We have a pair of 2016 Palm Zenith Pants here at Unsponsored HQ for review.The Zenith pants are designed to be combined with any dry or semi dry top to create a flexible system for year round use.
Although a two piece combination will find it hard to be beat a drysuit I have used a number of two piece systems in the past that have been super dry. The big advantage is that you can mix and match tops and bottoms to create a system that is best matched for the conditions you are going out in.
I will be matching these pants with the Palm Fuse jacket which we have been using here at HQ for almost a year.
The Zenith pants replace the Neon pants in the Palm line up. The overall cut and the number of panels/seams have been improved.
The RRP for the Palm Zenith pants is £115.95.
Materials XP 2.5-layer fabric Nylon 320D overlay reinforcement
Velcro adjustable neoprene waistband
Neoprene gaskets with velcro adjustable cuffs
Reinforced seat and knees
The Zenith pants come equipped with a double waist to get a good seal with a twin waist cag. The inner waist is quite long which means that even when sat down or moving about the protection level is still great.
The outer waist is Velcro adjustable via two large tabs that sit at the front. The waist seal also includes a couple of drain holes just in case water does find its way in. Both waists include a line or two of silicon to help the fabric grip against a cag or spray skirt.
The seals at the ankle are taken care of via a long neoprene gasket. I’ve used these extensively on a Palm semi dry suit and they work great. There is also the possibility of getting the optional factory fitted XP 4-layer socks added.
Everything that needs to be tough is re-enforced with a heavier duty material.