The North Face Apex Randonee Pant
Even purchased used these are wonderfully crafted.
Fabric: Apex universal softshell polyester/nylon
Fill: none-microfleece lined
Price Paid: EUC ebay $35
Even purchased used these are wonderfully crafted. Apex softshell is a great material. Excellent stretch and movement. The current model is very similar, only a change in thigh zips. The fit is active, so there's no bulk either. The inseam is true to specs at 32". Protection and reinforcement in all of the right places. The extra bib-like weather protection in the back of the pant is great for tackling kids in the snow or full extensions when climbing. Even before my restorative DWR treatment light rains didn't leak through. After Atsko treatment water leaps off the fabric.
I was perfectly comfortable in-camp at 22 degrees with a Smartwool ligthweight baselayer underneath. The next morning in the high 20's I actually got too warm during a snowball fight...thank goodness for the thigh zips and breathability of the fabric. The descent from camp in mid 40's was delightful... I was warm and dry. My only wish is that the integrated gaiters had lace hooks. A truly versatile pant for cold conditions, and with a heavy baselayer like a powerstretch tight, these could handle some seriously cold climates.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Even when you thought backcountry touring couldn't get any better, it just did with the water- and wind-resistant Apex Randonee pant from The North Face. Your legs don't get chilled in the Kevlar-reinforced Apex Universal soft shell fabric with a wind permeability rating of 10 CFM that's also water-resistant, so you don't end up soaked after a day of gliding through the powder.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
The ultimate randonee or telemark ski pant, The North Face Apex Randonee Pant for Men performs in the backcountry like no other. Blocking wind, repelling water, wicking moisture and oh, so breathable, the Apex Randonee is the ideal choice for high out-put backcountry ski pursuits when mobility, breathability and protection are your number one concerns.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
Pull on The North Face Men's Apex Randonee Pant, paste your skins on your skis, and head out for a day in the backcountry. This wind and water resistant pant provides a solid balance of weather protection and mobility for days spent cutting turns in powder. Get a perfect fit with the bult-in clip belt, and store your energy bars and cell phone in the hand and thigh pockets. A raised back waist gives you comfort and helps keep out snow, while the calf zip allows you to get a good fit over your AT or tele boots. The North Face built the Keprotec kickpatch with Kevlar to resist abrasion from boots and crampons.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
The ultimate backcountry pant, the Apex Randonee Pant s comfortable, stretchy fit makes this a favorite among core athletes.
- The North Face refers to the men's version