List Price US $225
Type Insulated Pant
Treatment Type
Insert Type
Insulation Type Thinsulate
Taped Seams None
Waterproof Zippers No
Bib No
Jacket to Pant Interface No
Venting Inner
Meshed Vents Yes
Layer Count 2 Layer
Company Waterproof Rating 20K
Company Breathability Rating 20K
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Great
Breathability Great
Warmth Good




2018 Descente Stock pant Review by A Better Ski

Today I am looking at the Descente Stock pant.  This is a lightly insulated and highly weatherproof ski pant with a comfortable feel and casual look.  I have to admit that these are the pants that I currently use and I really do love them.  They have a nice soft feel and like to move where I move without effort.  Now that I am reviewing gear, lets take a look at them critically and see if they hold up to standards.

Special thanks to Kittredge Sports in Mammoth Lakes

Tester: Dan

Size: L

Waterproofing and Breath-ability: The Descente Stock pant has a 20k waterproofing rating which will allow this pant to repel water in any conditions except for a full on rain storm. Under winter conditions, this waterproofing level will keep water from getting in. After a couple of years use now I can report that under heavy, wet snowfall, these pants start to soak through after an hour or so. If you are planning on being in heavily wet conditions, I would think about picking up something made from Gore-Tex.  For all other conditions, these pants keep me dry and comfortable.  They also have a good amount of breath-ability for those touring or hiking days.  I have been on a 12 hour hike with these pants, vertical the whole way, and my legs didn’t feel damp at all.

Warmth: The Descente Stock pant features 3M THINSULATE 40G insulation.  I really like the versatility of this level of insulation.  It is light enough to wear on a spring day with the vents open or heavy enough to wear with some thermal leggings for days that drop into the teens and below. High 20’s to low 40’s they are perfect just the way they are.

Fit:  Fitting true to their size, the Descente Stock pant has a soft and comfortable feel.  All the way lose, they didn’t quite fall of my hips. Cinched down all the way,  i’m sure a 32″ waist would fit.  I don’t think you could get a 36″ into these pants. If you are in between, go with the larger waist size on these pants.  They have a casual fit and feel with excellent mobility.

Features: Waist Adjuster; Inside Ventilation; Bottom Leg Zip; Back Pocket; Waterproof Leg Pocket; Durable Edge Guard

Bottom Line:  When I originally purchased these pants I did so because I liked the way they looked, fit and felt and the price made my budget (I wish I could afford to have Gore-Tex everything but. . .)  3 Years later and after hundreds of days on the hill, I am reluctant to give them up as I like old comfortable things and while these pants have over 300 days, they are still functional and comfortable and relatively rip-free.  That is saying something since I do come in contact with many tree branches on a regular basis.  I highly recommend these pants for all skiers for most every condition

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