Strafe Cloud Nine Pant review. OnTheSnow reviewed these insulated pants as part of its 2016/2017 Pants Buyers' Guide.

Favorite Features: Among the only pants to offer an adjustable cuff, (which we’re quite frankly missing in its general absence) the Strafe Cloud Nine Pant is Polartec-ed out, with NeoShell® fabric and Alpha® insulation. This makeup is said to often eliminate the need for thermal long underwear, an invitation we’ll take them up on with the soft next-to-skin liner.

Room for Improvement: Buttons are a bit difficult to snap, and we’d lose that adjacent Velcro.


Fit: Runs true; size up if you’re between.

On-Snow Performance: Strafe Cloud Nine Pants impressed our tester in the fit department, specifically in the waist, despite the longer-than-expected length. With an additional layer and temperatures in the mid 30s, the thigh vents came in especially handy, and the cozy insulation and elastic around the boot kept the heat in and the snow out. Extremely comfortable, these pants strike the perfect balance of warmth to the southern hemisphere without getting into uncomfortably stuffy territory.

Manufacturer Description: The Cloud Nine Pant is designed to provide full waterproof protection and insulation for the coldest days without sacrificing breathability, in a women’s specific fit and design. It’s one of the first pants made from a combination of Polartec® NeoShell®, the most breathable waterproof fabric on the market, and Polartec® Alpha®, the first-ever breathable puffy insulation, originally developed for U.S. Special Operations Forces and now available through Strafe. Unlike down or classic synthetic fill, which require the use of “closed” fabrics, Polartec® Alpha® is a highly stable insulation that won’t poke through or migrate. This allows us to pair it with brushed fleece on the inside for the creation of a puffy insulation package that’s not a vapor barrier, rather one that breathes with you for active warmth. We’ve found this combination of Polartec® NeoShell® and Polartec® Alpha® to be more comfortable throughout a wider range of the coldest weather conditions than anything else, often eliminating the need for thermal long underwear.