These Peak Performance salopettes appealed to me, as they’re biker inspired and a little different from the wide, heavily padded pants of previous years.
Their sales pitch says ‘they mix edgy style with technical features’, and I did like the trendy, articulated details on the knees – along with the light padding.
Once on I can concur they are a cut above average. It is hard to feel you have any link to fashion in many styles of salopettes, but the hip core’s narrow fit does it’s best to flatter your shape, and moves with you, rather than against you, when you are on the slopes.
I tested them in Saint Gervais and Switzerland and can definitely say they are a good choice for all weathers.
The wind was really high on the mountain’ tops in France, and temperatures dipped to -10, but they kept me well protected from the cold and snow, and dried really quickly.
I’m told this is due to their eco-friendly Hipe® Core+ fabric, which gives you breathability and weatherproof insulation. My cosyness was also aided by the brushed tricot inside waist.
At the time I just appreciated their resistance to the March winds and how comfortable I felt outside in very low temperatures.
Switzerland was like a different season, with milder than usual weather, which made you – at times – want to ski in a t-shirt.
This is where the new technology’s breathability was a lot better than my old gear, leaving the outerwear dry and fresh at the end of a hard ski, rather than well ready for a wash.
The two zippered hand pockets are useful for any light items you may want to carry, and there’s also a zipped back pocket, which I found useful for carrying a little extra cash.
But my favourite feature has to be the Velcro adjustable waist, which gives a bespoke feel to the cut and keeps out any hint of cold air.
I also really liked the snow gaiters, especially when driving down through heavy powder snow, and the reinforcement at bottom the bottom of the leg, which give you confidence that these pants are going to last you a few years.
It took me a while to get used to the snap in waist system, as I was formerly an old-fashioned button up type of girl, but this style of fashioning definitely adds to the finish.
- Material: Hipe® Core +
- Water column: 10.000mm
- Breathability (#): 10.000 gr/m2/24h
- Material: 100% Polyester
Good for: Skiing and Snowboarding
Peak Performance Website: Women’s Padded HipeCore+ Scoot Ski Pants
Article Author: Briony Key