(Charles Dustin Sammann)

The Best Ski Pants of 2019

Charles Dustin Sammann

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Slick trousers for powder-day overachievers

(Courtesy Flylow)

Flylow Smythe ($450)

Our male testers unanimously agreed that these were the most comfortable bibs in our test, thanks to the roomy cut. They’re streamlined, too: big vents, well-placed pockets, and nothing else.

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(Courtesy Black Diamond)

Black Diamond Recon Stretch ($329)

Whether on long tours or for big objectives, these pants (women’s pictured) deliver. Black Diamond’s proprietary waterproof-breathable membrane keeps the elements out, while four-way stretch, articulated knees, and offset side venting allow for all the backcountry booty dropping you desire.

Men's Women's

(Courtesy Marmot)

Marmot BL Pro ($600)

The nylon BL Pro from Marmot deserves an award for being burly without restricting our movement on steep climbs and descents (something most pants struggle with). On top of a mobility-maximizing cut, the tech details are spot-on: there’s a beacon pocket, ample front and back vents, and removable suspenders.

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(Courtesy Columbia)

Columbia Powder Keg II ($250)

The Powder Keg (women’s pictured) proves that ski pants can be flattering without sacrificing comfort or affordability. Columbia’s new Omni-Heat 3D tech­nology—a reflective lining combined with pods of fibers that create pockets that hang onto warm air—will keep you toasty and dry from bell to bell.

Men's Women's

(Courtesy Outdoor Research)

Outdoor Research Hemispheres ($599)

The Hemispheres (men’s pictured) are the least flashy of the bunch but offer the best ski-specific fit. The secret? Stretchy panels that lend them an  “Am I even wearing pants?” feel.

Men's Women's

(Courtesy Backcountry x Flylow)

Backcountry x Flylow Patsey Marley ($400)

The first women’s bibs to use Polartec Neo-shell, the Patsey Marley excels on all-day missions. Clever zips make it easy to answer nature’s call, and with four pockets, including a handy kangaroo-style pouch, the Patsey is snack- and camera-friendly.

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From Winter 2019 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Charles Dustin Sammann

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