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Arc'teryx Procline Pant Review

These softshell pants breathe well and fit comfortably, making them perfect for backcountry skiing
Arc'teryx Procline Pant
Photo: Arc'teryx
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Price:  $399 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Breathable, comfortable, stylish, excellent for touring
Cons:  Not waterproof or warm, expensive
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 2, 2021
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RANKED
#4 of 15
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 4.0
  • Fit and Comfort - 25% 10.0
  • Ventilation - 20% 10.0
  • Warmth - 10% 3.0
  • Features - 10% 7.0
  • Style - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Arc'teryx Procline Pant is our favorite pair for backcountry skiing. It is made from softshell material that stretches and breathes, and it has a well-tailored cut that fits our bodies perfectly and looks great, too. It isn't waterproof, which means it isn't suitable to be your only pair of ski pants, and the material doesn't keep much body heat inside, so you'll have to layer underneath if you want warm legs. The features are slim, which suits their backcountry specificity, but not great if you like lots of storage. And, these pants are expensive, considering they can't do it all. But for backcountry skiing, where we run hot, open vents to stay cool, and want a pair that is stretchy, comfortable, and breathable, our testers reach for these pants every time.

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Pros Breathable, comfortable, stylish, excellent for touringGreat performance at a low price, tons of features, weather resistant, breathableWarm, comfy, weather resistantGreat value, warm, comfortable, relaxed vibesAffordable, warm, comfortable
Cons Not waterproof or warm, expensiveLacks good style and warmth, average comfortSmall vents, snug fit, racer styleLimited seam and pocket sealing, less effective vent designLight on the features, fit is a bit loose, unremarkable style
Bottom Line These softshell pants breathe well and fit comfortably, making them perfect for backcountry skiingAn affordable hardshell that provides great weather resistance, ventilation, and featuresThe top insulated ski pants for those who want some extra warmth around their legsA good insulated ski pant for budget-minded resort skiers who don't need a technical pair of pantsAn affordable and warm pair of ski pants with a bland style
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Procline... Outdoor Research Sk... Spyder Dare GTX The North Face Free... REI Co-op Powderbou...
Weather Resistance (25%)
4.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Fit And Comfort (25%)
10.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Ventilation (20%)
10.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
Warmth (10%)
3.0
4.0
10.0
9.0
8.0
Features (10%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Style (10%)
9.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
Specs Arc'teryx Procline... Outdoor Research Sk... Spyder Dare GTX The North Face Free... REI Co-op Powderbou...
Main fabric Nylon 88% Nylon, 12% Spandex Polyester plain weave 2L 100% Nylon Nylon
Insulation None None 40 g Primaloft Silver Eco synthetic 60 g Heatseeker Eco Polyester (50% Recycled) Recycled polyester
Waterproofing Gore-Tex Infinium AscentShell Gore-Tex laminate and PFCecFree DWR (2-layer) DryVent (2-layer) 2-layer waterproof breathable laminate
Waistline construction (elastic? snaps?) Snaps with elastic belt Snap/zipper fly with external velcro adjustment, belt loops Snap/zipper fly with internal adjustment and removable suspenders Snap and zipper, Velcro tabs for adjustment, belt loops Button zip fly with hook/loop adjustment
Weight (in pounds) 1.46 lbs 1.32 lbs 1.79 lbs 1.32 lbs 1.64 lbs
Weight (in grams) 662 g 599 g 812 g 599 g 744 g
# of Pockets 3 4 5 3 3
Vents? Outer thigh zips Inner thigh zips Inner thigh zips, with mesh Inner thigh zips, with mesh Interior thigh zips
Ski-specific features Scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs Scuff guards, powder cuffs, articulated knees, beacon clip Scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs, cuff zipper Scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs Scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs, elastic waist
Recco? No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Arc’teryx Procline Pant doesn’t score well in some important categories for resort skiers, but it performs well during warm, aerobic activities like backcountry skiing or warm spring days at the resort.

Performance Comparison


The Arc'teryx Procline pant is a great backcountry skiing pant...
The Arc'teryx Procline pant is a great backcountry skiing pant, offering breathability, comfort, and style.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Weather Resistance


The Procline features Gore-Tex Infinium softshell technology to keep light moisture and wind from penetrating the interior of these pants. They’ll easily dispatch light snowfall and a gentle breeze, but if the wind picks up, the precipitation becomes wet, or the chairlift seats get covered with snow, these pants won’t protect you.


The shell fabric is treated with a DWR to bead water and prevent the material from getting soaked, but after some time, this treatment will wear off, and the shell won’t be waterproof. The zippers aren’t waterproof either, which gives water an additional entry point. To be fair, these pants aren’t designed to be waterproof, sacrificing weather resistance for huge gains in comfort and ventilation. But if you are looking for one pair of pants for every day of the winter, these pants won’t work for you.

