- Fabric Performance: Waterproof Lower Legs, Water-Resistant Upper, Breathable, Wind-Resistant, Hybrid Mapped Construction
- Design Features: Avalanche Beacon Pocket with Clip, Zippered Outer Thigh Vents, Zip Hand Pockets, Zip Thigh Pockets, Zip Back Pocket, Reinforced Scuff Guards, Brushed Tricot Lined Waistband, Stretch- Mesh Internal Gaiter with Power Strap Slot, Dual-Snap Zipper Fly
- Functional Details: Articulated Knees, Ankle Zippers, Adjustable Tabs at Waist, Belt Loops, Adjustable Removable Suspenders
Fit: Standard Fit
Fabric: Pertex® Shield+ 3L, 87% nylon, 13% spandex 20D stretch woven face with 100% polyester brushed tricot backer lower pant, 50% nylon, 43% polyester, 7% spandex 90D stretch double weave upper pant, 100% nylon 420D oxford scuff
Inseam: 33¼˝ 84 cm
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 27.5oz / 780g (L)
- Perfect for what they're designed for (Review by Justin)
Reviews for the trailbreakers seem to be all over the place. I was looking for a pair of snowshoeing pants and bought these. I also have a hard time sizing for pants since I'm always between a small or medium, so hopefully I can shed some light for somebody in the same situation.
I personally think the two tone look between the waterproof lower and softshell upper look a little stupid in the picture (on the black specifically). I bought these in black and they don't look that "bad" in person, they look pretty much like one color. You can tell, but it doesn't look as different in the picture. I was also worried that these would be super baggy. I was looking for more of a regular pair of pants for winter hiking/snowshoeing as opposed to bulky ski/snowboard pants. These aren't nearly as baggy as they appear in the picture. The bottom seems to flair out just a little with a boot cut, but it's not bad. Also, there is a cinch cord that helps control that a little if you're looking to tighten the cuff up.
I'm 5'8" - 160 lbs. with a true 33" waist with a 30" inseam. I wear everything from a 30" - 32" waist from various clothing companies. It's honestly unhelpful when people say "I'm a 32x32 in jeans" Well, from who? Levi's? Old Navy? They all have different interpretations of size to make you feel better about your waistline. Anyways, I almost always fall on a 31" waist from most clothing companies with an actual 33" waist. With that being said, the small trailbreakers were a little too tight for me. I could put them on ok, but they were a little snug in the thighs and I certainly wouldn't be able to layer with them. The mediums fit me much better. They are a hair loose in the waist, but the velcro cinch allows me to get them to fit perfect.
The leg zips for heat dumping are awesome. I've only overheated once during a pretty rigorous climb and that's because I was an idiot. My base layer was way too heavy. With a lightweight base layer, I've worn these in 10* up to 37*. I've stayed very comfortable and when it's a little warmer, the zips allow me to continue to stay comfortable.
As far was being waterproof, they work as advertised. Below the knee is waterproof and above is water resistant. I went snowshoeing in the pouring rain for about 3-4 hours last weekend and my upper thighs got a little damp. The upper material fought the rain for about 30-45 minutes, but eventually succumbed to the rain.
Overall, an awesome pair of pants.
(Posted on 3/13/17)
- Great Pants (Review by Eric)
Lots of features for ski touring, I especially like the beacon pocket, much easier to stow in pocket vs. harness under clothing. The vents are good, I run hot and have gotten sunburned on my legs with the thigh vents open. The sizing is a little odd, I am 6'4" 195 and appear to be between sizes, if I get the 32 they are too short/a little tight and the 34 is really baggy also still a little short, I have to adjust the waist as far as it will go to hold up the pants especially when pockets are loaded with gear (I dont like suspenders). The only other comment is that I like the pockets on the back of the legs they are also good for venting, just confused why one is horizontal and the other is vertical. Also love the ankle cuff vents, you can get good airflow up your legs when you roll up the cuff.
(Posted on 2/2/17)
- Awesome (Review by Tommy)
Love love love my Trail breakers. Wore them 2 days on Mt. Washington and they were super comfortable and fully functional. I'm 5'7" athletic build the medium fit nicely over a midweight base layer. Usually a 30/31" waist in jeans and a 30" in the Ferrosi pant.
