Looking for a go-to backcountry ski and splitboard pant that will keep you dry and not restrict your movement? Thought so! Then you need to keep reading on to see why the Patagonia Refugitive Pants are probably the pants for you!
The Patagonia Refugitive snow pants are a great combination of lightweight construction, stretch, and waterproofness. Weighing in at 1lb, these are very light for what they offer. These pants feature Gore C Knit backer that supposedly enhances breathability. We would agree with this as we did not have to open the side vents once on our testing tours. What we really appreciated about the Gore C Knit is that is was quite. Yes, quite! Not only was it quite, but it also had a decent amount of mechanical stretch. These two factors rate high with our testers.
The fit is spot on, not too baggy nor too restrictive. Our tester used it on several splitboard tours and found it to be just right. Tester used size large for 33” waist. There are an internal stretch and velcro adjustment that would easily go a few inches in either direction. So keep that in mind when looking at the size chart. Other features are really basic – 2 sizable drop pockets (easily fit mittens, gloves or other gear) and one smaller front pocket, perfect for beacon or phone. (Not both!)
The cuffs fit over a size 11.5 snowboard boot with no problems, so they will obviously fit over a ski boot as well. There is a nice elasticized band to keep the snow out, per usual construction. The fabrics used in the pants are 3 layers 40D nylon stretch weave Goretex shell with C knit backer and the cuff scuff guard is 2 layers 210D nylon. So not the burliest of fabrics, but you get quite a nice weight savings plus freedom of movement. In our opinion, a nice trade-off.
All in all, these are very highly recommended. Patagonia makes great gear, we all know this. They stand behind their products and do what they can for the environment. MSRP is $429
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