Pull on a bit of Eiki (Eirikur Helgason) style with the Oakley Pro Rider Series Performe Pant. Then head out on the mountain and blow past all the people who sit outside the mid-mountain lodge all day talking about how good they are.
- 15K-rated fabric and fully taped seams block nasty winter storms
- 60g Thinsulate adds a bit of heat without overdoing it
- Regular fit (12in front rise and a 24in leg opening at the knees)
- Attaches to the skirt system on the Performe Jacket
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Style and Function
Notice the zippers on the inner leg! Soo cool because these are not only vents but change the pant from the tight fit around the knees to the baggy fit once you undo the zipper. Ventilation system is awesome if you tend to warm up quick. Unzip em while you are on the lift, and zip up quick for the ride down. Oakley Never Fails.
Fit and finish impressions
I don't own a pair of these (yet) but got to try these and the Landics out yesterday and the fit is just about identical, maybe a little more room in the thighs on the Performe but slightly more restrictive in the knee due to the fleece mesh pockets in the side vents.
I'm 6'2", 185-190lbs, ~35" waist and 33" inseam and usually wear a Large in Oakley pants. These fit fine in the Large everywhere but the bottom half of the thighs and the knees. XLs seemed a lot more comfortable through the legs w/o getting baggy or droopy anywhere else.
I do like the looks of them better than the Landics, not quite as busy with extraneous snaps and stuff and they actually feel very comfortable until the last 5-10 degrees of knee bend. They also seem like they'd be warm enough for me to go semi-commando underneath until the temps get below 15-20F or so assuming they do a decent job of wind blockage.
The mesh cargo pockets seem like a kind of weird idea as it seems anything hard you put in there would wind up poking you, anything crunch/smash-able would get crushed and anything soft but the least bit bulky would wind up constricting the back of the knees even more when bent. They do see like the would keep your knees nice and toasty but I wouldn't expect to get knee pads or a hard brace under these unless you oversize by at least 2 (and/or have extreme chicken legs).
Like every other piece of Oakley gear I've checked out these definitely seem to be well put together.
Never thought I'd be contemplating a set of skinny pants, but I find myself seriously considering grabbing a set of these, or going a little cheaper and getting White Smokes, or jumping on a set of the Side Freights.
Edit: I did wind up getting a pair of these in XL but it's been a little too warm to test them out on the slopes so far. They are certainly snug at the bottom of the knees w/o unzipping the expansion zippers but not too horribly bad as long as you're only using a form fitting base layer (or none at all). My BD rigid kneepads won't fit at all w/ them zipped and still make for a tight fit unzipped. No big loss for me for skiing as I don't plan to wear the kneepads other than as an insurance policy as I try to finally get the hang of snowboarding, but probably something to keep in mind for those who want to wear protection on a regular basis.
Also, the zip in to the powder skirt on my Corked jacket works flawlessly and seems to feel better than the snap in connection.
Worn these skiing a few times now in anywhere from 38F bluebird conditions to a super gusty, socked in w/ blowers running full blast, 16F day. Have yet to feel too warm or too cold in them (I did wear a set of lightweight merino bottoms under them on the 16F day) during lift served endeavors. Water and wind resistance seem excellent and I've yet to encounter an instance where the snug knees felt uncomfortable.