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

 



2015 Backcountry Ski Gear Trends

January 5th, 2015

Backcountry and “sidecountry” skiing wins in 2015 with an array of new gear that is

lighter, more comfortable, and user friendly. Being properly prepared with the right

backcountry ski gear for fun and safety is critical. Although

considering your activity “sidecountry” may seem a little safer due to its close

proximity to ski area boundaries, light, bombproof equipment such as avalanche

beacons, trekking poles, bindings and boots will be to your advantage for a safe and

enjoyable time out of bounds.

 

However, before anyone crosses a ski area boundary, even just for one run, he

or she needs a working avalanche beacon or transceiver. New in 2015 is the

Backcountry Access is introducing the Tracker3 —a smaller, lighter version of the

best selling avalanche transceiver in America, the Tracker2. The Tracker3 is 20%

smaller than its predecessor and claims to be the thinnest multi-antenna beacon on

the market. It is sleek, streamlined, and even easier to use in a worst-case scenario.

While investing in an avalanche beacon (or better yet, an airbag) is absolutely

necessary for any kind of side/backcountry adventure, becoming familiar with

how it’s used is vital.

Backcountry Access Tracker3

Backcountry Access Tracker3

 

A good pole plant is key to any skier’s technique, and the new G3 Via trekking poles

are just the tools to get you there. This year they have surprise improvements that

will help you when you’re out on the skin track as it starts to get steeper and you

want to adjust the hike assist on your touring bindings from one level to the next.

To date, the easiest way to change the ladder on your binding has been to flick it

up, down or to the side with your ski pole. Now, with the Via, G3 has created a

trekking pole with a built in “QuickFlick Utility Tab” to assist in this move. Gone are

the days of struggling to flick your binding heel lift with a flimsy pole basket or

bending over to manually adjust with your hand. Just simply use the Utility tab on

the end of Via’s pole grip to flick and go. In addition to the handy “QuickFlick” utility,

G3 Via poles feature ergonomic, comfortable grips with removable straps. The

durable connection between pole sections has simple to use aluminum levers for

adjustments. At the pole’s base is an asymmetrical powder basket and a carbide tip

for secure grip on hardpacked snow.

G3 Via Trekking Pole

G3 Via Trekking Pole

 

A key piece of equipment in any skier’s quiver is his or her boots. Ski boots link

you to your skis and their design and fit should respond sensitively to changes in

pressure and direction. Using their patented “Vacuum” technology and ergonomic

“Soma-Tec” concept of “ducked feet”, Fischer has created a knee-saving touring

boot with the Transalp Vacuum TS that feels natural, fits comfortably, and responds to a skier’s

pressure and power transmission from boot to ski performance on the snow. Fischer also offers

a “Lite” and a Women’s version of the Transalp Vacuum TS. In addition to “Soma-

Tec”, the Transalp Vacuum features padded, motion supported liners built to move

the way you move uphill, customary Dynafit tech inserts, and a shell that fits the

anatomy of the ankle for more direct control on the downhill. And with all this, the

Transalp touring boot is still 15% lighter than Fischer’s alpine boots.

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS

 

Touring bindings are crucial to a set-up and brands across the board are jumping

on the alpine touring band-wagon to compete for the next big thing in bindings.

Tyrolia and Look have joined with their longtime ski brand partners to develop

DIN touring bindings, the Adrenalin and XM 13 respectively. Yet Marker has moved

away from the traditional DIN touring binding of years past to, arguably,

the most exciting new piece of gear for 2015. Marker’s Kingpin 13 is the first of its

kind. It combines the classic “pintech” toe insert like Dynafit with a more traditional

alpine-like heel piece— free from pins. According to Marker, the new combination

of the Dynafit-esque toe with the traditional alpine heel piece allows for a more

versatile setup capable of both skiing hard in-bounds and going uphill out of

bounds. Although the Kingpin 13 improves upon the old Marker Duke or Baron in

terms of weight and ease of use, the more burly heel piece makes this set-up slightly

heavier than its traditional tech binding counterparts.

Marker Kingpin 13

Marker Kingpin 13

 

Marker Kingpin in action

Marker Kingpin with crampons in action

*Check out a thorough review of the new Marker Kingpin here.

