Writers note: Last year, I rocked the Marmot Freerider pant and loved them, this year Marmot slightly updated the design and is now calling these pants the Slopestar.
Last year, Angela Hawse gave me a pair of bright blue insulated Marmot ski pants, when I came to stay with her for a couple weeks during the Chicks ice season. How awesome was that, right? “No need to pay rent, but here is a present!”
Well, that pair of Marmot Freerider pants (now Slopestar as noted above) became my regular companion on ski outings all winter. I had never been a fan of insulated ski pants before, but these pants changed my mind in a hurry. Having the extra warmth in a lightweight package was a really nice and comfortable way to stay warm riding lifts. I remember standing in line at the Jackson Hole Tram, which is a cold and windy spot, let me tell you, and feeling pretty toasty warm. Once at the top of the Mountain, it was warm and sunny due to the common mid-winter inversion that Jackson is famous for. I could easily adjust my temperature with the zippered vents on the thighs and enjoy ripping turns down Rendezvous Bowl.
The Freerider pants are water-proof. This feature is key in the mountains. Powder skiing in Hokkaido, Japan with the Chicks In Deep program definitely required waterproof clothing, and these pants delivered. I even used them during our ski tours on cold days. All the Freerider zippers are waterproof and the reinforced cuffs shed the snow. Along with that, the built-in snow gaiters make a good seal on your ski boots, keeping you warm and dry.
Comfort is key when you’re out skiing long days, and the Marmot Freerider pants are soft, supple, and enjoyable to wear. The low-bulk insulation is never in the way whether you’re making turns or sitting on a chairlift. Oh, and I love the color! I can’t wait for ski season! The Freerider pants will be part of my outfit again, once the snow flies.