The Outdoor Research White Room pant is a technical softshell built for die hard skiers. It’s built with a stretch nylon that moves with you, and a flannel backer for a little extra warmth. A Gore-Tex membrane offers top of the line waterproofing, while still offering decent breathability. Overall it’s a solid pant for those who spend a lot of time on the mountain.
Outdoor Research White Room Ski Pant In-Studio Video Review
Pant Size: S
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Outdoor Research White Room pant offer Gore-Tex protection in a softshell. You don’t often see this combination, but it’s one that I love. Gore-Tex provides top of the line waterproofing that will keep you dry in the harshest conditions. However, Gore-Tex isn’t the most breathable material out there. It’s definitely not bad, but it’s also not great. When combined with a breathable soft-shell however, the pant breathes much better than a standard hardshell. These still might not be my go-to pant for boot packing, but at the resort these will be just about as much pant as I need.
Fit: The fit is pretty true to size on the Outdoor Research White Room pant, but it doesn’t feel like a relaxed fit pant. The waist fits fine, but it’s the mid waist that feels a little tight. The rest of the leg feels slightly relaxed, but not overly baggy. I’d like to see a bit more room at the hand pockets. This is an area that I often find tighter, even if the waist fits perfectly. Those with smaller thighs and butt will probably find it much better, but those of us with larger thighs will have to suffer with it being a bit tight, or size up.
Warmth: The Outdoor Research White Room pant is a soft-shell without insulation. However, a flannel backer adds a little extra warmth (and comfort) making them feel warmer than you might think. I run warm, and would probably only have to layer on the coldest days.
Features: I love that the Outdoor Research White Room pant is a soft-shell with a Gore-Tex membrane for added protection from the elements. You don’t often see this combination. I also love that the pant has both inner and outer vents that are not backed with mesh. This allows me to open them much wider, and allow more air to flow through when I need it to.