 

*For more on skiing in the backcountry and details on all the new gear, check out

these links:

Powder – “Sidecountry” is Dead

Unofficial Networks – “Sidecountry Skiing Essential Equipment – 10 Items YOU Should Have”

Backcountry Magazine – “What’s Next: 2015 Gear Primer”



Top Ski Gloves Reviews Men 2014-2015

November 21st, 2014

Joy is staying warm and comfortable during a long, cold and crystalline day of skiing. And good ski gloves will keep you at that summit of pleasure. Our extremities tend to get the coldest, so having the right pair of gloves or mittens keeps you out on the slopes longer and in all weather.  When choosing the right pair it is important to consider the following choices: (i) gloves for dexterity vs. mittens for warmth, (ii) synthetic materials for cost and waterproofing vs. leather for durability and natural water resistance, (iii) membrane for breathability to prevent sweaty buildup, (iv) lining material for comfort and (v) cuff length to keep the powder and biting wind off your wrists.  The gloves we’ve chosen below will let you focus on the skiing even if your body runs warm and needs a thinner glove, or your digits are no strangers to numbness. Please feel free to leave your own reviews, comments or questions in our comment section.

 

Dakine Titan Ski Gloves ($)

waterproof Gore-Tex – temperature regulating – touch screen liner

dakine men's insulated ski gloves

Dakine Titan

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent glove option with all the features that you look for and then some. They are made with waterproof Gore-Tex material and regulate temperature for a comfortable fit on a mild day or much colder. The touch screen compatible liner allows your fingers to keep you wirelessly connected, even at 10,000 ft.

Description: The Titan’s 280g insulation provides plenty of warmth for most days, and they stay dry thanks to guaranteed waterproof, breathable Gore Tex insert. The tacky Rubbertec palm grips to just about everything. And when the storms roll in, the zippered stash pockets make a perfect home for heat packs.

What Skiers Say:

  • I put these ski gloves to the test in Mountain Creek NJ. It was a cold day, between 10-15 degrees, and they worked great. I used the liners with sticky grip that comes with them. Wow, what a great feature. It worked great for using my cell phone/GoPro and kept my hands warm. They were also waterproof which was a big welcome. All in all, I would definitely recommend these gloves.
  • I used these Gloves to ski every week in Utah, they never felt too hot or cold. On warm days where it was 30s, they were cool; on Cold days near 0, they kept my hands toasty.
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Find them on sale for $65 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Sun & Ski, US Outdoor Store.

 

Noronna Narvik Dri1 Insulated Short Ski Gloves ($)

highly insulated – low bulk – wrist leash – leather palm

green all leather ski gloves with wrist strap

Noronna Narvik Dr1

SkiGenie Recommendation: If your hands tend to get cold easily, these are a great glove option at a reasonable price point. Highly insulated and waterproof, and yet, streamlined, and not bulky. The leather palm allows for a good grip, and an attached wrist cuff keeps them from dropping off the chairlift when you remove them.

Description: Packed with PrimaLoft insulation throughout, the Narvik Dri1 keeps your hands exceptionally warm and comfortable. Its waterproof breathable Dri1 insert shields your hands from slush, melting icicles, and falling flakes.

What Skiers Say:

  • My hands were kept warm and dry at all times. Perspiration was so well-managed that, even after several days of use, the gloves never got funky enough to wash. These ski gloves are also fairly dexterous for their size, and the goatskin palms provide a confident grip.
  • These gloves are quite warm and comfortable. Great grip as well. We’ve had a lot of sub-zero temps this winter with wind chills up to -40F. They haven’t failed me yet.
  • I’ve spent about 10 days in these gloves in Colorado recently and I’m impressed. Most days its been 10-20 degrees and windy, two days it was dumping/powder-day and I have no complaints with the Dri1 Short. I usually carry glove liners and hand warmers but I never had to consider using that backup plan, these are very warm. After a few days of wearing them I’ve gained pretty good dexterity but its not the best. I wear size L in Swany and Mountain Hardwear but ordered XL based on the Norrona sizing chart and they fit great.

Find them on sale for $90 or less at Backcountry.

 

Swany X-Cell II Mittens ($$)

durable leather – very warm – waterproof – warmer pocket – wrist leash

super warm male ski mittens

Swany X-Cell II Mitten

SkiGenie Recommendation: Swany’s X-Cell II mitten is an excellent all-around performance mitt that keeps you warm, dry and comfortable on those chilly mid-winter days. It features extremely durable outer layer material with a snug cuff to slide underneath your jacket and an attached wrist cuff so you can take them on and off easily. The zippered hand warmer pocket boosts your warmth and the wrist cinch allows for a snug fit when sending it down the pitch.

