For the skier and snowboarder that looks for a baggy yet technical snowpant, the Mountain Hardwear Bomber Cargo Pant is a great option. This pant is different from the standard Mountain Hardwear fit which typically has more of an athletic cut, but still provides the quality we have come to expect from Mountain Hardwear over the years.
The Mountain Hardwear Bomber Cargo Pant is a lightly fleece lined snowpant that does better in cooler temps than warmer temps. I tested these pants early season when the temperatures ranged between 40-50 degrees and they heated up quickly, like most lined ski and snowboard pants. While skiing in these warmer temps, there are two inner lined zippered vents along the thigh on each legs to vent out unwanted heated. These vents come in handy in both hot and cold temperatures when you start to heat up because if you start to sweat and your pants start to get wet inside, it can take some time for that moisture to transfer outside the pant.
The Bomber Cargo Pant has 6 total pockets throughout the pant. There are two pockets on the backside of the pants with Velcro closures, two cargo pockets with Velcro closures along the sides of each side of the thighs, and two zippered pockets near the waste. All pockets are very spacious if you like to take along a road soda and some food while out on the mountain. To keep snow from going up your pant legs, there is a gaitor attached inside each pant leg that easily goes over a ski or snowboard boot.
The Mountain Hardwear Bomber Cargo Pants are made with Mountain Hardwear’s Dry Q Core which is their form of waterproof fabric that bonds to the nylon on outside of the pant. It’s not Mountain Hardwear’s top end water proofing system, but I found it to be sufficient for resort skiing in both dry and snowy conditions. Along the bottom of each pant leg, there is re-enforced abrasion resistant fabric on the inside of the cuff so you don’t slice your pants cuff with your ski’s edges. Along the waist, there are two adjustable Velcro straps that allows you to adjust the pants to fit your waist. I am a size 32 waist and I found these pants to slide down a little on my waist when cinched all the way. If you are below a size 32, I suggest sizing down to a small.
My overall impression of the Mountain Hardwear Bomber Cargo pants is that they fit the need of a particular audience that likes baggier ski and snowboard pants. I personally like a little less baggy fit, so they didn’t exactly match my needs, but as I look at the thousands of skier and snowboarders on the slopes, there are plenty of people that like that style.