Arc'teryx Theta SK Pant
Fabric: gore-tex and keprotec
This is a great overpant/shell for those howling days in rain or snow. I needed something for snowshoeing and snow hiking, and this really boosted my wardrobe!
I like the fact that as a bib pant with integral suspenders you eliminate the waist-creeping problem along with the cold-waist where most pants end and outer temps come in. They are bombproof!
The legs unzip from the hip to the cuff so you can put them on without taking your boots off, (even with crampons!!) There is a waist belt for better fit, and a convenient front zip (for when you're drinking lots of coffee/water).
My usual soft shell ski pants weren't cutting it in the more close to 0-degrees F temps, so I added these to my kit and WOW! Once I put these on, I was toasty. They're made with integrated gaiters with elastic cuffs as well as an over boot part so that they keep snow out from both directions.
Not much on pockets, but then, they're only an over pant.
They're made of some kind of really tough material, especially around the front legs and inner calves. Almost feels like a kevlar (but probably isn't), but although they seem stiff, the leg area is gusseted and kind of 'preshaped' into a bend at the knees making it easier to maneuver even. The tougher material at the inner calves helps to minimize abrasion when you're snowshoeing, but I don't think they'd stand up to crampons if you nailed them.
I think they're a great pant because of the quality of workmanship, the bib design, and the fact that you can get them on and off even with boots on. If I'm not sure of the weather, I feel more confident in throwing these into my pack knowing I'm covered for more 'eventualities' in the weather. I love 'em.
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Designed with skiers and snowboarders in mind, the high waisted Theta SK Pant by ARCTERYX abounds with snow-friendly features. Keep dry no matter how long you stay on the slopes in the rugged GORE-TEX XCR membrane that's reinforced in the seat and knees to prevent wear.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
The Arc'teryx Theta SK Pant meets blizzards head on. Storm ready Gore-Tex XCR fabric battles nasty weather and lets perspiration escape to guarantee warmth and dryness. Lengthy WaterTight sidezips won't allow moisture through and open wide to vent the excess heat generated on ascent. An internal boot gaiter grips to ski or snowboard boots to block snow and slush from getting in. Hardy materials and advanced construction have made this pant a favorite of dedicated skiers and snowboarders world-wide. *Available for US shipment only.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
A fully featured high waisted pant, the Arc'teryx Theta SK Pant is built with robust materials to survive hard alpine skiing and boarding use. Available In: Black Arc'Teryx Theta SK Pant Features: Adjustable cuff shock cord Adjustable waist belt Gusseted crotch Keprotec™ instep patches Laminated powder cuffs Large cuff diameter for ski boots Low cut bib with front fly Moulded Zipper Garages™ Quick adjust suspenders Reinforced lower leg, seat, and knee Stretch rear bib panel Two bib pockets with laminated zips WaterTight™ 3/4 leg and front fly zips Arc'teryx Theta SK Pant Materials: 530NR 3 layer GORE-TEX® XCR™ 630N 3 layer GORE-TEX® XCR™ Schoeller® Keprotec™
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
For the dedicated alpine skier, snowboarder, or alpinist, the Arc'teryx Men s Theta SK pant is built with tough materials to survive hard and frequent use. It's a high-waisted, full-featured bib pant that utilizes Gore-Tex XCR for unsurpassed performance. As a 3-layer laminate, the wind and waterproof Gore-Tex XCR membrane is sandwiched between two layers of durable polyester. It disperses condensation with remarkable effectiveness while protecting the membrane from aggressive use. And like all Arc'teryx garments, the Theta SK men's pant is a true work of excellence. Watertight three quarter length leg and front fly zips eliminate the need for zipper flaps and therefore save space, while Moulded Zipper Garages ensure a leak free seal at the end of the line, thus demonstrating Arc'teryx's dedication to innovation and attention to detail. A gusseted crotch and stretch rear bib panel don t hold you back when stretching for that next foothold or carving a sharp turn in a narrow chute. The fit is easily manipulated, with quick adjust suspenders and an adjustable waist belt to work with. The Arc'teryx Men's Theta SK pant also features large diameter outer cuffs and powder cuffs to accommodate bulky boots, such as ski mountaineering boots, telemark boots, and alpine ski boots. Additionally, Keprotec instep patches protect the pant from sharp edges and crampon points.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version