Price US $480

Oakley Unification 2013 Review by A Better Ski

The Oakley Unification is a very solid bib pant for serious skiers that see a lot of deeper snow. The Oakley Unification offers great waterproofing, decent breathability, and a lot of cool features that skiers are going to like. It’s a great pant for skiers that spend a lot of time skiing and need a bit more technical pant.

Oakley Unification Technical Shell Review

Tester: Matt

Pant Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Oakley Unification shell has a 3-layer Gore-Tex build that is going to provide great waterproofing and decent breathability. These will be perfect for serious skiers that see a lot of powder, especially in wet climates where waterproofing is a big deal. Gore-Tex also offers good, but not great breathability. For those of you that run warm, the ventilation is great on these pants, and breathability becomes less of an issue.

Fit: The Oakley Unification is true to size, and offers a comfortable fit. The waist fits really well, and I didn’t notice the tight fit in the mid-section that I often see in Oakley pants. The legs are roomy without being overly loose. The bib also fit really well, and is a stretch material so you don’t feel restricted in any way.

Warmth: The Oakley Unification is a technical shell without insulation. This is typically what I want to see in a technical shell since those who need them often ride pretty hard. The pant does offer plenty of room for layering underneath when you need to, but they are cool enough to use when you’re working really hard. The ventilation is also fantastic on these pants.

Features: The Oakley Unification is a technical shell with a bunch of features serious skiers will want on the slopes. First is the removable bib that is great for skiing in the deep snow. You can take the bib off for the days when Mother Nature hasn’t been as kind. The Unification also has bomber weather protection to help keep you dry when the storm cycle is on. The fit is good, and the pocket placement is really good. Ventilation is also really good on these pants.

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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

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Inner + Outer

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

3 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Company Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Great

Warmth

Average