Price US $290

Oakley Apache 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Oakley Apache Biozone pant is part of Oakley’s Pro Rider Series. It’s a technical shell that has a high amount of waterproofing and breathability. It would be a good pant for serious skiers that spend a lot of time on the mountain.

Oakley Apache Biozone Ski Pant Review

Tester: Matt

Pant Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Oakley Apache Biozone pant has a Hydrogauge 20k laminate that is on the upper end of waterproofing and breathability. Most people would consider Gore-Tex to be the standard for high end waterproofing, and in our experience this is starting to get pretty close to that. One could argue that Gore-Tex is still better, but at that level only the most die hard skiers will notice a big difference. I think this would be a very solid pant in moderately wet conditions, and overkill for anyone that skis in a drier climate. Breathability is also pretty solid. This probably still wouldn’t be my first choice for a backcountry pant, but it offers enough breathability for those who might work a bit harder at the resort.

Fit: The Oakley Apache Biozone fits pretty true to size, but is slightly tight in the mid-waist. The nice thing is that the Apache has a stretch material that will move with you. So if you don’t mind a slightly tighter fit in the mid-waist it’s actually a really nice fit. I found it much better than some of Oakley’s lower end pants that tend to run really tight in the mid-section.

Warmth: The Oakley Apache Biozone has strategically placed insulation to keep you warm in the key places while still being good for active riders. It’s a very light insulation, but it does provide some warmth. This would be almost perfect for me on all but the extreme cold days. I do tend to run very warm though. I think this would be a great pant for active skiers who tend to work a bit harder on the mountain and generate a lot of heat. There’s insulation there for when you do cool down, but not too much that you’ll overheat.

Features: The Oakley Apache Bizone is a higher end technical shell with strategic insulation, high waterproofing and plenty of breathability. In addition, it has well placed pockets, and a removable storm skirt that is compatible with the Oakley Apache jacket.

 

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Type

Shell

Treatment Type

Other

Insert Type

Other

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Bib

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Inner

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

3 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

20K

Company Breathability Rating

20K

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Great

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Average