- Zippered Ankles Fit Over Ski and Mountaineering Boots
- Zip-out Internal Mesh Gaiters with Gripper Elastic
- Ventia Hybrid™ Construction
- Knee Pad Pocket
- Secure Avalanche Beacon Pocket with Key Clip Attachment
- Two Zippered Hand Pockets
- Reinforced Scuff Guard
- Double-Seperating Side Zippers
- Accepts Accessory Suspenders
- Grommets for Instep Lace
- Snap and Zippered Fly
- Zippered Thigh Pocket
- Zippered Back Pocket
Fit: Trim Fit
Fabric 50% nylon / 43% polyester / 7% spandex upper leg; 100% nylon with brushed tricot liner lower leg
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 24.4oz / 690g (L)
- Best of three (Review by Dale)
I've found the alibi, cirque and trailbreaker pants to be virtually identical. Very similar cut and fit, fabric and features [ankle guards for crampons, grommets for heel loops, thigh pockets, etc.], but what sets the trailbreaker apart is the thigh vents on the outside. Appropriately sized and located, these vents are quick and very functional - allowing breathability on the uphill and quick transitions for getting off a wind-scoured summit. Also thoughtful are the zip-off powder guards on the ankles - there if you need them, but if you're an ounce-counter, take 'em off for big days. Because of the similarity with the alibi and cirque, this has become my go-to pant for all activities winter - back/frontcountry skiing, ice climbing and mountaineering.
I'm 6'1", 185lb, 34" waist, 33" inseam, 42" hips. I could appreciate ~1/2 - 1" extra in length, but with adding heel loops, the large fits well, and would not upsize. I do recommend the suspenders to assist the top garments in staying tucked in to keep the cold out, but that's a personal preference and a belt will do.
(Posted on 4/2/14)
- Favorite downhill ski pants! (Review by Sam)
I use these for downhill skiing and love the combination of heavy, stretchy softshell in the thighs and waterproof hardshell down low. I frequently use the thigh-length zips to dump heat in the lodge or around the house, though I know they're supposed to be used while trekking the backcountry. They're a handy feature either way. I use the fabric D-rings on the front belt loops to hang my lift pass, which is nice (though not necessarily unique to these pants). Probably my favorite aspect are the way these pants fit -- a good combination of athletic/trim in the thighs and loose below the knee. They're also really easy to adjust, thanks to the big velcro tabs. Lastly, the inner ankle fabric is super tough and seemingly abrasion-proof. My last pair of softshells--from REI--didn't have this patch (my mistake for buying them) and were immediately torn-up from my ski edges and boot ratchets. I won't make that mistake again.
Gripes? These could stand to be an inch or two longer. I have a 34" inseam and they're a tad short. Maybe a "Long" version is in order. However, the length doesn't impact things too much when you're in ski boots. I've also noticed two or three small punctures through the inner (removable) gaiter that stretches over your boots; the netting/mesh material OR used here seems pretty fragile. I consider this issue eclipsed by the quality of the other materials, though.
I'm looking forward to using these a lot more this winter in some sidecountry skiing out west and in Maine.
(Posted on 12/29/13)
- Men's Trailbreaker Pants™ (Review by By Bert)
I've had trouble over the last years to find a pants that fits me and that meets all my requirements and eventually I found it! The Trailbreaker has a really cool fit! It's technical but versatile in the same time. i use it while of-pist skiing, ice climbing or just for an alpine climb in cold weather! The pockets are amazing and I especially like the beacon pocket!
(Posted on 9/18/13)
- Men's Trailbreaker Pants™ (Review by By Ira)
I have used these pants for both backcountry and inbounds skiing. I really like the breathability of the uppers and the waterproofness of the lowers. I also really like all the zippered pockets and the upper leg zips for venting. I do have two issues with these pants that i would like to see fixed. The adhesive holding the pocket zipper to the pants came loose after just a few uses so since i live in seattle i returned them to the store where they gave me a new pair of pants. After two uses, the same problem happened again. I'm going to take these in again for replacement. The other issue which some others have mentioned, is the side venting zippers sometimes come down while skiing. This is not too big of a deal as it's easy to pull them back up but it just shouldn't be happening.I do really like these pants for skiing so would like to see these items improved.
(Posted on 3/27/13)
- Men's Trailbreaker Pants™ (Review by By Peter)
Bought these for the 100 mile Haute Route AT traverse from Chamonix to Zermatt -- they are fantastic!Softshell fabric upper leg is much more abrasion resistant, breathable, and the cut fits better than Patagonia's comparable Backcountry Guide Pant. Side leg vents open all the way for maximum cooling when skinning uphill (Patagonia Backcountry Guide Pant with fabric mesh in the leg vents only opens 2 inches max, not cool). With side vents zipped up on the downhill, over a mid-weight base layer, the Trailbreakers completely cut the wind and keep your legs warm even in high winds, or when you're sweated up.The 5 zippered pockets are terrific, easy to reach, just the right size, so they let you keep all your essentials (passport, snack bars, knife, cash, etc.) in the pants so they never get misplaced when constantly shedding or adding top layers as you heat up on the climb then chill on the descent. Knees and lower leg have a snowproof, waterproof breathable shell, and the removable internal gaiters fit perfectly over my AT ski boots. I'm 6'1", 160 lbs, 32" waist, 34" inseam, the Medium size fit was perfect over a power stretch base layer.After living in these pants for nine days of continuous ski touring,from valley altitudes and temperatures to 12,500 ft., all snow and weather conditions, plus travel to/from the mountains -- they did it all -- a phenomenal AT pant from OR!
(Posted on 4/29/12)
- Men's Trailbreaker Pants™ (Review by By Jeff)
Let me begin by saying every other OR product I have owned has met or exceeded my expectations but the Trailbreaker pants fall short. These pants have several features I appreciate, for example, the side vents, large burly scuff guards, built in gaiters with rivets for cordage, and the waterproof lower legs. I have used these pants winter climbing, touring, front country skiing, and while working in a winter mountain environment. My only complaint is the upper soft shell material seems to be degrading very quickly. I has begun to become very "fuzzy" with small fuzz balls of material on the surface giving it a textured appearance. Aesthetics aside, snow tends to adhere to the textured surface and melts from body heat saturating the material. I also own the Contour and Exos pants and both seem to be made from more durable soft shell materials. OR may be experimenting with a new material for the Trailbreaker - if this is the case I would reconsider.
(Posted on 1/9/11)
- Men's Trailbreaker Pants™ (Review by By Otter)
The combination of breathable material up high and more waterproof material down low is genius. Lots of pockets (probably more than you need) and a specific beacon pocket with attachment point- awesome. Very comfortable. By far the best ski specific soft shells I've seen.One gripe so far: The vent zippers open downwards and have a tendency to open on their own. It would be nice to have the zipper-pulls placed together (as opposed to one on top and one on the bottom), then you could choose if you want to have them at the top bottom of the vent.Also, a small tab on the gaiter so you can easily pull them away from your boot and get your gloved hand under them to access buckles would be nice.
(Posted on 1/5/11)