These understated ski pants from Peak Performance didn’t immediately attract my attention –charcoal black and plain looking, and why the high price tag? First there’s the tech – a 3 layer Gore-Tex outer shell, waterproof and breathable. I got caught out in heavy rain and had to stay out on the mountain for several hours (don’t ask), but I was the only person in my group with dry legs at the end of the day. Underneath there’s just enough insulation (material: Pinneco) and I like that – shell pants are fine in warmer weather but I prefer insulated pants, they help keep my whole body warmer, especially if the thermometer dips below minus 8 or 9. With a decent baselayer underneath, they kept me toasty warm on one day that hit minus 20 degrees. The styling seems to combine a slick, sporty look with enough give not to end in embarrassment as one tries to sit down on a bar stool. The lower cuff zips hold the pants snuggly around my ski boots, stopping any snow from getting in and preventing uplift. They don’t have shoulder straps, which is a downside for me, but a decent belt ensures they sit comfortably around my waist. The plain black means you can pair it with any jacket, and I suspect that if you look around online you’ll find a price that beats the RRP.
► Verdict: Understated on the outside but serious on the inside.
► Best for: Sporty skiers who spend all day out on the mountain.
Review by Rob Stewart