The Obermeyer Bond II is a stylish light-weight softshell pant with a performance fit. This is really geared towards the casual skier that wants a softshell, and is more about fit and style than performance on the snow.
Obermeyer Bond II Ski Pant Review
Pant Size: 8
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Obermeyer Bond II lacks any real waterproof fabric. They are water-resistant but really not meant for really wet snow or rain. These would be good for dry and mild days on the snow. These pants are decently breathable though. These would be good for active resort skiers, but doesn’t really have the features of a backcountry pant.
Fit: The Obermeyer Bond II is a performance fit and feels really tight. We have found with most Obermeyer, the size 8 runs a bit small (at least in the active and performance fit). If you have a larger butt and thighs, then you’ll probably have to size up to get a good fit. The nice thing about the Bond II is that it has a stretch material, and Ski Contour fit. This gives the pant more mobility, even with the tighter fit. This is definitely geared towards a certain body type and preference for tight pants.
Warmth: The Obermeyer Bond II is a light-weight softshell without any real insulation. These would be good for mild days on the snow, but not very good for cold days. They also don’t offer a whole lot of room underneath for layering. These are made more for performance skiers that are going to ski very hard and work up a decent sweat, but may not spend the entire day out on the snow.
Features: The Obermeyer Bond II is a pretty basic softshell. It’s not really going to be a great choice for serious backcountry or freeride skiers, but maybe better for casual front-side skier. It only has one pocket on the front that is quite small, and that’s about it.
Bottom Line: The Obermeyer Bond II is a casual softshell ski pant that would be good for those skiers that only spend a small amount of time on the snow before heading to après with the friends. You can use them on the mountain, but probably better suited to around town winter protection.