Flylow Gear has proven itself to make good quality, durable women’s ski bibs. But how about pants, you may wonder? While Flylow has half a dozen models to choose from, our favorites are the three-layer hardshell Nina Pants ($216).
In short: If you are looking for well-fitting, versatile hardshell ski pants, consider Flylow’s bestselling Nina pant. It may not be as popular in name as the Flylow Foxy, but we think it should be, given its waterproofing, venting, and array of features.
Flylow Nina Pant Review: A One-Hit Wonder
Flylow Nina Pant Specs
- Shell: Three-layer Oxford polyester fabric with DWR
- Waterproofing: Flylow 20K/20K waterproof breathable membrane
- Insulation: None
- Pockets: Four (three on the front)
- Zippers: YKK waterproof
- Seams: Fully taped
- Features: Adjustable waist, articulated knees, powder gaiters, inner and outer thigh vents
- Sizes: XS-XL
- Weight: 670 g
These pants provide a solid waterproof shell with great venting and are versatile enough for the resort or the backcountry. Those who are taller might find them short over their boots. Otherwise, we found them comfortable and true to size.
Like many ski pants nowadays, they have an adjustable waist (with a Velcro closure) — and they fall perfectly between fitted and relaxed. I adjusted the waist at the beginning of the day and had no issue with the fit or the fabric slipping. There’s just the right amount of fabric to move and stretch in these pants, without feeling too light.
In terms of other materials, Flylow didn’t skimp on quality. The waterproof YKK zippers slide smoothly and keep items protected on wet and snowy days. The pockets are spacious and lined, and the lower thigh pocket is comfortable enough for carrying a cellphone while moving and skiing.
I’m 5’8″ and wore these pants for roughly 10 days in the 2 months after receiving them. I quickly put them to the test (on a 3-day hut trip and then a 5-day resort ski trip). They became a go-to choice after that. And after months of skiing in the late spring season, they proved durable too.
If you like the Flylow Foxy Bib and are looking for a similar, capable pant option, the Nina is the one. Even if you don’t like the Foxy bib, but want hardshell, waterproof, comfortable pants with a stylish yet functional fit, the Nina is worth looking into.
Waterproof, durable, a storm-ready 20K/20K waterproof-breathable fabric, lots of venting and pockets, and color choices to please everyone. What’s not to love about these pants?