Words: Ryan Dunfee “The Base Grind”
A few years ago, when I became fully confident in my ironic and cynical outlook on the ski industry (about a year before I started writing for BroBomb), I decided it was time to dress appropriately. When I scoured soft good look books for form-fitting outerwear (My alternate description is “outerwear that fits”) that wouldn’t make me look like I had strapped a billowing boat tarp to my torso, I was disappointed to find not one tight pant from a single ski brand. I, like so many other pouting skiers hiding in the underground nethers of ski hipsterism, resorted to buying Holdens and stitching patches of Kevlar to the ankles so my edges wouldn’t tear up the delicate herringbone.
Fast-forward four years. If you didn’t think Saga, who owns the faux-ghetto look in skiing these days, would be making the hottest tight pant in the ski market, you wouldn’t be alone. Yet the Salt Lake outfit’s second such offering, the Fatigue Pant, will appease skiing’s emerging hipsters as well as those with tastes for reasonable fits. These pants reek of thoughtful function, and with 15K waterproofing, will also keep you dry on almost any fixie ride to the used record store. Indoors, a comfy fleece lining covers your ass and hamstrings, and mesh lines the back of the knees and calves to ensure catch-free bump lines… or grabs. Velcro cinches run the inside of the belt loop, since belts are way played these days.
The true genius of the Fatigues resides in the full-circumference crotch zipper. Those with serious crotch-rot issues during spring park sessions or summer glacier camps will fall in love with this feature, which provides a full 180-degree opening that allows unobstructed air passage to the consumer’s family jewels. Female skiers may not be so enthralled, but aspiring fans of obscure bands who also ski will be delighted in a well-conceived, well-executed set of pantaloons for their form-fitting fancy.
(This is The Base Grind, Dunfee’s weekly look at the idiosyncrasies and the idiots of the ski industry.)