Why We Chose The Planks Easy Rider Pant: Practical, stylish, versatile and eco-friendly.
Founded in 2009, British brand Planks have been doing the rounds for over 10 years now – growing in popularity and establishing themselves as a staple part of the archetype cool skier’s winter set-up. ‘Street cred’, when describing ski brands, can be a little ‘Steve Buscemi in the “How do you do, fellow kids” meme’ but Planks… well they’ve got street cred and then some.
Jim Adlington, the brain behind the brand, moved to Val d’Isere in the nineties and went on to become a sponsored skier – getting backing from big names such as Salomon, Oakley, and Vans. Living the seasonaire’s dream, Jim stayed in the mountains and channeled all of his experiences and knowledge into the creation of a new ski gear company – producing products under the Planks banner that consistently delivered the goods.
“Jim Adlington, the brain behind the brand, moved to Val d’Isere in the nineties”
The Easy Rider Pant is another hit from a brand that, these days, have made delivering hits very much their stock-in-trade.
10k waterproofing levels and 10k breathability means you’ll stay dry and comfortable around the park and piste. Anyone who doesn’t know when to quit it on those slushy springtime chairlift laps, you know who you are, will appreciate what these pants bring to the party.
On the environmental front, it’s good to see that the majority of the polyester used here comes from recycled sources. The exact split, in terms of materials used, is 54% recycled polyester and 46% polyester outer fabric. Not a landslide victory for the eco-warriors by any means, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction – especially when you consider that this product also has a solvent-free DWR coating.
The pants have a polyester taffeta lining.