CROSS abisko stretch ski pants review [2013/2014]

What it is: CROSS Abisko Stretch ski pant 
Where to buy: coming soon!
cross abisko ski pant review

About Cross and the Abisko pant:  The new Cross Abisko Stretch Ski Pant by CROSS. Have you heard of Cross yet? This innovative Sweedish ski wear company has swiftly become a favorite with many! And it is no secret why; the gear just works well! Case and point: The Abisko Stretch Pant. Yes, they put stretch pant in the name, but don’t be mislead by the name. These are not the stretch pants your thinking of. The Abisko pant carries a 20,000 mm water proof rating, made from a 100% polyester outer-shell that actually does have a bit of stretch to it. It is hardly noticeable, but it nicely adds a further degree of comfort!  Did I mention 20,000?? Take a shower in these and you’ll be dry!

More:  Beyond the amazing water resistant rating the Abisko carries, the most sought after feature to me is the zip in bib that Cross designed for this pant. Keep it in for a powder day zip it out for a warmer, spring day! Because some day’s are just pow-under-your-jacket- days! We like pow, but not under our jackets. Nothing better than staying dry/warm around the belt line and keeping heat in and snow out on a powder day. Further more, to add to the effort of keeping snow out is the beefy, reinforced elastic boot cuffs, and the zippers to allow the user to easily put the cuff over their boots. The pant is also equipped with a water proof side zipper at the hip, and even snaps on the belt loops to integrate into one of their storm skirts with a compatible jacket. Yes, everything was thought of.
Note: There is no change between the 2012
and the 2013 line
other than colors

What I liked:  I really like the color theme’s and blocking Cross did for this pant, and the over all feel and loose fit (but not too loose). And their jacket and pant combo fit well together. I am especially stoked on the “gadgety” bib feature (I like gadgets), plus the top shelf water resistant fabric used. Cross is serving it up, and it shows! Couple things that some folks may not be used to is there is no hand pockets in the front. Well, there is, but they are located down by the knee’s. And I do wish the back pockets had zippers, not just velcro closures, but the are over-sized rear pockets which is a cool unique feature. Sizing runs a bit big: I am 6′ 1″ and the large fits me perfect. Keep an eye on next year’s line. Cross is a growing player and is killing it, and will continue to do so producing durable, functional pants like these!

Tech Talk:
Breathability: 20,000
Waterproof: 20,000
Shell Material: FTX 2 Layer Stretch
Fit: LooseFEATURES:
Zip-in zip-out bib
Snap buttons at belt loops to attach to snow skirt
Velcro size adjustment at waist
Pre-shaped leg design with mesh backed ventilation panels
Water Repellent zippers at side pockets
Reinforced boot cuff and lower leg
Interior boot gaiter with elastic grip treatment

Conditions on day of use:  Warm.  Early April day at Crystal Mountain Resort

Temps: mid 40’s.

Pro’s: The bib! Love it! 20Kmm!! And the fit is $!

Con’s: No front pockets. And back pockets don’t have zippers.

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