Top 10 Men’s Ski Pants 2017

January 17th, 2017

Skiers demand a tall order from their outerwear. It has to serve multiple functions that may seem in opposition of each other at times, but not this list. The men’s ski pants we’ve scoured the industry to find can serve dual purposes in maintaining waterproofness while also letting your sweat breathe so you’re not frozen when you cool off. From bibs to insulated to gore-tex shells, you’ll need plenty of pockets, the right fit and the right look to complete the outfit. Whether it’s the backcountry that gets you out of bed in subzero temperatures or the resort that serves as your vacation go-to, we’ve got you covered.


Patagonia Powslayer ($$$)

Powslayer Bib

Powslayer Bib

SkiGenie Recommendation: Patagonia has updated their men’s ski pants with the Powslayer Bib. This super high quality bib pant includes huge venting zips down the sides that can also allow you to fully zip open and unleash without taking off your pants or suspenders completely to go to the bathroom in the backcountry. The intelligently designed fit of the pants leaves enough room and cut to let you move comfortably and not feel as restricted as other bibs on the market. Cool colors with contrasting zippers that can mix and match with other Patagonia jackets round out the look.

Description: Updated this season with a refined fit, the PowSlayer Bibs are lightweight and packable protection for all of your snow sports pursuits. Built with innovative zero-bulk construction for freedom of movement and GORE-TEX® Pro fabric for the highest level of durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

What Skier’s Say:

  • If snow somehow manages to invade these bibs, it’s only due to neglecting to close the side zippers. Once everything is buttoned up, these pants offer some of the best protection from the elements, from the bibs to the three-layer GORE-TEX Pro material. The fit allows plenty of room for heavy-duty base layers and flexibility for just about any snow sport. Patagonia cleverly includes side zippers that mostly function as air vents, but they can also be fully unzipped if you need a bathroom break and can’t drop your drawers completely. – OnTheSnow
  • I really like the Powslayer even though not normally being that big a fan of bib pants; the loose, comfortable fit and well thought out design means they’re really comfortable whether riding or hiking. The durable build of the Powslayer Bib means that you’ll get a pair of ski pants that should see out several seasons, which goes a long way towards justifying the high price. –Snow Magazine

Find these men’s ski pants on sale at Backcountry, Evo & REI


Marmot Mantra Insulated Men’s Ski Pants ($$)

Marmot Mantra

Marmot Mantra

SkiGenie Recommendation: These men’s ski pants from Marmot are insulated but not too bulky. They have tons of pockets, a good high waist, sturdy gaitors, and inner thigh venting. The special material Marmot uses helps prevent and dissipate condensation build up so you’re not shivering after you work up a sweat. The Mantra will help you stash all your necessities and stay warm and dry no matter how cold temps drop.

Description: Updated with a modern, trimmer fit, the Insulated Mantra is a big mountain brawler ready to launch. Starting off the construction of this pant with Marmot MemBrain® laminate technology for breathable, waterproof protection and Thermal R® synthetic insulation for warmth, we tweaked every pocket, closure and lining for supreme performance.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Very high quality product from Marmot. Comfortable in all conditions. Never had to wear thermals and it did get cold, Plenty of vents and zipped pockets for security. Usually buy North Face but these are better.
  • This product held up like it is supposed to. Not once did I get wet at all. Couldn’t have asked for a better pair of snow pants.

Find them on sale at Backcountry, REI, Evo & The House


Flylow IQ Pant ($$$)

Flylow IQ Pant

Flylow IQ Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Flylow is known for its hefty construction and their shell pants are some of the most waterproof pieces you’ll ever own. The simple, clean lines, incredibly lightweight material and unique avalanche beacon attachment system lends itself to specifically to backcountry pursuits. Don’t let the low bulk fool you, the IQ Pant comes with reinforced Cordura cuffs and seam taping to outlast the next downpour.

Description: The IQ Pant is magically both light and resilient. It’s made with the lightest Polartec NeoShell fabric available, which offers maximum stretch, breathability, and seriously powerful waterproofing.

What Skier’s Say:

  • This is an extremely lightweight, form-follows-function pant designed for the active skier. What defines an “active skier” you might ask? A skier who often works for his turns, isn’t scared to layer if the day gets cold (long johns often needed with these on colder days) but keeps charging for lines well off the beaten path into May. Durability has been great, pockets well thought out, venting a bit less than I’d like but the pant so light it hasn’t effected me like other pants I’ve owned. The pant fits true to size, not too baggy, not to tight. I have used crampons with these without catching my pant leg every other step. Fit: 6’2″ 195lbs 34/32 – size large fits great.
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Find them on sale at Backcountry, Evo, & REI


Flylow Baker Bib ($$$)

Flylow Baker Bib

Flylow Baker Bib

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another solid selection from Flylow Gear, the Baker is a versatile bib for both backcountry and in resort. It features a relaxed fit so you don’t feel trapped in constrictive overalls, lots of pockets, and some unique color ways. When you’re rocking the Baker Bib you evoke the attitude of a seasoned veteran no matter where your skiing takes you. This is a high quality, high value pant that will last you several seasons.

Description: Most bibs are created for ski mountaineering. And yeah, our bibs can handle alpine ascents—they’re made with a weight conscious three-layer waterproof fabric, ample pocket storage for maps and other essential gear, but they also fit loose and are comfortable enough to rock the resort or the après-ski scene. The Baker Bib has become the gold standard in the ski industry for tough, high performance waterproof bibs.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I’m not sure manufacturers in general understand how terrible it is for those of us outside the “normal” fit range to buy stuff that can be worn but isn’t actually anywhere near fitting properly. THANK YOU FLYLOW FOR MAKING A LARGE-TALL! And THANK YOU FLYLOW for making pant legs that can fit skier legs!! No binding when you move, nor problems adding a layer for insulation. Well made & nice details overall!
  • I have owned multiple pairs of Flylow’s snow pants and they have all been amazing! These Baker Bibs are the best of the best. The durability, construction, materials, weatherproofing, venting are all great. I’ve skied both tele and alpine in these and they move as if they are one with your body, never bunching or riding up. They regulate the temperature very well, never getting too warm or cold. These are by far the best bibs that I have owned.

Find these men’s ski pants on sale at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, REI, & Tahoe Mtn Sports


Stio Environ Pant ($$$)

Stio Environ Pant

Stio Environ Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Stio is a fairly new company that has made a splash in the ski outerwear scene. The Environ pant is one of those standard, wear them everyday no matter what type of weather or activity pant. They are made with this super soft, flexible, sort of brushed material that moves with you extremely well. When you put them on you may feel like they were made just for you. They are cool looking with chunky zippers and contrasting colors. Overall solid construction that will get the job done well.

Description: Our Teton-tested, all-mountain ski pant with Dermizax® 3-layer stretch waterproof/breathable technology, built for resort, side and backcountry. Features include an adjustable waist with belt loops, internal boot gaiter with gripper elastic, and MaxVent™ outside thigh vents.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Arctic Chill arrived two days after my Environ pants so I decided to take them for a long outdoor skate at -10 with the wind whipping. Bought them to ski, but the skating test on a big open lake showed me how great they would be. Warm, flexible, pockets for my phone, and when I got called in to warm up by the fire, the cooling unzips were put to use. Looked high and low for pants to do this work, and am happy that I found and ordered these. Thanks for making them.
  • Was looking for a solid ski pant to wear in resort skiing and side country. I am 6 foot one and 170 pounds and was swimming in the large size. The medium size fits well, not tight but looks nice. My wife loves them. They look good with the contrasting heel cuffs and feel very durable. Wore them with one pair of long underwear in 20 degrees skiing and was plenty warm but would want another pair of underwear of really cold. Side vents are a little odd in that there is no mesh behind so if you open them up you are open directly to air. Seem like they’d work. Pockets well positioned and quality zippers. Very waterproof – sat on wet ski lifts one day and was completely dry. Great pant!
  • I was really looking forward to receiving my order, and when I did, I felt the quality was immediately apparent. I used the sizing chart, and it suggested I should be a medium. Granted this is outerwear, but I feel that they run a tad big for what it is worth in case you think you might be between sizes.
  • Good fit, high mobility, good windstopper proof, true to fit, overall excellent pant. One wish – suspenders or ability to connect suspenders.

Find these men’s ski pants on sale at Stio


Helly Hansen Elevate Shell Pant ($$$)

Helly Hansen Elevate Shell

Helly Hansen Elevate Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation
: Helly Hansen may be best known for their foul weather gear for sailing, so we trust that these shell men’s ski pants have extremely waterproof features that are basically guaranteed to keep you dry from weather on the outside or sweat from the inside. This pant breathes. It also has a freeride fit that takes into account your jacket fitting a bit longer, so they’ve lowered the pants pockets to fit with the look. Since they’re shells they can go the distance into the backcountry, but they can also perform on those long cold, snowy or wintry-mixed days.

Description: Designed for action filled days on the snow, the Elevate Shell Pant has a relaxed freeride cut built with Helly Tech® Professional 3L fabric. Featuring a new FLOW membrane enabling unparalleled breathability, these are guaranteed to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable. Built with premium freeride specific features throughout including jacket-pant integration buttons, large reinforcement and Recco® advanced rescue system.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Elevate Shell Pant fit seamlessly with boots on, giving just enough length to cover all the buckles without bunching. The velcro waist adjustments worked well when the day called for tightening up after losing a layer. Great maneuverability and surprisingly warm. Bravo. –onthesnow
  • They are a minimalist but still versatile pant. On the other hand, they are not particularly durable, have weirdly shaped pockets, and lack belt loops. –TGR

Find them on sale at Backcountry


Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant ($)

Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant

Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: When a ski patroller can rate this pant as a solid work pant they trust day in and day out, you know you’ll be in good hands, or should we say, good legs. The Returnia Pant is a solid men’s ski pant, simple and durable so you can wear them all day, everyday and never doubt its ability to keep you warm and dry. They also come in short, tall and regular lengths for an enhanced fit.

Description: Lap on: Lightweight, with great breathability so you won’t sweat out. Thigh vents, edge guards and powder cuffs with bonus fleece lined hand pockets.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Have about 70 days in these pants this year many of them working patrol days. So far these pants are real durable and easy to move around in. A good buy!
  • I used the Returnia Pant for both Skiing and work. The weather conditions were from -20F to 50F, in wind and calm, light snow to wet thick snow. The Pant was cool in the extreme cold, but warmed up after some time. I wore a mid-weight base layer during the coldest times, and a lighter base for the warmer times. The pant was both durable, protective, and had plenty of movement for skiing, hiking, and outdoor work.
  • I got to ski in my new Returnia pant over the weekend. It was below freezing the whole time, so the pant wasn’t tested in the wettest conditions, but it seemed to repel water nicely. I wore it just with some not very fancy long underwear and my lower body stayed warm and dry. The pockets for your hands are not very deep, but its nice that they are fleece lined. I found the thigh pocket very handy for my cell phone and the key leash in the left pocket made me feel a lot better about not losing my keys.

Find these men’s ski pants on sale at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Mountain Gear, REI,, SummitSports, Tahoe Mtn Sports, & The House


Norrona Roldal Gore-Tex Pant ($$$)

Norona Roldal Pant

Norrona Roldal Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Faint of heart need not apply for the Norrona Roldal pants. These Norwegian numbers are made of hardcore gore-tex material yet soft to the touch, durable, extremely waterproof, and they look super sharp on – like you’re a pro. They also come in some fun colors like bright pink and bright highlighter green as well as black and navy.

Description: Waterproof freeride pants with an urban look and a 3-layer GORE-TEX® membrane for men. They’re better equipped for active freeriding as they have good breathability as well as the classical details like ventilation options on the side, practical pockets and water resistant zippers.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I land on my behind quite frequently and these pants have taken all I’ve thrown at them this past season. The fit is great and I love that they’re a bit longer so that they don’t ride up your lower leg when doing grabs. I’m a big fan of using suspenders so I zipped the ones I have from my lyngen pants onto the røldal and it works great. When you don’t have to tighten them around your waist it’s like you have a huge vent up top, perfect for touring on warmer days.
  • I bought the pants last year and they are still in great shape after a whole season on the hill. They are pretty long on the fit but that is fine in ski boots, I roll them up for aprés. There is plenty of space in the large thigh pockets for extra gear. Not quite as tough wearing as the Lofoten pants as the ankle reinforcement isn’t as tough.
  • These Pants are amazing! The Material is great but not easy to describe. The finish feels very soft (almost like cotton) but at the same time it is really strong and durable. I used it for a whole season now. It survived everything from some drops, rock contact to bad weather and also washing. It still looks like almost new.
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Find them on sale at Backcountry


Outdoor Research Blackpowder Pants ($$)

Outdoor Research

OR Blackpowder Pants


SkiGenie Recommendation: These pants are a tremendous value for the die-hard skier who may even work at the resort or puts in 100+ days. They have simple, adjustable and removable suspenders and come with Outdoor Research’s lifetime guarantee.

