Norrona Narvik GTX Pant
Charlie Morris, January 13, 2011
The Norrona Narvik shell pant is a versatile piece of ski outerwear. It has a 3-layer Gore-Tex construction with reinforced inner leg panels to prevent sharp edges tearing the fabric. These features, along with a zip that allows you to attach the waist of the pants to a Norrona jacket, demonstrates that this product has been designed by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts.
First impressions are of a lightweight, well constructed pant. Norrona describes it as a ‘freeride’ pant, and the high waist (with adjustable inner belt) and snug fit on the thighs give a more ski mountaineer/backcountry look than looser freestyle offerings. That said, these are probably the most comfortable ski pants I’ve worn.
I tested the Narvik’s in temperatures in the range of -10 degrees centigrade. As it is a shell pant, I opted to wear Skins snow compression tights underneath. My legs stayed warm all day, but they are noticeably more breathable than pants with an integrated thermal lining.
The Narvik is a great all-round pant; ideal for Alpine skiing with a base layer; but would be best suited to spring touring/mountaineering when temperatures are warmer and the breathability could really be appreciated.
For more information on the Norrona Narvik GTX Pant, visit norrona.no.