Best of the Best - Ski Pants

To enjoy your day on the slopes, you need to be warm and ski pants play an important part. You need pants that will keep you warm while you are sitting on the lift, but also breathable while you’re working on the slopes. There are numerous companies selling ski pants all with different features that range from various insulation and ventilation systems. Also, new fabrics have come out that stretch and add better fit and support.

Our “Best of the Best” series takes us on to All-Mountain Ski Pants. We scoured through lists from various magazines, websites, and newspapers and chose the 10 best that we thought were well researched. We then gathered all of the pants listed and tracked the number of times they were mentioned and the pros and cons.

Below is how the ski pants ranked to create of Best of the Best Ski Pants. Note that all of these pants come for men and women.

  • 1. Patagonia - PowSlayer Bibs

    Patagonia - PowSlayer Bibs

    Patagonia is one of the best ski apparel makers in the world and the PowSlayer Bibs reaches the top of our list. The pants appeared on 4 of the best ski pant lists we analyzed. Designed by female Patagonia athletes, these pants can handle any kind of weather and conditions that are thrown at you. 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro fabric, a durable water repellent finish, long side vents, watertight zippers and a low-profile bib complete with belt loops will keep you warm and dry wherever you are on the mountain. Articulated patterning through the hips and knees allow for excellent mobility.

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  • 2. The North Face – Freedom Insulated Pants

    The North Face – Freedom Insulated Pants

    The North Face is another premier ski clothing maker. The Freedom Insulated Pants are weather resistant, comfortable, provide an excellent fit, and offer all this at a great price making it very popular on the mountain. The Freedom Insulated Pants are constructed with a tough 2-layer construction that is very durable along with high quality zippers and solid boot-sealing cuffs. The fit is relaxed but not too baggy. Effective inner leg vents shed will allow you to cool down a bit on warner days. The Freedom Pants come in a large variety of colors. Freedom Pants are also available as non-insulated.

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  • 3. Patagonia - Powder Bowl

    Patagonia - Powder Bowl

    The Powder Bowl is the second Patagonia pants to get on our top 5 list. The Powder Bowl are a versatile purpose pair of pants good for front side or backcountry skiing at a very reasonable price. They are made with a tough 2-layer polyester GORE-TEX® fabric for durably and windproof protection. A durable water repellent finish prevents saturation. Aside from keeping you dry, the Powder Bowl has a solid design, comfortable fit, and classic styling. Articulated knees allow mobility and mesh-lined thigh vents allow you to get a little air to cool down. There are also gaiters to seal out snow and tough scuff guards.

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  • 4. Eider - Jager Pant 2.0

    Eider - Jager Pant 2.0

    The Jager Pant offers exceptional versatility - the type of ski pant you can rely on all season long, through winter’s varying conditions. Eider’s proprietary Defender membrane repels moisture while maintaining a high degree of breathability, and the stretch face fabric provides freedom to move comfortably. Lightly insulated, the Jager will keep you warm even on frigid days, while the side vents with mesh lining allow for airflow when needed. Pre-formed knees and a moderately relaxed cut give the option to comfortably layer, and the raised back with soft, light fleece lining provides extra coverage to keep the snow out. The Jager Pant is truly the all-you-need ski pant.

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  • 5. Black Diamond - Zone Pant

    Black Diamond - Zone Pant

    Designed for bitter-cold storm days and teeth-chattering backcountry laps, the Black Diamond Zone Pants combine waterproof breathable GORE-TEX® shell fabric with the added warmth of PrimaLoft® Silver insulation. For secure avalanche beacon storage and access, the padded PIEPS Pocket™ features an integrated internal harness for a low-profile alternative to chest harnesses. Integrated RECCO® technology compliments your snow safety kit in avalanche-prone terrain, while boot-access zippers let you quickly get to your buckles and ski-walk mode switches. Offset side venting dumps heat on the skin track without allowing in snow, and Keprotec® instep patches guard against ski edges and crampon points.

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