Description: Built to hold up to the demands of mountain professionals, the Blackpowder Pants let you approach season after season of steep chutes with complete confidence.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Pants fit according to the sizing chart. I am 6’2, 200lbs. My sizing was right in the L/XL line. I am pleased I went with the XL’s. All the pockets are easily zipped with gloves. Zero concerns about being wet in any conditions. The leg interior and exterior vents are sweet. You can dress warm and dump heat when needed. If you like suspenders cool, if not they are easily removed. I rock a thick belt and the belt loops accommodate it with ease. The reinforced scuff guards re durable. I have had several knees to chest moments recently and the pants don’t feel like they bind up at all. Great product.
  • I really love these pants. They are very light compared to my old pants which makes a big difference when hiking or skiing lift accessed terrain. The vents really work well for air flow to cool you off. I love the softer fabric of the pertex, but they still are very rugged and durable. The suspenders are a great addition as I’m often in between pant sizes and size up, so it’s nice to have your pants not sagging down to your hips which gets old very quickly. The beacon pockets is another well thought out feature. They are very breathable and warm enough for the entire season here in Colorado. The fit is a nice slightly baggy fit, but not park rat obnoxious. I have nothing to bad to say about these great pants.
  • I purchased these pants this season and have been thoroughly impressed with the fit and mobility so far. The dual vents on both inside and outer leg are a savior when your carrying around ski gates etc. all day. If you have your base layers in check then warmth will not be an issue for a comfortable and especially dry day. With ample pockets for all the gear there is plenty of space for everything to have it’s own place.

Find them at Backcountry, REI, & Eastern Mtn Sports


Eider Alta Badia Pant ($)

Eider Alta Badia Pant

Eider Alta Badia Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Fit and design are the highlights of this basic, standard men’s ski pant. The Alta Badia includes a built in elasticized belt and pre-shaped knee articulation so they stay on and move with you. A well thought out design for a competitive price. One of the color options is a heather gray that would complement any bright colored or even simple black jacket.

Description: Lightly insulated with a durable outer, the Alta Badia Pants can take a beating while keeping resort skiers warm and dry.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Pants are excellent. Not all the bells and whistles but great gear! They do run a bit small and short. XL fits a bit smaller than a pair of 36×32 pants.
  • These are a great basic ski pant, if you’re looking for high quality fabric and construction for a reasonable price. These aren’t going to have all the bells and whistles of other higher end pants out there…but they do have all the basic features you need. There is no venting, but the breathability of the fabric will keep you comfortable. It’s a classic ski fit- so not tight and not baggy.

Find them at Backcountry


Women’s Ski Pants Top Picks for 2016

January 26th, 2016

Of all the women’s ski pants on the market, there are a number of options that create a comfortable fit while allowing for all the functionality you need to enjoy a great day on the hill.  Important attributes to consider when researching ski pants include slim or looser fit, waterproofness vs. insulated, technical vs. stylish, etc.  Certain brands are sized to fit specific body types, so reading reviews can inform you personally as to how things fit. We include a range of price points in our list, but a higher price tag is not unusual for high quality gear that uses advanced fabric technologies to keep you warm and dry. The women’s ski pants reviews below are the Ski Genie’s top picks out of a wide range of great options out there. Also included are links to purchase them at the best prices. Please let us know your feedback on any of the gear you’ve experienced on


Patagonia Powslayer Bib ($$$) $599 or Less

Femenine cut bib style gore tex shell pants with venting and pockets for touring.

Patagonia Powslayer Bibs

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you’re looking for a lightweight, weatherproof bib shell for touring, this is definitely your pant. Minimalism is this pant’s middle name, which makes for seriously lightweight packable adventures in the mountains. Great venting and superior gore-tex material keep your temperature regulated as you’re working up a sweat. The best part about these bibs is that they’re designed for a woman’s build. They contour the hind regions to maintain a nice shape and come up just high enough without choking you or squishing your chest in the front.


Description: The Women’s PowSlayer Bibs are lightweight and packable protection for backcountry pursuits. Built with innovative zero-bulk construction for freedom of movement and GORE-TEX® Pro fabric for the highest level of durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

What Skier’s Say:

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  • In my opinion these bibs are the best I could find online out of most Ski brand companies and I am very happy with them! Im 5’6 150lbs, think thighs, I usually wear a size 8 or 10 pant and I got the Large and they are not too baggy and feel great as far as mobility in the legs for touring. These bibs do not have the micro fleece inside you sometimes find in snowpants which makes your legs a bit chillier but I love that because it makes them super lightweight for touring. The suspender straps are comfortable on your shoulders with a backpack on, the drop seat zippers can also be used as vent zips and they are as flattering as bibs can be. I knew I wanted bibs specifically for skiing in the future because I’m tired of always hiking up my regular pants from them always slipping down.
  • What’s up with the color choices for the women’s bibs for the past two years in a row? Light grey and tan are going to get dirty-looking so fast! And the magenta (hot pink) color choice for last year? Seriously?! I love almost everything about these bibs. They keep the snow out and my lower half dry and warm. The cut is improved and more flattering and the added belt loops are a plus. The quality is also top-notch. But please Patagonia, choose darker colors for next year’s line up.

Find them on sale here for $599 or less at Backcountry and Evo


Marmot Davos Pant ($) $175 or less

Softshell pant with articulated knees for ease of movement and built in belt.

Marmot Davos Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Don’t let this ski bunny looking pant fool you. Its waterproof, breathable, warm, and best of all, stretchy! It’s super cute slim fit with built in belt will have you looking like a diva while ripping it up all day long. Its low price point is also an added bonus.

Description: Super-stretchy, waterproof M1 softshell breathes naturally for all-day comfort. Cordura® scuff guard at the cuffs rebuffs sharp edges, and roomy articulated knees promote both tricks and turns.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I love my Marmot ski pants. I skied in the rain in them and they are very water resistant. The fit is perfect for me. I bought a small and usually wear a size 2 or 4. They were also just the right length and I am only 5’2″ and pants are usually always too long if they aren’t a petite size.
  • I bought these pants for a spring ski trip in Utah. Temperatures low in the 20’s, highs in the 50’s — stayed warm and comfortable. Easy to move in, slim fitting but not tight, very comfortable. I’m 5”2″ 125# and the S/P fit perfectly. Have become a fan of Marmot.
  • I bought these pants for cold weather hiking and I couldn’t be happier. They run true to size. I’m 5’4 138 lbs and a medium fits perfectly with enough room for a base layer if I need it. I have trouble buying pants as I have wide hips and these are perfect. The length is great as well, they don’t drag on the ground and fit over my hiking boots nicely. These pants keep me warm on windy days. I haven’t worn them in the rain yet so I can’t comment on that, but given the quality of Marmot’s products, I’m sure they’ll do just fine. The only complaint I have, and it’s hardly a complaint, is that the belt feels a bit flimsy.
  • Watch this hilarious video from Marmot on how to care for your waterproof garments.

Find them on sale here for $175 or less at Backcountry & REI


Flylow Daisy Pant ($$) $219 or less

Warm, comfortable and femenine, slimming cut insulated ski pant.

Flylow Gear Daisy Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Given all the great features of Flylow’s Daisy pant, the best part of all is that they are just plain comfy. Flylow has a way about using the best materials, getting the women’s specific cut right and adding lots of intuitive venting to create a great all around ski pant.

Description: Picture a slimming pant that magically manages to add an extra layer of warming insulation. That’s the Daisy Insulated Pant, built with a two-layer stretchy waterproof fabric with a “barely-there” lining of synthetic down insulation.


What Skier’s Say:

  • Bought these pants at the beginning of ski season because I wasn’t feeling the baggy fit of my old ski pants anymore, and liked the slimmer lines of this pant. I wanted something that was lined and still slimmer than my old pants, but would not give off a ski-bunny vibe. These are perfect because although they aren’t baggy there is plenty of room for movement, and they fit well and are flattering. I don’t have any issues with them being too low-rise, even when hiking around the mountain or bending over to adjust boots. They aren’t quite as warm as previous pants, but I just make sure to layer properly and if I overdo it the leg vents help cool me down.
  • These are fantastic ski pants, they look and fit like a great pair of jeans. I bought the red color, it’s a little more pink than I expected but still very nice. I don’t have the problem of “plumbers butt” (low rise), these go quite far up for me in the back. I’m 5’8″ and 150lbs, usually wear a size 6/28 pant. Bought the medium, they are perfect with a bit of room to spare. Fitted, but not tight.

Find them on sale here for $219 or less at Backcountry, Evo, & Tahoe Mtn Sports


TNF FuseForm Brigandine 3L Pant ($$$) $399 or less

Highly durable and technical 3 layered pant with mesh backed venting and pops of color in the zippers.

TNF FuseForm Brigandine 3L Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is another highly durable, lightweight, high quality shell pant for the list. What we love about these pants is that in addition to all the great features The North Face includes, like adjustable waist tabs, fully waterproof materials, extra reinforcement where you need it most, and mesh-backed venting, they also feature stylish color options with pops of neon in the zippered pockets and logos. They’re built with a relaxed fit so you can move around in any of the outdoor sports you choose, and come with a lifetime warrantee.


Description: Our equivalent of big-mountain armor, these super durable waterproof pants are constructed with new FuseForm™ technique that seamlessly integrates four-way stretch with abrasion resistance. Reinforced nylon eliminates bulk to achieve a low-profile fit that’s lightweight yet strong in high-wear areas around the knees and seat.


What Skier’s Say:

  • I have had these awesome pants for about a month and absolutely love them! I have been snowboarding, climbing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking in them and they are great. Unlined makes them perfect to stay active in. The length is good for tall women and I love the color. I highly recommend these for any woman who likes to stay active outdoors.
  • I am pear-shaped and usually wear size 6 or medium pants. Since this isn’t insulated and I ski in 0 degree F weather, I wear a base layer and fleece layer under my snow pants. Even with the 3 layers, my hubby says they are more slimming than my insulated snow pants.

Find them on sale here for $275-419 or less at Backcountry and Tahoe Mtn Sports


Marmot Aoraki Pant ($$) $210 or less

Technical construction built to rip, these fleece lined pants are weather-proof and ready for a full day on the hill.

Eider Aoraki Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Aoraki Pants are definitely for women who rip, given Eider’s list of technical features that make them 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable. These pants look like they’re ready to send anything and ski bell to bell. The articulated knees, connect-ability to a powder skirt, and higher, fleecey back makes moving around, adjusting your boots or bending down to pick up skis simple. They come in “euro” sizing, so use their chart to match up your size. Also, one of their color options is called “wine lover,” I mean, come on.

Description: Lightly insulated, the Aoraki’s will keep you warm even on frigid days, while the vents with mesh lining allow for airflow during times of exertion. Pre-formed knees and a moderately relaxed cut give the option to layer, and the raised back with soft, light fleece lining provides extra coverage.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Very very well-made pants! Eider stuff, as always, is quality and function first while maintaining a beautiful aesthetic. I got these pants in a size 12, which would correspond to about a size L in US sizing. The fit in the waist is perfect (I usually wear a 10 or 12 pants). The adjustable waist cincher on these pants makes a belt completely unnecessary. The waist is flattering but not so low that you’ll end up full of snow at any point. They come up a little higher in the back, too, which is awesome for coverage. They’re fitted enough that you can still tell I’m a girl from a distance, but not so tight that you can’t move around in them. As far as length goes, I’d love another two inches, but I’m 5’9″ with long legs so if you’re under that they should be perfect. They’re not TOO short, but I’d like a bit longer length just because I like a little drape to my pants at the bottom. It’s largely an aesthetic request and not one of function. The mesh-lined thigh vents are well-placed, not bulky and a must for pants this warm. The reinforced canvas-y material around the bottom hem is great, because that’s where my pants tend to get the most abuse. These pants feel like they’re going to last a very long time and keep me warm on really cold days.


