The Flylow Chemical is a great pant for serious skiers that need higher end waterproofing and breathability, as well as some extra durability. These are perfect for ski patrollers or hard charging skiers that are going to put the pants through the wringer and need them to hold up well.
Flylow Chemical Ski Pant Review
Pant Size: M
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Flylow Chemical pant has a 20k/20k 3-layer waterproof and breathable membrane. Although it’s not the best you can get, it’s starting to get into that top tier, and really should be more than enough waterproofing and breathability for most skiers. The only place I might recommend going with a higher tech waterproof fabric would be for those that are consistently skiing in the rain. For those of us that never really see rain, the Chemical pant should be more than enough to keep us dry. Breathability is also starting to get into the top tier. It’s not quite on par with Gore Pro or Event, but unless you’re consistently boot packing on warm days in the backcountry, you’ll probably not have the need for anything more.
Fit: The Flylow Chemical pant has a loose freestyle fit. I’m typically between a size small and medium, and for me personally I prefer the fit of the small. The medium fits a bit too loose and just feels and looks sloppy. The small is just about perfect, giving me plenty of room underneath to layer. The freestyle fit allows me to maneuver well on its own, but Flylow also incorporates articulation in the knees for added mobility. This is a great fit for those who value mobility, and like the extra room of the freestyle fit.
Warmth: The Flylow Chemical is a 3-layer shell, but doesn’t have any insulation. Still, the thick shell helps make this pant feel warmer than most 3-layer shells, and with the right layers underneath can be darn right toasty. I could easily use this pant all season long here in the Rockies, I just need to smart about layering.
Features: The Flylow Chemical is built with a rugged and durable feel. This is a great utility pant that works really well in the backcountry, at the resort, and while working in the snow. The most noticeable feature is the thick 1000D Cordura knee pads and cuffs. This design is meant to withstand some abuse, and will hold up season after season. The knee box is also articulated for better mobility, so not only is this durable, it’s also very functional. The Flylow Chemical also has a cross vent system of ventilation, allowing for some great air flow in/out of the pants.
Bottom Line: The Flylow Chemical area great pant for those who are tough on pants. These things are designed with utility in mind, and you can use them while working on the snow or working the skis down the mountain. They have top tier waterproofing and breathability, and a cross flow vent system to keep your temperature regulated.