The Oakley Apache Biozone pant is part of Oakley’s Pro Rider Series. It’s a technical shell that has a high amount of waterproofing and breathability. It would be a good pant for serious skiers that spend a lot of time on the mountain.
Oakley Apache Biozone Ski Pant Review
Pant Size: S
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Oakley Apache Biozone pant has a Hydrogauge 20k laminate that is on the upper end of waterproofing and breathability. Most people would consider Gore-Tex to be the standard for high end waterproofing, and in our experience this is starting to get pretty close to that. One could argue that Gore-Tex is still better, but at that level only the most die hard skiers will notice a big difference. I think this would be a very solid pant in moderately wet conditions, and overkill for anyone that skis in a drier climate. Breathability is also pretty solid. This probably still wouldn’t be my first choice for a backcountry pant, but it offers enough breathability for those who might work a bit harder at the resort.
Fit: The Oakley Apache Biozone fits pretty true to size, but is slightly tight in the mid-waist. The nice thing is that the Apache has a stretch material that will move with you. So if you don’t mind a slightly tighter fit in the mid-waist it’s actually a really nice fit. I found it much better than some of Oakley’s lower end pants that tend to run really tight in the mid-section.
Warmth: The Oakley Apache Biozone has strategically placed insulation to keep you warm in the key places while still being good for active riders. It’s a very light insulation, but it does provide some warmth. This would be almost perfect for me on all but the extreme cold days. I do tend to run very warm though. I think this would be a great pant for active skiers who tend to work a bit harder on the mountain and generate a lot of heat. There’s insulation there for when you do cool down, but not too much that you’ll overheat.
Features: The Oakley Apache Bizone is a higher end technical shell with strategic insulation, high waterproofing and plenty of breathability. In addition, it has well placed pockets, and a removable storm skirt that is compatible with the Oakley Apache jacket.