Although these pants are bit spendy, they’re fully Gore-Tex and are built to get after it! Fully waterproofed with trim fit adjusters for a custom leg fit and articulated knees to prevent restriction, these pants are worth the dough. They also have full side zips and are relatively thin, so as a shell they can be used year round and get the action they deserve.
The full side zip vents are key. Even though these pants will get you through worst-case-scenarios of backcountry skiing and ski-mountaineering they’re still useable on lesser adventures when the weather it more fair. The vents are perfect to dump as much heat you need. There are no belt loops and only suspenders to keep these pants up. While I know some people prefer this, I still enjoy having the choice of using my own belt.
Being a shell pant, there is no added insulation in these pants mandating a warm, solid under layer for cool days on the hill. For spring conditions these are dialed, but for those extra frosty days you’ll definitely want a warm pair of long underwear underneath your pants.
The Marmot Exum pants are the only pants you’ll ever need in the never-ending list of gear for a backcountry skier. As I mentioned, they will not fully insulate you on super cold days, but with the addition of a warm under layer that problem vanishes. The full zips, waterproofing, and bomber construction makes these pants worth every penny. They’re comfortable, flexible, and will perform well whether you’re doing laps at the resort, in the backcountry, or going on a multi-day expedition.
|MATERIALS||[Shell] Gore-Tex Pro Shell|
|REINFORCEMENTS||Seat and Knees|
|VENTING||Yes, Side Zips|
|SIDE ZIPS||Yes, Full Length|
|AVAILABLE SIZES||Men’s-S, M, L, XL|
|BEST USES||Skiing, Winter Alpinism|