Alf runs us through the pros and cons of Norrona Lofoten's top end salopette offering

Norrona Lofoten Ace RRP £749

Given the price, you’d expect a hell of a lot of ski pant here – but what you get is actually relatively little, at least in terms of weight. The Lofoten Ace comes in at 840g and as such provides very little insulation (break out the heavy duty long johns) but that’s just the point – they’re designed to be super-light and breathable as well as being incredibly durable.

Norrona claim that ‘we could not even cut [the fabric] with regular scissors when making the prototype at the RD&D lab.’ And I couldn’t cut through our test pair with a reasonably sharp knife, so one thing you are getting for your money is a pair of ski pants that should last a very long time.

Featuring Gore-tex Pro fabric throughout, the Lofoten Ace also comes with three different bib options; a powder skirt, a regular zip off with suspenders and a full-on, tight-fitting vest with an asymmetrical zipper and a transceiver pocket. They’re designed to match with the equally expensive Lofoten Ace jacket, which we’ve also reviewed.

Beneath the bib you get large Velcro waist adjuster along with generously-sized belt loops, a small hand pocket plus phone pocket and two cargo pockets, all with water resistant zips.

Other essential features include snow gaiters, cuff reinforcements to protect against ski edges and inside leg ventilation with mesh backing. The fit is quite loose and the metallic appearance of the fabric is cool, modernist and makes you look like you mean business. Apparently Norrona had no other choice of colour as the fabric is so strong and durable it’s impossible to dye!

FOR Bomb-proof build, all the essential features, lightweight, great looks

AGAINST No insulation plus the price – ouch!

What Norrona Lofoten say:

The extremely light and breathable material is so durable we could not even cut it with regular scissors when making the prototype. The pants are made for powder days, high intensity and will always provide you with the best weather protection out there. To make the pants suitable for all conditions we have added three different bib solutions; a powder skirt, the regular zip off with suspenders and a full on vest with a tight fit, an assymetrical zipper and a pocket for a beacon. Other critical features include our Custom-fit waist system™, snow gaiters, two cargo pockets and reinforcements at the bottom leg to protect against steal edges. The inside leg ventilation with mesh will ensure air flow when needed. The metallic appearance will make you look awesome every time you wear the pants and is a result of a fabric so strong and durable it was impossible to dye. A must for the collector, a game changer for the freeriders and an ace within its segment. NB: A change has been made after picture was taken, and the top right pocket is removed. Instead you will find a small vertical zipper opening for wearing a harness under the pants.