Elevenate, started in Åre, Sweden by freeskier Sara Rönngren and UIAGM mountain guide Jimmy Odén and have been crushing it over in Europe since 2010. Times are changing and Elevenate is stepping up their game in the US for the 19/20 season.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Elevenate Free Tour Pants to give them a go in our home state of Colorado. For me personally, I generally just wear softshell pants and bring hardshell pants in the backpack… in case things get a little chilly or wet. I also run pretty warm on my lower half, so a lighter weight softshell is optimal down below.
I am 6’0″ – 165lbs – 32/33″ waist and undeniably handsome. I opted for size medium thinking they would be a little snug and not fall off my hips on tours. Mediums turned out to be a little looser but ended up staying up just fine. If you fluctuate weight on long trips like I do, you need not worry, they have some great belt loops that are sized to fit thick and thin belts.
These pants have 2 gigantic front pockets that you could literally store just about anything in. They don’t have rear pockets, that could be a plus or minus. They are incredibly comfy to sit in due to their being no pockets, but you don’t have any rear stash like a lot of pants do.
These are softshells, they are made to move in and provide minimal warmth. With that said, I skied inbounds with major wind gusts and temps in the 20s, with a merino wool base layer, I was perfect. Obviously these really shine in the uphill world because they breathe well and help dissipate heat.
These pants have high quality zippers and buttons that are easily zipped and buttoned. The zippers don’t catch on excess fabric and the buttons stay locked as advertised.
Why we’re geeking out?
Apart from the incredible fit and finish of the pants, we like a little something extra in our gear. With these pants in particular, the front pockets are pretty large which would make putting anything into the pockets a long reach to grab. Elevenate solved this problem by placing a small elastic pocket inside of one of the front pockets for easy cell phone, snack or flask retrieval.
Zipper and button at waste
Cell phone pocket inside front pocket
No zipper on front top pockets