We’ve read the reviews across the web for the The North Face Freedom Insulated Pant – Women’s and summarize the results below:
PeakScore: 81 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.6 stars
Expert Rating: 2.7 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 163
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Reports of fitting true to size.
- Not too baggy, but relaxed fit.
- Doesn’t allow the cold air in due to material and insulation.
- Vents allow for breathability during warmer temperature skiing.
- Zippered pockets for secure storage.
- Velcro on both sides of the waist for adjustability.
- The meshed inner vents allow for extra breathability to prevent overheating during activity.
- Fully taped seams aid in waterproofing ability.
- 60g Heatseeker insulation aids in keeping you warm without getting too hot.
- Two handwarmer pockets and one leg pocket for storage.
- Average rating across most technical categories at a low price.
- DryVent 2-layer aids in weather protection.
- Great temperature and weight for downhill skiing.
- The inner thigh vent zipper tab is easy to use with gloves on.
- The positioning of the vents allows air flow, but doesn’t make the zippers rub against eachother.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Reports of fitting tight in the waist.
- Fabric can be noisy.
- Fabric doesn’t breathe very well, although venting is effective.
- No waterproof zippers.
- No bib to connect with the pants.
- Waterproofing abilities will keep you dry in light rain or snow, but if you are using mainly in wet snow or heavier rain, these may not be the most efficient.
- Reports of fitting too tight in the thigh area.
- Some people found the sizing to be too large, but if you size too small, you won’t be able to fit layers underneath.
- The water-resistant coating around the upper leg and back area will decrease over time.
- Too warm for uphill, but sufficient temperature control in downhill skiing.
The North Face Freedom Insulated Pant for women is a basic choice for skiers needing an all-around and inexpensive option. The versatility, style, and breathability make this a fine choice for downhill runs, while the limited waterproofing and breathability makes this not the best choice for high intensity skiers.