The Marmot Mantra is a solid every day shell that could become your go-to pant for most days on the mountain. It is part of Marmot’s Freeride collection, and offers solid protection from the elements. Marmot MemBrain offers solid waterproofing that will keep you dry in a light snow. Marmot MemBrain is also designed to help keep you dry from the inside out. It’s not the most breathable fabric on the market, but it does a solid enough job at the resort to be an everyday pant. There is no insulation, but the pant has a soft lining that helps to add a bit of warmth. I usually just ski with a pair of shorts under my pants (even my shells), and I still feel plenty warm most days. When you get too warm, just open the leg vents, and they do a decent job of cooling you off. The Marmot Mantra has a loose fit, and offers plenty of extra room for layering on the really cold days. Usually with loose fitting pants they seem really baggy, but the Mantra is loose without feeling like they are too big. I don’t like to have a ton of extra material, but I also don’t want to feel like I’m restricted. I went with the small, but felt like I still had plenty of room for movement. This is aided by the articulated knees, and even if I had sized down I felt like I’d still not feel too restricted. One thing to note is that the legs do seem to run a bit long, and it doesn’t look like Marmot offers the Mantra in a short, medium, or long option. If you need to size up for one reason or another, you may find the legs to be a little long. Need to bring a lot of things with you? Not a problem since this pant has two zippered and flapped hand pockets, a zippered leg pocket, and two zippered back pockets. Another nice feature is the zippered ankle that allows you widen the bottom of the pant leg if you want. Overall, The Marmot Mantra is a great option for those who want a little more performance than the motion, but don’t need the top of the line waterproofing or breathability. I wouldn’t recommend The Marmot Mantra shell for those who spend a lot of time hiking, but for those of you who spend a lot of time on the lift, the Marmot Mantra is a solid everyday pant.
Pant Size – S
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.