Arc’teryx has created a superb pant in the Stingray—versatile enough for inbounds and out of bounds use. These no frills pants are extremely comfortable, stylish, and lightweight. Although somewhat lacking in storage, they excel in moderate to warm temperatures and are the lightest pant in this test.
Materials A 3-layer 70 denier GORE-TEX with brushed flannel backer keep out the elements and provide superior breathability we’ve all come to expect from Arc’teryx.
Comfort This is the category in which these pants stand out from the rest. The materials maintain a quiet and comfortable feel and are soft to the touch. They feel like pajamas while staying dry and shredding a steep line.
Temperature Control The Arc’teryx Stingray breaths well and boasts standard outer thigh zips with water-resistant zipper seams. The thigh zips are smaller than the rest of the pants in this test, which made it tough to cool off on really warm days. The pants are thin and light compared to the others and really excel in moderate temperatures.
Features/Functionality In terms of storage the Stingray is the most minimalistic pant in this test. Two side hand warmer pockets are all you get. However the clasp waist adjustment is superior to its Velcro counterparts and functions the best out of any pant in this test. The Stingray also features a RECCO reflector in the pant leg.
Fit The Stingray compliments a slim, athletic profile well and fits true to size. The waist adjustment system allows for some fine-tuning around the hips.
Skier, runner, and author Ben Conners has been exploring the Rockies since he was a kid. Growing up in the Vail Valley, Ben spent his winters carving turns and summers backpacking in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Ben authored a guidebook on ski mountaineering Colorado’s high peaks and lives with his wife in south-Denver.