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Oakley Great Ascent

Last year, my snowboard pants didn’t work out so well—I was sweaty and wet most days. This season, how do I keep my lower half from becoming a hot mess?

Oakley Great Ascent Pant outside gear guy bob parks

Oakley Great Ascent Pant.     Photo: Courtesy of Oakley

A:The high 27,000mm/20,000 gram rating on Oakley’s $350 Great Ascent means that its Gore-Tex construction effectively keeps water from getting inside and the insides from getting soupy. A Recco avalanche reflector enhances safety, and the zippered inner thigh vents and the fleece at the knee and butt increase comfort. A loose fit. (Weight not available.)

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