Price US $395

Marmot Freerider 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Marmot Freerider pant is a rock solid bomb-proof shell made for those who spend a lot of time skiing. It has a heavy face fabric for great durability and Gore-Tex membrane laminate and fully taped seems for great protection in the wettest conditions. These things seem pretty darn solid, and well built.  The fit is loose, but they don’t feel extra baggy. The small fit best for me, although even the small runs a bit longer. I didn’t find it too bad, but as you size up you need to keep that in mind. The medium fit okay in the waist, but just felt a bit too baggy. The Marmot Freerider pant isn’t insulated, but being 3 layers, it seems to feel a bit warmer than other shells might. The outer shell is also pretty heavy weight, and seems to help keep them a bit more insulated than other lighter shells. The loose fit does offer plenty of room for layering, but if you’re like me, you won’t need a whole lot underneath to stay warm. Even though the pant does seem a bit warmer than other shells, the Gore-Tex Performance breathes pretty well and I wouldn’t hesitate to use this as a backcountry pant. If you do get warm the vents on the outside of the leg provide a quick way to release heat, and moisture. The coolest feature of the Marmot Freerider pant has to be the suit system that allows you to zip these pants into a compatible jacket to make it one piece for when in the really deep snow. It has plenty of pockets for storage, all of which are water resistant. The ankle zips are a nice touch and I love the movement you get with articulated knees. Overall, the Marmot Freerider pant is a fantastic pant built to handle any conditions and any terrain. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the backcountry, sidecountry, or resort riding, the Marmot Freerider pant will keep you dry and warm so you can keep skiing all day long.

Pant Size – S

Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam,  22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.

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Type

Shell

Treatment Type

Gore-Tex Laminate

Insert Type

Gore-Tex

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Bib

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Outer

Meshed Vents

Layer Count

2 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Company Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Great

Breathability

Great

Warmth

Average