Description: The Swany X-Cell II Mittens keep your hands warm and highly dexterous in cold, wet conditions. The leather construction reminiscent of a bomber-jacket-style could be at home in an aerial dog fight.  A Dryfinger Reflection membrane keeps out moisture and helps water vapor escape while  theThermolite insulation holds in warmth. Your hands stay toasty even in freezing temps.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve never had cold hands with these and they are now well into their fifth season. The durability is excellent. These may be too warm above 40 degrees, but at that point most any glove or mitt will be. The wrist leash works great. The warmer pocket is key on cold days and they dry out every evening without much fuss.
  • Great for skiing! Soft and pliable. A great fit and very warm.
  • This mitten is hands down better than The North Face Summit series mitten for use when skiing. I was warm the whole time with not much need for hand warmers. My skin was always dry, and there was not any wind penetration from the cuff up my jacket or into the mitten.

Find them on sale for $135 or less at Backcountry & REI.

 

Marmot Ultimate Ski Gloves ($$$)

high quality, durable – Gore-Tex insulation – temp regulating – long cuffs – ergonomic design

ultimate ski glove choice for warmth with high wrist to protect from powder and cold

Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation: “Ultimate” is in the name, and rightfully so. Marmot’s Ultimate Glove is one of the best for warmth and durability. It helps regulate your temperature when it’s warmer and keeps you cozy on cold days. The long cuff  cinches over your jacket for both easy handling and keeping snow out. Unlike similar caliber ski gloves, the supple leather design, unique to the Marmot Ultimate, prevents bulkiness and allows you to move around easily.

Description: GORE-TEX® technology provides durable water and windproof performance; patented synthetic down offers warmth without the weight. Brushed tricot DriClime® manages moisture for a cozy interior microclimate. Accordion finger design lends improved dexterity and extends the life of the glove.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • These are my favorite, go to glove. Have skied all over the Rockies, from cold Jackson Hole powder mornings, to Utah and through the snow machines, and wet Colorado snow. I love the leather as it allows a more natural use of my hand. I never had a wet hand, and mine stays warm, or at least not frozen without using heat packs or liners.
  • Warmest glove in my arsenal. Warm enough I could justify shelling out the $175 for a new pair whenever these wear out, which doesn’t look to be anytime soon.

 

Find them on sale for $175 or less at Backcountry, REI, Tahoe Mtn Sports, US Outdoor Store.

 

Hestra Henrik Windstedt Pro Mittens ($$$)

 high quality, durable leather – super warm – wrist leash – fashionable colors

the best all around men's ski mittens

Henrik Windstedt Pro Mitt

SkiGenie Recommendation: A high quality, fully tech-featured mitten that will keep you warm and dry season after season. The leather exterior and supreme insulation of these mittens offers durable protection from the elements . Cuffs that stretch up and over a sleeve  keep the snow out, and the classic Hestra wrist leash keeps them by your side. These gloves work best on cold mid-winter days but may become a bit bulky as temperatures rise.

Description: This mitt is part of Hestra’s Alpine Pro collection and thus, one of the best models they offer. The cowhide exterior is available in four, two-tone colors with a quilted pattern on the back of the hand.  Thermolite insulation keeps your fingers toasty while internal finger dividers help with the structural integrity of the mitt.

What Skiers Say:

  • Best mitts I’ve owned. They are super warm, the leather is quick to break in, and the quality is super high. Although I thought they were a bit childish at first, I have come to love the wrist loops. Never have to worry about dropping a mitt when on the lift or when snapping a picture if a friend.
  • I am on the third 100+ day season with these mitts. I use them almost every day unless it is spring-like warm. They seem to have a temperature control built in them so they are not too hot when it is warm and warm when it is cold. I admit that when it is really cold, I use the little ‘Hottie” heater packs to keep comfortable. My gloves show no wear even after hard use for all those ski days.
  • Powder Magazine review

 

Find them on sale for $180 or less at Backcountry & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Black Diamond Kajia Glove ($$)

 light – streamlined – leather – padded knuckles – mild weather/spring glove

ski gloves good for movement and protection

Black Diamond Kajia Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation: This streamlined yet fully tech’ed out spring weather glove with a woven nylon and goat leather shell and Gore-Tex liner will keep you warm enough on mild days and dry on stormy days. The low bulk design and Velcro cuff allow for movement if you’re on the skin track or pole planting like a pro down the slopes. The high quality Black Diamond leather design will keep you skiing into the late season year after year.

