At first glance I thought the Marmot Spire Pants were bibs, and bibs are often just too hot for me on the up portion of the day. But they are really pants with suspenders, which are easily removable. However with the back yoke for the suspenders being mesh, the sweat factor is a non-issue. As it turns out, I have yet to remove them and kind of like wearing the waist loose with the suspenders holding up the pants.
With two way full side zips, it is easy to ventilate the
upper legs while the lower legs stay protected from the powder. Lightweight and
fully waterproof Goretex construction with 3 zippered pockets and built in
gaiters completes the package. Speaking of the gaiters, I hate struggling with
gaiters too tight to fit over my ski boots, the fit is perfect on these.
I have been wearing
these primarily for skiing, both lift served and backcountry, as well as for
teaching avalanche courses which involve a lot of wallowing in the snow. They
have performed very well for all my uses and have kept me warm in the 70mph
winds we have been having.
I plan to try them
out ice climbing soon and have a hunch that they will do just fine, though a
harness may restrict access to the pockets and they do have a looser fit than I
am used to in an ice climbing pant, so we’ll see.
Designed as a ski pant, I give them 2 thumbs up for design,
construction and comfort when used as such.
The colors available (I have the yellow) are just a bonus
and a nice change from the black, black or more black choices in technical
pants I have become accustomed to for the last decade. All in all a pant I am quite happy with. They
are not so lightweight that I will rip them up easily, but the they will let me
rip up the slopes!
Head Mountain Guide
Colorado Mountain School