The Salomon Response is a standard entry level insulated pant that would work well for the resort skier. It has an active fit and plenty of features for a day at the resort.
Salomon Response Insulated Ski Pant Review
Pant Size: M
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Salomon Response offers standard 10k waterproofing and breathability that would be good for casual resort skiers. If you plan on spending a lot of time in wet conditions, you’ll want to look for better tech. However, this is generally okay for most casual skiers that are only going to be out several times a season, and won’t ski in mush more than a moderate snowfall.
Fit: The Salomon Response has a tight active fit. I have found that Salomon pants tend to run a little on the small side, and the active fit only exaggerates this more. If you like a tight fit the Response will be fine, but those who like a standard or loose fit will probably only get that by sizing up. The other downside for me is that the pockets really don’t work well with the active fit and placement on the front. If I went with the small, the pockets would be useless for me. Even in the medium, the pockets are quite tight. That pant is comfortable otherwise; it’s just not great for those of us with larger legs. On the plus side, the knees are articulated and help with overall mobility.
Warmth: The Salomon Response has 60g of synthetic insulation. This is going to provide a solid amount of warmth and hold up pretty well on cold days. I think for most people, you’ll never really have to wear a ton of layers underneath, even on the coldest days of the season. However, if you’re the type of skier that always runs cold, you’ll probably want some good base layers underneath for extra warmth.
Features: The Salomon Response is a pretty standard resort pant. It has two hand warming pockets, and one cargo pocket. I don’t really like the positioning of the hand warming pockets because they are pretty tight and hard to use. The cargo pocket is perfectly fine, and does have a very small pocket above that. The back-side has a fake pocket which really annoys the hell out of me. I know it looks stylish, but either give me a pocket or don’t. I really don’t have any need for a fake pocket, but that’s just my preference. Maybe you love them, and that’s ok. The Response does have inner leg vents with mesh linings. Again, these are okay, but I prefer vents without mesh. This is a warm pant, and you’re going to need to vent some warm air on occasion. The knees are articulated for better mobility. I like this a lot, but the overall fit is still pretty tight. The seams are 100% taped, and there is a pant powder skirt, and adjustable waist band to keep snow out.
Bottom Line: The Salomon Response is a pretty standard insulated resort pant. It offers good warmth, and plenty of features in an active fit. It has just enough waterproofing and features for a day on the snow.