Hands-on Gear Review

Marmot Women's Freerider Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:  $380 List
Pros:  Insulated and well-vented, Gore-Tex waterproofing, All pockets are zippered pockets
Cons:  More expensive, No Recco, Somewhat heavy
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Main fabric:  100% Polyester, with GORE-TEX membrane
Insulation/Lining:  40 g Thermal R™ insulation
Waterproofing:  GORE-TEX
Manufacturer:   Marmot

Our Verdict

The Women's Freerider is Discontinued as of Winter 2017
With 40 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, GORE-TEX weatherproofing, five zippered pockets, and a great ventilation system, The Marmot Women's Freerider ski pant definitely deserved our Editors' Choice award. This pant is ideal for the resort and versatile enough for the occasional backcountry tour. Additionally, our testers found the Marmot Freerider's looser, relaxed fit to be super comfortable and mobile, without being overly baggy.

We loved that our Editors' Choice winner pairs a moderate amount of insulation with long, mesh-less vents along the outer thighs. We found that the open vents offered quick relief from built up heat when needed, while the insulation recovered heat just as quickly when zipped back up. Our snowboarder testers especially appreciated this pant's Reversed Brushed Tricot Seat (a reinforced water resistant layer) while chillin' on their backsides. This is also a great feature for newbie boarders, as you may spend some time with your rear in the snow. Although it's fairly pricey, if you plan to keep hitting the slopes for years to come, it's a sensible investment. Its colors are bright and stylish without being too trendy and the fit is both casual and refined. Overall, this garment features quality design and superior materials/construction; our multifaceted Editors' Choice award winner will be your go to for every type of weather at the resort.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Alexis McLean & Amanda Fenn

Last Updated:
Tuesday
May 6, 2014

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The Marmot Women's Freerider insulated ski pant is an essential piece of gear for ski resort enthusiasts looking for a highly functional and stylish piece of gear that will last with hardcore use for many seasons. As our Editors' Choice award winner, this pant comes highly recommended. It uses high-quality GORE-TEX materials and comes fitted a wide array of useful features…hello, five zippered pockets?? We're in love.

Performance Comparison



On a snowy powder day  our shred betty tester rejoices in the snow  wearing the Marmot Freerider.  The Freeriders proved to be durable  weatherproof  and extremely warm through all tests and deserves the Editors' Choice award  hands down.
On a snowy powder day, our shred betty tester rejoices in the snow, wearing the Marmot Freerider. The Freeriders proved to be durable, weatherproof, and extremely warm through all tests and deserves the Editors' Choice award, hands down.

Comfort & Fit


Our testers were super happy with the level of comfort and the easy fit of the Marmot Women's Freerider. We tested a size small, which fit comfortably on women size 6-8, but were distinctly larger on our size 4 tester. If you're a size 4 and want a relaxed fit, you can still adjust the waist band with the exterior velcro tabs, but you may want to also try on an extra small. Overall, the Freerider has a looser, but stylish fit that definitely does not leave you looking like a terrain park rat with your waist band at your knees.

This ski pant has lots of comfy features ranging from fleece-lined hand and butt pockets to articulated knee stitching for added mobility. Our testers agreed that the feel of the outer fabric is surprisingly soft on these pants; even though it is the outside layer, this added element made this garment feel extra cozy. Additionally, this piece has ankle zips that allow the pant to easily fit over large ski or snowboard boots, and it has a full zip powder skirt that attaches to the pants and Marmot jackets. This adds an extra degree of warmth and comfort that only bibs or a one-piece design can offer. All in all, the Freerider pant is high on the comfort and convenience scale while being technically sound for all weather conditions at the resort.

With belt loops  exterior waist adjusters  soft fabric  and a two button clasp on the waist  this pant is comparable to the Patagonia Snowbelle  North Face Freedom  and Arc'teryx Sentinel in comfort. Here  our size 6 tester wears a small.
With belt loops, exterior waist adjusters, soft fabric, and a two button clasp on the waist, this pant is comparable to the Patagonia Snowbelle, North Face Freedom, and Arc'teryx Sentinel in comfort. Here, our size 6 tester wears a small.

Weather Resistance


Because this ski pant is constructed with GORE-TEX 2L (a lightweight version of GORE-TEX technology) it is superior in waterproofing to products that only have a water resistance finish. The makers of GORE-TEX are extremely strict with manufacturing protocols, design, and testing each piece of gear that uses their technology. Time and time again, GORE-TEX has proven to last over other basic laminates such as DWRs (Durable Water Repellant) which tend to wear off over time. See our Buying Advice article for more information on GORE-TEX and how to take care of it.

In our shower test, the Freerider protected better than the Patagonia Snowbelle or the Spyder Traveler. In the field, we rode wet chairlifts and loved the reinforced seat laminate, skied on hot spring days with the vents wide open, and stayed warm with the 40 g Thermal R Insulation on long frosty resort days. All the zippers on this pant have zipper garages to help keep moisture out and it has gaiters with tightly fitting elastic to keep snow out of your boots.

Touring tended to be too hot in this pant  but hit the resort in the Freerider and you will not be disappointed!
Touring tended to be too hot in this pant, but hit the resort in the Freerider and you will not be disappointed!

