List Price US $359
Homeschool Heavier Days Pant 2015-2019 Review
Type Shell
Gore-Tex No
Jacket to Pant Interface Yes
Vents 4 Open
Layer Count Above 3 Layer
Company Waterproof Rating 20K
Company Breathability Rating 25K
Manufactured in Vietnam


Waterproofing Great
Breathability Excellent


Packability Thin
Construction Great

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Homeschool Heavier Days Pant 2019 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride

The Homeschool Heavier Days Pant continues to evolve and it’s a great 3 layer pant for those that want one of the best when it comes to breathability and it’s also no slouch when it comes to waterproofing. The 2019 Heavier Days pant has a slight tweak to the cut and overall design that worked better for my build.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  No one is perfect and we do make money from the “Where To Buy” links below, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Size: Medium
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”,
Weight: 185 lbs,
Waist: 32”
Hips: 42”
Inseam 30”
Upper Thigh 23.25” Circumference
Middle Thigh 21.5” Circumference
Calves 17”

There is one thing I forgot to mention in the review of these pants.  The back of the pant curves up so it covers your lower back.  This is great because it keeps you from getting a tramp stamp by the elements when you bend over to put on your bindings.  I find that with many pant/jacket combo’s that when you bend over to strap on your bindings the jacket rides up and it exposes your lower back to cold and nasty winds that chafe your low back.  This prevents it and even though it’s a bit weird at first because you think your pants are riding too high you get used to it pretty quickly and end up really liking this feature.

Homeschool Heavier Days Pant Past Reviews

The Homeschool Heavier 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 Heavier Days 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
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 200 lbs
Chest: 44”
Neck: 16″
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
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”,
Weight: 205 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.

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

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