Price US $349

Homeschool Karpis Pant 2014 Review by The Good Ride

The Homeschool Karpis Pant is made to match up with the Universe Jacket and it has the same bomber tech.  It’s a true technical 3 layer shell that doesn’t look like one. It doesn’t look like most of those skinny high end 3 Layer skiier pants that many snowboarders that see a lot of moisture wear.  It’s got 3.5 layers so that means 3 layers in most places and 4 layers where you see more exposure.

Size Tried: Medium
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”,
Weight: 195 lbs,
Waist 33”
Hips 42”
Inseam 30”
Upper Thigh 24.5”
Middle Thigh 22”
Calves 17”
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.

The video review says most of what I want to say about this pant but here is a quick re-cap.

Fit: Nice Loose fit that isn’t super baggy for me or super tight so it can layer well. It’s the kind of pant that you use to see a lot with other companies but isn’t around as much and I really miss it.

Construction: It’s got a thick feel just like the Universe Jacket and it’s going to be a hard pant to tear or ruin.  This isn’t a super pack small pant but many riders like myself that are mainly riding the mountain don’t care about this. I actually like thick feeling pants and felt it actually felt warmer than most shells.  It’s still a shell and not warm but I’m saying it’s on the better end of the poor warmth rating.

Insulation/Warmth: Not that warm but not as cold as many 3 layer shells. The great thing is there is a good bit of room to layer up underneath.

Waterproofing: -3.5 layers with 20k waterproofing is pretty bomb proof.  The average jacket is 2 layers so combining 20k with 3.5 layers makes it more waterproof than most 20k 2 layer shells.

Breathability: Outstanding breathability for a pant this thick and waterproof. A 3 Layer Gore-Tex Jacket has a slight advantage on waterproofing but when this stands up to most Gore-Tex inserts on breathability the nod usually goes to Homeschool. 25k breathability is insane for a 3.5 layer jacket. Most Non Gore-Tex jackets with 3 layers usually have around 20k waterproofing often have 10k-15k breathability so if you like the idea of using coconut fiber instead of the somewhat toxic Gore-Tex this for sure the call.

Overall: All in all this is a great pant and a top choice for those looking for superior breath-ability and really solid waterproofing.

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Type

Shell

Waterproofing

Insulation Type

Insulation Fill

Liner Type

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Bib

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Layer Count

Above 3 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

Company Breathability Rating

Manufactured in

China

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Great

Breathability

Excellent

Warmth

Poor