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, Skis.com, 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

 



Best Men’s Ski Jackets 2017 Reviews

October 11th, 2016

From cold, wind and snow to sunny sweaty days, choosing ski jackets is all about managing and adapting to the ever-changing conditions on the mountain. For each activity comes a jacket for that specific use. Yet the all-in-one jackets can stand on their own. Mainly, you must stay warm enough and dry in order to be comfortable in those changing conditions. The list we’ve compiled includes a selection of jackets for varying mountain environments, but we’ll leave it up to you to choose your personal style.

 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell ($$$) 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket meets our criteria as one of the best for 2017 because of its high tech new H2 Flow paneled fabric on the back for superior breathability and waterproofness. It is heavy duty without being too boxy with its longer, relaxed tailored fit and thoughtfully placed pockets to access with a backpack on. This is a high-end jacket for hard charging, day in, day out skiing across the resort, into the backcountry and on a dream heli or cat-skiing trip.

 

Description: This freeride ski jacket takes protection, performance, and comfort to a new level for endless backcountry adventures.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • “This burly shell takes its inspiration from the company’s marine history. Starting with Helly’s proprietary Helly Tech 3L face fabric, the Elevation sports a longer length and a relaxed tailored fit designed to work with backpacks. A high-visibility contrast hood, snap-away powder skirt, wrist gaitors with thumb holes, and a helmet-compatible hood make the Elevation a bomber jacket for the hardest-charging of skiers in the most inhospitable of conditions.” Skinet.com
  • I’ve skied this jacket for a year now and put it through the ringer, from NW powder days (as well as the occasional sub part wet days too), to hiking laps in Aspen this jacket put up with all of it. The burly face fabric wears in nicely like denim and put up perfectly with my close calls with trees. The shining star in this piece really is the new version of H2 Flow in the back, I constantly run really hot and wear a pack every day that I ski. This is the only jacket I have ever used where you actually get active airflow across your back with the pillows of insulation providing space for air to circulate, a big time game changer for this sweaty guy.

Find it on sale here at Helly Hansen

 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate Jacket ($$) 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

SkiGenie Recommendation: This two -piece jacket system that offers three ways to wear the combination is truly a great value. The fully waterproof and breathable outer shell protects you from the majority of conditions found at the resort. The synthetic down insulating inner jacket keeps you warm and dry and can be worn independently while knocking around town. The high quality of this jacket proves its mid-level cost since it’s not full GoreTex or true goose.  A choice that sets you at ease and can be put through the wringer.

Description: 3-in-1 layering system with a waterproof stretch shell featuring a dry-touch coating that eliminates the need for a liner. For versatile warmth, zip in the ultralight jacket that’s insulated with our ThermoBall™ powered by PrimaLoft® clusters at the core and PrimaLoft® sleeves.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • You typically turn to a 3-in-1 jacket as a means to save a little cash, so $299 price of The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate may come as a bit of a surprise. Most 3-in-1 options are excessively bulky and lack any real shaping, but the North Face is nicely fitted even if you decide to leave the insulating jacket at home. The real savings, however, is in the Thermoball synthetic insulating piece, which we’ve found does a pretty good impression of a lofty down jacket—all while continuing to insulate when wet. If you can spring it, I do think the Thermoball is worth it. But for those on a strict budget or just getting into the sport, the Columbia Alpine Action below sure has a compelling calling card: a sub-$200 price.  – SwitchbackTravel.com
  • Good cold weather / wet item. Nice air gap for additional ventilation between the inside and outside pieces.
  • Well made and just the right jacket for most occasions. If I were skiing etc, I would opt for something that has a exterior fabric that is a little thicker just in case you tend to fall as much as I do! Great color and perfect zipper locations.

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, REI

 

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket ($$$)

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Cozy, warm and technical all in one beautifully simple yet unique down jacket. Bergans of Norway is known for the highest quality products, especially their down jackets. The Fonna is no exception. If you ski in frigid temperatures, this jacket is for you. Yet if you work up some extra warmth after a top to bottom run, you can quickly dump heat with its pit zip vents before you get back on the chair.

 

Description: Technical down jacket developed for skiing. An extremely high down quality combined with long zip vents, a detachable snowskirt and a ski pass pocket.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • A solid technical down jacket for the coldest ski days, the Fonna appealed to me with its funky assymetrical front zipper, water-repellent down, detachable snow skirt, extended back, and poppy contrast zips.

Find it on sale here at MooseJaw.

