The Arc’teryx Rush LT Pant Takes the Spliff Rolling Challenge

Once, while restocking outerwear on the sales-floor of a reputable retail cooperative, I was cornered by a man who had questions about waterproofedness.

“If I were to fully immerse myself in a bathtub wearing this coat here,” he began, “would I stay drier longer than if I was wearing that coat over there?”

I was not the right person to answer this man’s questions. First of all, I was a clueless warehouse employee. Second of all, I’d never bathed in my boardin’ gear before.

In the end, I pawned him off on one of the floor staff and retreated back to my warehouse environment.

But now, decades later, I think I may have discovered a relatable test of a garment’s technical performance:

If I sit directly in the snow and roll a spliff (60% weed/40% tobacco) while wearing the Arc’teryx Rush LT pant, will my ass get wet?

Let’s begin!

 The Weather:

Sunny, with inverted temperatures

-Zero new snowfall in almost a week

The Spliff:

Not too strong

-mixed with a Camel Blue that I bummed off my neighbour

The Pants:

Our Objective:

to boldly determine the effect that sitting in the snow for five minutes would have on a pair of high-end boardin’ pants.

The Venue:

The test occurred DEEP in the nearcountry of a half-abandoned ski resort in the Sea to Sky.

We took the lifts as far as they would take us, then skinned our way into some low-hanging pow stashes after “tightening up” in the afternoon sunshine.

No pants were harmed while conducting this experiment. Photo: Felix Jauvin


After taking just over five minutes to sit in the snow and twist up a Turbo Stick, the exterior of the pants showed minor signs of wetness, but my ass felt as dry as a Rocky Mountain sunrise.

It was truly glorious.

I imagine that they’d perform just as well if I were sitting on the landings of the jumps in the terrain park, editing my Tinder profile.

Other Notes:

-The Rush LT’s are a kinda like a pair of waterproof, breathable ninja pants. Good for roundhouse kicking your enemies off the skin trail.

-The bib’s low, but still functional. And it’s made of a softer material than the rest of the pant, so it expands in accordance with your IPA consumption at après.

-If you think this test is irrelevant, you’ve clearly never been ski touring in BC.

Great for going right. Photo: Felix Jauvin

I’ve only got two real issues:

-The pocket on the right thigh isn’t water-tight, which is slightly irritating while you’re juggling where to put your ever-present phone in relation to your avalanche transceiver.

-Like any pants that are super lightweight, I’m not sure how they’ll stand up to buttsliding down rocky chutes. (So far so good).

The greatest revelations happen DEEP in the backcountry.  Photo: Felix Jauvin

But overall, I’d say the Rush LT’s passed the sit-in-the-snow-then-walk-uphill-then-ride-downhill test with flying colours.

In other words, they stood up to science.

So to the guy with all those questions, all those years ago, I hope you’re reading this.

What’s your email, guy?

We’ve got so much to talk about.



Price: $650 CAD

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