Eider Aoraki Pant ReviewMay 30, 2015
- Relaxed fit, roomy hips, comfortable
- Nice hand feel exterior fabric
- Deep pockets
- Non-adjustable gaiter
- Tight fit over stomach
- No scuff guard
The Aoraki Pant is stylish and warm and is perfect for the resort or for short sidecountry runs. Eider’s Defender 2LS offers moderate waterproofness as well as a high back, zipped fly with snap and hook and thigh pockets with waterproof zips.
Quality of materials
The shell, interior and lining fabrics are made from polyester and include Eider’s Defender membrane, which has a waterproof column rating of 10,000mm. (Note: The higher the waterproof rating, the more waterproof the fabric. With a waterproof rating of 10,000mm, the fabric will rapell a light rain or snow.) The fabric has a soft hand feel and is comfortable to wear.
Aside from being heavy, the pants are very comfortable to wear. The high back keep the kidneys covered and warm.
These pants are lightly insulated with a fleece lining and a raised back providing extra coverage and warmth.
Since the pants are insulated they are best for cold winter days. In the event that temps creep up or you have to push or hike, the inner vents with mesh lining do allow for airflow but these pants are primarily for resort use.
The pants have a high back and adjustable waist using Velcro tabs, preshaped knees, wide cuffs, and a moderately relaxed cut so you can add layers for particuarly cold days. I had a lot of room in the upper thighs, where the pants have a lot of material around the pockets. 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.
At $210, the Aoraki is a great value and a pant you can wear nearly all season except for really warm days. They are not as breathable or lightweight as a shell for spring or backcountry skiing.