With a corporate headquarters located in the beautiful Aspen, Colorado, the family-run, privately held Obermeyer knows first hand what it takes to protect outdoor enthusiasts from head to toe in the sometimes extreme Colorado Rockies. They offer a full line of winter gear that not only includes great jackets, but also pants, fleece, base layers, and soft shells. Obermeyer also carries a variety of outwear for kids as well.
I tested the Obermeyer Commando SS high performance pants on a recent snowboarding trip. I wore them on a day with mid-morning temperatures in the teens, and high temperatures in the high 20s with some wind, and never had any problems with temperature management. The Commando SS did a great job of keeping the cold out and the warm in, and they kept my legs nice and dry. I snowboard, so I am sitting in the snow quite a bit throughout the day to strap into my board or to grab a quick drink of water, and I always felt like bottom half was well protected. Rather than going commando under the Commando SS, I opted for a medium-weight baselayer tight, and that seemed from a temperature management perspective. These pants paired well with the Obermeyer Kenai performance shell jacket, which I also tested out that same day.
The Obermeyer Commando SS offers a nice set of features that position these pants for a pretty wide variety of uses. As I mentioned, I wore them for a day of snowboarding, but they would also perform very well for a variety of alpine aerobic activities such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or a high-altitude hike. The high performance SofTech 4-way stretch fabric, articulated knees, and gusseted crotch provides a full range of motion and flexibility that will keep you comfortable in most any situation, and the 100% nylon taffeta lining offers a little extra warmth on the inside.
The Commando SS also offers a variety of storage, with zip pockets on the front of each hip, seat pockets on the backside with velcro closure, a zip cargo pocket on the right thigh, and a velcro flap cargo pocket on the left thigh. The pants have reinforced scuffguards at the bottom of each leg, reinforced double layer knees and seat, and reinforced stitching throughout, which all add to their overall durability. The pant legs feature water-resistant powder cuffs with gripper elastic that fits well over a pair of ski boots, snowboard boots, or hikers.
The Commando SS pants come in four sizes – Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large, and is only available in one color, Black. I would call the style of fit sort of a relaxed fitted. They are definitely not baggy, but I always felt like I had plenty of room in them. These pants retail for $199, which is comparable with other similar high performance pants that we have tested. The versatility and comfort of the Commando SS make these pants a nice addition to any outdoor enthusiast’s gear collection.