 

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket ($$$)

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: There’s a reason why the Patagonia Powslayer Jacket continues to make our list year after year. Patagonia simply makes some of the best outerwear, period. The updated Powslayer for 2017 has tailored its fit to be a little less boxy and a little more fitted, yet relaxed for movement. Burly three-layer GoreTex creates a superior barrier from weather along with chunky zippers add a fashionable and sporty touch. The biggest appeal is the super soft material on the inside of the collar where you zip up to cover your face. No more chin-chap for the dedicated resort and big mountain/backcountry skier!

Description: Updated this season with a refined fit and a new adjustable powder skirt. 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 Skiers Say:

  • You have to love the PowSlayer’s name (and what it conjures up). You’ll also love that this jacket feels like it can survive any weather without feeling bulky or heavy. A plethora of pockets greets those who tend to carry too many items on the ski slopes. We counted nine, some of which are integrated into larger pockets (for example, the phone pocket inside the exterior chest pocket). For those who use them, the cord adjustments in the hood and waist are cleverly designed, integrating the release into the seam inside a rubbery pouch. Patagonia calls this its Touch Point system. – OntheSnow.com
  • The Powslayer is meant to be very light, breathable and weatherproof, yet have all the bells and whistles. It succeeds wonderfully on that score thanks to the new Gore-Tex Pro shell fabric and some careful engineering. The material may actually be overkill for most riders, who could save some cash going with a less premium material.

Find it on sale here at Evo, REI

 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus ($) 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus


SkiGenie Recommendation:
 We love this mid-layer jacket because of its combination of down insulation and stretchiness. It’s built to be worn as a layer and not shed the moment you start to get warm. The body mapped down, intelligently placed around your core keeps your temperature regulated while the stretchy “Active” material on the arms and back allows for complete freedom of movement. Insulation only where you need it, but overall less bulk underneath a technical shell.

 

Description: Good for any time of year, featuring on-mountain, technical high-performance traits via VX™ Active, a breathable, stretchy insulation. VX™ Active gets rid of the need to drop layers during fluctuating temperatures throughout the day.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This is the only midlayer you’ll need, no matter the conditions, thanks to its VX Active stretchy, breathable insulation, which is remarkably adept at responding to what your body needs to keep cool, warm, or somewhere in between.

Find it on sale here at Scott

 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody ($) 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another smart mid-layer designed to be worn underneath a shell and regulate temperature extremely well. The Down Hoody is a simple, streamlined, loose fit jacket that could be worn alone on mild days or around town.

 

Description: Arm yourself against the cold in this premium, insulated jacket from Under Armour. Water-resistant technology keeps you dry and warm.  Synthetic “V-Lap construction” achieves a higher loft and allows a higher air transport due to its vertical setup.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • UA touts its active insulation, called Reactor, as “intelligent” enough to know when you need to heat up, cool down, or hold steady. Packed with a synthetic filament that uses its springy nature to form vertical walls of waves throughout the garment, the Reactor is designed to do the work of a midlayer beneath a shell or be worn alone on dry days.
  • Great jacket. Incredibly comfortable, warm and packable. Makes for the perfect piece of equipment for camping, hunting or skiing. So comfy I sleep in it.
  • I’ve had this for 2 days now and I love it! Perfect lightweight, but very warm, packable jacket. I’m 5’8 and 170 pounds and the medium fits great. It’s been around 30 degrees here and all I wear under the jacket is a long sleeve shirt and I’m perfectly comfortable.

Find it on sale here at The House

 

Eider Shaper Jacket ($$$) 

Eider Shaper Jacket

Eider Shaper Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: We truly appreciate that ski companies are starting to take into account the interface between the high collar and zipper of the jacket and how it feels against your face. Eider has spent years developing this unique technology solely for comfort’s sake. This jacket is a backcountry skier’s dream with “Defender” fabric that makes it both durable and abrasion resistant on exposed areas, with a unique, modern style.  

Description: Thanks to the unique teeth of the Fix A Zipper, the zipper creates a convex and then concave curve that follows the shape of your chin, protecting your face from exposure to harsh weather without compromising comfort or mobility.

What Skiers Say:

  • Stop zipping your chin. For real. With the Shaper Jacket, Eider raises the bar by overahauling the zipper on its newest jacket to finally make room to comfortably zip up around your chin—with room to spare. The Shaper’s ergonomic zipper, exclusive to Eider for now, is athlete approved, and its solid three-layer shell construction keeps skiers dry and comfortable.

Find it at Eider

 

Black Diamond Mission Shell ($$$) 

Black Diamond Mission Shell

Black Diamond Mission Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: At first glace this jacket looks incredibly sleek, stylish and simple. The two large chest pockets can easily hold skins and super long arm pit vents can dump heat in seconds. Although it’s a shell jacket, that’s usually bare bones, this one has a brushed liner that feels soft to the skin.  Wearing this jacket will make you look like a seasoned veteran who knows what they’re doing, especially in the backcountry.

