The Homeschool Heavy Days pant lives up to it’s name well and aside from the leg pocket placement this offers up a pant that of course works well in the backcountry but also really well on the mountain for those that like to layer. 3.5 Layers with 20k waterproofing is really burly but the real kicker with this pant is the 25k breathability.
2016 Homeschool Heavy Day’s II Pant Review
The 2016 Heavy Day’s II Pant looks and feels a lot better than the 2015 model. The lighter material and articulated fit really changes the overall feel to it.
Size Tried: Large
Weight: 195 lbs
Torso Length (collar bone to pant line) 23”
Shoulder Width (widest point of shoulders) 22”
Arm Length (pit to wrist) 19.5”
Helmet: Smith Vantage
Goggles: Smith IO7
Homeschool Heavy Days Pant Review
This pant is the continuation of the Karpis Pant and they are both pretty similar.
Size Tried: Medium
Weight: 205 lbs,
Upper Thigh 24.5”
Middle Thigh 22”
Turn On’s: Size M pants that fit well around my thighs, Riding with Friends, Open Roads, new gear and especially my wife.
Turn Off’s: M Pants that I can’t get up over my thighs, traffic and people who can’t park inside the lines.
Fit: Love this fit. The Homeschool Heavy Days allows my somewhat thick thighs room to move around in and the pants don’t rack my balls when I walk or hike in them like many ultra tight high end technical pants do these days. I also love how the pants are a little short so they don’t drag along the ground. If you are one of the lucky ones that own a snowmobile they should not get in the way but even common mountain riders like myself appreciate the fact that your ankle straps don’t close over them. The sit just above them so it’s easy to put them on and off.
Comfort: Very comfortable pants and they have a somewhat thick feel at first but after a wash or a little wear they feel much softer and thinner.
Construction: Very well built and although new it feels like it’s made to last a while.
Insulation/Warmth: The Homeschool Heavy Days is a shell so no warmth but as far as shells go it feels warmer than many I have tried. The pockets over the knee suck for putting things other than clothing in there but they do make the knees a little warmer on the chair.
Waterproofing: Really waterproof. It’s not going to beat out a 3 layer Gore-Tex but it’s pretty close. I’ve been out in rain with Homeschool 3.5 layer outerwear and never had an issue. That many layers with 20K waterproofing is not the pinnacle of waterproofing but it’s really good.
Breathability: Homeschool is known for Upper tier breathability with all their clothing and this is better than Gore-Tex here. It’s what you buy Homeschool outerwear for. It’s all about making sure you don’t get wet inside from sweat which they feel is more important. I feel this way too. 25k breathability for a 3.5 layer pant is pretty impressive. Gore-Tex is pretty good too but from what I have seen it’s more like 15-20k.
Overall: So the only issue is pant leg positioning and if you are ok with that then you have a great pant for resort to backcountry