The FlyLow Chemical Pant is a basic, functional, and durable pair of ski and snowboard pants. They'll last seasons and seasons, and keep out the gnarliest of weather along the way. We wish that the tailoring and fabrics allowed for more freedom of motion. Overall, though, we verify that these pants are legit. They also make more of a style statement than several other models in our test group.
Flylow Chemical Pant Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Rugged and weather-ready
Cons: Waterproof but non-confidence inspiring water repellant, stiff fabric, confining cut
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|Pros||Rugged and weather-ready||Immaculate weather protection, excellent fit, fleecy lining||Fashionable, carefully tailored, excellent weather protection||Warm, comfy, weather resistant||Stretchy, soft, comfortable, many pockets, breathable|
|Cons||Waterproof but non-confidence inspiring water repellant, stiff fabric, confining cut||Expensive, light on features||Mesh-backed vents, doesn’t have all the bells and whistles||Small vents, snug fit, racer style||Not waterproof, thin material, climbing style|
|Bottom Line||Sturdy pants for the regular user that values weather protection and style over freedom of motion and comfort.||These pants are the best of the best, at a price.||Excellent, all-around ski pants suitable for almost all users.||The top insulated ski pants for those who need them.||Durable softshell backcountry skiing pants for most days on the skin track.|
|Rating Categories||Flylow Chemical Pant||Arc'teryx Sabre AR Pant||Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants||Spyder Dare GTX||Trailbreaker II|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Fit And Comfort (25%)|
|Specs||Flylow Chemical Pant||Arc'teryx Sabre AR...||Patagonia Powder...||Spyder Dare GTX||Trailbreaker II|
|Main fabric||Intuitive Oxford 100% polyester 3L||N80p-X Gore-Tex with Cordura Nylon 3L cuff fabric||4.6-oz 150-denier 100% recycled polyester 2L||Polyester plain weave 2L||87% nylon, 13% spandex|
|Insulation||None||Laminated fleecy lining||Hanging mesh lining||40 g Primaloft Silver Eco synthetic||None|
|Waterproofing||OmniBloq DWR||N80p-X Gore-Tex (3-layer)||Gore-Tex w/ DWR finish (2-layer)||Gore-Tex laminate and PFCecFree DWR (2-layer)||Pertex Shield+ (partial)|
|Waistline construction (elastic? snaps?)||Button/zipper fly with hook/loop adjustment||Snaps. Built-in elastic belt||Snap/zipper fly with adjustable tabs||Snap/zipper fly with internal adjustment and removable suspenders||Snaps. Velcro tabs for adjustment, belt loops|
|Weight (in pounds)||1.43 lbs||1.32 lbs||1.67 lbs||1.79 lbs||1.69 lbs|
|Weight (in grams)||648 g||599 g||756 g||812 g||767 g|
|# of Pockets||3||3||4||5||5|
|Vents?||Inner and outer thigh zips, no mesh||Exterior thigh zips, no mesh||Exterior thigh zips, with mesh||Inner thigh zips, with mesh||Exterior thigh zips, with mesh|
|Ski-specific features||Reinforced knees, scuff guards elastic powder cuffs||Key/pass clip inside pocket, touring cuff, scuff guards||Scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs, attach to matching jacket's powder cuff||Scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs, cuff zipper||beacon clip and sleeve, scuff guards, touring cuffs, cuff zipper|
Our Analysis and Test Results
These are sturdy, basic ski and snowboard pants in a baggy "dirtbag" style. The construction is very robust, and the materials are nearly top notch. Despite the baggy cut, the stiff fabric and a low crotch seem to inhibit freedom of motion more than other pants we've tested. When scored on our overall matrix, the Chemical Snow Pants are below average. The primary issues are fit and mobility.
FlyLow's proprietary "Intuitive" fabric will keep out the water. Sealed seams and waterproof zippers all-around complement this. New for this season, Flylow has introduced a new DWR finish that beads water much better than previous versions, so make sure you purchase a new pair, not one from an older season. The pants also feature buttons that attached to the powder skirt in Flylow jackets. Overall, the Chemical Pants are very weather resistant.
Fit and Comfort
One's first impression of the Chemical Pants is that they are big and baggy. If you are between sizes, we recommend sizing down. The fabric is also quite stiff. This inhibits motion. Further inhibiting motion is something about the tailoring. It seems that the crotch of the pants hangs lower, blocking some motion. There's enough motion for most ski and snowboard moves, but walking around and climbing, scrambling, or park time will meet resistance.
FlyLow pants top the ventilation charts. The dual leg vents (two, per leg!) lead the field and provide cross ventilation that none others provide. If you open both non-mesh-backed vents in a stiff breeze, it can feel almost as if you are wearing shorts. These pants are great for skiers who run warm or do a lot of hiking for fresh tracks, as is the norm at resorts like Alta, Bridger Bowl, or Jackson Hole.
There is no insulation in the FlyLow Chemical Pant. Nonetheless, the thick fabric feels warmer than other "three-layer" style pants. Other shell pants feature a hanging mesh liner, but that is absent in these pants. As a result, and due to the stiff shell fabric, expect to wear long underwear when wearing these pants.
Pockets are the primary feature of the Chemical Pant. There are only three of them, but each is lined with smooth nylon and sealed with a waterproof zipper. We like that.
These are decidedly targeted to the youthful rider. The cut is baggy and low, and in general, we think Flylow pants try to emulate work clothes that landscapers or construction workers would wear. That style is popular in places with lots of young skiers, like Salt Lake City, Bozeman, Bellingham, and Burlington. It's less popular in destination resorts like Vail, Aspen, or Jackson Hole. They will stick right out in a racing environment or in European resorts. In general, these pants look more like work clothing than athletic wear, and those who like the style of these pants will not mind the sacrifices in comfort.
These pants are not cheap, but they will last a long time. Construction and materials are robust enough to last many years of regular use. Your per-day cost will be lower than some more expensive but less durable options.
FlyLow Chemical Pants are normal uninsulated ski pants that are baggy and super durable.
— Jediah Porter