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Spyder Traveler Review

Price:  $350 List | $293.99 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Comfortable, Warm, Lightweight, Tailored fit
Cons:  Snaps come undone on waistband, Not completely seam taped, Expensive
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Main fabric:  Polyester
Insulation/Lining:  40 g PrimaLoft Sport insulation
Waterproofing:  Xt.L laminate, Splylon + DWR Coating
Manufacturer:   Spyder

Our Verdict

The well constructed and thought out Tailored Spyder Traveler women's ski pant is functional and stylish, but slightly expensive. With the perfect amount of insulation, it's a great weight for spring skiing and has room for an extra thermal layer. The Tailored Spyder Traveler women's ski pant runs small but with the correct sizing adjustment, fits well. Features such as vents, rear ankle boot zips, relaxed leg, and slight boot cut all make this pant user-friendly. It is waterproofed with Spylon+ DWR and is a great buy for those style-conscious shred betties who want a functional pant and are willing to spend a few extra bucks. If you are looking for something more technical, check out our Editors' Choice and Top Pick award winners, the Marmot Women's Freerider.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Alexis McLean & Amanda Fenn

Last Updated:
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May 6, 2014

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The Tailored Spyder Traveler women's ski pant has function, classy style, great fit, and insulation. The Traveler will keep you warm and dry, but is also light enough for warm spring days at the resort. This product comes in "Tailored" and an "Athletic" fits; we tested the "Tailored version.

Performance Comparison


If warm and sunny with the occasional breeze is your kind of skiing  the Spyder Traveler definitely fits the bill. This pant is simple and fashionable  but not necessarily technical. For the cost  we thought the quality could be better.
If warm and sunny with the occasional breeze is your kind of skiing, the Spyder Traveler definitely fits the bill. This pant is simple and fashionable, but not necessarily technical. For the cost, we thought the quality could be better.

Comfort & Fit


The fit of the Traveler women's ski pant runs small, but with the correct sizing adjustment, has a nice fit. We tested a size 8 and it was a flattering fit on our size 4 tester with the waist adjustments cinched down. It also fit our size 6 tester, but she had the waist adjusters on the looser side. We think a true size 8 woman would need a 10 in this model. Aside from its odd sizing, this pant is comfortable and has a lot of mobility despite its tailored fit. It also comes in long, regular, and short versions for an extra customized fit. A stretch Nylon/Elastane outer fabric makes this garment extra comfortable. Our testers appreciated that this garment offers relaxed comfort while still holding a womanly shape. This women's ski pant has a fleece-lined waist, but is missing the coziness of the fleece-lined hand pockets.

Shredding the sunny slopes  Kerry demonstrates the mobility of this product. Although we really liked this piece  it's pretty expensive given its lack of Gore-tex and other highly technical features.
Shredding the sunny slopes, Kerry demonstrates the mobility of this product. Although we really liked this piece, it's pretty expensive given its lack of Gore-tex and other highly technical features.

Weather Resistance


With Spyder's Xt.L laminate, Splylon+ DWR Coating and critically taped seams, this product was more waterproof than the Columbia Women's Bugaboo and about the same as the Patagonia Snowbelle. However, it doesn't hold up to moisture as well as the Marmot Freerider. Critically taped seams means that only some seams are taped and you don't know which ones until you are on a wet chairlift. After our tests, we are happy to report that we didn't notice any major leakage; however, if you need a completely waterproof garment that will last for long wet days at work or play, a garment with fully-taped seams would be a smart purchase.

Shredding sunny slopes at the resort  you will stand out with the Traveler pant.
Shredding sunny slopes at the resort, you will stand out with the Traveler pant.

Warmth


Using a Nylon taffeta lining and 40 grams of PrimaLoft Sport insulation, the Spyder Traveler pant is surprisingly warm for its lightweight feel. Although it initially seems like a springtime layer, this pant kept testers warm on cold resort days. With less insulation than the Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle, this pant was still as warm or warmer than both.

Meanwhile, the Marmot Freerider women's ski pant has the same amount of insulation as the Traveler but was significantly warmer. The Freerider pant also has more effective ventilation and weatherproofing, making it more applicable to full time or regular use. On the other hand, the Spyder Traveler worked well for light use at the resort with the occasional break to warm up in the lodge. It's a perfect weight for spring skiing and has a good ventilation system, while still having enough insulation to keep you warm mid-winter. Finally, the relaxed thighs leave room for a heavier thermal layer in these conditions.

