Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Ski Pants

Patagonia PowSlayer Bib Review

91

2017

Patagonia PowSlayer Bib Review

The Patagonia PowSlayer Bib is ideal for deep inbound powder days and touring on cold days in the backcountry.

Stio Environ Bib Review

89

2017

Stio Environ Bib Review

The Stio Environ bib is a durable inbounds, back- and side-country freeride bib for colder days in the resort and backcountry. It’s also versatile enough for touring on colder spring days or when the weather is variable.

Arc’teryx Stinger Bib Review

88

2017

Arc’teryx Stinger Bib Review

Good for the backcountry and hard-charging inbounds days, the Arc’teryx Stinger bib takes a minimalist slant.

Mammut Alvier HS Bib Review

86

2017

Mammut Alvier HS Bib Review

 The versatile Mammut Alvier HS works on cold powder days as well as on spring touring days.

Outdoor Research Skyward Bib Review

87

2017

Outdoor Research Skyward Bib Review

The Skyward bib by Outdoor Research is a versatile, breathable ski bib option.

Patagonia Men's Untracked Pant

91

2016

Patagonia Men's Untracked Pant

The Patagonia Untracked pants are well-constructed, comfortable, and simple. 

Black Diamond Men's Mission Pant

86

2016

Black Diamond Men's Mission Pant

The Black Diamond Mission pant is loaded with features and built to take on the harshest conditions the mountain can throw at you. 

Arc'teryx Men's Stingray Pant

87

2016

Arc'teryx Men's Stingray Pant

The Arc’teryx Stingray is comfortable and versatile enough for inbounds and out of bounds use. 

Outdoor Research Men's White Room Pant

90

2016

Outdoor Research Men's White Room Pant

The OR White Room pant is an excellent all-around workhorse for cold days in the resort or warmer days in the backcountry. 

Stio Men's Environ Pant

83

2016

Stio Men's Environ Pant

The Stio Environ pant is a warm mid-winter inbounds pant that maintains the versatility for spring ski touring.

Mountain Hardwear Men’s Hellgate Pant

82

2016

Mountain Hardwear Men’s Hellgate Pant

The Hellgate pant is Mountain Hardwear’s premiere do-it-all ski pant, versatile enough for warm spring days and mid-winter powder charging.

Trew Tempest Pant

89

2015

Trew Tempest Pant

The Tempest is Trew’s freeride-friendly pant for resort and sidecountry skiing.

Columbia Millennium Blur II

86

2015

Columbia Millennium Blur II

The Millennium Blur II is a fashion-forward resort pant with a few technical features such as Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable construction, fully sealed seams, Omni-Heat Thermal insulation, stretch panels, leg vents, leg gaiter, bottom leg zips for easy boot access and an adjustable waist.

Black Diamond Vapor Point Pants

93

2015

Black Diamond Vapor Point Pants

The Vapor Point pants are designed for touring or spring skiing and are streamlined and very lightweight. 

Patagonia Women’s Powslayer Bibs

93

2015

Patagonia Women’s Powslayer Bibs

The Powslayer bibs are a modern-take on high-waisted pants with suspenders, designed by female Patagonia athletes.

Eider Aoraki Pant

87

2015

Eider Aoraki Pant

The Aoraki Pant is stylish and warm and is perfect for the resort or for short sidecountry runs.

Arc’teryx Azetta Pant

95

2015

Arc’teryx Azetta Pant

The Arc’teryx Azetta is a touring pant perfect for resort or backcountry use thanks to articulated patterning and stormproof material. 

Marmot Women’s Spire Pant

89

2015

Marmot Women’s Spire Pant

The Marmot Spire pant works for various winter activities including resort skiing, touring or ice climbing.

Columbia Back Up & Out

85

2012

Columbia Back Up & Out

Budget-friendly insulated ski/snowboard pants appropriate for a wide range of temperatures and conditions on the resort.

Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants

80

2012

Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants

Patagonia's Powder Bowl pants—Gore-Tex waterproof, and ready for backcountry touring and resort mayhem.

Helly Hansen Verglas Pant

88

2012

Helly Hansen Verglas Pant

What does Jeff Burke do when his test pants don't fit? He outsources the testing, with in-depth results.

Outdoor Research Black Powder Pant

92

2012

Outdoor Research Black Powder Pant

Jeff Burke is glad he tested OR's Black Powder Pant on a cold day. Because they are hot.

Arc’teryx Sabre Pant

90

2012

Arc’teryx Sabre Pant

Jeff Burke works that mountain at Jackson Hole in the Arc'teryx Sabre Pant.

Columbia Triple Trail II Pants

90

2012

Columbia Triple Trail II Pants

Jeff Burke says the Triple Trail II is proof Columbia is serious about the technical market.

Patagonia Primo Pant

88

2012

Patagonia Primo Pant

Jeff Burke spends a week ski patrolling in the Patagonia Primo Pant.

Oakley Gretchen Bleiler Favorite Insulated Pant

86

2012

Oakley Gretchen Bleiler Favorite Insulated Pant

A Thinsulate-insulated, waterproof ski/snowboard pant designed mainly for resort and park and pipe use in mid-winter conditions.

Bonfire Radiant Pants

89

2011

Bonfire Radiant Pants

Cold-weather ski pants get put in the hot seat: Catherine Lutz's take-no B.S. report on Bonfire's Radiant pants.