Arc’teryx Azetta Pant ReviewMay 30, 2015
- Well placed back thigh vent
- Burly elastic boot gaiter
- Articulated knees
- Stiff fabric
The Arc’teryx Azetta is a touring pant perfect for resort or backcountry use thanks to articulated patterning and stormproof material. An expedition fit accommodates layers and the numerous features support expedition use. These are duriable ski pants that will last a long time if properly cared for.
Quality of materials
N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro is durable, breathable and waterproof. Breathability means the fabric lets your sweat vapor escape before it liquifies and soaks in, but the “Pro” series for Gore adds ruggedness to waterproof/breathable performance. I’ve worn Arc’teryx pants for the past 10 years and I would have kept wearing them if it weren’t for the big hole my pole ripped in the butt during a midload chairlift incident. The Azettas will now be my go-to for many years to come.
The Azetta pants are comfortable to wear because the fit is spot on. Size medium fits like a medium should and the construction, made for mobility, means the pants feel good in motion or while sitting.
The shell pants are designed to add layers underneath for cold temps, but N80p-X Gore-Tex pro blocks out wind and offers protection from precip. Back thigh vents allow for venting during aerobic activity.
The Azetta pants are made to move and the long list of features make these pants perfect for expedition style touring travel. Naturally, they’ll work fine in bounds as well.
Arc’teryx says their fit offers “ergonomic freedom” and has an expedition fit to accommodate layers. The articulated patterning and gusseted crotch does offer mobility and the pants fit well over boots with tight gaiters to block out snow. Hidden waist webbing allows for fine adjustments. A note about fit: I wear women’s size M or 8 pants and have “child-bearing hips” and fairly long legs. Fit is highly personal and subjective—and extremely important with pants. It’s challenging to find ski pants that fit well in the butt (many are either too tight or saggy). I have tried to describe the fit to the best of my ability.
These pants are pricy at $475, but they are built to last with high-quality durable and functional materials, bomber craftsmanship and the fit is spot on.