Arc’teryx Rush LT ski pants £410 www.arcteryx.com
The Rush LT is, as the price indicates, a ski pant for serious skiers/boarder, and in particular those who like to head into the backcountry.
The pants’ light weight (575g) makes them ideal for those long schleps on skins, whilst the loose, articulated cut and Gore-Tex fabric with a backing of Gore-C-Knit, which offers better breathability and softness, help you stay comfortable both going up and coming down.
The Rush LT features a low bib and braces to help keep out snow, and there are big side zips to help with temperature control. Since there’s more chance of scuffing the pants when you’re both climbing and descending in them the lower leg is reinforced with tough Gore-Tex N150p 3L fabric to guard against ski and crampon cuts and scuffs.
There are relatively few pockets, simply a small, zippered security pocket on the bib and a cargo pocket on each leg – one of these is zipped, the other is secured with a Velcro flap, which gives our only real criticism of the Rush LT and that’s the fact that the Velcro-fastening may not keep out snow in a wipeout, but other than that these are a great, if pricey, pair of strides.