The Procline features a softshell material that repels water but...
The Procline features a softshell material that repels water but isn't waterproof. The zippers aren't waterproof either.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Fit and Comfort


The Procline Pant stands out from most other ski pants with its stretchy softshell fabric, which is much more comfortable to wear than crinkly hard shells. These pants stretch with your movements, and won’t restrict your range of motion. Our testers loved using these pants in high-movement activities like backcountry skiing, for which they are perfect.


These pants go one step further by including well-tailored features like articulated knees and tapered thighs and lower legs. These pants fit the curves of the body perfectly without feeling too skin-tight. These pants are among the most comfortable we have ever tested. The sizing runs just a tad on the small side, so if you are on the fence between sizes, choose the larger one.

The cut of the Procline is ergonomic and contoured. We really like...
The cut of the Procline is ergonomic and contoured. We really like the fit of these pants.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Ventilation


The Procline breathes and vents better than most other ski pants on the market. Most of this performance is from the use of soft shell Gore-Tex Infinium fabric, which is just the rebranded version of Gore’s famous Windstopper softshell fabric. This porous and stretchy material allows plenty of airflow, meaning that heat and water vapor from perspiration during exercise can easily escape from the inside of the pant. It breathes better than most other ski pants on the market.


In addition to breathable fabric, the Procline Pant features outer thigh vents on each leg, which have long openings with a zipper that is easy to grab. These huge vents make it easy to quickly dump heat and gain more airflow in a hurry. If you go backcountry ski touring regularly, you will appreciate the ventilation of these pants on the skin track.

Long outer thigh vents help dump heat and increase air flow quickly.
Long outer thigh vents help dump heat and increase air flow quickly.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Warmth


With no insulation and a thin, breathable shell fabric, the Procline Pant doesn’t provide any warmth. The shell material is of average thickness compared to other similar options, and while there are thinner softshells on the market, these pants don’t help the user preserve much body heat. Any lower body warmth must be attained with layers worn underneath.


While this lack of warmth may be an issue for some, our expert testers found these pants to be great on the skin track and on warmer days on the slopes. Their breathability and the thin fabric actually make them more versatile, and we found that layering thick or medium-weight long underwear on the coldest days worked well, and on average to warm days, we didn’t wear any layers underneath and were comfortable. Windy and stormy conditions were a bit much for these pants, even with relatively thick long underwear.

The Procline's softshell material is thin and stretchy, which...
The Procline's softshell material is thin and stretchy, which doesn't provide much insulation.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Features


The Procline has decent features, which make the pants easy to use while also preserving the svelte cut and comfortable range of motion. There are two waist pockets and one thigh pocket on the right leg, which also has an internal fabric loop for clipping an avalanche transceiver or car keys. In our experience with transceiver pockets on the thigh, it is actually a comfortable place for this feature, rather than in the crook of the waist where it can impede the hip flexor’s range of motion.


Three pockets are about average in number for the backcountry-oriented options, but they might leave the resort skier wishing for more storage. The pants also feature burly scuff guards on the inside of each ankle and a button closure on the elastic boot cuff. The built-in waistline belt is slim and unobtrusive, which we appreciate, too.

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Style


Our testers like the look of the Arc’teryx Procline. It has a tailored cut that fits the body like a glove, and sharp lines that produce a sophisticated cut. The length is just right. This pant looks great, and also allows a wide range of motion without getting in your way, so you can ski and ride at your best.


We prefer the style of pants that look well-cut and refined. These pants aren't exotic looking, but they don't blend in with the crowd either. They are equally at home in the singles line on the expert chairlift as they are in the bar for après. You could even get away with them at a high-end restaurant for dinner after a long day of skiing. Our ski guide testers felt great teaching courses and leading trips in these pants, feeling professional and stylish the whole time.

Our testers looked good and felt good in the Arc'teryx Procline.
Our testers looked good and felt good in the Arc'teryx Procline.
Photo: Sam Willits

Value


These pants come at a high price, considering that they aren't protective enough to be your only pair. For backcountry skiing, you could probably get away with just this pair, but you might be wishing you had a pair of hardshell pants for stormy days or multi-day tours. But for most skiers, these are a specialty piece, and they are an expensive pair that only regular backcountry skiers and riders will find justifiable.

Conclusion


The Arc'teryx Procline is a specially-designed softshell pant that excels in the backcountry and on warm, sunny days at the ski resort. If that's what you're seeking, you won't do better than this pair.

The Procline pants are comfortable and breathable on the skin track...
The Procline pants are comfortable and breathable on the skin track, and they look great too.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

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