Always a fan of Showers Pass, I was excited to try the new Skyline pant.
Developed for winter cycling, the Skyline replaces the popular Showers Pass Roadie Pant, adding more stretch and more reflective trim to the pant.
The Skyline sounded like it could have great potential for both spring skiing and cycling, so I put it through a day’s adventure.
The perfect spring day
For us, a perfect spring day includes skiing in the morning, followed by an afternoon bike ride.
I donned the Skyline pant, a ski top, a bike jersey & a vest, figuring the combination would provide the flexiblity to ski at 12,000 ft and then transition without changing clothes for cycling at warmer temperatures down in the Aspen valley at 8,000 ft.
The Showers Pass Skyline pant for…skiing
We headed up Aspen Highlands in temperatures at around 40°F (4°C) with just a slight breeze.
The front thigh & lower leg areas of the Skyline are made of the Showers Pass Elite™ fabric, which is waterproof and breathable.
The sides of the pant are made of stretch fabric and the knees are covered in a stretchy softshell material.
The ankles have gaiters that zip – perfect for fitting over a bulky ski boot.
The Skyline pants were great for skiing – super flexible, unbelieveablely comfortable, and surprisingly warm for as light as the pants are (compared to lightweight ski pants).
The Showers Pass Skyline pant for…cycling
Next, we grabbed an energy bar, jumped on our bikes and went for a spin.
I normally wear cycling tights and found the extra substance of the pants to be a nice change.
While close-fighting, which is great for cycling, the more structured pant provides more coverage than tights – nice from a warmth perspective, as well as a bit more comfortable for a post-ride stop for a coffee or beer.
The pants also have a zippered side pocket for storing keys and a bit of cash.
The Skyline pants are not padded so, for a little longer ride, I’d add padded shorts either over or under.
The Showers Pass Skyline pant…the summary
- Comfortable: The pants are stretchy in the right places and very comfortable.
- Flexible: In 2 ways – the pants allow moving with ease and it’s great to have a garment that can perform across multiple sports.
- Well-constructed of quality materials: Showers Pass gets this right. Their gear is durable and holds up.
- Fit: The Skyline only comes in men’s sizes but I found the men’s small/petite to be a perfect fit (I normally wear a women’s medium).
Showers Pass Skyline Pants:
The facts straight from Showers Pass
- Elite™ Waterproof – Breathable hardshell fabric at top of thigh and lower leg
- Waterproof Softshell material at knees for comfort and stretch
- Overtape at the knees
- Stretch Sides balance body temperature and provide maximum mobility (not waterproof)
- Drop down ankle gaiters
- Reflective Trim for low light visibility
- Compatible with Showers Pass® Suspenders
- Key Pocket at side
- Color: Black
- MSRP: $160
- Sizes available: Men’s S, M, L, XL