If you're breaking trail, crushing big lines, or breaking trail on your way to crush a big line, the Armada Break Line Gore-Tex Pro 3-Layer Men's Pant has the tech you need to get the job done, and the style to make you look like JP Auclair. Of course, you'll still need to ski with the easy big-mountain steeze that JP does, but that should be easy in pants that feature an articulated design, gusseted crotch, and freeride-friendly Tech Fit. When you're on top of a knee-shaking line, your mind won't be focused on how soggy you are, either, because the 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro membrane has fully-taped seams to keep you as dry as the banana chips in your pocket, and hip and inseam vents that release heat with the pull of a YKK Aquaguard water-repellent zipper.
Every big-mountain shredder knows that bibs are where it's at when things are gettin' real, but that doesn't mean that they're always necessary. Armada gave the Break Line an adjustable, removable bib with four-way stretch and a stash pocket, so that you can dress up or down, depending on your mission. There are reinforced cuffs and Lycra boot gaiters, too, so you don't have to sweat accidentally stepping on your pants or getting snow down your boots, and Armada even threw in a Recco reflector, in case of an in-bounds accident.
|Breathability Rating:||Guaranteed breathable|
|Cuffs:||Bemis Reinforced Cuff|
|Fabrics/Materials:||GORE-TEX® PRO 3L with MICROGRID BACKER TECHNOLOGY|
|Gaiters:||Boot Gaiter with Lycra Suspension|
|Pockets:||Removable and Adjustable 4-way Stretch Bib with Stash Pocket and Thigh Pockets|
|Seam Sealed:||100% Seam Sealed with 13mm GORE-SEAM Tape|
|Type of Waterproofing:||GORE-TEX Extreme Wet Weather Technology|
|Vent:||10” Hip Vents and No Snag Inner Leg Vents|
|Waterproof Rating:||Guaranteed waterproof|
|Zipper:||YKK AQUAGUARD® VISLON® Water Repellent Zippers|
If you're a skier you know nothing competes with Gore-Tex Pro for waterproofing. Gore-Tex sets the standard. Bibs are the bees knees when you're shredding pow, and combined, these 2 attributes make the Break Line bibs pretty damn nice.
My only complaints are the cuff durability. I had a hole in the cuff within a few days of skiing. With a $500 dollar price tag they should have reinforced cuffs.
And I don't care for the removable bib. I'd prefer it if it was one continuous garment, but that's just me. It's kind of a half bib rather than a full bib. And I really wish the pocket on the front of the bib was bigger.
I'm 5"9' and the medium fits great. It's got the perfect amount of "bagginess" for unrestricted movement.
Bottom line: I love these bibs and plan to abuse the crap out of them all winter long. I like the look too. I'd even go as far as to say these things look "steezy." But you shouldn't sacrifice functionality for steeze because if you do, you're just another jabroni.
The Break Line pant has to be my favourite pant Armada has ever produced. 3L Gore with an excellent bib set up. The Bib is close fitting with a well placed pocket. The closer fitting bib eliminates any issues with the suspenders falling off the shoulders, like you see on so many bibs. Super light weight, waterproof, breathable, with awesome vent placement for optimum airflow when touring, hiking, on warm days. Tough lower cuffs keep the pants in great shape even after a full season of shredding and sledding. The bib gives you a full barrier on those deep days and keeps you dry. Best pants I've ever owned!
I've been hoping for years that Armada would create a technical bib, and finally they've presented us with this Gore-Tex Pro masterpiece. They also function perfectly without the bib. The removable interface is seamless, something that has always been an issue for me, until now. The venting options are what I really like. You can have cross flow air channels setup with the inner and outer thigh vents, and the front zipper and fly all the way open which cools off the boys nicely. The suspenders keep the whole setup secure. Lightweight, rugged durability, articulated cut, versatility, these slacks are the bomb.
This pants are legit. Extremely breathable shell pant. Vents are sweet for touring or when your just getting hot on a spring day. If you haven't owned bibs, buy some and you wont ever turn back!
Here's a photo of me wearing a large. I'm 6'1", 175 lbs.
Skied 8 straight days in the Rockies, putting them through the ringer in all conditions... after day three the cuffs started to shred until it created a hole big enough on day 5 that my brake got snagged going down bumps resulting in a massive crash... This has never happened (cuff cuts, yes; a HOLE, no) with any ski pants I've ever owned (say, half a dozen), especially after only a few DAYS on the mtn. Needless to say, not the durability expected from a $500 pair of ski pants...
Other than that issue - they're extremely lightweight (they're not insulated so I wore only 2-3 base layers which held up great in 5-35 degree weather), the inside vents are money, boot gaiters are extremely effective, and the fit is relaxed (M @ 5'10", 170). I'll never get ski pants w/o a bib; incredibly warm/secure when strapped up.