OK, here's the thing: we love Arc'Teryx for their fit and quality while cringing at the price. Only you can decide if the tradeoff is worth it, and we understand if you're looking to score a deal on discontinued items. If you're a skier or boarder looking at the Scarabee pant here's what you need to know.
The Scarabee is designed to go down, like… like… well, let's just leave that one alone. The outside of the pant is Gore-tex Soft Shell, a bomber waterproof breathable soft shell that's really more of a half soft, half hard material. It's a nice combination, and it'll last forever unless you do something truly terrible. Fit is relaxed, not as trim as a lot of Arc'Teryx clothing, so keep that in mind. It's got a RECCO avalanche reflector, so if you regularly go out of bounds at resorts that have the detection gear that might matter to you.
There's an instep patch for crampon protection and boot rubbing, two thigh pockets with waterproof zippers and flaps, a zipper fly with snap and a removable waist belt with a nice flat buckle as well as redundant belt loops should you choose to add your own. Built in rubber-lined grippy gaiters with lace hooks keep the pow outside where it belongs. A fleece lining means you can wear it next-to-skin without any clammy action. The pattern even has a built-in forward lean.
For some reason descriptions of this pant sometimes say it has thigh vents, but it doesn't. Otherwise, it's a solid pant at a discount and will give many years of service.