Best Mens Ski Pants 2015-2016

December 31st, 2015

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


Flylow Gear Men’s Baker Bib ($$$)

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

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

Flylow Gear Baker Bib

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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



The Northface Freedom Pant ($)

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

The Northface Freedom Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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


Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant ($)

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

Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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


Scott Ridge Pant ($$$)

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

Scott Ridge Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find them on sale at Backcountry




Mammut Trift GTX 3L Pant ($$$)

A highly technical backcountry shell pant

Mammut Trift 3L GTX Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find them on sale at Backcountry & Evo


Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex ($$$)

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

Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find these on sale at Evo


Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant ($$)

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

Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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


Marmot Spire Pant ($$)

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

Marmot Spire Pant

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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


Outdoor Research Valhalla Soft Shell Pant ($$$)

Outdoor Research waterproof ski pants

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find these on sale at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports






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,, 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,, 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.
  • 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:

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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,, 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,, & 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.

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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







Womens Best Ski Pants Reviews 2012 – 2013

January 10th, 2013

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

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


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


1: Marmot Davos Pant

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


What People Say: 

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

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


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

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2: Spyder Circuit Insulated Ski Pant

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

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

Sizes:  4-14


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3: Armada Decker Pant

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

What People Say: 

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

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

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


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

Sizes: XS-XL


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4: FlyLow Gear Bella Donna Pant

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

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

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


Sizes: XS-L


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5: The North Face Free Thinker Pant

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

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

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

Sizes: XS-XL

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6: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Pants


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

What People Say:  

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

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


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


Mens Best Ski Pants Reviews 2012 – 2013

January 3rd, 2013

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

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


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


1: Arc’teryx Theta SV Bib ($$$)

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


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


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






 2: Spyder Bormio Pants ($$$)

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


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


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




3: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Pants ($$)

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


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


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



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4: Armada Ruffian Pant (BEST PRICE)

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


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


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




5: Marmot Motion Cord Pant ($)

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


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


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


Sizes: S-XXL



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

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


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


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


Sizes:  S-XL





Mens Best Ski Jackets 2012 – 2013 Review

December 12th, 2012

A selection of the Mens Best Ski Jackets for this year, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price:

1. Arc’teryx Rush Jacket – best of the best – technical top quality materials that will withstand the test of time ($$$)

2. Patagonia Primo Jacket – worth every penny – waterproof, burly and elegant, they thought of everything ($$$)

3. The North Face Makahawk Down Insulated Ski Jacket – classic and simple – comfort for all conditions ($$)

4. Mammut Mansfield Jacket – great value for high-tech – bright and durable ($$)

5. Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket – extreme warmth at a great price – freeride look ($)

6. FlyLow Gear Higgins Jacket – new to the scene – comfortable, proportional and FLY ($)


Can’t find your jacket match here?  Check out our newer 2014 or 2015 men’s best ski jacket reviews.

1. Arc’teryx Rush Jacket ($$$)

Description: Durability without the tarp effect. You want a high-performance, durable jacket that’ll stand up to years of snow slaying, but you’d also like a jacket that doesn’t feel like a crinkly tarp. The Arc’teryx Men’s Rush Jacket uses two different Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3L fabrics to provide durability in high-abrasion areas and comfort in lower-wear areas.

What People Say: I own a few other Arcteryx hard shells. And out of the ones I own this one is my favorite. “What makes this one better?” you might say. Here are the reasons: 1. Improved fit. While I still really love the other Arc shells, this year’s version has a different fit. It seems more form fitting and less boxy, while still allowing room underneath to add layers. 2.The fabrics and colors are awesome. I bought the sultan’s palace and the color scheme makes the jacket look absolutely great. 3. I really like the feature set as well. It has a great powder skirt, hood, pockets, internal Recco reflector, the whole nine yards. 4. The quality is outstanding. If you’re thinking about buying an Arcteryx shell, look on the inside of the jacket at the seams and the taping. It looks absolutely flawless, and attests to the quality Arcteryx puts into every one of their jackets. If you’re in the market for a new shell this year, consider giving the Rush jacket a try, you’ll love it.

Recommendation: For the technical skiers among us, if you’re looking for a jacket that will provide everything you need, and stand the test of time, this is it. It’s expensive, but that’s because Arcteryx uses the best materials to make their products last for years. This jacket is a combination of years of innovation, and top quality materials. You won’t regret it. Sizes: M-XXL


2. Patagonia Primo Jacket ($$$)

Description: Prime time. The three-layer Gore-Tex construction of the Patagonia Men’s Primo Jacket gives you guaranteed waterproof and breathable protection for the deepest, sickest days of winter. This streamlined shell features clean looks and essential winter features like a two-way adjustable with a laminated visor that ensures you can see your lines in the harshest of conditions.

