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    Steve (VT)
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    @spdickens

    Time for new pants. Have always used Gore Tex full zip hard shell over base layer for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing into high peaks (Adirondacks — think cold, snowy, windy). Now I read many use soft shells, but not sure where they are. Hard to get my brain around. True? Safe? What about a combo: lightweight softshell (Mtn Equip Kinesis) plus light 3/4 zip hard shell in pack (OR Forray). Or stick to tried and true Gore Tex (Pro) full zip hard shell? Thanks in advance.

    #3734647
    S Long
    BPL Member

    @izeloz

    Locale: Wasatch

    Unless you’re falling down a lot or in wet, slushy snow I’d recommend softshell pants. They’re more breathable and comfortable IME. I like the Outdoor Research offerings best (the Cirque Lite pants). If you need more warmth or water protection, add thermal baselayers and gaiters.

    #3734656
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    I usually wear Marmot Scree pants with a lightweight Patagonia base layer under them. If its snowing hard enough or raining I will put my Arc’Teryx shell pants over them. I spend my time primarily in the Catskills NY and have plans to be in the Dacks this winter.

    #3734745
    Dave @ Oware
    BPL Member

    @bivysack-com

    Locale: East Washington

    Depends on how wet the snow.

    Also texture of fabric in relation ability to self arrest if you ski above hazards.

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