Description: A fully featured, do-it-all ski jacket featuring waterproof and breathable GoreTex fabric, the versatile Mission Shell has the mobility, protection and comfort needed for any day of the season, in- or out-of-bounds

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The Black Diamond Mission jacket provides great wind and waterproof protection, is highly breathable, and steezy despite its low-key looks. It has amazing range of motion while maintaining a quiet (almost soft shell) feel, and the hood easily swallows a ski helmet. Plus, its pockets were well placed and inconspicuously cavernous—I was hoarding four days worth of trail maps and beef jerky without showing any exterior bulk. But while I’m not a big guy, the fit seemed a bit narrow around the waist/hips. As a skier who heats up fast, this durable shell allowed me to dump heat and remain dry and comfortable up and down the mountain.
  • Zip up, pull on the hood, and laugh in the face of foul weather. The Foresight 3L is a big-mountain, technical coat that is not only flush with clever appointments and well-placed pockets, but it’s impervious to snow and wind. Between the thumb loops, removable powder skirt, taped seams, and robust face fabric, I have yet to encounter a day where I’m at all hesitant about putting it on. Not to mention the subtle, yet dapper panel design that fetches longing eyes both on the mountain and across the bar.

Find it on sale here at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 



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 SkiGenie.com.

 

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

 



Women’s Top Ski Jackets for 2016

November 20th, 2015

A new ski jacket must meet some high demands. It’s outer shell must keep you dry and the inner workings must keep you warm.  But skiing is a strenuous sport and working up a sweat in frigid conditions can be dangerous, so these jackets simultaneously offer high quality ventilation.  It should be easy to zip in and out of and protect you from all the elements winter may throw at you. But, above all, for the modern day skier it needs to look good…unless you are trying to impress the guy in the starter jacket.

We’ve compiled a selection of the 2015-2016 winter season’s best women’s ski jackets that we think fit the bill. Feel free to add your own reviews of these products in the comments section below and let us know if you have any questions.

 

North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate Parka ($$$)

A three layer jacket system provides warmth and versatility in a longer cut to cover your assets on cold chairlifts

North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate Parka

SkiGenie Recommendation: North Face has created a truly all-in-one jacket with this 2 layer zip-in system. The exterior shell jacket is long enough to cover your bum for comfort on icy chairlifts, its completely waterproof, stretchy for ease of motion, has a removable hood, tons of pockets for extra gear and includes an interior puffy down jacket that can be worn separately or together as a system for the ultimate in insulation on cold winter days.

Description: No matter what the snow report calls for, bring this perfectly paired zip-in system to the hill for reliable weather protection and unmatched versatility. The waterproof parka has alpine-specific features and is crafted with a longer 29-inch length for additional coverage.

What Skiers Say:

  • It’s a good coat. Great zippers, great quality, and nice length. I’m 5’10” and 150lbs and i have a large. I thought the sleeves could be longer, but I’m used to that feeling. Also, it is a little roomy in the chest area so it’s not very form fitting, but I doubt I could go down a size because then it would be too short or too tight. The inside feels very nice though, almost like wearing a cloud.
  • I wear this jacket to teach Ice Skating. If I’m not moving around this jacket keeps me warm and I can remove layers if needed. I like that the sleeves are long so when I stretch my arms, my gloves stay tucked in. It is slightly fitted, and not bulky

Find it on sale at BackcountryEvo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline .

 

Kuhl Spyfire Hoody ($$)

A light down filled layering piece or stand alone jacket with intelligent "body mapping" insulation.

Kuhl Spyfire Hoody

SkiGenie Recommendation: The all-new Spyfire line of women’s ski jackets from Kuhl has created a new benchmark for down outerwear technology. The 800 fill “certified non force fed / not “live plucked” goose down is body mapped to keep you warm where you need it most and reduces bulk for layering. The soft shell reinforced fabric on the shoulders allows you to shoulder skis with sharp edges that would shred any ordinary down sweater. Plenty of pockets, lighter weight material in the underarms, large, 5-panel hood and water-resistant, wind-proof coating round out this jacket’s design for one of the best layering pieces of the 2015/2016 winter season. Wear this jacket on its own around town or layered under a shell for any day on the hill.

Description: One look at KÜHL’s exclusive new Women’s Spyfire™ Hoody ultralight Down Jacket and you realize it is different by design, construction, and features than any down sweater that has come before it.

