The Spyder Dare Athletic Fit is a solid resort pant for skiers of all types. It comes in bold colors, and offers solid performance for all over the mountain.
Warmth: The Spyder Dare has a moderate amount of 3M Thinsulate insulation. While these might not be the warmest pants on the market, they will definitely hold up to some pretty cold days on the mountain. I almost always use a lined shell without insulation and never have any issues with running cold. For me, the Spyder Dare would be fine on the coldest days with only a light base layer underneath. I do run warm though, and not everyone will find them warm enough. I’d say the average person would probably be fine in 20’s and 30’s with those of us who run warm (or are very active) would probably be fine even into the single digits.
Waterproofing: The Spyder Dare comes with Spyder’s Xt.L 20k laminate and Spylon DWR. This combination is actually pretty good in wet weather. I’ve never had any issues with wetting out any of my Spyder gear. It’s important to note that I mostly ski Colorado where conditions are generally pretty dry, but even on really wet spring days the Xt.L 20k has been solid. The Spyder Dare would hold up pretty well for most places, and even be overkill in dryer climates. Those who ski in rain or really wet snow would probably be okay, but there are several fabrics (Gore-Pro, Dry Q Elite) that would hold up slightly better. The seams are fully sealed, and the Spyder Dare does have water-resistant zippers helping to increase protection from wet weather.
Breathability: I found the Spyder Dare to be good, but not great in breathability. The Xt.L laminate does a decent job of venting moisture, but it doesn’t do it at a very high rate. In other words I still tend to notice sweat building up on the inside of the jacket when I’m really working hard, but as I slow down I feel like they breathe pretty well. I also found that the leg vents were pretty small, and with the mesh lining they didn’t tend to let a whole lot of air in or out. It’s nice because it keeps snow out, but I do like air flow as well.
Fit: The fit was pretty true to size, but they are a slightly relaxed fit. The articulated knees make them feel quite baggy in that area, but it is nice to have that mobility. If you want a more slimming or flattering pant then you’ll probably want something more tailored. The suspenders are nice, but I’d also like to see more of a bib style. You have a small amount of fabric up the back, but I like it when I have a bib in front. This isn’t a huge deal, but just be aware that these are not really a bib as much as a ski pant with suspenders.
Features: The Spyder Dare has an anti-abrasion overlay to increase durability and keep the pants from snagging. They also have scuff guards to reduce cutting from ski edges or boots. The Spyder dare has two hand warming pockets, and a cargo pocket, but they aren’t very big. I’d like to see a bit deeper pockets for gear, but if you have nothing to store it’s not an issue. I do love that the Spyder Dare I made with a slightly stretch fabric that helps to improve mobility and fit. I also appreciate the water-resistant zippers, removable suspenders, and pant to jacket interface.
Overall the Spyder Dare is a pretty solid resort pant. They perform well in moderately wet weather, and offer moderate warmth for colder days on the mountain.
Pant Size – S – Regular
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.
Turn Off’s: Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.