- 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)