What Skiers Say:

  • You almost forget you have it on, it’s such a natural, comfortable fit.
  • Awarded the eKomi Silver Seal of Approval in customer feedback
  • Product Video Review

Find it on sale at KUHLBackcountryBerg’s, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Descente Kensie Jacket ($$$)

Three layered shell jacket that moves with you in an athletic cut and helmet compatible hood.

Descente Kensie Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Kensie jacket is an all-around everyday shell with an athletic cut and stretch to move as you move around the mountain. Its designed with simple, clean lines, and lots of great color options with an extra pop of color on the zippers. Tons of pockets including interior media pocket, removable powder skirt, stretchy wrist cuffs, pit zips and 20,000mm rated waterproofing create the perfect jacket no matter the conditions.

Description: The Kensie is the perfect go to jacket, a 3-layer shell designed to optimize performance and breathability. Fully seam sealed and finished with a 20K waterproof finish to keep you dry in all conditions.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Kensie jacket is functional, warm (has a three shell layering and a great hood which fits over your helmet for cold charilift rides), and ​stylish. I’ve been complimented on mine several times in lift lines! –Keely Kelleher, Descente International Athlete and former US Alpine Ski Team Member.
  • OntheSnow.com buyer’s guide review

Find it on sale at US Outdoor Store

 

Bergans Myrkdalen Lady Jacket

A super stylish yet incredibly well made, durable jacket with big pockets, adjustable hood and powder skirt connectable with the matching pants.

Bergans Myrkdalen Lady Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Bergans is a known and trusted Norwegian outerwear and outdoor gear brand offering sleek, clean lines and superior quality. This shell includes all the specifications of a technical shell like stretchy, waterproof, windproof breathability. It has a unique pit zip design that runs diagonally so it can easily be reached while wearing a backpack. The intuitive features of this jacket are clearly designed with the alpine ski tourer or mountaineer in mind. Yet this jacket made our list primarily for its great color options and stylish look. 

Description: Long, technical jacket developed for alpine and freeride. Myrkdalen is made from waterproof, windproof, and breathable 3-layer Dermizax® fabric. The jacket features a ski pass pocket and detachable snowskirt, and connects to several of our ski pants to create a complete suit.

 

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Moosejaw.com

 

Marmot Mountain Down

Super warm, wind & resistant goose down jacket for very cold days.

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you want to stay warm while skiing in frigid temperatures, this is your go-to mid-winter jacket on the coldest of days. Best for resort skiers in colder climates or high alpine pursuits in severe conditions.

Description: Lightweight and incredibly warm for all-day comfort, the Mountain Down Jacket’s 650+ fill goose down is stuffed in waterproof and breathable ripstop fabric. Enhanced with a zip-off powder skirt and adjustable cuffs to keep snow out and fixed hood with peripheral cord adjustment for unrestricted movement.

What Skiers Say:

  • I purchased this jacket after an extensive search for a wind resistant warm down coat for hiking and cross-country skiing. Local temps were predicted to be -10 to 25 degrees F, and this jacket kept me toasty warm even in significant wind chills. The goggle pocket was convenient and the large side zip pockets were perfect for extra gloves and hats. The wrap around hood and neck cover worked well for the especially cold days, although I would have liked the inner lining near my face to be softer- sometimes the zipper was scratchy. It also comes with a pretty matching stuff sack and removable powder skirt. Because the outer shell fabric is stiff, the coat does not compress significantly for packing. Overall I was SO GLAD to have this heavy down jacket instead of the lighter puffies others were shivering in.
  • It’s amazing! Warm, windproof and light, really good fit.
  • Product video review

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Helly Hansen Motion Stretch Jacket

An intuitively designed jacket thats waterproof and warm

Helly Hansen Motion Stretch Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket has all the stretch, versatility and extreme waterproofing of a shell with the extra warmth, comfort and intuition of body mapped Primaloft insulation. What we really love about this jacket is that even though its insulated, its designed with a slimming look in mind that’s articulated for movement. It includes all the pockets you need, wrist gaitors, fully taped seams, removable powder skirt and a Recco avalanche reflector. The Motion Stretch is a total package for those bitter mid-winter days that can dump heat with Helly Hansen’s signature ventilation system when the temps start to rise.

Description: Altitude and speed inspire this performance insulated ski jacket. Waterproof breathable Helly Tech® Performance stretch fabric is combined with PrimaLoft® insulation, and our innovative H2Flow system for turbo-charged mechanical venting provide ultimate temperature regulation.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Black Diamond Convergent Down Women’s Hooded Jacket ($$$)

purple ski jacket worn on backcountry expeditions

Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Best for the technical-minded skier out there bagging summits, no matter the weather. This jacket is made for alpine endeavors on cold winter days.

