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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Spyder Nordwand Pants

Comfortable pants built to handle all backcountry conditions.

by: Kelly Bastone

(Andrew Bydlon)
(Andrew Bydlon)

Powder Pants
With features tailored to the backcountry, the Nordwand keeps ski mountaineers comfortable in all conditions. A stretchy neoprene waistband extends from hips to rib cage. “With 10 inches of overlap between my pants and shell, it was impossible for snow to enter,” reports our tester, who wore the pants skiing Colorado Fourteeners. Climbing hard? Vents on the outer and inner thigh create cross-flow ventilation. And the three-layer construction (using a proprietary membrane) offers good breathability and waterproofness. But the inner gaiters don’t cinch snugly around mountaineering or hiking boots, making the Nordwand ski-specific. $400; 1 lb. 4 oz. (m’s L); unisex S-XXL; spyder.com



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