Oakley Blackhawk Biozone Pants Review
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What do you look for in a pair of ski or snowboard pants? Comfort, warmth, storage, or maybe just for them to look good? The Oakley Blackhawk Biozone Pants deliver on all those requirements and much much more. I’ve had the chance to wear them for approximately 8 wonderful days while snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The temperatures have ranged from minus 10 to about 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
Oakley Blackhawk Biozone Pants Introduction
These pants are what Oakley calls their Pro Rider Series, which means that they were designed with feedback from their Pro sponsored athletes. I have to admit that these are probably the best pants I have ever worn for snowboarding. They kept me warm, dry and comfortable while scoring some high points in the style category. The technology they use is called Hydrogauge™ 20 laminate, which blocks out sleet and snow.
Design of the Oakley Blackhawk Biozone Pants
These pants have 3 front pockets that are all secured with a high-quality zipper. The interesting 3rd pocket you can see right above the Oakley emblem has come in quite handy on the mountain. I have used this pocket to place my lift tickets or credit cards. Very convenient.
The back features two more pockets also with zippers. The embroidered Oakley logo and name are obviously visible on the front and back of the pants, but I like their understated quality.
Taking a closer look at the back, the Oakley Blackhawk Biozone Pants feature what they call Snap Storm Skirt, which is compatible with an Oakley jacket, but also with most other Jackets’ snow skirts. You can use the buttons to cinch op tightly to make sure no snow or water goes into your pants.
The Oakley Blackhawk Biozone Pants are probably one of the warmest pants I have ever worn. I have been riding in negative temperatures (Fahrenheit) during the testing and my legs were never cold. My hands, feet, upper body, or face can’t say the same. In the event that you are riding in warmer weather, the Oakley Blackhawk Biozone Pants do have two inner thigh vents with mesh to get some ventilation if needed. I never really had to utilize this feature as it’s been very cold during the testing.
The ankle gusset has ample room to fit even the biggest boots. Depending on your style you can always open up the zipper to have a more flare look. Of course, the elastic band with a metal hook will prevent the legs from raising and letting snow in, no matter how deep the snow is.
Style of the Oakley Blackhawk Biozone Pants
As you can see in the photos, I tested the jet black color which does look a little grey in the pictures. What is amazing is that each time I went to the mountains at least 1 person complimented me on the pants. I really like the fit, which Oakley calls “regular”. I also have been in the pants for an extended period of times, driving back and forth to the mountains, and I found them to be very comfortable. Thin enough to not feel bulky, but warm enough never to be cold.
I’ve owned around 8 different pairs of snow pants. I have always complained that they were too thin, too warm, weird fit or simply not very good looking. The Oakley Blackhawk Biozone Pants fits all the requirements and more. They also have them in “burned henna” which looks like a burgundy red, sizes vary from S-XXL. I really think you can’t go wrong with these pants.
For more info on the Blackhawk Biozone Pants and other Oakley gear visit www.oakley.com