The North Face Enzo Pant Review
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For the skier who is in search of the best gear on the market, The North Face Enzo Pant might just fit the bill for you. I’ve been testing out the North Face Enzo Pants over the past few months on the slopes of Keystone, Breckenridge, and A-Basin and hiking and snowshoeing on the trails of Colorado. The TNF Enzo pants are a top performer when it comes to winter ski pants. While we all like top performers, we don’t always like top performers. With a price tag of $349, you might think these ski pants have millions of bells and whistles as they are much more expensive than the traditional ski pant, including other TNF ski pants. If you are expecting lots of bells and whistles, you might be disappointed. If you are looking for all the features you need and none of the features you don’t need, the Enzo is for you. Before we get into the features, I’ll fill you in on what helps set these pants apart from the rest. The TNF Enzo pants are made with Gore-Tex Pro Shell which is Gore’s material that is meant to withstand the fiercest conditions. The feel of the inside of these pants is silky smooth and is not as crinkle like other 3-layer waterproof shells.
The cut of the Enzo pants is a little forgiving as they are a little baggy in almost all sections of the pant. They’re not snowboarder baggy, but they aren’t 80’s tight either. I am 6’0 and 175lbs and I found the pants to fit fine. My pant size is typically 32×32. If you needed to go up to a 34, I think it would be manageable. To help get an exact fit, the TNF Enzo pants come with adjustable waist tabs as well. These pants have two zippered hip pockets that are good for holding smaller items like cell phones and point and shoot camera’s. There are two pockets along the thigh that sit below the hip pockets with the same capacity to hold smaller items such as phones, Clif Bars, avalanche beacons, and more.
For ventilation, there are two water resistant zippers that go down the backside of the leg that go from the butt to mid thigh. I’ve found these vents to have a good placement as they don’t let snow in and they vent where heat often builds up. To protect your cuffs from getting ripped up by your ski’s, the cuffs of the Enzo pants are reinforced. On the inside of the cuffs, there is an integrated gator to keep the snow and wind from getting up your pant legs. While I really enjoyed testing these pants out on the slopes, I found on super cold days that my legs would get cold easily with normal base layers on underneath. I am not one to get cold easily, so it is advised to wear a thicker base layer if you get cold easily or if the temps are cold outside.
Overall, I think these pants are a great performer, but for the majority of skiers out there, they might be a little overkill with the higher price tag. However, if you like to push the limits in the backcountry or like skiing blacks or double blacks, this could be a good option.
For more info on the Enzo Pant and other North Face products, visit www.thenorthface.com.