Description: Needless to say, we’ve all had our share of lousy winter experiences. Those don’t happen when you cruise the mountain wearing the Patagonia Men’s Powder Bowl Pant. This powder-cruising shell has waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Performance fabric, fully taped seams, side vents, a regular fit, and a smooth inner lining that won’t hamper your shredding skills.
What People Say: I love the fit/finish of the Powder Bowls. Tons of pockets and better placed than most pants including the Primos. 2 layer Gore-Tex Performance shell feels solid and a nice mesh lining to wick moisture will be great! Side zip vents go from just below the waist to the knee. These seem more like a softshell, not loud and crinkle sounding like typical Gore-Tex (Primo’s are a good example of loud). They just have the elastic cuff with no synching or tie down option, which would be a nice addition.
Recommendation: When you think performance, you thinkPatagonia. These are one of top ski pants on the market, with all the features to shred the mountains all day, every day.
Description: A lot of today’s high performance, active-fit clothing looks a bit too slim to be really fashionable. Free-skiers and snowboarders whined. Arc’teryx listened. Designers gave the Sabre Pant a more generous cut so they would be a little more in touch with today’s baggy fashions than many of the company’s previous pants. The Sabre still has the technical features of the rest of the line; Gore-Tex waterproof breathable construction, thigh vents, and articulated knees. As a special topping, Arc’teryx added color-matched Keprotec instep patches to the pant’s cuffs to add a heap of resiliency–never fear the ski-edge shreddage again.
What People Say: Finally Arc’teryx is bringing some new school, freeride style to their line. I like a straight shell pant – no need for insulation in Tahoe. I was worried that the fleece lining was going to be too hot but it is super thin and does not over-insulate the pants. Just provides a little fuzzy comfort. Belt is lame but easy to remove and replace with whatever you want. Classic Arc’teryx bomber construction – weatherproof and zippers in the right places. Sweet
Recommendation: This is an exceptionally designed pant for skiers and snowboarders alike. It’s built with quality, performance and value in mind. This pair will last you forever.
Description: The Pizol Pant is a traditional looking ski pant featuring a drytech exterior and high quality 40g fiberfill insulation, ensuring that you’ll stay warm and dry no matter how cold and snowy the mountain is. Featuring a regular fit and all the features you expect from a technical company like Mammut, including edge protection, stretchable snow gators, waist adjustment system, and spray resistant ventilation zippers, these pants will undoubtedly be a go-to pant for any alpine enthusiast.
What People Say: I use these pants mainly for backcountry ski touring. Despite my tendency to sweat buckets, they keep me warm, dry, and comfy. Perfect fit, not overly baggy, which I like. I added my own belt. Great looks too!
Recommendation: Excellent in all climates, the Pizol Pant is a great fitting shell that that keeps you warm, dry and comfortable at a great value! Great pant for weekend warriors.
Description: Ski the mountain wrapped in the waterproof, eco-friendly warmth of The North Face Men’s Freedom Insulated Pant. These ski pants have articulated knees and a Free Fit so you’ll get to make your turns with flexibility and casual style. The Freedom Insulated Pant has fully taped seams to shore up the HyVent shell and protect you from moisture, and the new Heatseeker Eco insulation will keep you warm while lowering your carbon-footprint at the same time. Wear these with your Pant-a-lock compatible The North Face jacket to create an impenetrable barrier against powder invasion.
What People Say: These pants work for a wide range of temps. Enough insulation that with the right underlayer they’ll withstand the cold yet thin enough that modifying what’s underneath will work for warm temps too. I’m 6’1″ and the XL has a nice loose fit, upsize if you want a baggier fit and go true if you like a traditional fit. All in all a well rounded pant, especially for the price.
Recommendation: An all-around solid choice for ski pants. These pants will work well in all conditions and come at a lower price point than most others. Perfect for any level of skier.