The North Face Varius Guide Pant
Fabric: 2 layer HyVent
Price Paid: $120
I have skied in these pants about 40 times now in both southeast Alaska and northern California.
I love the fact that they have full zips down the legs, I wear a knee brace that tends to get loose after half and hour of hiking. Room through the thighs is great and the waist is adjustable via two elastic straps.
The bottom cuffs tend to cut through pretty easily and depending on how cold it gets, they might not be insulted enough. They tend to be comfortable down to about 15 degrees, below that I wear a pair of fleece REI pants underneath.
Overall these are some great pants for the price. I would suggest trying them on in the store. I went a size down from what I normally wear, of course with the adjustable straps you could probably go either way.
Fabric: The North Face
Price Paid: $200
Hyvent hardshell pants. Lightweight with the functions you need (snow "stopper"). Good and not so expensive pants. :)
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Keep your lower half dry and warm with waterproof HyVent pants that provide insulated, breathable protection during out-of-bounds excursions. Lightweight synthetic insulation provides warmth without the bulk to remain mobile on the trail. Removable elastic suspenders and adjustable Velcro tabs prevent the waistband from riding down as you increase your pace. The active fit is more relaxed at the waist and streamlined throughout the leg. Elastic gaiter at the reinforced cuffs prevents moisture from seeping through and soaking the top of your boots.
- The North Face refers to the men's version
The North Face Varius Guide men's pants feature breathable, waterproof protection to keep you dry and warm during wet and windy backcountry outings. Two-layer pants are made from HyVent(R) nylon for durable, waterproof protection; nylon taffeta lining slides comfortably over base layers. All seams are sealed for weathertight protection. Full-length, two-way side zippers offer easy on/off over footwear. Rip-and-stick waist closure adjusts the fit; brushed waistband lining is warm and soft, and wicks moisture. Removable, adjustable, elastic suspenders offer a secure fit; feature easy-to-use front-only connectors. Internal gaiters with elastic grippers seal out elements; reinforced inner ankles resist abrasion. The North Face Varius Guide pants feature two hand pockets and a thigh pocket.
- REI refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . The North Face Varius Guide pants excel in snowstorms, deep powder and mountain deluges. The nylon shell has a HyVentand#174; waterproof breathable membrane, removable suspenders and full-length side zips so you can slip them on quickly for fast-approaching storms. Available Colors: TNF BLACK. Sizes: M, L, XL, 2XL.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
The North Face Men's Varius Guide Pants are the ultimate pair of pants for all of your backcountry endeavors. The Hyvent(R) waterproof fabric will keep you dry and comfortable when you're trekking through wet and windy regions. Full length two-way side zips make it easy to put these pants on or take them off over a pair of boots.
- Rocky Mountain Trail refers to the men's version