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Alongside the Lodge jacket I reviewed here, I also tested the Structure pant from Eira. In contrast to the insulated jacket, the pants are a shell with a thin polyester lining. The pair I received to test was a large and the fit was just about perfect on them; they are not too long or baggy and with a belt they stay up nicely.
I really liked the look and fit of the pant instantly, the outer material has a subtle print which is quite unique and they have two large zippered pockets on each leg. Initially I was a little concerned about the waterproofing on the zips, but like the jacket I have found no problems throughout testing.
Again, like the jacket I was very impressed by the weight of the pants. Being a lined shell they would always be pretty light, but the material used gives a low weight while also being very unrestrictive. If you have worn some Gore-Tex pants you will know they can have quite a firm feel, but that is not the case here, as the outer material is very soft and easy to move in.
One thing I will say though is they are not a warm pant. I have worn shells pants before so knew what to expect, but these pants were pretty cold out on the mountain; not so much riding but more when I was sat on a lift. I found that for colder days I had to layer thermals to keep warm, which is not something I have had to do before. One particularly cold day I decided to do a little hiking to help stay warm and I did find when you were working harder the pants were pretty comfortable temperature-wise, so for backcountry use these could be a great option.
One other slight issue I have is the positioning of the pockets. I ride with my pass in my wallet, but the top pocket is a bit shallow so it sits pretty high on my leg. The zip is also quite hard to get to with the jacket on. In comparison the lower pocket is very deep, so things end up sitting on your knee, which is less than ideal in a fall. I would prefer a deeper top pocket with an angled zip and a less deep lower pocket.
These things aside, I do like these pants. The fit is really comfortable so long as itâ€™s not super cold. I have got a couple of small cuts on the bottom, but then I have been skiing some wide skis with sharp edges. The bottoms have wetted out a couple of times, but only in slushy snow. Overall they are great pants, I just wish they were a little warmer.