The fabric of the Diamir pants is 80D pro shell which I have found to be very hard wearing. With super light fabrics I can easily destroy clothing in less than a season but after a hard season of skiing there is very little wear. I often find zips can be a weak point as Iím not very gentle with them up in the mountains but have had no issues with the reasonably burly zips of the Diamir. For the average user this should equate to a very long life span. For something so hard wearing †the weight has been kept reasonably low. By keeping the design simple and well fitted without excess fabric the weight has been kept to 1335g for the jacket and trousers combined.
The trousers have some very nice details, the articulated knee means they sit perfectly when in a skiing position and the large reinforced kick strips have protected the trousers from damage from my ski edges and even a few glances from my crampons. The trousers also have a venting zips on each for easy temperature control. The gaiter fits perfectly over a ski boot but is also removable if you donít want to use them. A zip allows the trousers to expand around the ankle witch would be a great advantage if you were using Dynafit boots in touring mode with the buckle sticking out of the side. The lower pockets have really handy little clips in them you can attach things to so that you donít drop them in the snow when you open the pocket, which I have done many times before and are also still accessible when wearing a harness.
Ben Briggs is a blogger who moved to Chamonix in 2006 to follow his passion for skiing. Initially a free-rider, he quickly grew an interest in steep skiing and alpinism, and to date has skied over 50 extreme ski descents around the alps including many rarely skied test pieces. His aspiration is to take his free-ride style of skiing to the greater ranges on expedition, pushing the boundaries of where it is possible to ski. Click here to see his blog.
Mountain Equipment Diamir Pant Features:
- 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro 80D
- Active fit and Storm Construction
- Integrated belt and removable, adjustable braces
- 2 hand pockets and 2 thigh pockets
- 2 thigh vents
- Zip out softshell gaiters
- Offset knee length zips with internal gusset
- Dyneema reinforced kick strips and hem
Colour: Kiwi or Marine