What People Say: I love the Primo Jacket – burly Gore Tex shell, killer fit, and nice clean styling. The fit might be a bit different than what people are used to from Patagonia in the past. A little looser for sure I’d say, and some people might want to size down. I’m 6′ 170 pounds and love how the large fits. Good length in the body, and nice and roomy for layering, and not too tight anywhere. Not really too concerned if the arms are a little long since you can synch it down at the wrist. 2 thumbs up for sure!

Recommendation: Each year we’ve selected the top jackets on the market, and each year the Patagonia Primo Jacket has ranked at the top.  Patagonia continues to make the some of the finest quality outwear around. This jacket is comfortable, durable, waterproof and warm. It is expensive, but worth every penny. Sizes: S-XL


3. The North Face Makahawk Down Insulated Ski Jacket ($$)

Description: Designed for big turns on the biggest mountains the North Face Makahawk Down Jacket features a clean pared down design that will keep you warm and dry in the coldest conditions. This jacket is made with Gore Windstopper 2L fabric that features fully sealed seams to keep you completely dry and the 700 fill down insulation will keep you toasty warm in the coldest of conditions. If things should get too warm have no fear the Makahawk Down Jacket has core vents that allows you to unzip a little to keep your body temperature regulated. There are plenty of pockets throughout this jacket to keep your belongings stored and secure and a helmet compatible hood makes it work with your helmet for extra weather protection.

What People Say: I love this jacket and have always been a big fan of North Face.  It is a great fit and breathable for comfort in all conditions.  The only issue is that it is not waterproof.  It uses Gore WindStopper which is water resistant—great for snow but has its downfalls in heavy rain.  Just something to keep in mind.

Recommendation: Definitely one of the best jackets on the market today. It’s stylish, warm and durable. The one drawback is that it is not waterproof. Sizes: S-XL


4. Mammut Mansfield Jacket ($$)

Description: Be the man of the hour every day you ride. When the order of the day is fresh powder fields, suit up like a real man in the insulated DRYtech Mammut Mansfield Jacket. The stretchy powder skirt keeps the fluff from chilling your manly six-pack while the Lycra wrist gaiters do the same for your Popeye-esque forearms. The asymmetrical front zip prevents uncomfortable zipper rubbing on your masculine jawline and week-old stubble. Plus, the trendy cut and high-contrast zips of the Mansfield will demonstrate your fashion know-how, further impressing the ladies.

What People Say: I ski east coast primarily and this jacket is excellent in the variable weather conditions.  Great ventilation and all the features to keep me warm and comfortable in the rain, snow and wind.

Recommendation: Whether your skiing under the sun or weathering the storm, this jacket does it all. Mammut’s durable materials and superior design come at a great price point. Highly recommended no matter where you ski and how fast you are. Sizes: S-XXL


5. Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket ($)

Description: Ride into the storm with comfortable confidence. While you’re waiting for first chair, the Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket’s environmentally friendly insulation helps keep your teeth from chattering, and while you’re blowing down the slopes, the Deluge DWR coating and reinforced panels help keep flurries from soaking in.

What People Say: For cold, sunny days nothing beats this coat. The only problem I have is on reasonable cold days actually overheating if I am side country hiking as I am a burly dude (235lbs) . Great jacket for hitting the town and bar hopping when its freezing. Good storage for anything you might need for the day.

Recommendation: Commonly referred to as the Resort Puffy killer machine, the Rubicon is the best jacket out of Patagonia in the last decade.  It is reasonably priced, warm, stylish.  It has all the basic features one could ask for. Sizes: S-XL


6. FlyLow Gear Higgins Jacket ($)

Description: What can Higgins do for you? Get storm protection, light insulation, and a comfortable fit with FlyLow Gear’s Higgins Jacket. The Higgins blends softshell and hardshell technologies to arrive at technical shell that can handle a day of backcountry steeps just as well as in-bounds charging.

What People Say: Holy moly, this thing is sick. Took it up Rainier and Adams, flawless layer. Beefy outer layer is super wind and water proof, and the pit zips are nice to dump heat. It’s a little big, but it isn’t one of those baggy tall things, it’s just great to stack layers underneath, very proportional. The hood fits over my helmet super easily too. There are two big mesh pockets on the inside that are nice to stick your skins into when you’re making laps. Overall a sick jacket.

Recommendation: This jacket has been a FlyLow staple for years.  Each year the engineers listen to the public and tweak it to be that much better. If you’re looking for a durable, warm and stylish jacket for your weekends up north, this is a great option at nice price. Sizes: S-XXL




Womens Best Ski Jackets 2012 – 2013 Review

December 12th, 2012

A selection of the top Women’s Ski Jackets for this year, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price:


1. Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket – the best of the best – lightweight and functional ($$$)
2. Mammut Robella Jacket – stay warm and look good – hooded and insulated shell ($$)
3. Spyder Amp Jacket – elegant – good value for a quality and multi-functional parka ($$)
4. Columbia Snowcalypse Jacket – great value – insulated, waterproof and with heat trapping technology ($)


Looking for the latest women’s jacket style guide?  Check out the 2014 or new 2015 reviews.


1. Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket ($$$)

Description: Wake at 4 a.m., put on Powder Bowl Jacket, go skiing, repeat. Let the Gore-Tex Patagonia Women’s Powder Bowl Jacket comfort you when the alarm goes off long before the sun comes up. This waterproof breathable ski shell gives you full weather protection on early dawn patrols and lift-accessed skiing alike. Patagonia sandwiched a waterproof breathable Gore-Tex layer between a recycled polyester shell and a mesh lining, so you stay dry and comfortable, no matter the conditions or terrain. A variety of pockets hold your ski pass, camera, and goggles. When the sun’s blazin’, zip off the adjustable hood and open up the pit-zips for max air flow. When you’ve beaten the jacket to tatters, send it back to Patagonia’s Common Threads Recycling Program.


What People Say: If you are looking for a light-weight and functional jacket look no further. The Goretex will protect you from getting wet but also won’t suffocate you in sweat! Also the jacket fits smaller (like all things Patagonia) if you like things a little more loose or longer I would suggest going a size up. Storage on this jacket is more than adequate and the cut is not boxy but very feminine.


Recommendation: You can never go wrong with a Patagonia.  Combine fashion with function in this year’s Powder Bowl Jacket.  Guys, a great gift idea for the misses.  She’ll look like she knows what she’s doing on the slopes.


Sizes: XS-XL


ON SALE HERE ($479 or less)


2. Mammut Robella Jacket ($$)

Description: The Robella has the weather by its throat, instead of the other way around. The sharp Mammut Women’s Robella Jacket is a tough-as-nails jacket packed with features that’ll draw plenty of compliments in the lift line. You won’t even have to worry about the wind nipping through when you race down the slopes, thanks to its windproof fabric.


What People Say: I got the deep purple color and it is beautiful! Everything about this jacket is awesome. It’s so comfortable, fits great, long enough to fall under the belt line, zips up with chin padding so it doesn’t rub on the chin and it’s high enough so you can dip into the neck warmer if it’s cold, the hood seems to be non helmet compatible but it fits over the head really nicely, and nice large pockets for hands which are warm. In Boston chilly 30 degree weather with wind all I wore underneath was a tee shirt and I was perfectly happy. The fit is flattering. It’s not too snug anywhere but is fitted enough to make you feel like a chick, not a dude 🙂 I highly recommend this jacket.


Recommendation: This jacket seems to have all the right things going for it.  Ladies, if you want to stay warm but also look good on the slopes this winter, this is your choice.


Sizes: XS-XL


ON SALE HERE ($279 or 20 percent off)


3. Spyder Amp Jacket ($$)

Description: Bring energy and stoke to the mountains. It’s a bluebird day. Pull on the Spyder Women’s Amp Jacket and hoot and holler as you find small powder stashes in the trees. Thanks to the 10K-rated Xt.L laminate, Spylon DWR coating, and low-bulk toasty Thinsulate insulation, you stay warm, dry, and comfortable while you take on action-packed bump runs.


What People Say: I really love the insulation on this jacket.  It is incredibly warm but I can also move easily and do not get overheated when it’s too hot because it has great venting.  I got the black and it is very slimming!


Recommendation: Built for all climates, the amp jacket is a must for women who love the outdoors. With uncompromising quality, comfort and style, this jacket has it all.


Sizes: 4-14


ON SALE HERE ($275 at Outlet)


4. Columbia Snowcalypse Jacket ($)

Description: Bring on the snow. The Columbia Women’s Snowcalypse Jacket uses weather-stopping Omni-Tech and heat-holding Omni-Heat to keep you dry and warm so you can ski big lines in heavy weather without being slowed down by the snow or the cold. Plus, clean styling and high-fashion touches like wrap-around accents keep you looking good.


What People Say: This jacket provides everything I’m looking for this winter.  It’s insulated, waterproof and comfortable.  I ski a handful of times a year so I don’t necessarily need anything too high-tech, like Arcteryx and Patagonia.


Recommendation: One of Columbia’s best jackets in years.  It provides warmth, comfort and style at an affordable price.  Not to mention some great color choices this year.  This is a great idea for those weekend warriors looking to hit the slopes a few times this winter.


Sizes: XS-XL


ON SALE HERE ($129 or 35 percent off)


Didn’t find the perfect jacket here?  Check out our 2013 – 2014 women’s jacket buyers guide.


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