Dec 13, 2021 at 5:37 am #3734634Steve (VT)BPL Member
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.Dec 13, 2021 at 9:56 am #3734647S LongBPL Member
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.Dec 13, 2021 at 12:23 pm #3734656dirtbagBPL Member
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.Dec 13, 2021 at 7:17 pm #3734745Dave @ OwareBPL Member
@bivysack-comLocale: 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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