(Posted on 1/24/17)
- Zippers poor quality (Review by mhc)
I had purchased these to use for backcountry and area skiing. I have many OR items and they are excellent quality. This is the first item that is far below OR quality standard. I wore these Trailbreaker pants for BC skiing 3 times and lift skiing 3 times. On the 5th time, the ankle zippers broke. Reading the reviews, I knew this was a possibility. The other main issue is the hand pocket zippers do NOT stay zipped. I constantly find them unzipped after a run, making them totally unusable. They are also not waterproofed like the others. Sizing - I am a solid Medium in all OR (tops & bottoms 32waist). These fit great everywhere except they are too snug in the crotch. This is the last thing you want for a ski pant. I am definitely not a large so this is apparently due to the design. There are no other OR pants that will work for BC skiing (others are wide leg and heavy) so unfortunately I have to search for another brand.
(Posted on 1/8/17)
- Most excellent BC ski pants (Review by Jeremy)
I have had these pants for two seasons now and the medium fits great (155 lbs, 5'9"). I owned an earlier version of the pants where the beacon pocket zipper stitching unwound. Although I ignored it for a while, snow would collect in the open pocket and it would catch on things. Fortunately, OR has a fantastic return program and took them back, giving me this newer updated version. I use them on nearly all but the hottest BC ski trips, and they work great with or without tights underneath. Although a good idea, I don't use the suspenders as I find the velcro is hard on the OR Radiant hoody I wear on top (abraiding or piling the fabric). Having non-velcro suspenders would easily make these 5 star pants.
(Posted on 12/29/16)
- Fantastic pant (Review by SAM)
I have had the trailbreaker pants a few years now. I use them almost daily working in the backcountry and teaching avalanche classes best pant ever!
(Posted on 12/28/16)
- Killer backcountry pants (Review by Greg)
Great ventilation, well-located pockets and great stretch. I run warm so ventilation is key and the venting is more than ample. The fabric breathes relatively well and has done job of keeping out wind and wetness. I'm 6'0'', 34/34, 195lb, and happy with the large. Well-conceived and executed pant for backcountry use.
(Posted on 12/7/16)
- Sizing is so weird (Review by Tyler)
Just a comment on sizing. I am 6'2", 180lb, and the medium is slightly tight in the waist, too tight in the thighs, and about 2 inches too short. Please fix this!
(Posted on 11/8/16)
- Well done! (Review by Mudrunner)
These are great touring pants. I've worn them in -25c as well as warm spring days. On the coldest days, I wear a light pair of thermals, and on warm spring days, I wear them on their own. The venting give the pants a wide range of temps. I seldom use hardshell overpants, even on storming days.
I really like the gaiter design as I can transition my buckles from up to downhill mode without any hassle. The pockets are well placed and numerous; depending on how you like to organize your gear, these pants will give you lots of workable options.
I have two minor issues with these pants:
1) I would like to see some of the waterproof membrane used on the seat. I use these for lift access skiing as well, and snow-covered chairs tend to be wet.
2) The top of the venting zippers on the inside of the pant are not well finished. I can feel the cut end of the zipper coil poking me in the thigh when I'm moving with bare skin. I remedied it with duct tape, but it is a design issue that needs to be addressed.
These are great pants and I highly recommend them for day trips as well as long tours.
(Posted on 9/18/16)
- Outstanding Ski Tour Pants (Review by Liam)
I love these things. They are incredibly comfortable and offer great stretch and breath ability. However there are a few minor creases that need to be ironed out in future versions. The suspenders are horrible. They are just long strips of velcro. This makes them finicky to adjust and pretty uncomfortable to wear. I never use them. The internal gaiter is really nice, although the slot for your powerstrap seems poorly designed. It's a brilliant idea, but when you use it (great for changing between touring mode and ski mode quickly) any exposed velcro on your strap really bites and sticks to the fabric on the inside of the pants, which is some sort of soft layer over top of the pertex. I would also like a mesh screen on the side vents to prevent you from getting a big chunk of snow down your leg if you brush up against a tree in the up track (it's happened a couple times). All around great pants, I have a lot of people ask me about them. The rear pocket in the right thigh is perfect size for my Rite in the Rain book that I always carry while guiding. Beacon pocket and integrated tether are awesome. My right ankle cuff zipper's slider fell off the second trip I went on which was disappointing, but not really that important. There's not a whole lot I would change about these pants.
(Posted on 5/17/16)
- Close— (Review by Will)
USER: 6'2", 195 lbs, 34x34 jeans (slim / straight fit)
FIT: size L is loose in the waist, tight in the thighs, over long underwear. By tight I mean the thigh vents don't want to close and the whole pant binds around the knee a bit. Otherwise good mobility. The pants fit like a 32" inseam.
USE: touring, climbing, snowboarding
PROS: cuffs fit over big snowboard boots, back-of-thigh pocket fits snow study book, beacon pocket, thigh vents. Waterproof knees.
