With warmer temperatures ahead, it’s time to shed the restrictive body armor you’ve been wearing all winter, and as Nacho Libre says, “Sometimes when you are skier, you wear stretchy pants.”
Actually, he said when you are “a man,” not “a skier,” but, you know, fiction can be fun.
The Arc’teryx Procline FL is just such a stretchy pant, and fits the bill as an ideal companion for spring forays into the mountains. It has all the well-built features you need for being the super rad guy (or gal, since it’s available in a women’s cut, too)--such as reinforced cuff guards to ward off attacks by crampons--yet is constructed with Burly Double Weave softshell. This means that it holds up to abuse, but won’t hold you back as you climb and ski. In fact, I find that the stretch kind of springs me forward from one slushy turn to the next, but maybe that’s just me.
Being that it comes from the brilliant minds at Arc’teryx, the Procline FL includes many finer points and attention to detail. The integrated gusset on the cuff allows the pant to be adjustable to different kinds of boots. The half side zips offer ventilation via pleasing zippers that are almost fun to pull, and mesh backing keeps snow from filling your pants. There are two side pockets, and one bigger cargo pocket on the right leg, which I fill with a bandana, energy gummies, and sunscreen. There is no rear pocket, however, and the belt is minimalist as part of a design intended to fit seamlessly beneath a harness. Lastly, low-profile suspenders are removable.
The Procline FL will keep you warm in a spring squall, but you’d probably want something with more waterproofing during heavy and wet spring storms. But for warm-weather jaunts in the mountains, you can’t go wrong with this ultra-comfortable utility pant from Arc’teryx.