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
Weight: 195 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.
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.