Arc'teryx Theta SK Pant
This is a great overpant/shell for those howling days…
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.