Description: The Kajia is our premium midweight freeride glove for milder temps, sunny resort days and the occasional blower spring storm. Outfitted with a durable goat leather and woven nylon shell, waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® insert and 80g of synthetic insulation, the Kajia has you prepped for the spectrum of skiing conditions. EVA padding protects against unexpected impacts.

What Skiers Say:

–  I wanted ski gloves warm enough for Vermont weather. They initially felt warm, and I love the blue color and overall look. The fit is snug but not too tight which makes them feel like they should be warmer. In temps in the low 20’s with wind however, my fingers got cold. I’ll probably have to find a thin glove liner for the really cold days.

 

Find it on sale for $100 or less at Backcountry.

 

 

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove ($)

durable – light – waterproof sealed – work glove

old school style ski gloves for men

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation:

These are a great “work glove” for those of you who earn your living out there on the hill day in and day out. They are tough, durable and warm enough when you’re moving around, and using your hands a lot. They may not be the best option in negative degrees, but are a trusty companion on most other moderate days.

Description: All leather gives added protection from the wind on those super cold days. They are still hand-baked in Colorado with Sno-Seal to keep you dry and warm with HeatRac insulation.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve been a patroller for 15 years. Kinco has been my go to and it always requires a can of sno-seal. Its nice that the Flylow comes pre-waxed, but I still put more on as they get abused. A tough, multi-season investment that works on all but the coldest (or warmest) ski days.
  • This is a great glove, but not for everyone. The insulation is moderate and the glove cuff is short (i.e. snow will creep in if you fall in the pow). This is my go-to glove when I am out touring. I hike in a lighter glove and pull these on for the descent. If you plan to resort ski with these on cold days you may have cold fingers.

 

Find it on sale for $40 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove ($)

warm – waterproof – grippy – touch screen compatible

mobile phone touch screen friendly ski gloves

UA Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent warm, waterproof glove option that features a touch screen compatible finger. The grippy palm will keep your phone secure as you browse or keep your poles in place while skiing. We often need to use our phones while on the chairlift, and this glove allows you to do just that while also keeping you comfortable.

Description: If you can’t keep your hands off your high-tech gadgets because you need to know what the latest forecast is or get that Instagram shot, the Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove if the one for you. This softshell glove is armed with UA Storm for water and wind resistant protection, and its ColdGear fleece lining features Infrared ceramic heat-reflective power for warmth. Extra-long cuffs won’t leave your wrists out in the cold, and a printed palm gives you good grip.

What Skiers Say:

  • What I like most about these gloves is that they never let any moisture in, they keep me perfectly dry as well as letting me use my mobile devices’ touch screens without taking them off.
  • These gloves have been excellent so far. I need something warm for when I ride my bike to work in the morning but I also need to be able to use my phone to track my ride. These gloves do just that, and I like that they are waterproof.

 

Find it on sale for $50 or less at Backcountry.

 

**Check out another comprehensive review of 2014-2015 ski gloves here

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Best Women’s Ski Jacket of 2014-2015

October 15th, 2014

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A new ski jacket must fulfill and avalanche of expectations. It’s outer shell must keep you dry and warm, while paradoxically offering ventilation when you’re working hard.  It should be easy to zip in and out of yet sport a high collar to cover your face from the blistering wind. But let’s be honest—bottom line—it needs to look good…

 

We’ve compiled a selection of the 2014-2015 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.

 

  1. Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded Jacket – high style – warm & waterproof – unique cut & colors ($).

  2. Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket – shell with light insulation – sleek fabric in jewel-toned colors ($).

  3. Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket – well-insulated & waterproofed – plenty of pockets – venting – fun striped colors ($).

  4. Mammut Alpette Insulated Jacket – clean lines, classic look – warm & waterproof – hi-tech features ($$).

  5. Marmot Mountain Down Jacket – super warm – lightweight – mid-winter cold weather jacket ($$$).

  6. Trew Stella Jacket – stylish cut & colors – versatile in and out of bounds ($$$).

  7. Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket – highly weather-resistant & hybrid down insulated – cold weather, backcountry or high alpine use ($$$).

  8. Patagonia Untracked Jacket – highly technical shell – superior venting – helmet compatible ($$$).

  9. The North Face Free Thinker Jacket – high end, technical – suitable for top athletes to everyday skiers – hardcore Goretex ($$$).