CONS: The thigh to waist ratio is off in these pants relative to the typical body shape of the intended user. I'd like to see them leaner in the waist, roomier in the thigh, and longer all over. Waist tabs are redundant given the belt loops and suspenders, as are the gaiters given the adjustable cuff and grommets. The next version should skip such features to be lighter and simpler while maintaining the vents, pockets, waterproof knee, and big boot compatibility that make them unique. As for construction, adjustment tabs at waist were sewn on upside-down. Zipper slider at ankle pulled right off the bottom of the track. Burlier zipper needed there. Otherwise good construction.
(Posted on 1/31/16)
- Almost Great- Ankle Cuff Zips Don't Last (Review by Cal)
I almost love these pants. The venting is awesome, by far the best ski pants I've owned in that regard. They are super comfy, stretchy, and easy to move in. They have kept me dry in wet, near blizzard conditions with little trouble. The waterproof lower legs really do the trick. Pocket layout and other features are good as well. BUT, I was pretty disappointed when the ankle zips failed the second time I used my pants, not because I require them, but because they were brand new and I thought it might speak to the quality of the rest of the garment. OR sent me a new pair, no problem. Thanks for the great return policy! BUT, first time touring with my second pair and one of the ankle zips failed again. Mind you, this time around I was being very careful and gentle to avoid a second failure. Bummer. Ditching the ankle zips all together would be an improvement IMO. I'd rather not have them at all than have broken ones. Or maybe use snap buttons or a burlier zipper? Upon further inspection of the remaining, intact zipper I found that I could literally flick the stops off of the zipper using very little force. No wonder they didn't manage to hang on through a few miles of snow! Anyway, aside from my disappointment I really like the pants and will continue touring in them this season rather than attempting another return which I expect would result in the same outcome. I may attempt to repair with a burlier zipper or buttons before next season. Hopefully, OR will remedy this problem in updated versions.
(Posted on 12/22/15)
- Great but too short! (Review by Nordic Ski Gal)
These pants are super well made, and great for the back country with all the perfect features, with only one problem. I am 5'9" tall and wear a 30-32" waist and a 32" inseam, which is exactly what the size chart said the men's medium Trailbreaker pant was. When I received them, The only way I could get a measurement of even 31" was to stretch the material out. Unfortunately, they are super short. I usually order men's as the women's sizes are too short for me. Other men's pants I have ordered from OR have been too long, what gives? I love the quality of these pants, just wish they were longer...
(Posted on 11/25/15)
- Ventilation Heaven! (Review by Jonathan)
Bought these pants last season and got in about 25 days worth of backcountry touring. Loved the ability to zip open some serious ventilation when skinning up to the high altitude powder bowls in the Rockies - I run really hot and venting is HUGE. I loved the stretch ability so I could do some really deep tele-turns. Love the fact that the legs are waterproof so I can ski/tour all day. I also enjoyed the pocket locations.
Summary: GREAT PANTS. GET 'EM.
(Posted on 10/14/15)
- Perfect BC ski pants (Review by adkeditor)
We've been enjoying a great season of backcountry skiing in the Adirondacks, so I have putting the Trailbreaker pants through the paces. It's hard to find fault with them. OR seems to have thought of every feature a backcountry skier would want. Plus, these pants great at keeping out moisture and protecting you against wind. I am 5-11, 170 lbs and ordered a medium. They fit well. The pants come with detachable suspenders, but I usually don't wear them.
I'd also give high marks to the Trailbreaker jacket.
(Posted on 3/1/15)
- Helluva pair of pants (Review by Alex)
OR nailed it with these. I had to replace a 2 yo pair, and the updating fixed a few small problems of the older models. The insertable knee pads (cutouts from an ensolite pad) fit just right. I love these for riding a snowmobile or doing work around the yurts. The beacon pocket is comfy and secure. Other pockets are just where they should be. My wife says the fit of the updated pants isn't as, uh, flattering, but they are more comfortable. 6' 3" and 180, and the larges fit great. Nothing to complain about with these.
(Posted on 2/26/15)
- Great Ski Touring Pants (Review by nwrec)
I have been ski touring in these pants for half the season now and have found them to be extremely comfortable and functional. Great stretch, breathability, and pocket/material arrangements. Overall these are killer for touring and a great buy!
(Posted on 1/23/15)
- Super pants (Review by Peter)
I love these pants for ski touring. I've used them a few dozen days now and can't really think of an improvement.
The Pertex fabric is not quite as breathable as Goretex Windstopper, but it is more windproof - a fine trade off in a pair of pants with huge side vents for helping breathability if you get too warm on the way up.
The pocket layout makes sense, the cuff-guards work, and internal gaitors are hassle free.
I wear 32/32 jeans and the medium size fits me well.
(Posted on 1/5/15)