The Obermeyer Essex is a pretty standard insulated ski pant. They have a few interesting choices for color and texture that are meant to give you more style, but we found some of them a little different. These aren’t a bad pant, but definitely geared a little bit more to the casual resort skier that is more concerned with looks than performance.
Obermeyer Essex Ski Pant Review
Pant Size: 8
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Obermeyer Essex have a standard 10k/10k waterproof and breathable fabric. This is pretty standard entry level tech and more suited to the casual skier who doesn’t need a ton of waterproof or breathable tech.
Fit: The Obermeyer Essex do run a little bit small. We like that have traditional women’s sizing, but our tester wears an 8 in most pants, and preferred the fit of the 10 in the Essex. The fit is pretty comfortable, as long as you find the right size for you.
Warmth: The Obermeyer Essex provides a moderate amount of insulation and warmth. They aren’t great for super cold days, but perfectly fine for most days on the snow.
Features: The Obermeyer Essex is a pretty standard resort pant. It has two hand warming pockets with water-resistant zippers, and a zip thigh pocket for some smaller items. The knees are articulated, and the material is a full motion stretch for added mobility. The inside is a brushed lining and the waist has a fleece liner. They also have reinforced knees and butt for added durability.
Bottom Line: The Obermeyer Essex is a pretty standard resort pant. It has a moderate amount of insulation, and standard entry level waterproof protection. This would be an okay pant for casual skiers that don’t need the best in high end tech and won’t be spending a ton of days on the snow.