Mammut Haldigrat HS Review
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Mammut Haldigrat HS
|Price||$399.00 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Comfortable, weather resistant, great features, excellent price||Highly weather resistant, great fit, good features and style||Great protection, comfort, ventilation, and style||Great performance at a low price, tons of features, weather resistant, breathable||Great value, warm, comfortable, relaxed vibes|
|Cons||Not warm, less durable than other hardshell pants||Expensive, not warm, vents have mesh||Not warm, few pockets||Lacks good style and warmth, average comfort||Limited seam and pocket sealing, less effective vent design|
|Bottom Line||These best-in-class pants feature a removable bib and excellent weather resistance||These are the best ski pants we could find, thanks to their excellent fit and weather resistance, freeride style, and great durability||These light and protective hardshell pants are the best option for backcountry skiing||An affordable hardshell that provides great weather resistance, ventilation, and features||A good insulated ski pant for budget-minded resort skiers who don't need a technical pair of pants|
|Rating Categories||Mammut Haldigrat HS||Norrona Lofoten Gor...||Patagonia Stormstri...||Outdoor Research Sk...||The North Face Free...|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Fit and Comfort (25%)|
|Specs||Mammut Haldigrat HS||Norrona Lofoten Gor...||Patagonia Stormstri...||Outdoor Research Sk...||The North Face Free...|
|Main fabric||100% Polyamide||70D x 160D 100% recycled nylon||100% Nylon||88% Nylon, 12% Spandex||100% Nylon|
|Insulation||None||None||None||None||60 g Heatseeker Eco Polyester (50% Recycled)|
|Waterproofing||DRYtechnology Pro||3-layer Gore-Tex||H2No||AscentShell||DryVent (2-layer)|
|Waistline construction||Snap/zipper fly||Snap/zipper fly with adjustable velcro waist tabs||Snap/zipper fly with adjustable tabs||Snap/zipper fly with external velcro adjustment, belt loops||Snap and zipper, Velcro tabs for adjustment, belt loops|
|Weight (in pounds)||1.09||1.44 lbs||1.05 lbs||1.32 lbs||1.32 lbs|
|Weight (in grams)||496 g||653 g||476 g||599 g||599 g|
|# of Pockets||3||3||2||4||3|
|Vents||Outer thigh zips||Outer thigh zips||Outer thigh zips||Inner thigh zips||Inner thigh zips, with mesh|
|Ski-specific features||Removable bib, Dyneema ski edge protection||Reinforced interior ankle, snap-in solution for powderskirt, gaiters||Scuff guards, gaiters, 3-setting snap adjustment and zipper at bottom cuffs||Scuff guards, powder cuffs, articulated knees, beacon clip||Scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs|
Our Analysis and Test Results
These bibs are unique for their snug fit around the torso, which provides a comfortable fit with better range of motion than other bibs. The suspenders are removable, turning the product into a normal hardshell pant.
Bibs are made to keep out snow, wind, rain, and everything else that winter weather throws at you. The Mammut Haldigrat HS does a great job at keeping the user protected, with taped seams, a protective waterproof fabric, and a chest bib to keep powder from getting into the pants from above. We used these bibs in driving snow and howling winds, and felt as protected as while wearing the burliest Gore-Tex bibs.
The pants consist of a three-layer hard shell fabric made with Mammut's DRYtechnology Pro waterproof and breathable membrane. This material is softer than most Gore-Tex fabrics, but we find that it protects us just as well. We couldn't feel the wind through these pants, and they are just as waterproof as the best of them.
The bib design on these pants is different than most others; the torso component is made from a thin, stretchy, and breathable fabric that closely hugs the body. This component also zips off around the waist, giving the user a pair of normal hardshell pants. The bib material isn't waterproof, and there is a small hole near the belly button where the bib's front zipper meets the waistline. Still, these pants keep out nearly all powder that penetrates up underneath a jacket.
Fit and Comfort
The Haldigrat fits better than most other pants on the market. The legs are slightly articulated and well-tailored, allowing a comfortable fit without being too tight. The legs are the perfect width, not too tight and not too loose. The same can be said about the waist and crotch. There are two hook-and-loop flaps on the outside of the beltline that allow the waist fit to be customized, and we find that the fit doesn't suffer if the tester tightens the waist belt all the way. It's an excellent design.