 

Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded

pullover waterproof women's ski jacket

Volcom Scope Pullover

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is a great jacket for the discerning skier or snowboarder who demands high style while on the slopes. This is one of the more stylish women’s ski jackets out there today with its sleek pullover cut, hoody style kangaroo pockets and double zipper for comfort around your chin. It maintains all of the features you look for to stay warm and ultra dry while keeping you the best-dressed shredder out there. 

Description: The Scope Pullover is a great stay-warm style. Features Volcom’s unique V-science 2-way stretch fabric to keep you warm while letting you move freely, plus their V-science breathable lining system prevents overheating. Also offers critical taped seams to keep the cold out. This high-tech top offers plenty of extras like a cozy super suede chin guard, an adjustable powder skirt, zip-in to Volcom pants, a media player pocket and a whistle zipper pull. 15K waterproof rating.

What Skiers Say:

 

Find them on sale for $230 or less at Backcountry, Evo, & The House.

 

Flylow Gear Phoebe

blue Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket for women

Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around jacket that’s at home on the city streets as well as the slopes. Lots of style with its shiny, sleek outer fabric liner and jewel-toned colors. It may require a few more layers on the coldest days of the winter, but will always keep you dry on storm days.

Description: The new Phoebe Jacket is a lightweight, two-layer shell with 40 grams of synthetic down insulation featuring a helmet-compatible hood, internal cuffs with thumbholes, and a removable powder skirt for casual use. YKK waterproof zippers give the Phoebe extra protection that most ski jackets don’t have.

What Skiers Say:

  • It’s a great jacket, but I’d like to see more venting.
  • Product Video Review

 

Find it on sale for $250 or less at Backcountry, REI & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie

Mountain Hardwear stripped women's ski jackets

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Style meets function with this jacket. It is highly insulated to keep you warm throughout the day while side vents dump heat when temperatures rise. Great for the resort skier who needs a warm, waterproof jacket in fun striped colors, outfitted with all the pockets you need – hand, internal and media player.

Description: Dry.Q Core shell provides reliable waterproof breathable protection, and Thermal.Q Elite down feels light and heavenly even though it’s a protective synthetic insulation. Also includes an insulated hood for extra coziness, and a zippered chest pocket protects your valuables from wet weather.

What Skier’s Say:

 

 

Find it on sale from $275 or less at Backcountry, REI and Sun & Ski.

 

Mammut Alpette Insulated

warm grey ski jacket

Mammut Alpette Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Great all-around insulated women’s ski jacket with waterproof exterior. Clean lines make this a classic,stylish enough to be worn season after season. High tech features like wrist gaitors, two-way arm-pit vent zips, removable powder skirt and pockets galore make this a great buy.

Description: The Alpette Insulated Jacket looks snazzy out on the hill, and high-performance functionality keeps you comfortable. Breathable, waterproof DryTech fabric works with low-bulk synthetic insulation to keep you dry and warm. The powder skirt seals out snow and Lycra hand gaiters give a protective fit. Underarm vents allow you to cool off. An internal goggle pocket with built in cloth wipe and additional small phone or ipod pockets keep all your necessities at hand.

What Skiers Say:

  • Mammut jackets tend to fit trim with plenty of length in torso and arms.
  • Very good price and quality.

 

 

Find it on sale from $160-$399 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Marmot Mountain Down Women’s

super warm down women's ski parka

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 recently purchased the Mountain Down Jacket and it’s amazing, extremely warm and well-made. I will highly recommend Marmot products.
  • It’s amazing! Warm, windproof and light, really good fit.
  • Product video review

 

 

Find it on sale for $374 or less at Backcountry.

 

Trew Stella Women’s Ski Jacket

tri-tone colored women's ski jacket the trew stella

Trew Stella Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Super stylish in its cut and color design and highly technical in its materials. Best for the dedicated skier who rips snow at the resort and out of bounds as well.

Description: The technical women’s ski shell has a refined fit with contouring in the arms and a redesigned waist profile. Lightweight, durable Private Reserve 3L construction, thoughtful storage options, and attention to detail set this flattering, functional alpine shell apart.

What Skiers Say:

  • Lightweight, durable, packable, anatomical, smart pockets, and so style-y are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe this jacket. I have toured in it, worn it in sunshine and snow and can tell you that the functionality of this coat is best in class. The articulated elbows really make a difference as well as the articulated hem.
  • This jacket fits great up top, but it’s tight in the hips.

Find it on sale from $167-$420 or less at Backcountry, Evo & US Outdoor Store.

 

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:

 

 

 

 

 

Find it on sale for $499 or less at Backcountry.

