By Cacinda Maloney
Gearing up for Telluride, CO, I was looking for that perfect pair of ski/athletic pants that actually fit me right. I am shorter than the average America woman and so when I found the Sporthill brand, I was excited that it came in petite sizes. Length of pants are always a problem for me. But not only do they come in short lengths, but they also offer more fit, size and length choices in athletic pants than anyone else. So you can GET THE FIT you need. I chose the Sporthill 3SP Callaghan Skinny Pant ($119.95).
Even better than that is that it is made from temperature controlled material, so that while I am skiing in Telluride this week, it will wick away the wet and keep me dry underneath my other gear. But there are even more things about Sporthill that I like as well:
- Made in the USA – that’s right! I love that about this product! It is designed, sourced and sewn in the US of A!
- One year guarantee –now how many products can say that? It is made to meet or exceed the rigorous requirements of world class athletes
Here is the explanation of the temperature tuned clothing: “What is that?” It is clothing that is made for every season and every temperature and categorized by zones:
Zone 1 is made for HOT weather (65 F degrees and above), like the kind I have mostly year round in Phoenix, AZ. For this temperature it wicks moister off your skin, cooling you faster. It is breathable, ultra light-weight and cool.
Zone 2 is designed for moderate temperature (25 -65 F degrees) It is made for versatility and a wide range of activities. For this zone, it has a great wind blocking feature and is great as a single layer or a base layer on the coldest day.
Zone 3 is designed for my trip to Telluride, which is COLD weather (0-40 F degrees). For this weather it is warm, yet light-weight, breathable and wicks moisture away. It also is wind resistant up to 35 mph. But what I really like about it is that is fast drying and repels water. So those times when I ultimately fall down while skiing (almost never!), I don’t have to feel wet for very long or when I overexert myself (almost every time!) then my body won’t feel wet.
This gear was made for world class athletes and outdoor enthusiasts alike (which I am not, but hey, might as well dress like the big boys), as the company Sporthill;s founder was a five time NCAA All-American in track and cross country at the University of Oregon. He knows how to produce exceptional performance apparel for all weather types, since he has ran many miles in rain-soaked gear.
Sporthill has created a signature material called 3SP (patented) that insulates better per ounce than polyester, cotton, nylon and wool. It provides single layer warmth with effortless breathability, extremely fast-drying moisture management and amazing wind resistance up to 35 MPH.
So after all of that, how did they perform for me on the slopes in Telluride, Colorado? First of all, I am no athlete, but I can tell you they were fit for my performance on the slopes. They fit tight against the skin and moved amazingly well with my body and yet, I did not sweat or get overheated due to the snugness of the fit. They also fit great inside my ski boot, even have zippered ankles, so that my ski socks were easy to get on and off with the pant. While in Telluride, I washed them and their black color and side piping all held up well thru the washing machine.
And last, but not least, my husband says they look great on on me, so that in and of itself makes them worth it!
Disclosure: This product review was sponsored by Deep Creek PR, but me gushing about the fit, the style and the usage of the skinny pant were all my own.