Find them on sale here for $210 or less at BackcountryEvo & US Outdoor 


TNF Freedom LRBC Insulated Pant ($) $160 or less

A classically styled women's ski pant with all the features you look for at a great price.SkiGenie Recommendation: Another classic all-around pant from The Northface. Great as a daily go-to for resort skiing that can also stand up to ski patrol working conditions. A versatile pant that can tackle many situations and weather conditions with a relaxed fit and standard features that will endure a season of skiing hard. If decisiveness isn’t your strong suit, good luck trying to decide between over 10 different color options of this pant!

Description: Heatseeker synthetic insulation beats back the cold and the Chimney Vent cooling system, funnels air from the StretchVent gaiters to the inner thigh vents, to keep things comfortable when temperatures rise. A relaxed fit andplenty of pocket space makes a practical pant for backcountry or terrain park.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Definitely a relaxed fit. Found them to be a bit baggier in the legs than I originally anticipated but this was an error on my part. Very comfortable and warm pants. If you want a slimmer fit there are not the pants for you; however, from a performance perspective they’re great!
  • I would definitely buy another pair in another color if I lived in the snow or partook in snow sports more. I went skiing for the first time and these pants kept my bottom dry! There was lots of falling and sitting in the snow (for good 10 minute increments) and yes, it was still cold and felt wet but as soon as I stood up I didn’t notice it and when I changed my leggings underneath were totally dry! Impressed
  • I love these pants. I am 5 feet tall and these are about the only decent ski pants in short. I love the fit and they are warm.


Find them on sale here for $160 or less at BackcountryBerg’s, Eastern Mountain SportsEvo, & Mountain Gear


Scott Vertic 2L Insulated Pant ($$) $300 or less

A body-mapped insulated pant with removable suspenders, mesh-backed venting and durable, waterproof material.

Scott Vertic 2L Insulated Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: What we love about these pants is that the insulation is body mapped for where you need it most, ie; down panels on the back so you don’t freeze your bum on the chairlift. A stylish cut, good amount of pockets, adjustable waist and leg gaiters add to the perfection of this pant. These will be an admirably stylish look for colder days in the resort.


Description: The SCOTT Vertic 2L Insulated Women’s Pant is a freeride pant that keeps skiers warm in the areas that count and looking good at the same time. Enjoy all the integrated features needed for a big powder day and match it up with the Vertic 2L Insulated Jacket.


What Skier’s Say:

  • Once again, Scott’s attention to detail on both the look and feature front caught our eye. Standout specs include the suspender option that zips out/in at your convenience, burly abrasion resistant cuff panels that also add a color pop and super easy to adjust leg gaiter.


  • I typically wear a light merino base layer underneath – have skied them in -10F to 65F. While I haven’t had a problem with them being too cold, sometimes on those long hikes they get a little bit warm: unzip the thigh vents and perfection!

Find a retailer to purchase at Scott


Helly Hansen Aurora Shell Pant ($$) $350 or less

High quality, durable shell pant with tons of pockets and an athletic yet flattering cut.

Helly Hansen Aurora Shell Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Helly Hansen is known for quality outerwear, and the Aurora Shell pants are no exception. These shell pants are cut to flatter a female figure yet are articulated in the knees to allow for movement. Tons of zippered pockets in the front can store ski straps, snacks and tissues, while reinforced scuff guards and gaiters keep you in check from the knee down.

Description: Designed for action filled days on the snow, the Aurora Shell Pant has a freeride style built with Helly Tech Professional 3L fabric and a flow membrane enabling unparalleled breathability, guaranteed to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable. Also included is the Recco® advanced rescue system.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I wore the entire Aurora kit all last season and fell in love with these pants. The fit is sporty, taking into account where you need the most room to move- especially the knees. Yet it still creates a silhouette that is flattering. The fabric is remarkable- super light, windproof, waterproof, AND breathable due to the Flow membrane! And the attention to detail is impressive- they thought of every big mountain skiers needs. Dual pockets for extra storage and easy accessibility with a backpack on. A stretch powder skirt on the jacket that actually zips into the pants. This is huge on a powder day- no one wants a bucket of freezing snow down their pants if they can help it! I also am super pleased with the burly scuff guards. By the end of the season, whether with my edges or crampons, I inevitably slice my pants a few times, but not these- they are so durable! A really great pant for anyone that charges hard (or even not so hard) and wants to look good doing it!
  • Last winter I wore these pants everyday. I fell in love with them. The first thing I noticed when I tried them on was they are sooo light! The fit was exactly what I was looking for in a freeride pant. Not too tight, not too baggy. The cargo pockets came in handy all the time. These pants will allow you to spend a day on the mountain and just worry about skiing and nothing else.

Find them on sale for $350 or less at Helly Hansen & Evo


Best Mens Ski Pants 2015-2016

December 31st, 2015

When choosing a pair of mens ski pants its important to recognize what you’ll be using them for most of the time. Are you an alpine touring enthusiast, an in-bounds resort ripper, a skier on a budget looking for a pair that will stand the test of time, or perhaps all of the above? Do you ski in sub-zero temperatures more often than not, or are you a California sunshine kind of skier? The list we’ve compiled below for 2015/2016 includes a little something for everyone including insulated and shell models, combining useful features such as bibs and vents with durable and/or waterproof fabric. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We invite you add your own reviews of these products in the comments section.


Flylow Gear Men’s Baker Bib ($$$)

SkiGenie Recommendation: Bibs come in handy on powder days because they keep the snow where it should be and not where it shouldn’t be – down your pants. The multi-purpose Flylow bib pant leaves enough room for you to move, sit, stand and ski while keeping you dry and temperature regulated. These ski pants are sturdy and strong, ready for tight spaces and open faces, plus, they’ll resist damage for seasons to come.

durable bib style ski pant with reinforced seams, articulated knees and venting

Flylow Gear Baker Bib

Description: Prefer the added coverage of bibs? Opt for the watertight Baker Bibs, which have a more modern, freeride fit, breathable fabric, and large side vents.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Baker Bib Pants will keep the snow off with the Intuitive (3-layer) Fabric. The outer material will lose its ability to bead off snow and water over time, but you can always retreat it with something like Nikwax Tech Wash
  • I skied 1 pair of the Baker bibs for 2 full seasons and then some. They are hands down the most durable pant I have ever owned. After 200+ days there is hardly any tearing or cuts in on the inside cuff where most ski pants are swiss cheese within the first 50 days. I am hard on my gear and these can take anything I throw at them. These pants drive nails, do your self a favor and get a pant you’ll never need to replace
  • They fit great with even looseness to not “melvin” you when you’re bending over, sitting at apres, skiing hard, hiking or skinning for that next run. Each year these pants get better and better with design and fabric. These can take an absolute beating. The buckle shoulder straps and hip to knee side zips make these easy to get in and out of, especially when you need to post up in the porcelain office for a lap or two. And they do their job when it comes to venting off the heat during the hike.

Find them on sale at Backcountry, Evo, Tahoe Mtn Sports, The House



The Northface Freedom Pant ($)

A high quality, high value ski pant that keeps temperature regulated

The Northface Freedom Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: This ski pant is an incredible value with great venting access when you need to dump heat, yet warm enough for colder days. A basic, sleek and athletic cut looks like you mean business on the slopes. 

Description: On epic powder days, dial in your lower half with fully featured alpine ski pants that are seam sealed and crafted with a lightweight, yet durable waterproof HyVent® exterior for all-day weather protection.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Right out of the box I could feel the quality in the pants and after close inspection I was sure these were a good first time purchase from TNF. The first test was a couple days ago with 6″ of snow & 25MPH wind with just a base layer and the freedom pants I was just fine heat wise and my mobility was as if i was in just my base layer, look no further these are the snow pants for winter.
  • Great pants for skiing and snowboarding. They are lightweight yet provide just enough warmth to allow you to move freely about. These pants are awesome and at a great price.
  • Very good light pants for snow. I have personally used them in high altitude mountaineering, snow and ice climbing. Pockets are good enough for small useful gear and snacks. Fabric lasts and endures hard use.

Find them on sale at BackcountryREIBerg’s, Evo, Mountain Gear,


Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant ($)

A standard ski pant at an affordable price point that will keep you warm and dry all day

Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Excellent value for a great pant that keeps you warm and dry. The insulation technology in this pant traps your own body heat to keep you warm all day long and their durable construction is built to last. Great for day-to-day wear on the mountain, shoveling snow, or cold outdoor activities. Stylish, simple, athletic cut with streamline cargo pockets for ski passes or extra belongings will be a hit on the slopes at a fraction of the cost.

Description: Ideal for staying dry and warm, these versatile waterproof yet breathable pants feature a fully seam-sealed exterior with a heat-keeping thermal reflective lining. Features like leg venting, an internal leg gaiters, articulated knees and reinforced cuff guard make them ideal for hard-charging aerobic cold-weather endeavors.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I bought these pants for my husband. We moved to Chicago and quickly realized we were not equine for this brutal cold winters. These pants were used as outdoor pants anytime we had to be more than 20 minutes outside…. Usually when we are walking out dog. He loves it and the fit is great.
  • These pants have worked well for me and have been warm, the ‘foil’ type interior does require you to generate some heat so if you just walked outside and stood there they may not be the best choice (you might notice this on the first chair). I however have been warm and appreciate that they’re not bulky. I’ve never felt any moisture or wetness even in snowy conditions.

Find them on sale at Backcountry, Berg’s,, SummitOnline, Sun&Ski, The House


Scott Ridge Pant ($$$)

A versatile zip in/out bib style pant created with Gore Tex durability for long days in harsh weather.

Scott Ridge Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: These pants sell out quickly so if you are lucky enough to spot a pair you should jump on it!

Description: : Designed with versatility in mind, the Scott Ridge Pant doubles as a heavy duty big mountain pant and as an easy, everyday driver. With detachable, zip-off bib and suspenders, you can easily handle waist deep powder shots or setting a boot pack. Gore-Tex three Layer ensures durability, breathability, and protection while Cordura scuff panels assure you’ll be ripping turns in these pants for seasons to come.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Ridge jacket/pant combo is stylish and well designed. Its soft to the touch, quiet, and 100-percent waterproof/breathable with a 20k/20k rating. Although, not very packable; pocket placement is anything but predictable.
  • Product video

Find them on sale at Backcountry




Mammut Trift GTX 3L Pant ($$$)

A highly technical backcountry shell pant

Mammut Trift 3L GTX Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: A top backcountry option, these pants crave deep powder and will take you the distance to get it. One of the most convenient features on these pants is the ankle gaiters that attach to your ski boots so there’s no way snow is getting where you don’t want it. Incredibly durable and waterproof GoreTex material will last the test of time while the cut and design looks slick around the mountain. Whether you’re earning your turns in the backcountry or soaking up a fresh dump in the resort, these pants wont quit.

Description: The GoreTex Trift 3L Pant offer an impressively loose, comfortable fit for the freedom of movement necessary for freeriding. The sophisticated technical features include a map pocket on the leg, mesh-backed side vents and tearproof material.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The original pants sent to me had large Velcro tabs on the INSIDE for size adjustment. The tabs are similar in size to the Nordwand Pro pants I was looking at. In addition, the edge protection at the bottom of the leg is slightly different than the picture shows but same in terms of size and placement. It’s nice to see a large area of protection at the bottom. The rest was the same as pictured. The sizing is as advertised. Just go by the Mammut sizing chart
  • OntheSnow editors choice

Find them on sale at Backcountry & Evo


Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex ($$$)

A stylish yet durable option with side vents, designed with a freeride fit.

Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex

SkiGenie Recommendation: Tough GoreTex material makes these pants hardcore, yet the cut makes them stylish and modern. Extensive seam taped venting allows you to cool off during heart pounding laps and a Recco avalanche reflector adds security if you’re beyond resort boundaries. These are a fashion forward take on a pant that has all the features you need to accompany you anywhere you want to go on the mountain.