Warmth


Although the Freerider ski pant is not as insulated as the Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle which has 60 grams of insulation, it was warmer than either of these competitors. The Freerider uses 40 grams of Thermal R insulation sandwiched between a polyester shell with a GORE-TEX membrane and a comfy polyester lining. Combine this insulation with the pant's large mesh-less vents, and the Freerider is an adaptable pant that can be worn comfortably without long underwear and vented on warm days or worn in extreme cold with layers underneath. Either way, this model is versatile and comfortable enough to wear in varying weather conditions.

Insulated with a relaxed fit  the warmth of the Freerider pant can be adjusted with effective vent construction.
Insulated with a relaxed fit, the warmth of the Freerider pant can be adjusted with effective vent construction.

Features


Take a deep breath for this one… five fleecy, zippered pockets; belt loops; adjustable waist; articulated knees; zippered powder skirt that attaches to the Freerider and Dawn Patrol Jackets; fully seam taped; ankle zips; and fabulous color options. The Marmot Women's Freerider pant certainly impressed us with its array of top-of-the-line features. Add all this to a waterproof GORE-TEX shell layer and a stellar venting system and you've got an Editors' Choice winner. As we mentioned above, this pant also has a Reversed Brushed Tricot Seat and thighs for added water protection where it matters most. One of the other unique features that this garment offers is its full zip powder skirt. Where the other pants only have a loop to attach a jacket, the Freerider pant essentially creates a one piece, in style. Finally, all the zippers on this garment are beefy with easy-to-pull tabs.

Even without a Marmot jacket to zip the Marmot Freerider powderskirt  the extra height on the waist band offered bib or one piece style warmth on extreme wind days.
Even without a Marmot jacket to zip the Marmot Freerider powderskirt, the extra height on the waist band offered bib or one piece style warmth on extreme wind days.

Ventilation


The Marmot Women's Freerider ski pant earned top marks in our warmth metric, which would have affected its versatility in the warmer months were it not for this product's great ventilation system. Unlike many other pieces we tested, which have mesh-lined vents on the inner thighs, this pant has mesh-less vents on the outer thigh. Although the open air design could be an issue for more modest consumers when they aren't wearing long underwear (remember though, the vents are on the outer thighs), the lack of mesh also allows the vents to open wider and provide more airflow. These zippered slits are 10 inches long and can be more than five inches wide.

With its mesh-less vents  this insulated pant is thoughtfully designed. All our testers agreed that it was too hot for hiking in the backcountry  but was ideal for all resort conditions because of the ventilation system.
With its mesh-less vents, this insulated pant is thoughtfully designed. All our testers agreed that it was too hot for hiking in the backcountry, but was ideal for all resort conditions because of the ventilation system.

Style


With such vibrant colors, how could you go wrong? This ski pant features a duo rather than monochrome color scheme, which makes it unique among the models we tested. The complementary colors in this pant add interest and style, while the cut is designed to keep you carving down the slopes or relaxing in style during apres ski.

Tatiana sports the snazzy style of these pants. In the Acid Yellow test piece  she wears the relaxed fit well.
Tatiana sports the snazzy style of these pants. In the Acid Yellow test piece, she wears the relaxed fit well.

Best Application


A technical resort pant with style, the Marmot Women's Freerider held up to our many tests including remote backcountry missions and damp, cold resort days. We stayed comfortable, warm, and dry while sporting the bright and stylish colors of our Editors' Choice winner.

Lindsey wears the Marmot Freerider comfortably. Our Editors' Choice winner is highly waterproof and has great ventilation. All in all  we think it's a great technical pant for the resort.
Lindsey wears the Marmot Freerider comfortably. Our Editors' Choice winner is highly waterproof and has great ventilation. All in all, we think it's a great technical pant for the resort.

Value


The second most expensive pant in this test, the Marmot Freerider pant has an MSRP of $380. However, if you have the money to spend, we definitely think our Editors' Choice winner is worth the investment. This garment is well made, highly weather proof, and has countless features. Rest assured this pant will satisfy your every need on the resort slopes. Marmot does not have a full lifetime warranty, although they guarantee their products and will repair manufacturer defects. If their gear does not hold up to excessively aggressive use, they still offer reasonably priced repairs through the company. "Marmot For Life" is their appropriate and proven slogan.

Hit the resort in the Marmot Freerider pant  you will not be disappointed!
Hit the resort in the Marmot Freerider pant, you will not be disappointed!

Conclusion


Our testers agreed, the Marmot Women's Freerider offers near effortless wearing experience. Combine its comfort and features with its versatile insulation and ventilation and its GORE-TEX construction and you have our Editors' Choice award winner. This stylish and durable pant will last for season after season of wear and tear. All in all, this pant is a great choice for full-time resort skiers, occasional backcountry excursions, and will be worth the investment.

Tatiana utilizes the mobility of this pant  while sporting the classic fit and excellent style  with a smile!
Tatiana utilizes the mobility of this pant, while sporting the classic fit and excellent style, with a smile!

Alexis McLean & Amanda Fenn


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