Heading into the backcountry? Want some super technical outerwear that doesn’t look like a standard old man brand? You should probably check out Trew. Hailing from the Pacific North West and making outerwear for all kinds of conditions these guys don’t disappoint. Here’s what Gary our resident backcountry afficionado had to say about their Eagle Pant.
Garment: TREW, The Eagle Pant Carotene
Area: Buffalo Pass, Cameron Pass, Berthoud Pass
Conditions: Powder, wind, snow, sun. A little bit of everything.
Fit: Loose and comfy.
Waterproofing/Breathability: 20k all the way around
Pockets: Three Front pockets. Two on the right front. Main front pockets are deep. The secondary right pocket is a great spot for car keys. Two cargo pockets with a hidden zipper pocket in the right cargo. The Cargo pockets use velcro closures.
Venting System: Zipper leg vents on inseam of thighs. It has the mesh guard when opened. I have had little problem with the zippers snagging on the mesh which so often happens with vents.
Zippers: Zippers are the water resistant type. YKK Aquagaurd. A little stiff but operate well enough.
Special/Hidden Features: This is one I don’t get. This pant has a dual zippered fly. At least the pants I used did. So you can open the fly in either direction. Not sure what the benefit of this was. The hidden pocket in the right cargo pocket is a great place to “stash” your important items. Gaiters were effective. One piece, pull over your boot with a grippy elastic band. Nothing special, simple and effective. Just how I like it. The pant legs have reinforced zones in the areas where skiers tend to beat up their gear around the ankles/calf. They also have an easy to use waist adjustment system.
Rider in Mind: The rider who likes comfortable loose fitting snow pants that perform.
Personal Thoughts: So far these pants have been as water proof as advertised. The pants are comfortable, although they seem a little tight slipping them over my hips when putting them on. Maybe it’s my girlish figure. The only thing I would like to see change is the cargo pocket closures. If the pockets are fairly loaded the flaps come up a little short on making good contact with the velcro pads. Zippered closures would be preferred.
What They Say: The Eagle Pant strikes the perfect balance between durability, comfort, and lightweight performance. The fit is pure freeride, with a nice range of mobility for boot-packing couloirs and tucking your knees off pillows. As comfortable as your favorite jeans, this national icon features reinforcements throughout, like bar-tacked belt loops, a reinforced buttonhole, Superfabric® abrasion guards at the instep and cuff, and double stitching on all critical seams. Ample pocket space provides storage room for all your needs, and elastic tab waist adjustment allows for a winter’s-worth of beer gut development.