The hardshell material itself feels slightly stretchy, probably because of how soft it is. We didn't feel restricted when making long lunge movements while skinning uphill.
The bib component fits snugly around the user's torso, from the waistline to the bottom of the pectoral muscles. This is a different bib design than what most users are accustomed to, but we find that it increases comfort and mobility because it eliminates the need for lots of baggy material around the torso. It allows the Haldigrat to feel like a normal pair of pants, instead of bibs, which is a comfortable upgrade.
Like most hardshell pants, these bibs won't keep the user warm on their own. The material effectively keeps out inclement weather, including cold wind, but the shell is thin, and heat is easily conducted away from the body while sitting on cold chairlift seats. You'll need to wear the appropriate base layers to keep warm.
Bibs often trap more warm air around the critical torso area than normal pants, and the Haldigrat is no exception. However, rather than capturing heat in the upper body with a thick, less breathable hard shell "pouch," the Haldigrat adds warmth by using the torso bib as an additional polyester baselayer. In our testing, this added a small amount of overall warmth compared to a hardshell lower body pant.
The Haldigrat HS features a breathable hard shell fabric that allows decent ventilation, perhaps slightly better than Gore-Tex competitors, but not by much. The main ventilation features are two zippered outer thigh vents that measure 12 inches long.
These two vents are placed a little lower than we prefer, starting right above the knee and extending up towards the middle thigh. We like vents that are placed a little higher, by the upper thigh, and close to the torso where we produce more body heat. The upper body bib on these pants is much more breathable than any other bib, thanks to the permeable material placed around the torso.
The Mammut Haldigrat HS has smart features that don't overload the user. There are two thigh pockets, each large enough to hold multiple items, like a cell phone, wallet, car keys, or avalanche transceiver. One of the thigh pockets has a sleeve for a cell phone or transceiver, though there isn't an internal loop for a transceiver leash to clip.
The waist has belt loops and one hook-and-loop strap on each side that can adjust the tightness of the waist. There are buttons on the seat of the pants to snap to compatible Mammut jackets, completing a weather and snow-resistant outfit. The cuffs have Dyneema scuff guards, which are stiff enough to fend off sharp ski edges and crampon points without adding too much weight. Finally, there are elastic powder cuff gaiters and metal buttons on the outside of the shell cuffs to reduce the circumference while bootpacking.
The removable bib is a standout feature that helps these pants rise to the top of the pack. We like bibs for deep powder days, but otherwise, we prefer pants. The removable torso unit makes these pants the obvious choice for anyone who doesn't want to have to choose between pants and bibs. The pants are great on their own, but the bib provides increased protection and a chest transceiver pocket with internal leash clip. The bib easily unzips from the pants, allowing users to use the bathroom without stripping down to their upper base layers.
We love the style of these pants. They feature clean lines and an athletic fit, without too much baggy material. These high-performance bibs aren't as loose and "steezy" as other pants, but we think they strike the perfect balance between performance and cool.
Freeride style is all the rage these days, and these pants have a performance look that lets people know that you like to look good, but you like to ski even better. Also, the style is versatile, fitting in with all crowds, from the ski bum bar to the billionaire club.
Should You Buy the Mammut Haldigrat HS?
These pants outperform the rest, with excellent versatility and awesome features. They are protective enough for stormy days at the ski resort and breathable enough for long ski tours. Plus, they cost a lot less than other high-performing pants, making these a great value. We think these are the best pants for a wide variety of users, and only very occasional skiers or those looking for niche pants should look elsewhere.
What Other Ski Pants Should You Consider?
These pants cover the needs of most users, but they are not the best for everyone. If you are looking for a much cheaper alternative, The North Face Freedom Insulated is the best value on the market, but it has insulation and won't compare to the performance of the Haldigrat. If you are looking for the best deal on a shell-only pant, the Outdoor Research Skyward II Pant features a very similar hardshell material that also breathes well. If you want a non-bib pant with great features, the Norrona Lofoten Gore-Tex has tons of pockets and a roomier fit. If style is your most important consideration, but you still want a good pair of pants, the Arc'teryx Sabre Pant looks great and performs nearly as well.
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