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Norrona Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Pants - Women's Review

Harsh conditions are no problem in these pants.
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Price:  $650 List | $383.83 at REI
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Pros:  Bombproof, venting, removable bib attachment
Cons:  Stiff, pricey
Manufacturer:   Norrona
By Sarah Sherman ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 17, 2019
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  • Weather Resistance - 25% 10
  • Fit and Comfort - 25% 6
  • Ventilation - 15% 9
  • Warmth - 15% 5
  • Features - 10% 8
  • Style - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Norrona Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Pants - Women's are no joke. They have one of the stiffest materials that we tested, and it pays off when being put up against harsh elements. Water stood no chance during our testing, nor did wind. For the price, these pants don't make sense for someone just starting to get into the sport, but if you are planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest or other inclement ski areas, you'll want these pants by your side. We would also happily choose this pair for multi-day ski tours.


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Pros Bombproof, venting, removable bib attachmentSpacious pockets, color and size options, weatherproof, versatility, ventilation, built to lastBackcountry specific features, comfort and stretch, pocket spaceComfortable, high-performing, pocket space, 'core' lookComfortable, warm, RECCO
Cons Stiff, priceyPricePrice, boxy fit, not for resort daysNarrow upper thigh, cuff guardNot great for backcountry use, waterproofing
Bottom Line Harsh conditions are no problem in these pants.A do-anything ski pant that is as ready for your next adventure as you are.Backcountry enthusiasts, look no further than these uninsulated, well-ventilated, fully featured, and super mobile pants.A comfortable and functioning bib for backcountry missions and resort laps alike.The Snowbelle offers resort style with comfort and warmth.
Rating Categories Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Pants Sentinel AR Pants Hemispheres Bib Flylow Foxy Bib Insulated Snowbelle Pants
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Specs Lofoten Gore-Tex... Sentinel AR Pants Hemispheres Bib Flylow Foxy Bib Insulated...
Measured weight (lbs) 1.8 lbs 1.1 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.4 lbs 1.4 lbs
Waterproofing 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer Gore-Tex 3-layer Gore-Tex C-Knit 3-layer Intuitive stretch stormshell 2-layer H2No Performance Standard
Vents 3/4 outer side zips Outer thigh Outer thigh Inner and outer thigh Inner thigh
Insulation/Lining None Brushed liner None None 100% polyester taffeta
Ski-Specific Features Zip-off bib, taped seams, reinforced ankles, gaiters Thigh pockets, reinforced ankles, taped seams Stretch fabric for mobility, gaiters, stretchy bibs, belt loops Stretch fabric for mobility, gaiters, stretchy bibs, drop seat Webbing loop on rear yoke to attach to jacket, gaiters
Main fabric 200D nylon 70D nylon 70D nylon 3L Stretch Stormshell Intuitive 75D 100% polyester
Waistline construction Button & zip fly Button & zip fly w/ integrated belt Bib Bib Button & zip fly
Pockets 1 zippered hand, 2 zippered thigh, 1 zippered rear 2 zippered thigh 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered kangaroo, 1 thigh 2 mid thigh, 2 chest 2 zippered hand

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Lofoten Pant is an extremely durable, high-end pant that comes with an optional bib attachment for additional support. We found it to be very weatherproof, constructed from a sturdy three-layer Gore-Tex material, as well as breathable thanks to its material and generous venting. If you plan on battling the storm and getting after it and can afford the Norwegian price tag, these are a great option.

Performance Comparison


Skiing one of many test laps in the Lofoten Pants  a beast of a ski pant.
Skiing one of many test laps in the Lofoten Pants, a beast of a ski pant.

Weather Resistance


These pants scored highly in the weather resistance category. Water stood no chance during our 2-minute shower test, thanks to its Gore-Tex construction. We noticed no absorption on the outer fabric, and after a brief shake off, the pants looked almost completely dry. To top it off, their thick, sturdy material holds up extremely well to wind. These pants are ready to take you through the harshest of conditions.

Fit and Comfort


The first thing we noticed when donning the Lofoten Pant was its stiff, sturdy material. It does not have much stretch to it and feels pretty thick. This material definitely wasn't the most comfortable, though it was still roomy enough for us to move in. The pant comes with adjustable waist tabs that felt secure, offering a customizable waist fit.

Zipping up the top bib  which is removable on the Lofoten.
Zipping up the top bib, which is removable on the Lofoten.

The pants also come with a removable bib attachment via a zipper around the waist. This attachment is stretchy and comfortable to wear, adding support to the pant if desired, though it was not the most efficient to zip and unzip.

Ventilation


While the Lofoten is not the most breathable pant thanks to its thick construction, it does have great ventilation built into it. Almost the entire outer leg of the pant unzips, allowing you to adjust airflow and dump heat in a moment. There is no mesh built into the venting of the pant, so it leaves your legs open to the elements, but if you are walking uphill and need to cool off, these pants are equipped to do so.

Massive vents of the Lofoten dump heat in a hurry.
Massive vents of the Lofoten dump heat in a hurry.

Warmth


The Lofoten Pant is designed as a shell, with no insulation, and therefore scored low in the warmth category. Their thick material does well on blocking out the elements and does add a little more warmth compared to other shells with a thinner material. Even so, if you plan on facing harsh cold conditions, you will want to add base layers to keep you insulated on the mountain.

Features


Holy features. With a removable bib attachment, plenty of pockets, and thick cuff guards, these pants have a lot of additions that make them appealing. That being said, we didn't love all of them.

The removable bib zips up and down the front, with no drop seat. We didn't judge them too much for that, as it was simply an optional addition, but we found it frustrating to have to unzip the top, then unzip the bottoms of the pants, when we needed to use the restroom. The bib attachment comes with a small pocket that could fit a car key or a ski pass.

Features like this wallet pocket impressed us throughout testing.
Features like this wallet pocket impressed us throughout testing.

The pockets on the pants were articulated for extra space, which was necessary as the material is stiff and not stretchy. We found them to be tight and not very roomy but were able to fit an iPhone 11 in them. We did like the wallet specific pocket above the left thigh pocket.

Finally, the boot gaiter comes with a velcro opening to loosen it if you would like. We found this to be hard to close over our boots but appreciated the option to open it up.

We aren't convinced that the button on the bottom of the gaiter is all that helpful  as we found it tough to button back around our ski boots.
We aren't convinced that the button on the bottom of the gaiter is all that helpful, as we found it tough to button back around our ski boots.

Style


We liked the look of these pants, with their bright color, contrasting scuff guard, and articulated pockets. The bib attachment fell right under our chest, which we felt looked a little awkward and kind of like a girdle, but that comes down to personal preference.

Value


These pants are pricey, and probably are not the right pant for a casual skier. They would be a great option for someone who needs a durable, sturdy pant that can hold up even when the weather turns south. For their price, they come with top of the line weatherproofing and durability and should hold up for multiple seasons.

Conclusion


Bomb-proof, sturdy, and with a lot of ventilation, these pants are for skiers that get after it, no matter what the day or weather throws at them.


Sarah Sherman