- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Size Bought: Medium
My wife skis for 4-5 days a week for work and fun, and I picked these up for her after a few brutal cold snaps in the Wasatch. She says they're worth it and a half.
On any (*ahem*) "normal" day above 15º F she wears yoga tights under Arc'teryx Sentinel shell pants. If it's between 0-15º F but she'll be moving/working hard, she swaps the yoga tights for fleece tights. However, if it's in the single-digits or below 0º F and she's not generating much heat aerobically, the Axina Knickers have been a game changer for staying comfortable... or just staying outside, period. At 60 grams of insulation, they're basically the equivalent of turning an Atom LT jacket into pants, but a touch heavier-feeling. She says she tends to run warm while skiing, so she saves them for the coldest days, but that if your bottom half runs cold or you're not jazzed on uninsulated shell pants in the resort, they'd likely be more of a constant companion.
She has a size M in both the Axinas and the Sentinels, and says the wide, low-profile waistband makes it easy to layer the knickers underneath.