Northern Playground Ziplongs 3/4 Microfleece Pant - Men's
Northern PlaygroundZiplongs 3/4 Microfleece Pant - Men's

Early morning options.

You're up at four in the morning for a ski tour and your buddies are rushing you out the door and onto the trail. You look like you've gotten dressed in the dark (because you have), and it also looks like you've gotten dressed in the cold—but you've got a trick up your sleeve. Your buddies' aghast looks aside, you'll be happy to drop trow on the skin track and remove the Northern Playground Men's Ziplongs 3/4 Microfleece Pant when things have warmed up and everyone else is overheating. Thanks to the full-length zipper on this baselayer, you get to be warm and toasty in those first cold hours on the tour, but don't have to sweat your way to the top. The polyester blend is stretchy enough for kick turns, and quick-drying so you don't find yourself cold and clammy before you have a chance to shed the extra layer.

  • Easy-to-remove leggings for active pursuits in changing conditions
  • Polyester blend is quick-drying and offers performance stretch
  • Full-length zipper makes these easy to remove when it heats up
  • 3/4-length reduces bulk and bunching when wearing ski boots
  • Padding on zipper prevents chafing and discomfort as you move
  • Slim fit offers performance fit and can be layered under shell pant
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Super Useful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M

A Norwegian friend originally showed me zip-longs a couple years ago, and since then I've used them a bunch, both the wool version and the fleece version (both in the 3/4 length). It may seem an odd concept at first glance, to have side-zips on an underlayer rather than on a shell pant, but they are incredibly useful. I use them mostly for backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, but also for general mountaineering. I leave my shell pant on all day, which is best in a snowy environment, and take the zip-longs on or off depending on temperature (usually skinning up versus skiing down, but also changes in aspect, weather, etc). It is super easy to adjust how warm my legs are, without taking off my shell pants, boots, skis, or crampons. If I have a harness on I take it off first in order to take off or don the zip-longs, but my friend with more skillz can take on or off his zip-longs even while wearing his harness! Fleece or wool is kinda a question of personal preference, but if I could own only one it'd be the fleece - I like that synthetic is always faster to dry than wool, and I like that they are lighter-weight.

Great concept, does not disappoint

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Got to wear them for a full season of backcountry skiing. Keeps me warm when really cold. Great in spring when it gets warm during the day and one does not have to take off the boots to shed a layer. . 3/4 length fits perfect with ski boots. No problem for fit even with large calf muscles, did not experience that it rode up towards the knees.
Definitely recommend this quality product!