The Sogn Cargo pants are part of the Ullr collection aimed at freeriders, representing the higher end of Helly Hansen's range, with prices to match, although the beady eyed will notice some bargains in there - happily for us the Sogn Pant is one of them.
Borrowing technology from the rest of the Ullr range the Sogn pants perform well in the slackcountry. The 2L fabric is highly waterproof and breathes well, it can also stand up to plenty of abuse while hiking.
Insulation seems to be making somewhat of a resurgence in ski gear and the slither of Primaloft in the Sogn pant tells you why. It takes the edge off the cold without being clammy like ski pants of old. We know that synthetic Primaloft breathes well and dries quickly so it's a good choice for ski pants.
The Sogn pants don't restrict movement thanks to the well-judged fit and articulated knees, this is good for backcountry hiking where the inner thigh vents also help you dump out excess heat without showing off your wares, as can often be the case with outer thigh vents.
A reinforced bottom hem protects against wear although the more expensive pants in the Ullr range feature a more extensive reinforcement area.
The pocket zips aren't waterproof but the storm flaps do a decent job of keeping snow out, although spend all day in our lovely European moisture rich 'powder' and you're likely to feel a bit of moisture seepage in those areas.
These pants won't necessarily take you to the back of beyond, but for the resort based backcountry skier or snowboarder they're a perfect compromise between price and performance.