 

Patagonia Untracked

classic and stylish women's ski jacket

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 for $599 or less at Backcountry and Evo.

 

The North Face Free Thinker

warm ski parka with waterproof shell and zippers

TNF Free Thinker Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Top of the line all-in-one jacket. It includes high tech features like conveniently placed front pockets to facilitate wearing a pack, helmet compatibility and user-friendly internal pockets. Top athletes and everyday skiers alike love this jacket. Great for storm days, in resort or out of bounds.

Description: Nearly indestructible 70D Gore-Tex® Pro 3L offers premier waterproofing and windproofing, with exceptional breathability, that allows you to perform longer in remote mountain zones.  The stretch powder skirt features clip-in integration to seal out the elements. Comes with a standard, embedded RECCO® transponder in case of emergency.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love this jacket women’s ski jacket. For one reason it is lightweight yet warm. Another reason is I love the style of it and all the pockets. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
  • Product Video Review

 

 

 

Find it on sale from $479-599 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

 

 



Best Mens Ski Pants Reviews 2014-2015

October 9th, 2014

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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

 



2015 Trends in Women’s Skis

September 17th, 2014

 

Every year trends in the ski industry seem to point in the same direction, toward

women. Women are undoubtedly a focus for many ski and outdoor gear companies as

they make up nearly half of the participants in alpine skiing according to Snowsports

Industries of America.

 

Women, more specifically, moms, usually decide on a family’s vacation plans, book the

trips, and spend the money on ski equipment. A look at the great new merchandise for

women lets slip just how eager the companies are to please the women’s skis market

this coming season.

 

atomic ski factory making century 102

Copyright: Atomic Austria GmbH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014/2015 season brings an avalanche of marketing introducing exciting advances

and new products for women’s skis. Although general trends for women’s gear lean

toward lighter equipment, and more versatility in ski widths, there is a danger in the

fashion to invent the ever-lighter ski. A lighter ski isn’t necessarily the best ski if it

becomes squirrely and unpredictable at high speeds.

 

Brands like Head, Rossignol, Atomic and K2 have all released lines of women’s

skis with engineering changes that lighten the ski but do not compromise ski stability.

The heavier metal that sandwiched the wood core in the ski construction of yesteryear

has been replaced with lighter synthetic materials and new concepts in fabrication.

 

Most notably, Head Skis has unleashed an entirely new line of women’s skis for 2015

entitled “Joy” which borrows the superlight construction technology from their lightest

tennis racquets to create an incredibly strong, yet light in weight ski.

Head Women's great joy

Head Women’s Great Joy

Rossignol has also accounted for the hazards of the lightweight ski by bringing their

unique “honey-comb” latticed material in the tips and tails of their powder skis into the

construction of their women’s all-mountain freeride “Savory 7.” By pairing the ultra light

tip and tail, Rossignol has designed the Savory 7 with the stability to utilize it’s reduced

swing weight.

Rossignol Savory 7

Rossignol Savory 7

 

Atomic’s contribution this year is a new version of their classic women’s “Century” in

102 and 109mm widths. These skis use a technology Atomic calls “Lite Woodcore” which

integrates carbon in their wood core construction. To pair with the lightness of the ski

structure, Atomic has also developed “Sprocket Power Booster” technology for the

plates of the binding mount system. This pairing adds stability to the lightness of the ski

and gives the skier a fun, playful ski that holds up on hard pack as well as powder.

Atomic Century 109

Atomic Century 109

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K2’s newest version of the women’s “Remedy” in 102 and 112mm underfoot follows

the same trend of creating a lighter ski, yet K2 takes a slightly different path to get

there. Instead of sandwiching or layering materials, they blend two different kinds of

wood along the length of the ski between the tip, middle and tail. In the tips and tails

K2 sandwiches the lighter Paulownia spruce and underfoot it packs the stronger aspen

wood. This combination of lightness and strength where you need it translates into a

versatile ski fit for powder, hard-pack and the conditions in between.

 

All in all, women could have an exciting season this year with the many excellent

options in ski technologies to test and buy. It seems the ski companies have finally read

the tea leaves—women want light, stable, strong and versatile skis.

K2 Remedy 102

K2 Remedy 102

Top Picks:

Head “Great Joy” 141-98-124@168cm

Rossignol “Savory 7” 136-106-126mm @178

Atomic “Century 109” 130-102-121 @172

K2 “Remedy 102” 131-102-125 @170



 

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