Trew Tempest Pant ReviewMay 30, 2015
- Articulated knees
- Interior thigh vents
- Side cargo pocket
- Burly “Superfabric” cuff guards
- Zippers feel tight over hips
The Tempest women’s freeride pant is made with Trew’s Private Reserve 3-layer waterproof/breathable fabric, a Dermizax EV membrane and DWR treatment for triple protection. The nylon face and tricot backing helps to wick moisture. Tech details include laser cut and welded pockets, double-stitched critical seams, “Superfabric” reinforcement on the instep and cuff, articulated knees and hips, and mesh-lined upper thigh vents.
Quality of Materials
The Tempest will keep you dry thanks to Trew’s Private Reserve 3L waterproof and breathable fabric, a Dermizax EV membrane and a rugged nylon face and tricot backing with wicking properties. The “Superfabric” is really rugged and protects the inner cuff from rips and ski edge slices. The waist is cinched with a button fly (think Levi 501’s).
Thanks to the freeride fit, the Tempest pants are very comfortable and have a loose-fitting taper down the leg. The only place that felt tight was over the hipbones where the waterproof zippers run on the diagonal. Otherwise the pants fit comfortably and the exterior fabric has a nice hand feel.
The Tempest pants are a thick shell with enough room to layer underneath, though it might feel tight layering with a thick baselayer in the hip area.
These functional pants fit the freeride lifestyle thanks to waterproof/breathable fabric, lots of zippers, short internal mesh thigh vents, and wide cuffs with zips.
The Tempest runs a touch on the small side in the hips (the zippers can feel tight over wide hips), but they have a looser freeride fit everywhere else. The design offers room in the thigh and tapers through the articulated knee and then straightens to the boot. The cuffs are really wide, like bellbottoms (the antithesis of the mountaineering fit). The knees and hips are articulated for mobility. The Tempest has a flattering profile and fits well around the butt. 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.
$375 may seem a little pricey for the pants, but they fit well, perform and have a lot of freedom of movement.