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The North Face - Chakal Pant - Men's

The North Face Chakal Pant - Men's

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$129.95 Original price:$198.95
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Item #TNF03IT




Tech Specs

[membrane/laminate] DryVent (2-layer), [face fabric] 75D 95% polyester, 5% elastane
40g Heatseeker
2 zippered hand, 2 zippered cargo
inner thigh
adjustable waist tabs
ankle, StretchVent
Claimed Weight:
1lb 7.3oz
Recommended Use:
skiing, snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty:

Chakal Pant

Epic powder days only come along so often, and if you're gonna ski bell-to-bell, you don't want your clothes holding you back. Well, thanks to The North Face's Chakal Pant you can shred on through the snowiest and coldest days of the season. Whether you're fighting your way through the wet and heavy stuff or floating through light and dreamy powder, you'll be totally dry thanks to the waterproof DryVent membrane. The Chakal also features a durable polyester fabric with a two-way stretch for unrestricted mobility as you float through knee-deep powder fields and bounce around gnarly bump runs.

When the thermostat freezes over and falls off, Heatseeker synthetic insulation keeps you nice and warm so you can stay out there lapping untouched snow. Build up a little bit too much heat attacking that tree run? That's no problem with The North Face's Chimney Venting system. The StretchVent gaiters do their job keeping the snow out, but also prevent heat from escaping through the bottom, so it can rise and release through the inner thigh vents, giving you a reliable and more effective ventilation system as you rip your way through another all-time day.

  • An insulated snow pant for those that rip and ride in any weather
  • DryVent waterproof membrane protects you on heavy powder days
  • Heatseeker insulation offers low-bulk warmth for the coldest days
  • Two-way stretch fabric ensures that you've got unrestricted motion
  • Chimney Venting system channels heat towards the inner thigh vents
  • Stretch ankle gaiters prevent snow from sneaking in on deep days
  • Adjustable waist tabs help you find your perfect fit
  • Two sets of pockets offer storage for trail maps and lift snacks

Love these pants

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Historically I've gone with just a shell pant. Was heading to do some mountaineering in Argentina and felt I'd need an insulated shell. These have now become my go-to winter outdoor pant. Highly recommend.

Not waterproof

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L Long

Warm and well-fitting but not waterproof as described. I wore them in wet snow and they wet out after an hour. Disappointed in TNF and Backcountry for billing them as waterproof.

If you want a true hardshell pant, look elsewhere.

Surprised me!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I got these pants with the intent to use them on kind of warmer days, like around 20 degrees, but the snow called my name one night when the temperatures dropped to 3. All I had on me besides these Chakals was a pair of regular pants. No base layers. I fully expected my legs to freeze and my torso to fall off. But no! These pants kept my legs warm, dry and able to shred!! Pretty dang great pants!

Great fit/look, flawed design

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

Good look/fit, ok performance, and bad design.

I’m 5’9”, 32x30 and the medium regular fits me well. I’ve had these out in temps ranging from -5 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit, windy and calm days, and clear/sleet/ or blizzard days. I’ve taken spills on soft and icy terrain. For me, they’re warm enough for -5 with a mid weight synthetic base layer but not too hot for 35 degrees with a light base layer. They stay dry on cold snowy days, and cut the wind well. Unfortunately they wetted out fast on the first day of blowing wet snow, though they didn’t soak through but did freeze near solid. The fabric doesn’t feel durable/tough, but I’ve had no durability issues. Now for the really bad. The flap that covers the hand warmer pockets faces forward, not backwards as it should. This cause snow/moisture to collect over the hand warmers pockets, and if conditions are bad enough, snow/moisture piles up in the pocket flap and the pockets wet out. I can think of no reason for this design. Though I appreciate the non-baggy fit, warmth, and comfort of these, the design flaw and poor harsh weather protection would cause me to seek out better options and I would not buy these again.

Great fit, feel and movement.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I’m 5’9” and 145 with 32” inseam and size Small fit me perfectly. This is a thinly insulated, low volume pant that feels like a fluffy cousin to the Arc’teryx Caissar pant. The pants have a soft hand and plenty of pockets, and are relatively light. I own a pair of TNF insulated Freedom pants as well, and the Chakals are noticeably slimmer and more articulated through the knee. Compared to the MH Highball insulated pant, the Chakal feels almost uninsulated (which I prefer).

Prone to gashes and rips

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium Short

I have owned Northface for years now and have always had a great experience with their products, particularly their fit and durability. I am a short guy so it is always hard to find fitting attire.

With these Chakal products, however, my experience has been nothing but problems. I've only owned the jacket and pants for barely a month. First I noticed little gashes in front of the jacket after a few wears on the slopes. Backcountry was kind enough to replace it.