Description: Windproof, highly water-resistant and insulated, the Convergent Down Hoody stops bitter cold, biting wind and all other forms of weather. This form-fitting jacket offers protection and warmth in fierce winter conditions.  Featuring DWR-treated PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Down Blend, taped-seam shell, and helmet-compatible adjustable hood.

What Skiers Say:

  • This is a sweet jacket, no doubt. The day I received it I was so stoked to check out the waterproofing that I ran a sleeve under the faucet and little beads of water repelled off without saturating the fabric, and I thought to myself “yes, this is what I have been looking for!” I love that there is a primaloft/down blend, but it gets HOT! This is the jacket you throw on for your descent, but don’t expect to exercise in it, or else it’ll make you sweat. This jackets best uses are for belaying in the brisk mornings, hanging out in cold weather, mountain descents, and walking the dogs out on freezing cold days. The fit is a little strange, I bought a medium after reading other reviews and the hips are still tight, and I am not a “hippy” kinda gal, but roomy in the chest area (but I experienced that I don’t need to layer with this jacket). I’m generally a small in outerwear. I also went with black, and am not dissapointed, it was very true to color which was “black as midnight on a moonless night”. Overall it’s a great jacket for a great price!
  • Product Video Review

Find it on sale at Backcountry & Eastern Mountain Sports

 

Columbia Alpine Action Jacket ($$)

Warm, waterproof, and texturized material with a low price make this jacket a great value

Columbia Alpine Action Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Columbia never fails to create great alpine outerwear that’s warm and waterproof with active pursuits in mind. We love this jacket for all of its incredible insulation and brushed texture, but most of all, its price point. This is a great jacket for everyday on the hill that leaves enough in the bank for a proper après ski afternoon or day trip to a mountain you’ve never skied before.

Description: A warm winter coat with a sophisticated air—the waterproof Alpine Action Jacket is crafted with our patented thermal-reflective technology and 100g of synthetic insulation for all-day warmth.

What Skiers Say:

  • Granted this is my first Columbia jacket, I am completely satisfied with my purchase. Extremely high quality. Only complaint would be breathe-ability. Could use air ventilation under arms.
  • If you’re short then this coat would work. I’m tall and thin and its too short in the arms and body.
  • True to size… Super warm! Lots of pockets, and the powder skirt is great.

Find it on sale at Backcountry, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House

 

Patagonia Untracked Jacket ($$$)

An all-in-one weatherproof and warm jacket with plenty of pockets and high quality design from Patagonia

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Highly technical, low bulk shell for backcountry ascents in deep powder and hard-charging bell-to-bell days in the resort. Best used without layers on warmer days or while working up a sweat (colder days will necessitate extra layers).  A perennial classic.

Description: With a highly articulated women’s specific fit, the Untracked is a warm low-bulk freeride jacket for hiking or powdery descent. Built with a 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric for durable waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.  Also includes underarm vents, internal pockets and a soft brushed tricot backer for extra warmth.

What Skiers Say:

  • Love this jacket. Kept me warm and dry in Japan pow. The high zip on the collar is the best.
  • Finally, a ski jacket that fits well, isn’t super bulky, in a durable and completely weatherproof Gore-tex package in sweet colors!
  • Product Video Review

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Spyder Aimie Down Jacket ($$$)

Stylish and warm synthetic down jacket with real fox fur collar.

Spyder Aimie Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Aimie Down jacket is definitely one of the most stylish pieces on our list for 2015/2016. We believe it’ll be your go-to jacket for those cold clear January days on the slopes and even colder winter evenings out on the town. If you’re looking for a seamless transition from the slopes to the streets, this one’s for you.

Description: Spyder’s Aimie Jacket is made of incredibly soft, yet water-repellent fabric, with a subtle crosshatch texture. Insulated with 700 Fill Power Down, it’s topped off with a real fox fur accent, which is removable so you can wash it with ease.

What Skiers Say:

  • The most comfortable, sexy style going by Spyder. Once you put it on you won’t want to take it off. Nicely fitted and real fur that removes for washing. True to size. I am a Medium to small and i wear a 6 if I want to wear a sweater underneath it.
  • The Aimie Down is my favorite all around women’s ski jackets. It’s stylish and warm to wear at night, very packable for all the travelling I do, and I love the classy fit and feel. The fur collar is a great addition that feels sporty and chic. -Julia Mancuso, Olympian and US Alpine Ski Team member

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Skis.com, & SummitOnline

 

 



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, & Skis.com

 

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

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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 SkiGenie.com.

 

 

 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, Skis.com 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

 



 

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