Description: The Aircraft 3L Gore-Tex® Pants are designed to the specifications of pro riders to deliver a protective fit that locks in heat and blocks out harsh conditions on the mountain. A boot gaiter with Lycra® and boot hook provide secure connections with footwear, and reinforced cuff webbing and kick patches stand up to rugged terrain.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The waist is true to size but the legs have a slight snug/irregular fit. However, for me not too bad. I am 5’11” and weigh 205 lbs.
  • I’m 5’10, 145lbs and my waist is between 29 and 30; I bought both small and medium to try them both. The small look awesome when I’m standing up but I felt the waist band on my abs when I sat down, plus I had the velcro all the way out. So I went with the Mediums, they rock, I do need to synch up the velcro but that’s OK because I they are so cozy. They are great for skiing in the pacific northwest, let it rain!
  • I’ve tried these on several times and they’re absolutely amazing. They go perfect with the Aircraft 3L jacket as well. The Grigio Scuro is the same color as the grey on the jacket. They match perfectly. For me it was a little too much of a match so I went with the black pants and the blue jacket. They have a more fitted feel to them than Oakley’s gear in the past which makes them fit more like normal brands. Exactly like the matching jacket. They’re truly meant to go together. I’ve worn the jacket with the same gore tex layers in rough storms and never got wet. It’s simply amazing. I usually wear a medium and I still went with a medium with these. 5’10” 135 lbs.

Find these on sale at Evo


Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant ($$)

A classically styled, looser cut ski pant that wont fail season after season

Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: High quality skiwear and the Spyder brand have gone hand in hand for over thirty years, and these men’s pants for 2016 are no exception. Articulated knees and heavy-duty scuff guards add to their quality construction, while an anti-abrasion finish helps keep these pants looking timeless for seasons to come. An excellent option for a resort skier for all winter weather conditions.

Description: Spyder’s Dare Pant combines highly waterproof and breathable fabric with 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, for a stacked feature set. The athletic fit incorporates bold styling into a roomier fit.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Fit great. Nice and warm skiing in negative 11 degrees F.
  • I love these pants! The fit is awesome – not too baggy and the stretchy fabric allows for a complete freedom of movement. The side vents are nice for the warmer days. Plenty of pockets and removable suspenders – these ski pants have all the featured you want in a great pair of ski pants. I am 5’10”, 160 lbs, with 31″ waist. The small size fits me perfectly. Highly recommended.

Find them on sale at BackcountryEvo,, SummitOnline, Sun&Ski 


Marmot Spire Pant ($$)

Full side zips and Gore Tex make this pant versatile and user friendly

Marmot Spire Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Marmot Spire is a full side-zip GoreTex shell pant built for deep days. Its construction is as hardcore as any GoreTex pant yet given the reviews they seem to run larger than standard sizes. Size down for a simple yet excellent pant that can be used for alpine touring or resort laps with layers or on milder days.  

Description: This state-of-the-art three-layer GORE-TEX® pant was conceived and built for shredding and carving in the deep stuff. Removable adjustable suspenders keep you together when the mountain tries to take you apart, full side zips make getting in and out a snap and a relaxed fit and articulated knees put no barriers between you and your best moves.

What Skiers Say:

  • These pants are good protection against the elements, but they do have some issues. The suspenders do not stay up unless you get them so tight that you’re skiing with a wedgie. Also, the elastic cuff is so loose that it doesn’t grip around a downhill ski boot. In addition, the zipper tabs for the pockets are tiny. They might be that way to avoid pressure points under a pack, but they should come with zipper pulls. I haven’t skied with these pants in the rain yet. If they are waterproof as other reviewers say they are, I’ll be able to live with the drawbacks.
  • Let me say up front I am huge Marmot fan for years. I actually bought these two years ago but have been unhappy with them… The overall quality of the build is pretty bulletproof; however there are two main issues: the suspenders need to be strapped up super tight or they slide off…hello wedgie…and the second issue is the billowing, tent-like legs. These are way overcut.
  • I normally fit into a XL just fine with a little room for extra layering when needed, however the waist on these pants were huge. I would recommend making a size smaller . Other than that seem like great pants and I just need a different size.

Find them on sale at Backcountry, Eastern Mountain Sports, Evo, Mountain Gear


Outdoor Research Valhalla Soft Shell Pant ($$$)

Outdoor Research waterproof ski pants

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you spend your ski days earning turns, working hard on the uphill for the reward on the downhill, then the Valhalla Softshell pant is for you. Durable softshell material keeps you protected while vents running along your upper leg dump heat at a moment’s notice. Articulated knees, scuff guards and easily adjustable ankle powder cuffs are designed for enhanced maneuverability. Best for the backcountry enthusiast or for sunny days in resort.  

Description: In response to requests from many of our Ambassadors, the standard cut of the Valhalla Pants provides a roomier fit when breaking trail and linking turns through bottomless snow. The GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell fabric is windproof, water resistant and highly breathable, allowing perspiration and excess heat to escape while setting the skin track and fending off wind and snow on the descent.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I have owned these pants for a few months and have been very happy with them. The fabric is thin but does a decent job of blocking the wind. I was recently out in 50 mph winds with snow and the pants did a great job of keeping me warm and relatively dry. They are very flexible and the zippers operate very smoothly. The only things I would change are; have the internal gaiter seal adjustable, It does not seal around my boots and, make the bottom of the pant legs not quite so flared. I ripped the protective fabric with my snow shoe. Other than that, they are great pants.
  • This is my dream cold smoke ski touring pant. Light, stretchy, comfy, keeps the weather out, breaths and ventilates well, bomber over your ski boot cuff and stays there for quick and fast transitions like no other pant I have used. Style is relaxed so looks cool when you are out with all the cool kids, and the colors are great too. I wore these pants on warm sunny days, and cold stormy ones and it performed in all conditions.
  • These are well thought out ski tour pants for people who earn a lot of vert and run hot. The softshell material is on the thinner side, requiring more base layers than I’m used to wearing. But this does allow more breathability on the up, especially when coupled with the big side vents. 4 big pockets keep my gear close at hand. I think the best thing about these pants are the powder cuffs. They allow a good seal around an AT/Tele boot, but don’t require any fiddling when switching your boots each lap.

Find these on sale at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports






Best Mens Ski Pants Reviews 2014-2015

October 9th, 2014

Check out our latest 2016 Edition here.

Men’s ski pants for 2014/2015 season come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The new mens ski pants have everything you’re looking for, from loose, stylish fits, waterproof insulation, to unexpected colors and major venting. When choosing the right ski pants consider durability, weatherproofing and pocket space and type. For example, a pair of suspender or bib pants as opposed to a waist pant may keep your core warmer and drier.  Listed below are a selection of the newest mens ski pants for the resort skier and the backcountry aficionado.  Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We invite you add your own reviews of these products in the comments section.


Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Snocone Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Under Armour provides a great product at an affordable price. The Infrared Snocone pants have a loose fitted stylish cut that allows for layering and come complete with all the features you look for in a pant— waterproofing, taped seams, pockets and venting. These pants get the job done for the resort skier who values staying warm and dry in a classic style that is less waterproofed and technical than other options.

black men's warm ski pants

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Snocone Pant

Description: This pant features ArmourStorm fabrication for a weather-proof outer layer, fully taped seams, 10K waterproof and breathable, ColdGear infrared technology in the lining. Primaloft insulation with added oomph in the knees and seat, inseam thigh vents with mesh backing, zippered gussets at ankle, and a loose fit. You can layer it on thick when temperatures tank and the snow is too good to miss and play in the snow all day long without ever getting icy-cold!

What Skier’s Say:

  • These Pants Performed Awesome. Just What I Was Looking For.
  • I’m not usually one to buy Under Armour, but my old pants needed to be updated. Turns out, these things do quite well. I try to ski hard in deep snow and I have not been cold or wet in these pants. The 10k/10k waterproof rating means that it won’t hold back a tidal wave. But, if all is well, you should be skiing in deep powder that will brush off and not get to your inners. I honestly enjoy how stylish they are too. They aren’t the best pants out there but they most certainly get the job done and allow me to give a 4 out of 5 star rating.

Find them on sale for $159 or less at The House


Spyder Troublemaker Pant

red spyder troublemaker men's ski pants

Spyder Troublemaker Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Spyder is known for making quality ski outerwear for over three decades. The troublemaker pant is a mainstay in ski outerwear, offering durability and insulation with modern twists in the cut and pockets. These are classically styled pants for the all mountain or park and pipe skier to wear for multiple seasons.  

Description: Our park and pipe athletes asked us for a durable pant with cargo pockets and the trusted warmth.  Featuring critically taped seams, 10k waterproof, scuff guards, articulated knee construction, thigh vents, inner snow gaiters with gripper elastic, two hand and one cargo pocket, adjustable waist and belt loops.

What Skier’s Say:

  • These pants are of a thinner fit but they are neither too tight nor too baggy.
  • I always travel with these as a backup. The pant holds up really well to the abuse that I put them through (70+ days a season on one pair). These are great pants and can’t be beaten for the price.

Find them on sale from $170 or less at Backcountry, REI, &


Patagonia Snowshot Freeride Pant

ski pants with cargo pockets for men

Patagonia Snowshot Freeride Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Snowshot Freeride pant is one of Patagonia’s most trusted all-around, all-season, all-conditions ski pant, and we agree. The freeride cut of the pant adds a stylish touch to all of the tech features including sizeable pockets and hand warmers. The flexible fit provides great range of motion as you charge down the hill and the mid-range price tag offers a great value.  

Description: A smooth mesh liner for comfort and ease of layering, while thigh vents let you release excess heat. The shell has a waterproof/breathable barrier for storm protection and a durable water repellent finish to prevent wet snow from saturating. Includes an embedded RECCO® avalanche rescue reflector.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I spent months looking for a pair of pants that fit me, looked good and could perform on the slopes. These pants meet all 3 requirements.
  • These pants are great, they show very little wear and are super comfortable. I like the scuff guards a lot, they help tremendously, and the vent zips work well and cool you down quick if running warm.

Find them on sale for $189 or less at Backcountry & REI


Marmot Mantra Insulated Pant

Marmot Mantra blue men's insulated ski pants

Marmot Mantra Insulated Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Marmot Mantra pants are an all-around, all-season, high quality pant with high tech waterproof features. The looser fit accommodates body movement while shredding. These pants include thermal insulation, ample pocket space, thigh vents, and rugged durability. A great partner for those colder wet and stormy days most common during mid-season—may be on the warmer side for spring skiing.

Description: Hang loose and let the creativity flow. 100% seam taped 2 layer construction, fully zippered pockets, Cordua® scuff guards, MemBrain® laminate technology and high performance Thermal R™ Insulation.

What Skier’s Say:

  • These pants were very good for a week-long visit to Jackson Hole. I used them for resort, side-country, and backcountry riding, in snow ranging from deep powder to spring conditions. They were best in cold powder on the resort – warm enough and they kept out the wind and snow perfectly. In warmer conditions and while hiking, I wished for larger vents. In spring conditions, the MemBrain waterproofing performed very well. They seem to run on the longer and looser side.
  • These are great for skiing. They are colorful and have almost all of the features that I find important in ski pants, such as lots of waterproof pockets, a warm cushion on your butt and cuff protectors.

Find them on sale from $135-250 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Tahoe Mountain Sports & The House


Helly Hansen Mission Cargo Pant

light blue Helly Hansen Mission Cargo Men's Ski Pants

Helly Hansen Mission Cargo Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: All the bells and whistles of a truly versatile ski pant, the Mission Cargo will perform well in a variety of conditions. The tough Helly Tech material will keep you warm and dry for many seasons, while strategic venting cools things off when needed. Hand and cargo pockets fit necessities and bold styling separates you from the crowd. Best for the dedicated skier in or out of bounds.  

Description: Helly Hansen’s most innovative ski pants combines a technical edge with a sophisticated Scandinavian Design. These highly breathable, waterproof, PrimaLoft® insulated relaxed fitting ski pants will be your best friend on any side of the mountain.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I have put these pants through the ringer and they never fail to preform. They keep you warm on the coldest days and have great vents for the warmer spring days or long hikes. The pockets are not bulky and are actually very helpful through the day.
  • The Mission Cargo pant is a deceiving name as it is not the typical bulky cargo pant you would expect. Helly’s design is much more streamlined with a singular pocket on one thigh. I was very impressed with the fit and shape of the pants.
  • These pants truly live up to their fullest expectations. I used them all day in 23 degrees with white out conditions at Breckenridge and they were very warm, I stayed completely dry and the moved perfectly. They are a perfect length and the Velcro on the sides is a great way to personally adjust the fit. I highly recommend them.

