meshed lining on the seat and thighs for extra insulation; outer thigh vents and four convenient pockets that are easily accessible. And the articulated knees and a gusseted crotch design give me a full range of motion when I’m ripping it up on the bumps.
Patagonia once again has proven why it’s a leader in outdoor gear.
Patagonia.com indicates that these pants are only available in chocolate; I got them in black at the beginning of the season. But if chocolate’s OK with you, these pants have been reduced from $300 to $180.
Hell of a deal, if you ask me.
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