As I hoped the replacement would fare differently, I have now noticed the pants have the same gash/rip issue. Isn't this supposed to be ski wear? No matter how careful one is, skiing is a high impact sport and there are skis which have sharp edges and boots which have pointy buckles. Shouldn't the outer material used withstand normal wear around this equipment? Especially at this price level? It is unfortunate since everything else about the jacket and pants is great (fit, length, warmth, flexibility, vent and pocket features).

At this point I am not even sure I will bother asking for a replacement pant that is just going to rip again. But my next purchase will surely be some other brand with potential to be more durable around the sport it was intended to be used for.

Prone to gashes and rips

Burns from dropped blunt

Burns from dropped blunt

Best Ski Pants I've Owned

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium / Reg

I'm a 31/32 waist and these fit perfectly. I agree with one of the earlier reviews that the Beech Green color is a bit more olive green than khaki like the picture portrays. But other than that, can't complain. Love them. They aren't big and baggy like my old North Face ski pants. They're a straight fit through the legs, but flair a little near the ankle to go over ski boots. Would definitely recommend.

Nailed it !

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M/reg

I personally love TNF pants for the fit..I bought these as a gift and they ended up perfect for the recipient. True to size was said for this person, M/Reg for a 5'11" 165 lbs 32" waist guy. The blue is awesome, colors, fit, details, like the inner thigh venting are all a plus. Bam! Stoked!

Ski Season!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

The fit and quality of these pants are great! I ordered my dad the Beech Green color, thinking they would be tan like the picture. They are more of an olive green color rather than tan. He loved them the first time he wore them. They are a little roomy in the legs, but great for skiing and snowmobiling.

too baggy

  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: medium short

The pants are so big that it looks like he is wearing a skirt. The length is reasonable.

Larger Than Expected

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: XL

Really liked the look and feel of the pants. Unfortunately the XL were too loose in the waste and too long, so I had to return them. Replacement size was not available. Bummer.

Little Too baggy

    5'10 170 lbs the medium pants were just too baggy. Looking for other types of pants

    Great snow pant with long inseam options

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large Long

    I purchased this item as an xmas gift for my cousin. We ended up needing to exchange as I purchased a color that was a little too visible on the mountain for his liking (the red is very bright). I ended up switching the Red for a Light Grey and it is perfect. At 6'4 with a 34 inch inseam, he has a really hard time finding ski pants that fit properly as most have a standard 32 inseam. It is hard to find, but TNF made it happen. The Large long fit perfectly and these are comfy, offer plenty of stretch for movement, light weight but durable, well constructed, and overall a great purchase. While not quite as visible as he originally requested, these should work well for the next few ski seasons to come.

    good pants. thinking about an additional

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L

    I've worn this once. I wish they were a little longer, but other than that, they really do the job. well made. warm. flexible. I really like them.

    Great pants! Would buy them again.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium Short

    Im almost 60, generally hot natured and I’m short. I’ve worn a few different types of pants over the years. I look for thin pants, with a short inseam. Hard to find. North Face is one of the few. These pants hit a sweet spot. Lightly insulated hard shell that kept me warm on the lifts but cool in the runs. Add a base layer pant if colder or just the pants on warmer days or harder activities (back country). Shorter inseam doesn’t bunch up the legs so they don’t rub or get in the way and adjustable waist band to quickly tighten it loosen. Vents on inside of the thighs get the job done. Gaiters keep snow out of pants legs.

    Adding some vents to the outside of the thighs would really be sweet and adding zippers to the pant legs/gaiters would be nice ( hint, hint). But I’m not complaining.

    Fit, usefulness and price can’t be beat. I’d buy another pair.

    For the price and fit

    Great Pants, would purchase again

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large Long

    These pants were constantly exposed to snow and rain for hours in the Swiss Alps without ever making me cold or wet!!!!! Loved the lining and all the pockets! Vents came in handy when inside. It was too cold outside to even consider this. Winner all day!

    Awesome Pant! Kinda

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

    Bought these for snowboarding. Great fit, just enough room for plenty of movement without being too baggy. 5"8 170 and the Medium Short is a perfect fit.
    Update: Over 20 days in these pants now and the area around the ankles has some pretty serious wear, probably from snowboard bindings so a skier would not have this issue. Just wore on the best Pow day in two years and by lunch my a** was soaked. Not sure if I would purchase again. For the once year casual resort skier/rider these would be a good pant. Otherwise I would keep looking.

    Good to hear Daniel. I have the same proportions and find the Freedom pant too baggy. I ended up exchanging the med. short for a small short and had a piece of 1000 cordura v-stitched into the waist by a local seamstress. I think NF advertised the Chakal pant as a slim fit. It actually looks like it's less baggy so a med. short probably fits like it's supposed to.

    Nice pants

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium short

    As a short guy it’s hard to find options for short pants. I’d been able to find black ones but other colors weren’t available. These are decent pants for the price. While they are insulated they are vented and while I usually ski in shell stuff these are fine.

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