Find them on sale for $250 or less at Backcountry & Tahoe Mountain Sports  


Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pant

Outdoor Research waterproof ski pants

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you spend your ski days earning turns, working hard on the uphill for the reward on the downhill, then the Valhalla Softshell pant is for you. Durable softshell material keeps you protected while vents running along your upper leg dump heat at a moment’s notice. Articulated knees, scuff guards and easily adjustable ankle powder cuffs are designed for enhanced maneuverability. Best for the backcountry enthusiast or for sunny days in resort.

Description: Reward your legs with a comfortable experience even under pressure. Designed to always satisfy, the three-layer critically taped Gore WindStopper construction stops wind, water, and sweat from ruining an amazing day. A pair of suspenders or a belt may be easily added.

What Skier’s Say:

  • This is my dream cold smoke ski touring pant. Light, stretchy, comfy, keeps the weather out, breaths and ventilates well, bomber over your ski boot cuff and stays there for quick and fast transitions like no other pant I have used. Style is relaxed so looks cool when you are out with all the cool kids, and the colors are great too. I wore these pants on warm sunny days, and cold stormy ones and it performed in all conditions.
  • These are well thought out ski tour pants for people who earn a lot of vert and run hot. The softshell material is on the thinner side, requiring more base layers than I’m used to wearing. But this does allow more breathability on the up, especially when coupled with the big side vents. 4 big pockets keep my gear close at hand. I think the best thing about these pants are the powder cuffs. They allow a good seal around an AT/Tele boot, but don’t require any fiddling when switching your boots each lap.      

Find these on sale for $290 or less at Backcountry


Flylow Gear Magnum Pro Pant 

Flylow Gear Magnum Pro top rated ski pants

Flylow Gear Magnum Pro Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: An uninsulated softshell pant fit with serious venting to keep your temperature regulated on uphill attacks. These pants have one of the higher waterproof ratings at 20k to keep you dry on storm days and wet chairlifts. Ideal for the backcountry skier who wants a lightweight ventilated pant. Also perfect for the resort skier willing to layer.  

Description: Named after Magnum, P.I., these pants are made from three-layer softshell.  The pants still have an articulated knee box, but to keep them lightweight, the Cordura knee reinforcements typically found on Flylow pants have been eliminated.

What Skier’s Say:

  • My Magnum Pro pants are awesome. I didn’t expect softshell to be this waterproof, but these pants keep you dry on the wettest of storm days. The huge side vents are ideal for warm spring days hiking in the backcountry. I’m 6’0″ and wear a size Large that fits me perfectly lengthwise, and the diaper-straps in the waist cinch it down in case I forget my belt. Comfortable fit and styling that Flylow is known for…
  • Check out Flylow Gear’s product video for the Magnum Pro Pant

Find them on sale from $167-$300 or less at Backcountry & Evo  


Salomon Soulquest BC GTX 3L Pant

suspender bib pants for maximum warmth and comfort

Salomon Soulquest BC GTX 3L Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Being brand new to the market, customers have yet to fully review the Salomon Soulquest BC GTX 3L Pant. These pants are ultra-light, waterproof, articulated for movement and made as a bib to keep snow where you want it when you are chest deep— in your face, but not inside your layers.  These pants will perform at their best in a deep backcountry setting, paired purposefully with the accompanying Motionfit Soulquest Jacket.  

Description: Pro level technical backcountry pant designed in collaboration with Salomon pro skiers, these pant boast GORE-TEX® Pro 3L protection, and Motion Fit designed for big lines and technical descents.

Find them on sale for $499 or less at Backcountry







Best Womens Ski Pants Reviews 2014-2015

October 2nd, 2014

Check out our latest 2016 Edition here.

There are many features to women’s ski pants that create a comfortable fit while allowing for all the functionality you need, ie; waterproof, durability, venting, style, etc. Certain brands are sized to fit specific body types, so reading reviews can inform you personally as to how things fit. A higher price tag is not unusual for high quality gear that uses the new fabric technologies  to keep you warm and dry while enduring the elements. Quality is important and well manufactured pants tend to last many seasons. The womens ski pants reviews below are only a sample of the great options out there for the coming ski season. Online links as to where you can purchase them at a discount are listed. Please let us know your feedback on any of the gear you’ve experienced on



 Helly Hansen Legendary Womens Ski Pants ($)

recommended womens ski pants

Helly Hansen Legendary Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: These pants offer a classic resort look that never goes out of style. Insulation and durability featured in the Legendary Pants will carry you through the season. For the resort skier who desires tech features in a classic, flattering fit.


Description: A waterproof ,breathable, 2-way stretch and insulated ski pants for women that blocks wetness with two-layer Helly Tech Protection shell fabric, fully taped seams and boot gaiters at the base of leg. This pant is stuffed with 60g Primaloft WarmCore insulation to keep lower extremities warm. The adjustable waist keeps this pant snug, while the regular fit and articulated knees allow a full range of skiing motion.


What Skier’s Say:

  • I’ve been looking for a new pair of ski pants for some time. These have all the features I love… Enough loft to be warm but still stylish, lots of pockets and thigh vents (for those Spring skiing days). Couldn’t be happier.


  • The Legendary is a simple pair of insulated pants that are relatively inexpensive and work well for a broad range of temperatures. They’re also extremely comfortable and plenty warm with the right combination of layers, and while they’re too hot for bootpacking on warm spring days (not surprising), they are a bit cooler than other similar pants I’ve used.

*Read up on another review of this product here.

Find them on sale here for $119-199 or less at Backcountry and Tahoe Mountain Sports


Northface Freedom LRBC Insulated Womens Ski Pants ($)

slim and sleek womens ski pants

The North Face Freedom LRBC Insulated Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another classic all-around pant from The Northface. Great as a daily go-to for resort skiing that can also stand up to ski patrol working conditions. A versatile pant that can tackle many situations and weather conditions with a relaxed fit and standard features that will endure a season of skiing hard.


Description: Heatseeker synthetic insulation beats back the cold and the Chimney Vent cooling system, funnels air from the StretchVent gaiters to the inner thigh vents, to keep things comfortable when temperatures rise. A relaxed fit andplenty of pocket space makes a practical pant for backcountry or terrain park.


What Skier’s Say:

  • These pants feel great, and I’ve gone through several pairs of snow pants (Salomon, Burton, etc). I’m a snowboarder (and not a skinny one), so it’s important for me to find pants that aren’t so low rise that I can’t bend over or sit in the snow to strap in. Wore these for several days on my trip to VT. The short length was great, and I was also a big fan of the buttons on the fly, they also have velcro to keep them in place.


  • I ski 6 days a week during our 16 week season as a ski patroller. These pants do it all. Great fit for my shape. Love the velcro adjustable waist to give me extra room for heavier layers. The insulation is warm without being bulky, and the waterproofing is unbelievable, even in pure rain. The front thigh pocket is perfect for so many things. My previous pair of these pants are 5 years old and still going strong as a back up pair.

Find them on sale here for $96-160 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s, EMS, Evo, Mountain Gear, REI, and Summit Online.  Or for girls here.


Flylow Gear Chione Pants ($$)

ski pants with modern zippers and durable cuffs

Flylow Gear Chione Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: These pants combine style with function. Great for the skier who values looking good while charging down the mountain in all kinds of weather and snow conditions.


Description: New to the Flylow family the techy and stylish Chione Pants have a sturdy, twill exterior, a silky, smooth interior, and a flattering slim-leg cut Stretch twill fabric, a 10k waterproof breathable membrane, fully taped seams, Cordura reinforcements for durability, high performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent), adjustable waist, powder cuffs, and venting continue Flylow’s tradition of quality.


What Skier’s Say:

  • The FlyLow Gear Chione Pant is most appreciated by the population who is looking for top of the line items. I absolutely love this item. Great purchase, nothing negative to say at this time. Best money I have ever spent. I extremely recommend having one of these around.

Find them on sale here for $234 or less at Backcountry


Trew Chariot Bib ($$$) 

best bib ski pants in bright red for women

Trew Chariot Bib

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another great addition to women’s ski apparel combining function and  style. As uninsulated bibs, the best use of these pants is on deep powder days in milder climates or when you’re earning your turns in the backcountry.


Description: The fitted bib and sleek design of the Chariot Bib ski pant unites durability with performance for a comfortable ski experience.


What Skier’s Say:

  • I love the height in the waist & how the waist actually fits instead of feeling like you’re in Alaskan fishing gear! The material stays flexible even in -20 degrees, and with a liner they are warm enough. The stiffness in the boot cut leg is enough to keep them down in most snow conditions even without gaiters.


  • Love these pants!! Lightweight but warm with a pair of tights underneath. I am 5’7″ 145lbs and I got the medium and they fit great. I feel cute and they are also very practical for comfortable skiing all day.

Find them on sale here for $275-419 or less at Backcountry and US Outdoor


Patagonia Untracked Womens Ski Pants ($$$)

looser fitting ski pants provide great range of motion

Patagonia Untracked Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: Patagonia is known for their superior quality active and outerwear, and the Women’s Untracked Pants are no exception. Although it has a higher price point, you get what you pay for with these pants. Insulation, waterproof, venting where you need it, and a stylish, figure flattering cut hit every woman’s desire for performance that looks good and will continue to do so season after season.


Description: With a highly articulated women’s specific fit and a soft brushed tricot backer, the Untracked Pants offer freedom of movement and low-bulk warmth while freeriding or hiking. Built with 3-layer Gore-tex fabric for durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.


What Skier’s Say:

  • The fit is awesome, considering my hit-or-miss experiences with Patagonia. Ample room in the thighs and legs without looking too steezy. Fairly high rise, but that’s for the best when you somersault into a couloir in front of all of your friends. Your pride might be bruised, but your tush and lower back stay dry.


  • I typically wear a light merino base layer underneath – have skied them in -10F to 65F. While I haven’t had a problem with them being too cold, sometimes on those long hikes they get a little bit warm: unzip the thigh vents and perfection!


  • There’s something about the Patagonia Untracked Pants that just feels good. The material is soft and flexible. The pants have a high waist and fit in all the right places, while the knees and legs still have plenty of room. You can move in these pants. For women, pants that flatter your curves and still crush it on a steep boot pack are worth every dime. Two long vents that run down the top of your thigh on each leg and have a mesh liner allow you to dump heat quickly (although the mesh gets stuck a lot when you want to zip your vents back up). The material is durable, and the inner cuffs around your ankles are reinforced.

Find them on sale here for $314-449 or less at Backcountry and Evo


Arcteryx Stingray Womens Ski Pants ($$$)

slimming ski pants look great on taller women

Arcteryx Stingray Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Stingray Pant finds its home among highly technical ski pants with the mega-tough Gore-tex for which  Arcteryx is known. The sizing and fit are cut for the slimmer female planning on some long days on the slopes and in the backcountry.


Description: The classic Stingray pants have been upgraded to include side vents, color matched instep patches and an improved, flattering fit. Comfortable and easy to wear, these Gore-tex with 3L softshell construction pants offer a supple, soft-to-the-touch face fabric and superb weather protection.


What Skier’s Say:

  • I have three pairs of these pants in various colors. I am 5’8, 157 pounds. I have purchased the medium and the large. I always get compliments on them. The large I can get multiple layers under and the medium a single layer. My only complaint is that the size difference between medium and large seems to be more than one size. The medium is snug in the waist and the large is too big. Everyone loves the flattering fit IF you fit in the size. Another great feature is the length in the pant. Perfect length for my height. I’m usually a size 8-10 in ski pants. I also like the ski guard on the inner leg on this pant over the other styles they make.


  • These pants do run small and that’s my experience with the other Arcteryx pants. A little on the long side but when you’re wearing ski boots its not too noticeable. Pockets are okay, not huge. The side vents are great although there is no mesh beyond the zipper so if you’re wearing shorts, your bare skin will be exposed– nice for warm touring days but not so much if you fall. The waterproof Gore-tex is awesome. No wet pants, ever.

Find them on sale here for $299-399 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s, Evo, REI, Tahoe Mountain Sports and US Outdoor


Men’s Best Ski Pants Reviews 2013-2014

December 10th, 2013

A selection of the top Men’s best ski pants for this year.  Check out our top selections, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price.  Some insulated.  Some not.

