The Patagonia Primo pants are a stripped down pair of ski trousers that offer serious skiers and boarders a very lightweight (484g) alternative to the bulkier ski pants on the market. They use Patagonia’s own H2No waterproof fabric with a stretch woven nylon shell for durability and a well-designed fit for manoeuvrability. As with most Patagonia products, you can expect to pay a high price, but this is usually backed up by a quality product.
The trousers feature a high backed waist for extra coverage if your jacket rides up, and the waist is lined with a soft and comfortable fabric. Loops on the back of the pants enable you to fit them to a Patagonia ski jacket’s snow skirt, which stops snow from getting in if you take a tumble. At the bottom of the trousers, the snow gaiters are adjustable to allow them to fit tightly over your boots.
I wouldn’t wear the trousers without thermals while skiing, but if you find yourself over heating there are ventilation zips on the thighs to let some cooling air in. There are three pockets: two in the place where you would expect pockets, and one on the thigh which has an integrated pass holder. All pockets have water-resistant zips.
While these trousers may have an exceedingly high price tag, and you might have to think about re-mortgaging your house to buy a pair. Patagonia has made an exceedingly good pair of trousers here, as Mr Kipling would say, and with their light weight and low bulk, they’re just as useful for winter mountaineering as they are for skiing.