This pant has a stretchy face fabric for better fit and increased mobility. It has a 40 grams of insulation and a good ventilation system  making it well-balanced and versatile.
This pant has a stretchy face fabric for better fit and increased mobility. It has a 40 grams of insulation and a good ventilation system, making it well-balanced and versatile.

Features


Features include rear ankle boot zips, relaxed leg, a lower leg pocket, and a slight boot cut, which offers ease when covering ski and snowboard boots. The Traveler has interior waist band adjustments, belt loops, and gaiter cuff hooks. The hand pockets are not lined with fleece, and we should note that the butt doesn't actually have pockets, even though it has illusion pocket flaps.

Rear zippers... cute although a bit hard to get to. Our testers found them unnecessary as well  the cuff is plenty big to fit around ski and snowboard boots.
Rear zippers... cute although a bit hard to get to. Our testers found them unnecessary as well, the cuff is plenty big to fit around ski and snowboard boots.

Ventilation


The vents on this pant are located along the inner thighs and are situated about five inches below the inseam. They are lined with mesh and when zipped shut are almost unnoticeable thanks to the narrow gauge of the zipper. We should note, however, that these thin zippers were more difficult to use than the beefy zips on the Marmot Freerider and other competitors, especially with gloves on.

Low profile inner thigh vents are a nice feature to this pant. They offer just enough air flow for the pant weight and insulation.
Low profile inner thigh vents are a nice feature to this pant. They offer just enough air flow for the pant weight and insulation.

Style


Where low-rise cut on The North Face Freedom LRBC, let in a breeze around the midsection, the waist band on the Spyder Traveler pant comes up higher on the back and helped keep in core warmth on colder days. This feature was a well thought out design and definitely doesn't come across as the high butt stonewashed jeans of the 80s. The front of the pant has a lower waist and fits right at the belly button. Overall, the tighter, tailored upper of this pant gives it a less ski-specific look, which most of our testers loved, and a few thought was odd. If you are looking for a pant with a more all-around relaxed style, be sure to consider our Editors' Choice award winner, the Marmot Freerider.

This waistband is somewhat similar to the high-waisted jeans of the 80s. That said  Lindsey sports the look well and we agreed that the high backed waist proved more important in function than in style  no one wants snow down their back.
This waistband is somewhat similar to the high-waisted jeans of the 80s. That said, Lindsey sports the look well and we agreed that the high backed waist proved more important in function than in style, no one wants snow down their back.

Best Application


Mild weather resort skiing is the best activity for this garment. While we stayed warm on some colder windy days, they are not recommended for super wet snow days, ultra freezing temperatures, and intense weather conditions. They were more protective than the Columbia Bugaboo, but if you are a full-time, all-weather winter enthusiast, a more hefty pant would better serve. Being light, stylish and stretchy, they were absolutely perfect for warmer spring days.

This pant will keep you warm  but if you are looking for a burlier model  check out our award winners  which are comparable in price. The Traveler is mostly for light use.
This pant will keep you warm, but if you are looking for a burlier model, check out our award winners, which are comparable in price. The Traveler is mostly for light use.

Value


The third most expensive women's ski pant in our review (between the Patagonia Snowbelle and the Marmot Freerider), the Spyder Traveler is a little expensive for the level of technical features and function it offers. It's well constructed and designed, but it's not as burly and durable as other pieces in its price category. If you are going to spend upwards of $300, we recommend springing for the Marmot Freerider. With that being said, if you like to only ski on mild weather days and are looking for a cute pant with simple color options, this is a great purchase. Spyder has a limited lifetime warranty which warranties outerwear (ski pants) and manufacture defects are covered. They offer reasonable repair rates and have strict policies on replacing regular wear and tear issues.

Style  warmth  basic features  and great color options describe the Spyder Traveler pant. Since it doesn't have the best waterproofing materials  we thought the price was a little high.
Style, warmth, basic features, and great color options describe the Spyder Traveler pant. Since it doesn't have the best waterproofing materials, we thought the price was a little high.

Conclusion


With a good amount of insulation combined with a solid ventilation system, this stylish pant is great for mild weather days at the resort. While they held up to the occasional freezing windy day and kept us warm, we would not recommend them to be your go-to pant for all weather conditions. If you're considering the Traveler, but aren't sold, check out the Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle which is more technically savvy and less expensive.

Skiing groomers in style! If that's what you like  this pant will serve you well  as long as you like going in for hot chocolate if a super nasty snowstorm comes in.
Skiing groomers in style! If that's what you like, this pant will serve you well, as long as you like going in for hot chocolate if a super nasty snowstorm comes in.
Alexis McLean & Amanda Fenn


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