In general, I prefer pants with bibs or suspenders to those without for overall warmth and comfort when skiing, so I organized these reviews into two categories (Pants with Suspenders and Regular pants)  If you like to go deep and get big angles out on the slopes (or eat a massive lunch) you may appreciate the higher cut so feel tight in the midriff.  When choosing pants it is important to consider insulation vs. waterproof fabric.  If you are going to go waterproof, make sure they are breathable.  With regards to price, unfortunately good ski pants aren’t cheap and expect to pay a few hundred dollars for a top of the line pair.

For the price conscious, I included reviews of a few less expensive pairs, most notably, the Marmot Flurry Insulated for $185 or less, the Obermeyer Keystone for only $99 or less and the Mountain Hardware Sarpa for $128 or less.


Can’t find the perfect pair of men’s ski pants below?  Check out our latest 2014-2015 best of reviews.  


I: Best Ski Pants with Suspenders

#1) Patagonia – Powslayer Bib Ski Pants

best mens ski pantsWhat People Say: Phil Pugliese, gear expert extraordinaire of says: “When Patagonia creates a halo product, they stop at nothing to make it one of the best pieces on the market. The PowSlayer bibs with it’s lightweight breathable 3 Layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric makes it one of the most weather and environment proof pant available today. At a ultra light 20 oz weight, the Pow Slayer is about the the best pound (err just over) per pound piece of gear to help you either on the long hike to the summit or sitting on an ice cold lift. The PowSlayer is not short on features to help personalize the fit to what you need with adjustable straps and even a “drop seat” for those full days in the back country when a “facility” is not within miles.” Okay, TMI, but we get the point. Other well respected reviewers have praised its waterproofing, warmth and breathability.


Recommendation: Certainly not the most cost effective choice but these pants will be all you need in the powder and backcountry — not to mention they’ll last for years.  It is also nice to see some endorsements from those who know the space the best.  As I mentioned in the general synp


FIND THEM ON SALE HERE for $599 or less


#2) Marmot – Flurry Insulated Ski Pants

warm mens ski pantsWhat People Say: “The Marmot Flurry Insulated Pant is a great choice when looking for a little more insulation. They are extremely comfortable and unbelievable breathable. The full side zips are very convenient and second as vents. they pack very small. Bottom line: best insulated pant!”


Recommendation: Reasonably priced and an excellent choice for those who ski in colder climates.  These pants are lightweight, good looking and warm.


FIND THEM ON SALE HERE for $185 or less







#3) Descente – Swiss Ski Pants

top mens ski pantsWhat People Say: “The most comfortable pants I own.”  These pants are a classic for the alps and come in a variety or colors”


Recommendation: Totally waterproof and breathable, with a close body fit that reduces wind drag.  Since there are so many color options you won’t run into another Jean-Claude on the slopes cramping your style.  Good product that has been around for many seasons, just don’t look at the price tag.


ON SALE HERE FOR $360 or less





#4) Marmot – Spire Ski Pants

marmot best mens ski pantsWhat People Say: Generally favorable reviews, but a few complaints that they are too long, that the fabric is prone to scuff marks, and that the zipper is hard to maneuver with gloves on.


Recommendation:  Better for taller skiers, and probably not the best choice for those who hit the slopes more than a few times each season.  As is the case with modern hi-tech zippers they tend to be less user friendly but better at keeping out the wind and water.  Personally, I like longer pants because they keep your feet warmer and if there are scuff marks from my skis all the better…


FIND THEM ON SALE HERE for $270 or less








II: Regular Style Best Mens Ski Pants

#1) Arcteyrx – Sabre Ski Pants

top ski pants reviewWhat People Say: “I am 5′ 10″ tall and weigh 173. The large fits perfectly with boots. The light insulation kept me warm and this past Monday on a ten mile snow shoe climb, i wore just Arc’teryx shorts underneath and stayed at a perfect temperature. The legs are baggy enough so they don’t pull on my upper legs when ascending steep snow slopes. I am a Mountain Tech product tester for GORE-TEX and these pants will be my winter wear from now on. For summer climbs a lighter pants from Arc’teryx would be a better choice. The Cypress color is not too bright and looks good in the mountains.” In general, most reviews are favorable, although some noted that they run a bit big.  One predominately backcountry skier complained that the low crotch makes it difficult to perform kick turns.  Another 34 year old skier complained that the baggy fit made him feel like a 14-year old snowboarder.


Recommendation: There´s no debate on the quality of these pants. The fit is a matter of personable preference. If you do not like the baggy look, choose a different option.




#2) Kjus – Formula Ski Pants

kjus good ski pantsWhat People Say: “On all other ski pants I have owned, I end up with holes on the inner ankle. The material KJUS has used to reinforce this area is tough. Not even the slightest bit of wear has appeared. Besides the technical features the colors are beautiful as well as the clean design and it is surprisingly stain resistant.”  In contrast to the Sabre reviews, some skiers complained about the European style slim fit, which made the pockets too tight for holding essential items.


Recommendation: Pricey, but possibly worth it. The four-way stretch material facilitates freedom of movement, and the insulation and ventilation zippers help regulate body temperature. Caveat: Probably looks best on men who spend a considerable amount of time at the gym. Work those glutes, guys!






#3) Marker – Battalion Ski Pants

black slim ski pants mensWhat People Say: “I was looking for replacement pants to an old pair of shell pants and these seemed to fit the bill. They fit well and the thigh vents work. Seem to breath ok in general.”


Recommendation: Not a bad option as they are very functional and priced well, but keep in mind, these are not completely waterproof.  Not for those who ski in the Pacific Northwest.


 ON SALE HERE FOR $200 or less






#4) Oakley – Tucker Ski Pants

blue oakley ski pants mensWhat People Say: “Whether you’re flying high or riding low, these pants are a good pick. Super breathable pant that also keeps you toasty on the coldest days. These pants aren’t overly baggy either. It seems like super tight pants are more and more popular, but these are a good combo between the extra large potato sack, and you little sister’s pants. No problems with water leaking in these, and the extra large pocket on the front come in very handy. Pretty true to size fit as well.”


Recommendation: Designed for snowboarders, but skier-friendly, too. Might also be a good choice for cool but older skiers, who do not want to fully conform to the baggy pants freeskier stereotype.  Insulation makes these a good choice for cold climate skiing and riding.  These are a good deal in the Oakley line.


ON SALE HERE FOR $180 or less



#5) Obermeyer – Keystone Ski Pants

cheap mens ski pantsWhat People Say: Get out your banjos and prepare for the dueling ski pants reviews! One happy customer says “I have a 32″ waist and 36″ inseam. These pants fit me perfectly. I wear them for downhill skiing and other outdoor winter sports. They’re great.” But a detractor disagrees: “Good quality, but poor fit. Body size information is not correct. Waist size too big.  I’m tall and thin. I just want a pair of pants that are streamlined and true to my form.”


Recommendation: If you can’t find them in a store to try before ordering online, assume that they run a little big around the waist (as most ski pants do).  The nice thing about online shopping these days are the hassle free returns and exchanges, so if you plan ahead you can get a great deal on these.


ON SALE HERE for $99 or less!




#6) North Face – Freedom Ski Pants

north face red ski pantsWhat People Say: “While made with the skier in mind, the Freedom Insulated Pant is great for any outdoor activity. The leg is flared enough to fit easily over ski boots without being so flared as to have a “bell-bottom” appearance. The patches are color matched to the pants, giving the Freedom Insulated Pant a more fashionable look without trading away functionality.”


Recommendation: Reasonably priced and well made. If you tend to get cold, you might need a warmer layer underneath.


FIND THEM ON SALE HERE for $140 or less





#7) Burton – Jean Ski Pants

best jean ski pantsWhat People Say: “Seriously, Faux ripped jeans?” “Totally sweet and will keep you on top of your game. The fully taped Gore Tex 2L fabric is guaranteed to keep you dry, while the awesome jean print fulfills your denim dreams. In addition to the coolness, The Jean Pants include the warmth of a full satin lining and heat-releasing inner thigh vents allowing you to ride while unexpected weather conditions blast your way.”


Recommendation: Burton designed these pants for the US Olympic Snowboard Team. They are not really denim. The material is highly waterproof Gore-Tex. Other riders will think it looks cool or just Canadian.  Pair them with a bow tie from and you’re ready for a party.


FIND THEM ON SALE HERE for $280 or less




#8) Mountain Hardware – Sarpa Ski Pants

technical ski pants waterproofWhat People Say: “I took them out on Utah’s Everest Ridge this weekend, and was very impressed by their performance. They breathe very well. They are incredibly comfortable. They are non-binding allowing a good range of motion. They blocked out the wind, and we were getting hit hard. Most important of all they kept me warm, paired with a mid-weight merino base layer, even while sitting on the snow to eat lunch.”


Recommendation: Good choice, but note that the fabric is water resistant, not waterproof.  For the price these are a simple, but affordable option.



FIND THEM ON SALE HERE for $128 or less





#9) Nike – Hypersphere Ski Pants

nike top ski pants for menWhat People Say: “Liked the extra pockets for my stuff.”  “The thick belt line allows for a higher more relaxed fit.”


Recommendation: Although it looks good on paper, helpful reviews of these pants are conspicuous in their absence. Nike does have a tendency to get involved in every aspect of athletic gear. At times, they have a jack of all trades master of none sort of image.  The good news is that they make great athletic gear and you won’t catch too many mini-you’s out there stealing your style.


FIND THEM ON SALE HERE for $299 or less







#10) Patagonia – Triolet Ski Pants

patagonia warm mens ski pantsWhat People Say: Mixed Reviews for this one. Just about everyone praised the insulation and breathability, but there were numerous complaints about waist snaps that pop open on their own accord, and boot cuffs that are a bit too narrow.


Recommendation: At this price, a pair of ski pants should be perfect.  But if you are set on sporting these you won’t be making a bad choice either.


FIND THEM ON SALE HERE for $399 or less








Womens Best Ski Pants Top Recommendations 2013-2014

November 30th, 2013

The womens best ski pants are hard to find but once skiers do they tend to stick with that pair for multiple seasons.  The styles and colors will change but it is important to determine the technical attributes you want in your pants and then narrow down the selection.  For one, its never fun to have a soaking wet rear on the chairlift so make sure you find something well insulated or else plan to wear a thick long john.  Bib suspenders or no suspenders is a personal choice but most people prefer a pant that comes up high enough to keep their skin covered at all times.  Prices vary but as I mentioned if you plan to ski more than a handful of days each year, you need a high quality pair.  Below our SkiGenie’s selection of top women’s pants for this season.  As always, contact us if you have any questions or comments.  Think snow.

Can’t find the perfect pair of womens ski pants below?  Check out our latest 2014-2015 best of womens ski pants reviews edition.  


1) Kjus – Formula Womens Pants

high waist best ski pantsRecommendation: Stylish, sexy and feminine, without being ostentatious. Clearly made with the most serious skiers in mind. Created by a Norwegian Olympic ski racer, who understands the fine balance between staying warm and moving functionally.


What People Say: This Review was translated from German: “Loved the high waist. Kept my kidneys warm.” Okay, moving on.

ON SALE HERE ($499) or less



2) Marmot – Spire Womens

best waterproof ski pantsRecommendation: Perfect for deep snow. Taller women should check the fit of the inseam.


What People Say: “These pants are a great fit except for 2 things. The inseam is a little too short for me, (I am 5’8″ and purchased a medium), and the left sided suspender constantly is falling off my shoulder if I wear them. Other than that, these are comfy, do not require a belt to hold them up, and keep you dry.” Another buyer notes “So, it has snowed here in Utah- and these are the only pants I’ve worn so far. Day #1= 54 inches in the backcountry. These were great pants to tour in- with this type of day, the hard-shell was necessary but the venting helped a ton on the ascent. With this much snow at a low angle, I was deep in powder- the bib kept everything out of going down my pants, and the adjustable gaitor was snug against my boot and I cannot be-lieve how no snow creped in anywhere. Day #2= 15 inches of very wet snow in rainy/sleety con-ditions. Again, this pant surpassed my expectations. This was the wettest day I can remember in a long time and the pants kept me dry and happy all day- which has proven to be a tough thing! The water never soaked thru my past and I was out for a good 5 hours. Amazing!”

ON SALE HERE ($270 or 25 percent off) or less

Also found here at for $270

Or here at REI for 25 percent off


3) Marmot – Davos

white slim womens ski pants

Recommendation: Here´s one for the curvy gals! Fleece insulation makes this a great choice for those who ski in the coldest climates. A few skiers said the run small, so check the sizing charts and maybe order a size larger than usual.


