The Lib Tech Wayne Pant is a solid semi-technical shell for those that ski in wetter climates. It features a loose freestyle fit, 20k waterproofing, fleece lined knees and butt, and YKK water resistant zippers.
Lib Tech Wayne Pant Review
Pant Size: S
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Lib Tech Wayne pant is in Lib Techs Storm Factory series which features a waterproof and breathable 20k/15k membrane. Not only is this membrane reaching the upper level of waterproofing, it’s also relatively environmentally friendly. Lib Tech uses 50-100% recycled face fabrics and recyclable stretch membranes without PTFE. Sometimes we get a little worried about waterproof materials that are “environmentally friendly”. It’s not that we don’t love that aspect of it, it’s just that sometimes they don’t work as well as other membranes. Lib Tech has found a way to give us the best of both worlds, and that is really awesome! At 20k the membrane isn’t quite as good as Gore-Tex, but it’s starting to approach the upper level waterproofing. It would be more than enough for anyone in a dry area, and still pretty damn good in really wet climates. Lib Tech was born in the wet Pacific North West, and the gear they make reflects that.
Fit: The Lib Tech Wayne pant has a freestyle type fit with a loose baggy feel. It’s not overly loose though, and I still feel that it’s pretty true to size. I do have to tighten down the waist a bit, but when I do it fits perfectly fine. The knees are articulated for a greater range of motion. There’s plenty of room underneath for layering if you need to.
Warmth: The Lib Tech Wayne pant is not an insulated shell, but it does have a soft inside liner, and fleece on the knees and butt. They offer a small amount of warmth, but won’t be great for the coldest days.
Features: The Lib Tech Wayne pant is a semi-technical shell with very solid waterproofing and breathability. The Wayne also has a loose fit and feel, and articulated knees for better mobility. I also really like the fleece knees and butt since those are areas that tend to get cold easier. This would be a great pant for those more serious skiers that are going to see some wet weather throughout the season, but also don’t want to throw down $400 for a more technical shell. It’s really hard to beat this level of waterproofing for $250.