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, Skis.com

 

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, Skis.com, 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, Skis.com, 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 2015-2016 was last modified: December 31st, 2015 by Lyndsay Strange



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