List Price US $200
Type Insulated Pant
Treatment Type
Insert Type
Insulation Type Other
Taped Seams Fully Taped
Waterproof Zippers No
Bib No
Jacket to Pant Interface
Venting Inner
Meshed Vents
Layer Count 2 Layer
Company Waterproof Rating 10K
Company Breathability Rating 15K
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Good
Breathability Great
Warmth Good




2018 Mountain Hardwear Highball pant Review by A Better Ski

Today I am taking a look at the Mountain Hardwear Highball pant.  These are a durable and insulated pant with a classic look and excellent craftsmanship.  At first glance, they look like every other black pant on the market.  Let’s see how they stand up to a closer look.


Tester: Dan

Size: L;reg

Waterproofing and Breath-ability: These pants feature Dry.Q  Core, a proprietary design of Mountain Hardwear. Like eVent, Dry.Q begins to breathe as soon as you put it on, as oppose to other fabrics that won’t start to breathe until your body temperature has already started to rise.  With the addition of two meshed leg vents, these pants score a great on the breath-ability scale.  There is no published waterproofing rating on the Dry. Q core material but from information I can find, it seems like it is somewhere on the scale between 10k and 15k levels.  This will be good enough for skiers experiencing average, winter-like conditions. Not for a rainy day but frozen snow, no problem.

Warmth:  The Mountain Hardwear Highball pant has Thermal.Q™ 80 g/m² insulation which is warm enough for temperatures down to freezing levels. Any colder and I would want some leggings.  Staying warm also means staying dry and these pants come through on the breath-ability keeping things dry and cozy for your day on the slopes.

Fit:  I tried on the L regular size and I thought that they fit like a pair of 34 jeans.  With the adjustable hip Velcro straps fully open, these pants fit loosely but comfortably on my hips.  I would guess that a 35″ waist would be the max for this size pant.  Cinched down tightly, the waist fit snugly, high and tight.  I thought the length was good and the pants didn’t feel baggy or restrictive.

Features: Thermal.Q insulation for lightweight warmth; Dry.Q waterproof, breathable, seam-sealed 2L construction; 2 zip hand warmer pockets, 1 large cargo pocket at right thigh; Adjustable waist plus jacket powder skirt integration system; RECCO® avalanche rescue reflector; Inner-thigh vents.

Bottom Line:  Solid pants from Mountain Hardwear. The Highball pant are well made and durable. They have a classic ski pant fit with all the extras to make these pants a good choice for your average winter-like conditions.

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