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Mammut Haldigrat HS Review

These best-in-class pants feature a removable bib and excellent weather resistance
mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review
Credit: Mammut
Price:  $439 List
Manufacturer:   Mammut
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 13, 2022
80
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RANKED
#2 of 17
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 9.0
  • Fit and Comfort - 25% 8.0
  • Ventilation - 20% 8.0
  • Warmth - 10% 5.0
  • Features - 10% 8.0
  • Style - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Mammut Haldigrat HS is a hardshell ski pant with plenty of weather resistance and great features, earning our Editors' Choice award for the best ski bibs on the market. These pants keep water out, vent like a dream, and are super comfortable to wear. Their fit is excellent, and the bib zips off at the waist to produce a great pair of pants if you don't like wearing suspenders while you ski or tour. The hard shell material is more breathable than Gore-Tex alternatives but doesn't feel too light or flimsy, and it blocks cold winds. There is a beacon pocket in the bib, a transceiver sleeve in a thigh pocket, and they are great for ski touring in bad weather. The bib consists of a thin and stretchy fabric that fits snug against the torso, compared to most other bibs that hang loosely like overalls. If you are in the market for the best bib but also want to wear pants sometimes, these are the best option. And, they're much less expensive than other top ski pants and bibs.
REASONS TO BUY
Comfortable
Weather resistant
Great features
Excellent price
REASONS TO AVOID
Not warm
Less durable than other hardshell pants
These are the best bibs you can buy, and they also turn into great pants without overalls. Plus, they do all of that for a lot less than other top-performing pants on the market. If we could only have one pair of pants for all skiing days, both inbounds and in the backcountry, this would be it.

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Pros Comfortable, weather resistant, great features, excellent priceHighly weather resistant, great fit, good features and styleGreat protection, comfort, ventilation, and styleGreat performance at a low price, tons of features, weather resistant, breathableGreat value, warm, comfortable, relaxed vibes
Cons Not warm, less durable than other hardshell pantsExpensive, not warm, vents have meshNot warm, few pocketsLacks good style and warmth, average comfortLimited seam and pocket sealing, less effective vent design
Bottom Line These best-in-class pants feature a removable bib and excellent weather resistanceThese are the best ski pants we could find, thanks to their excellent fit and weather resistance, freeride style, and great durabilityThese light and protective hardshell pants are the best option for backcountry skiingAn affordable hardshell that provides great weather resistance, ventilation, and featuresA 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%)
9.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Fit and Comfort (25%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ventilation (20%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
5.0
Warmth (10%)
5.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
9.0
Features (10%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Style (10%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
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
Recco No No Yes No No

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.

Performance Comparison


mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - resort skiing in the mammut haldigrat hs.
Resort skiing in the Mammut Haldigrat HS.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Weather Resistance


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.

mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - the hardshell material is plenty waterproof, and waterproof zippers...
The hardshell material is plenty waterproof, and waterproof zippers complete the package.
Credit: Sam Willits

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.

mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - the haldigrat's excellent, minimalist bib provides similar weather...
The Haldigrat's excellent, minimalist bib provides similar weather protection to other bibs, with a lot more comfort.
Credit: Sam Willits

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.

mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - the haldigrat has an excellent fit throughout the crotch, hips, and...
The Haldigrat has an excellent fit throughout the crotch, hips, and legs.
Credit: Sam Willits

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.

mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - the bib is stretchy and comfortable, but it may prove slightly...
The bib is stretchy and comfortable, but it may prove slightly restricting to those with larger bellies.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Warmth


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.

mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - you won't get much warmth from the shell pants, but the bib...
You won't get much warmth from the shell pants, but the bib component provides about as much warmth as a base layer to the upper body.
Credit: Sam Willits

Ventilation


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.

mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - long outer thigh vents supplement the great breathability of the...
Long outer thigh vents supplement the great breathability of the Haldigrat's hardshell fabric.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Features


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.

A sleeve inside the right thigh pocket is perfect for an avalanche...
A sleeve inside the right thigh pocket is perfect for an avalanche transceiver or cell phone.
Elastic powder cuffs are standard features for ski pants, but these...
Elastic powder cuffs are standard features for ski pants, but these are very stretchy and easily fit over boot buckles.
A dyneema fabric pad on the inside of each cuff protects the pants...
A dyneema fabric pad on the inside of each cuff protects the pants from scuffs, ski edges, and crampon points.

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.

mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - the haldigrat's transceiver pocket on the removable bib keeps the...
The Haldigrat's transceiver pocket on the removable bib keeps the unit in place on the torso, and also has an internal loop for clipping the leash.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Style


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.

mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - the haldigrat's style is great, with an athletic look that is part...
The Haldigrat's style is great, with an athletic look that is part freeride and steezy, and part technical.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

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.

mammut haldigrat hs ski pants review - the mammut haldigrat hs in action on the slopes.
The Mammut Haldigrat HS in action on the slopes.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

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.

Jeff Dobronyi
 
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