The Arc’teryx Sentinel Pants are a backcountry girl’s best friend. The full coverage – a high front and back – and powder cuffs ensure no snow will creep into your midlayers, even in blower pow.
Arc’teryx Sentinel Pant Review
These Arc’teryx bibs were made for movin’: Freedom in movement is definitely the design concept that inspired these bibs. Starting with the articulated knees and seat, these bad boys let you climb, carve and crush the mountain in comfort. Between the waterproof, snow-shedding, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric (a non-negotiable for any high-performance ski outerwear) and thigh vents, you can not only move but move as fast as you want while keeping your temperature in check.
Worth noting is that when Arc’teryx says relaxed fit, they really mean relaxed. These bibs are fairly fitted down to the hips, but the pant legs are billowy. Overall, they’re flattering, but those with a petite frame might want to look for something with an athletic or slim fit.
Even though Arc’teryx claims light insulation, these bibs are essentially just a shell. They’re feather-light, so if you’re venturing out for a day of skinning or athletic skiing that will keep your temperature up, you’re good to go. If you run cold or plan to race down groomers all day, these might not be your best bet. On the flip side, with the extra room, you can easily get away with base and mid layers.
It’s all in the details: Don’t let the simple profile of these bibs fool you – Arc’teryx took care to build in some handy details. Large zipped pockets on the thighs offer room to stash gloves, goggles, a hat, and a snack. Two more zippered pockets, this time smaller and on the chest, are perfect for a cell phone (when the view is so good that you need to snap a pic) and a few credit cards (so you can hit the bar to refuel at the end of the day). The zippers down the outside of your legs double up as cooling vents and a drop-seat for when there’s no ladies room in sight.
Safety elements are also present – the bibs include a hidden Recco® reflector, but keep in mind not every ski or avalanche rescue operation has RECCO detectors. Patches reinforce the inner pant cuff to prevent wear, so while you might see some scuffing it won’t compromise the pant.
The belt loops are a little awkward and unnecessary but are a great excuse to show off your mountain style. And, thanks to the bright color options, hooting and hollering isn’t the only way your ski buddies will find you in the trees.
The bottom line: The $499.00 Sentinel Pants have the durability plus a lifetime warranty and thoughtful details to get you through any backcountry adventure and the style to take you right into après-ski.
Pricey, but well worth it.