What People Say: “Finally a pair of ski pants for women that you can MOVE in. I was skeptical when I first received them. The pants are not thick at all. So if you are expecting a thick layer of insulation, you are not going to find that in these pants. That being said, I put them on and went outside in 30 degree weather and was absolutely fine. I don’t know how to describe the fabric…it reminds me of kind of a funky scuba suit material on the outside and the inside is a very thin layer of soft fleece material. I am 5’8″ and weigh approx. 140. It is truly a low rise pant with enough material in the back to cover your fanny when you bend over. The pants came about two inches below my belly button. Waist fit darn near perfect. Length was pretty much spot on, wouldn’t really want it any shorter for me. The pants are definitely boot cut, almost bell bottom, but you cannot tell from looking straight on. I think they will fit perfect over a pair of ski boots. The gaiter opening is a little bit large, but again, probably just about right for ski boots. The size was fairly true to size. I normally take a medium in most pants, this pant does not fit completely skin tight on me, so I could fit a pair of tights on underneath with no problem. I just don’t know if I would actually need them. If you are a truly curvy gal like me with a little junk in the trunk, this is the best pair of ski pants I’ve found.”

ON SALE HERE ($124 or 25 percent off) or less

Or here in XS only from for $124


4) Sypder – Orb Soft-Shell Pants

black spyder best ski pantsRecommendation: We read many similar reviews. Spyder makes an excellent product, but look elsewhere if the pants do not suit your body type.


What People Say: “I was searching for a plain, sleek pair of ski pants with gaiters. I ordered a size 8 (my normal pant size), and they were the right length, but too big overall. A smaller size would still be too bulky for what I was looking for. I returned these.”

ON SALE HERE from for $150 in Size 12

Or here from PeterGlenn for $150 in sizes 10-14

Or here from ChristySports for 20 percent off in sizes 4-8



5) Patagonia – Insulated Snowbelle

top womens ski pantsRecommendation: A couple of sizing issues, so try on at a brick and mortar store before order-ing online. Nice to see name brand ski pants priced under $200!


What People Say: “I had tried several pants on in stores and couldn’t find the fit I wanted. I am a definite “pear shape” – full hips, bottom, and high waist. So if you have my body style – THESE ARE THE PANTS FOR YOU. The relaxed fit and large yoke in the back make these the ideal ski pant for the pear shaped woman. I could see, however, where they might appear baggy around the rear on someone with different proportions. I have a 34 inch waist and 44 inch hips and the XL was just right for me. So far I have not had the issue of the snaps popping at the fly, which is a common problem for me in ski wear. Actually these have the most secure snaps of any ski pants I’ve tried. No more “wardrobe malfunctions” on the slopes! And for insulated pants they really have relatively little bulk. I was afraid they wouldn’t be warm enough but the insula-tion is perfect.” But, on the other hand: “! Always get a Medium in Patagonia. I’m 5’6, 130 ish, and have post baby hips & bottom. In pants I’m a 6 or 8. Well, the mediums were too big. When I used the adjustable waist to size them down they looked like I was wearing a barrel. The smalls were much better with the waist all the out, but I wish there was something between the small size and the medium size. I have to rotate my hips to slide them on. I need a medium! If you’re ordering online- think of the small as a size 4-6 and the mediums like a size 10.”

ON SALE HERE ($119 or ) or 40 percent off in size XL

Or here for $99 from MountainGear in size L

Or here from REI for $148 or less in White or Black size XS



6) Arc’tyrex – Sentinel

lots of pockets womens ski pantsRecommendation: The Bridger Bowl gal tells it as it is. These high-tech pants are the bomb, but a bit pricey. Recreational skiers can find less expensive alternatives, and spend the extra money on ski lessons.


What People Say: “Arc’teryx continues to make the best products. The Sentinels fit like a charm and have enough room for layers underneath for those bitter cold morning hitting the slopes or mountains. Tons of zippers for venting and lots of pockets. The annabelle green color is awesome too… my boyfriend calls these pants my avy protection since they are so bright!” And a Bridger Bowl skier writes “After wearing the Sentinel Pant for most of this season, I’m im-pressed. The simple and relaxed women-specific design matched with its lightweight and wa-terproof material makes this pant desirable for any female skier or rider. Given the price, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this pant for recreational or fair-weather skiers, where the 3L construction and high-quality DWR features aren’t entirely essential. If, however, you are an aggressive woman skier who needs outerwear that is extremely versatile and designed to with-stand any condition, Arc’teryx’s Sentinel Pant would be an ideal fit.”

ON SALE HERE ($179 – 450 depending on color and size)

Or here from REI for $313 in red and here for all sizes and colors


7) Armada – Lex Gore-Tex 3L

waterproof womens ski pantsRecommendation: We noticed this in the photo. Too bad. With its flannel backing and Recco rescue transmitter built into the fabric, this would be a great pair of pants for a taller skier.


What People Say: “I wanted to like them, but at five feet tall, they were way too long. Had to send them back.”

ON SALE HERE ($159 or 50 percent off)






8) Patagonia – Triolet

patagonia triolet top ski pantsRecommendation: Guaranteed waterproof. Guaranteed breathable. Side zipper for ventilation, articulated seat and knees, and lifetime warranty. Expensive but worth it. If you can afford it, go for it!


What People Say: I love Patagonia clothing. I have pants, fleeces, jackets, etc that are 15+ years old and still work great. I got these pants because I needed a pair of ski pants (I usually wear bibs). These are amazing and I can tell after just one season that they are going to last a long time. The fabric is comfortable, I love the long, full zips on the pants for easy access to my under layer and aiding in taking them off. The inner gaiter fits well around my ski boots and I don’t have to open it up. The reinforced knees and butt area is great and won’t wear down your most used areas. My only gripe is the front pocket zippers. I wish they zipped towards the outer thighs and not inward. I have to hold the end of the pocket with one hand and then pull the zipper with the other to close. I feel like if they zipped the other way, I could just do it with one hand.

ON SALE HERE ($199 or 50 percent off) in sizes M to XL

Or here from MountainGear in sizes S to M



9) North Face – Freedom LRBC Insulated

best ski pants reviewRecommendation: Affordable and durable, these pants offer a viable option for long-legged ski belles. Shorter women claimed that they were fine on the slopes, but too long for walking around the base area. No side zips, so speed divas might work up a sweat, with no option for ventila-tion. This will not be a concern for the average female skier.


What People Say: “I ski 6 days a week during our 16 week season as a ski patroller. These pants do it all. Great fit for my shape. Luv the velcro adjustable waist to give me extra room for heavier layers. The insulation is warm without being bulky, and the waterproofing is unbelievable, even in pure rain. The front thigh pocket is perfect for soooo many things. My previous pair of these pants are 5 years old and still going strong as a back up pair.” And another happy camper says “I have been looking for long women’s ski pants for a really long time. I usually wear my dad’s ski pants because I can’t find women’s that are long enough. Even most brands that say they are long, are not actually long enough (I’m 5’11”, so not that tall). But these were actually long enough for me and they’re not men’s pants!! So excited!!! I got the Large Tall and they’re a little big in the waist, but they’ve got a belt loop so no problem there. I bought 5 other pairs of long ski pants from this website at the same time and these were the only ones that were actually long enough. If you’re tall, look no further!!”

ON SALE HERE ($79-159 or 55 percent off) in all colors and sizes


10) Oakley – Lutsen Womens

hot colored ski pantsRecommendation: You had us at “Reinforced cuffs and abrasion-resistant patches extend the life of the Lutsen pant.” Go for it!


What People Say: “I had the opportunity to work with Oakley to design and test the Lutsen Pant. This pant is designed for someone looking for gear that will last. I have skied with this pant on the coldest -25 degree days and the warmest 90 degree summer day on the Whistler Glacier in Canada. This pant works in all conditions because cause of its water-proof and breath-able technology. On the cold days I wear a base layer underneath, close all the vents and ski. On the warm days I wear a thinner base layer and open the vents. If you want a pant that is light-weight and works for both skiing and hiking, this is the pant for you.”

ON SALE HERE ($165 or 50 percent off) in all sizes and red

Or here from



11) Mountain Hardware – Snowtastic

best bib ski pants womenRecommendation: Warmth combined with ultra-breathability is a fantastic mix for women who play hard and work up a sweat on the slopes. Big enough to support your knee brace is a good thing, but hopefully you will not need one. One woman said that they were too long, so shorter gals should try them on before ordering online.


What People Say: “Love these pants to pair up with the Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jack-et. True to most all of Mountain Hardwear gear, these pants are durable, technical, functional, and they really do look good. The suspenders are removable, but a great option to have. The cuffs are protected well. I have the sea salt color and believe it or not they have held their white color well. I snowmobile, tour, and get around in these pants during the winter months. I think they fit great as well. I like my pants to be a little bit closer than most, but that feels better to me and I have better mobility. I like to be able to fit my knee brace under my pants as well, so tight pants just don’t do it for me. Great water proofing and breathability with the side ventila-tion zippers. You can really open the zips up on the side when hiking and getting hot and it is incredibly effective. Some pants have venting on the interior with mesh and that doesn’t vent well enough for me while hiking so I love these pants.

ON SALE HERE ($202 or 50 percent off) in all sizes pink and white sea salt



12) Marmot – Skyline

day glo ski pants womenRecommendation: Good quality, but a few similar comments makes us think that they are more suitable for the Twiggy crowd.


What People Say: “The color of these pants is GREAT (the green)! I only tried them on, but the good quality was pretty obvious. The fit however, was snug. It hugged in all the right places, but was unfortunately too tight in the waist. If it had a bit more room in that area, I would have kept them (especially for the price of about $100). For reference, I’m 5′ 2″, ~113 and am normally a size 2. I don’t have a large rear-end, so if you have a bit more in the back, size up.”

ON SALE HERE ($120 or 25 percent off) or less

Or here from REI for $120 in Electric Blue XL or Dark Steel XS




13) Spyder – Circuit Athletic Fit

athletic fit ski pantsRecommendation: Sounds like we have some sizing issues here. In general, not every brand will fit every female body. Find a place to try before you buy. Note: the lack of side zippers might limit the ventilating capacity for fast, aggressive skiers.


What People Say: “These pants are warm enough to keep you warm on the slopes but allow for you to not overheat. The color matches the picture. I love the back pockets on the back. There is adjustable elastic in the back to allow for tightening if you are in between sizes. I normally wear a four to six and the six fit like a glove. When in doubt between sizes, go up one size. I am 5’4′ and weigh 127. The front pockets are placed in a weird way but I still love these pants.” Point. Now Counterpoint: “I would like these pants if they had spandex. The fit was fine until I bent over or squatted down. Then they felt tight in the thigh and seat. They should allow freedom of movement, and they do not. Bending over, they dig in the waist. They need an elastic waist or spandex in my opinion. I am returning them.”

ON SALE HERE ($112 or 50 percent off)

Or here from BergsSkiShop in all sizes pink and black



14) Scott – Explorair Womens

womens bib ski pants bestRecommendation: Well how´s that for highest hosannas? One caveat: These are shell pants. If you ski in the frigid zone, get out your warmest long underwear for insulation.


What People Say: Ski Magazine gave them top honors in their 2013 Buyers Guide, saying that “It’s the little things that really stand out, like small metal boot hooks to prevent cuff-creep, la-ser-cut thigh pockets with thermally bonded zippers, and fully taped seams to keep wind and moisture out. These pants are plenty capable of venturing beyond the ropes for a little rugged adventure, but they’re equally happy sticking to the marked trails of the resort.”





Womens Best Ski Pants Reviews 2012 – 2013

January 10th, 2013

A selection of the top Women’s Ski Pants for this year.  Give these top selections a try, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price.

Can’t find the perfect pair of womens ski pants below?  Check out our 2013-2014 reviews, or our latest 2014-2015 best of womens ski pants reviews edition.  


