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A classic pair of ski pants at a highly accessible price the Icemania has been out there for a while and still stacks up well against the competition.

salomon icemania
Overall Score
Exceptionally comfortable
Soft material could lead to premature wear

Straight off the bat these are some of the most comfortable ski pants we've worn having a soft inner that's great next to the skin. Warmth builds up nicely as soon as you put these on and remains at a steady temperature throughout the day. We think that the 60g of AdvancedSkin Warm insulation in the Icemania pants is just right for most recreational skiing. Despite the insulation we've found the Icemania pants to be breathable during common law garden piste skiing and there are a pair of inner thigh vents which run from below the groin to just above the knee with mesh inners should you start to overheat. The zips for these are water resistant rather than waterproof but there are storm flaps on top and unless you're rolling around in deep, wet snow they keep moisture firmly on the outside. Industry standard waterproofing is achieved elsewhere with fully sealed seams and a 10,000mm rating.

The two fleece lined pockets are shallow, but you can fit a phone in one and wallet in the other, as with the leg vents these have water resistant rather than water proof zips with storm flaps.

Outer material is soft and stretchy, and articulation is actually rather good for a budget pant, the waistband is as comfortable as they come and there's a neat velcro adjuster to cinch it in. The softer material may not be as durable as a stiff, crinkly fabric but given a few weeks skiing a year these will probably last you a decade and will be much more comfortable in the process. The most vulnerable area of the pants, the instep has been reinforced with a thicker, more abrasion resistant material to guard against damage from ski boots.

In conclusion these are a safe bet if most if your skiing is done within resort boundaries.

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