At £199 we’re coming up to the really expensive products on test, so they need to be offering enough features and functions to justify their price tags – and The North Face’s Rockeller Pant is packed with them. The Rockeller Pant is a three-layer pair of ski trousers that uses a Hyvent membrane for water and wind-proofing, along with a polyurethane outer shell for durability and a Thinsulate Flex insulator to add warmth.
The trousers feature a zip integration system at the back which means you can zip them into your jacket’s snow skirt to prevent snow from coming in if your jacket starts to ride up – a great feature. A nice addition to these trousers is the Recco avalanche reflector which will help rescue teams locate you if you’re unfortunate to get buried under a ton of snow. Like a lot of the other trousers in this test, the ankles are reinforced and the ankle zips have an internal storm flap to keep the wet stuff out.
The inner liner’s comfortable to wear, and the waist’s lined with a fine fleece for added comfort. It’s great to see the addition of the Thinsulate Flex insulation, an incredibly warm insulating layer that moves with the body. To be honest, I can’t really fault the Rockeller Pants: they’re incredibly warm, great looking and comfortable to wear. My only wish is that the price were a little lower.