Reviewer Info: 5’9”, 148 lbs, 30” inseam, 32” waist
Size Tested: Large
Color: Black Denim
Features: Shell, single layer
- 10k/10k waterproof/breathable
- 100% polyester denim
- Fully taped seams
- YKK zippers
- Zip fleece-lined front pockets
- Dual rear hook-and-loop closure pockets
- Slim cut
- Anti-drag cuff tabs
- Built-in waxed drawstring belt
- Microfleece seat and fly
- 11” inner thigh zippers
- Leather cuff trim for fray protection
- Jacket-to-pant interface
Test Locations: Stratton, Vermont; Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
Days Worn: 12
In the description of the Boville pant on Moment’s website, the words “slim-fit” might appear as just a minor detail, but I don’t think this aspect can be emphasized enough.
A tech nerd isn’t likely to buy these pants over something in the $400-500 range, or even over the more expensive pants in Moment’s line. These pants are made for and marketed to park skiers looking specifically for a slim fitting pant, which is an emerging trend in park. But not many ski outerwear brands are making them; only Saga, Armada, and Orage immediately come to mind, and we can now add Moment to the list.
At 10,000 mm waterproofing and 10,000 g breathability, the Boville pant isn’t intended to be a high-tech garment that will keep you dry and comfortable on a multi-day tour; rather, it sets out to keep the rider dry and comfortable enough for everyday park riding.
Fit / Sizing
The fit of the Moment Boville is slim all the way through, with a boot cut and extra knee articulation. And the fit isn’t subtle; it’s immediately recognizable as a slim fitting pant. Still, I liked how the Boville struck a balance between what I would consider overly tight (think women’s jeans) and a cut that’s too subtly slim to really even match the style.
Even though I liked the appearance of the slim cut, however, I’ve found that—for me—there wasn’t enough space around the hips to move freely or perform some movements while skiing aggressively.
Specifically, the pants pinched my hips when my hips and knees were flexed while carving around the mountain. While on edge and countering the turn with my upper body, the fit of the pant restricted how much I could bend my hip, to the point where the pant felt limiting and a little uncomfortable. In this position, the pant seemed to pinch against my leg in the area between mid-thigh and where the hipbone protrudes a few inches below the waistline.
I did, however, have plenty of room around the waist, so I’ve worn the Boville with a belt. (For reference, I am 5’9”, weigh a staggering 148 pounds, and have a 32-inch waist.)
The need for a belt didn’t surprise me, as I’ve worn a belt with size large pants from The North Face (two different pairs of Fargo Cargo pants) and Obermeyer (the Rail Yard pants) over the last three years. Around the waist, the Moment large runs very similar in size to both brands.
Lengthwise, the Boville pant fit a bit shorter than my Fargo Cargo pants. With the pant worn over my boots, the cuff came to rest loosely on top of my foot but did not drag below or behind my boot when walking.