#1:  Marmot Davos Pant – Super stretchy modern slim boot cut – water resistant –softshell-windproof best for late winter/spring ski ($)
#2:  Spyder Circuit Insulated Ski Pant – Fit fantastic – waterproof – breathable – insulated ($$)
#3:  Armada Decker Pant – Rugged, waterproof, breathable – 20K/20K fabric in modern style and variety of colors ($$)
#4:  FlyLow Gear Bella Donna Pant – Stretchy soft shell – ideal for touring and tree skiing –warm and breathable. ($$)
#5:  The North Face Free Thinker Pants – Bomber tough – athlete approved – GoreTex 3L-extreme ski ($$/$$$)
#6:  Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Pants – will keep you warm and dry on those ultra-cold, wet, windy days- peak chair ready ($$/$$$)


1: Marmot Davos Pant

Marmot Davos Women's Ski Pants 2012 - 2013Description:  High-performance M1 Softshell fabric, breathes and insulates against the cold so you don’t get hot/cold feeling with intermittent aerobic use. Weather resistant. Stretchy and a stylish flattering slim boot cut fit with belt. Internal gaiters, articulated knees, scuff guards , hand warmer pockets, concealed zippers.


What People Say: 

–   These pants are fantastic! Say goodbye to the high mom-cut ski pants with a high rise waist, the modern boot cut of the Davos is flattering and so so comfortable!  Made of stretch material, they are extremely comfortable and surprisingly warm — I wore them with expedition weight thermal tights in -20 degree weather during a trip to Colorado.  In the Spring time wear them with very light weight long underwear and they are also great.  

–   Finally a pair of ski pants for women that you can MOVE in. I was skeptical when I first received them because of how thin they were, but as the saying goes, the best things come in small packages.    


Recommendation:  Great looking comfortable pant for cold and wind. However if it is dumping outside and you are knee deep you may want to choose your ultra-weather proof pants.

Click Here for Best Price of $165


2: Spyder Circuit Insulated Ski Pant

Spyder Circuit Women's Ski Pants 2012 - 2013Description:  These pants have an athletic fit but are built for all winter conditions with highly rated waterproof and breathable fabric (20k) and warm 40g 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation.  Seam taped, inner gaiters, cuff anchors, zippered hand pockets, back pockets with Velcro® closure, internal elastic waist adjuster.

Recommendation:  Warm, dry, stretch fabric for easy motion, an overall great value and very flattering.  Spyder brings some flare to the slopes with bold solid color styles.  We recommend you check out the entire Spyder line for other fits and variations:  Spyder Thrill is of equal value, fit and style.

Sizes:  4-14


Click Here for Best Price of $225




3: Armada Decker Pant

armadaDescription: MegaRex two-layer shell and DWR coating and targeted SuperFlo lining will keep you dry and warm when the snow is dumping and the temperature dropping.  Similar to a beacon, the RECCO® system increases the chances of being found in time if caught in an avalanche.  Great pocket space with a read and cargo pocket.  Gusseted crotch, Reinforced Cuff and Fully Taped Seam Sealing.

What People Say: 

–   I’ve been searching for a quality pant with waterproofing and breath-ability  fully taped seams, and actual style. This, for the few who are unaware, just didn’t exist until I found the new Decker pant.  THANK GOD Armada started producing women’s outwear.  Hopefully the rest of the industry will take notice.

–   These pants are sick.  In my opinion the fit is relaxed, but not huge as others have said.

–   I love these pants…I am a slim hipped woman (built more like a boy), and they fit me perfect…Quality is great as well…


Recommendation: With 20K/20K fabric, targeted lining and sealed seams you will stay dry and comfortable. Slim fit for Armada. But still roomy and Armada fresh.  Check the sizing chart. Some say sizing is off. Great variety of colors and all the technical features a powder skier would want.

Sizes: XS-XL


Click Here for Best Price of $230


4: FlyLow Gear Bella Donna Pant

Fly Low Bella Women's Ski Pants 2012 - 2013Description:  Spandex and soft-shell for stretch and easy moving makes these pants great for touring, tree-skiing and aerials. Ample venting lets you breathe and remove pants easily (even with boots on). Knee and cuff reinforcements will make you worry less about tearing it up. Great look with an athletic fit. Level 5 Dupont DWR provides protection against cold and varied conditions. Pockets plenty.

What People Say: The FlyFlow pants have changed my life!  In over 37 yrs of sliding on snow..I now have pants that fit.  They are a baggier fit which allows you to layer up for the cold days.  I’m now on to my second pair of these pants because I loved them so much!

Recommendation:  Flylow, a Colorado company aims to manufacture freeride apparel for the modern skier.  The Bella Donna pant is one of their best yet.  For conquering the backcountry or lapping on the lifts all day, these pants will serve you well in style and comfort.  A great utility pant is you like a looser fit.


Sizes: XS-L


Click Here for Best Price of $260


5: The North Face Free Thinker Pant

North Face Thinker Women's Ski Pants 2012 - 2013Description: GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L. Guaranteed waterproof, breathable, seam sealed fabric designed for hardcore athletes to enjoy longer exposure to harsh conditions without losing a degree of body heat. A lightweight pant and Chimney Venting system also keeps you cool when you’re working extra hard. Form fit but articulated for maximum range of motion. RECCO reflector can help rescuers locate you in the event of an emergency.

What People Say:  These pants are definitely one of my favorites of all time. Not only are they bomber Gore Pro Shell, but they also have a sweet fit. The back yoke, across my rear, is super flattering and slimming, as are the side seams.  Expensive but these pants are top of the line and I think will last me a very long time.   

Recommendation:  Suitable for extreme skiing – all conditions.  Recommended by athletes and normal folk alike.  Only down side we see is that they come in only two colors, white and yellow, but the yellow will shine like the sun out on the hill.

Sizes: XS-XL

Click Here for Best Price of $244 or 30 percent off


6: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Pants


Patagonia Women's Ski Pants 2012 - 2013Description:  Tough 2-layer recycled polyester shell  with GORE-TEX® technology for the highest level and guaranteed waterproof/breathable performance (28k/20k)  with DWR finish.  Brushed-tricot lining, external thigh vents, articulated knees, gusseted crotch , coated, watertight Slim Zips for less bulk, gaiters and scuff guards to protect the inside of the leg.

What People Say:  

–  This is my first pair of non-insulated pants and I was originally worried about that , but after skiing in the rain all day I am happy about my decision.  I did not need much layering but always have the option if the temperature gauge drops below zero.
–   The fit is a little baggier than I expected (I am 5’4″ and got a small), however, the length is perfect for when I wear ski boots.  Favorite part: the turmeric orange color.
–  Used these pants for ski touring and tele skiing, and they have performed really well. They feel really durable and comfortable while moving.
–   My only complaint is that they close with 2 snaps (high waisted), and every time I bend down to adjust my boots or bindings they pop open.

Recommendation:  Technical features will keep you dry all season long in any condition. Layer up when it is ultra-windy and bitter cold if needed as there is room but no doubt this shell will keep you dry and comfortable.  Powder Bowl pants are truly “versa-style”.


Click Here for Best Price of $299


Didn’t find the perfect pants here?  Check out our 2013 – 2014 women’s ski pants reviews.


Mens Best Ski Pants Reviews 2012 – 2013

January 3rd, 2013

A buyers guide to the top Men’s Ski Pants for this year.  Give these top selections a try, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price.  Some insulated.  Some not.

Can’t find your perfect pants here?  Check out the 2014 or the latest 2015 men’s pants gear guide reviews.


#1 Arc’teryx Theta SV Bib  – bibs, not for the faint of heart, mountaineering, extreme conditions ($$$)
#2 Spyder Bormio Pant – high performing – heli/cat ski ready –waterproof-ultra breathable – PrimaLoft warm ($$$)
#3 Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Pants – will keep you warm and dry on those ultra-cold, wet, windy days- peak chair ready ($$)
#4 Armada Ruffian – insulated, warm, roomy – Armada style and available in orange ($)
#5 Marmot Motion Cord Pant  – dual layer shell, classic look, multi-purpose ($)
#6 The North Face Freedom Insulated Pant – popular choice for good reason – even the black pants are green with Heatseeker Eco insulation ($)


1: Arc’teryx Theta SV Bib ($$$)

Description:  Suitable for wet and the nastiest of weather. Tough N80p-X fabric. Reinforced paneling in the knees and rear, waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3 layers, and a high-rise bib to fully seal out the elements, unrestricted movement, and Keprotec™ instep patches to extend lifespan.  Not insulated but with waterproof: 28000mm and breathability: 20000g ratings, you will be dry.


What People Say:  These Bibs are lightweight, tough and versatile. I’ve used them while skiing with only a layer of wool under, they are very flexible and have great breathability.  These are a great pair of bibs that whether it is a bitter cold day of ice climbing, or a warm spring day of skiing, they are my go-to shell. Amazing pants. Bombproof bibs.


Recommendation:  A full coverage tough bib for expedition mountaineering, serious backcountry skiing or alpine climbing. Perfect over your Arc’teryx layers.






 2: Spyder Bormio Pants ($$$)

Description: OSMO tech’s 20K/30K waterproof, ultra-breathable protection keeps you dry and comfortable and Spylon DWR treatment repels water to keep you drier still.  Flexible fabrics and lining and articulated knee construction give you full mobility. 40g PrimaLoft keeps you warm without bulk. Other features include ventilation control, removable suspenders, pockets plenty, cuff guards and anchors.


What People Say: They are great looking pants with spectacular craftsmanship (all the details, zippers, taped seams, are top notch). We went from a really warm morning to a freezing afternoon right after the sun went behind the peaks. These pants were toasty but never wet inside, thanks to the breathable fabric.


Recommendation:  These pants will not let you down in regard to performance, breathability and flexibility.  And they look really fantastic too with or without a Spyder jacket.  Available in multiple colors including a unique Peat green.
Sizes: S-XXL




3: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Pants ($$)

Description: Waterproof breathable protection with the Gore-Tex Performance shell and Deluge DWR treatment, reinforced with 60g Thermogreen insulation. Gusseted crotch and articulated knees enhance mobility, internal gaiters, scuff guards.  Perfect for all weather ski days ready to handle extreme cold and wind at the peaks.


What People Say:  These are the best pants you can get. They have the right amount of insulation, enough that you can wear a light layer underneath, and not too much to overheat. The leg zips are huge for when you heat up, cut is good for mobility but not too baggy. Highly recommended.


Recommendation:  A shell pant is preferred by some to avoid overheating, but when the temperatures drop and the wind picks up, you will be glad you chose these Patagonia Insulated Powder Pants . Roomy fit but there is a SLIM version as well in cool colors like Paintbrush Red and also classic Stone.



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4: Armada Ruffian Pant (BEST PRICE)

Description:  Two layer Mega Rex fabric with DWR finish plus 40g Polyfill insulation equals tough and resistant but breathable and warm. “Ruff” but soft, if that makes any sense.  Perfect for waist deep pow and roomy enough for freestyle acrobatics.  Plenty of pockets, vents, adjustable waist band, gusseted crotch and reinforced cuffs to name a few features…


What People Say: The newschoolers ski pant, comfortable and functional whether you are cruising the slopes or in the park.  They kept me dry on a very wet day and the fabric and zippers make them waterproof but breathable.  A great pant at an attractive price when comparing the quality to the competition.


Recommendation:  If you want room, warmth and to stay dry, try the Armada Ruffian Pant.  These pants are particularly popular with the younger generations, so bring the cool back to your style.




5: Marmot Motion Cord Pant ($)

Description: Rich cord nylon for a classic look, but with MemBrain laminate that is waterproof and breathable. Not insulated but two-layer shell pant is fully seam taped for all-weather suitability and powder hounds. Articulated knees, scuff guards, and adjustable waist.


What People Say: The pants look handsome and modern without looking like a want-to-be gangster from the hood.


Recommendation: If bright colors are not your thing and you want to chase powder or hide in the trees, take a look at these dual shell classic ski pants.  Marmots are known for a classic look.


Sizes: S-XXL



6: The North Face Men’s Freedom Insulated Pant ($)

Description: The North Face Men’s Freedom Insulated Pant: Waterproof with HyVent shell, warm and eco-friendly with Heatseeker Eco insulation. Freedom comes from the articulated knees and a Free Fit so you’ll look and feel good making your turns.


What People Say: Awesome fit, true to size, perfect amount of insulation, comfortable with enough pockets.  Some remarked that they were not the best in very windy bone biting conditions but there should be plenty of room to add more layers.


Recommendation: The North Face makes the classic ski pant that seems to disappoint no one.  Comes in multiple colors and sizes (TNF usually also carries a “short” size as well).  The price is right and the pants seem to hold their durability and weather-ability thru varied conditions.


Sizes:  S-XL






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