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A stylish pant for resort skiing, the women’s Stingray has an eye for detail: a wide leg, a diagonal fly-flap closure and a drop seat design. But it’s not all form: Molded zipper garages keep the snow out, while waist-adjustment straps ensure a true fit. And the color, Dark Cinder, makes a fashion statement of its own.
Moonstone Fall Line:
With some gear, you can tell immediately that the R&D guys spent a lot of time in the field. Such is the case with the Fall Line. Its hard shell, long gaiter for boot access, large pockets, nearly indestructible scuff guard on the kicker and the cuff (smart) and peek-a-boo pocket for your season pass all show inside knowledge.
There comes a point in your life when you spoil yourself. The Sweep could be the start. It has Gore-Tex XCR all over, thigh vents, gaiter hooks and a high back with a fleece lining to keep your back warm and flexible, both good ideas. A snug double-closure waist avoids the sloppy fit of lesser pants. View it as an investment.
Columbia Mighty High:
Columbia revolutionized the outdoor industry by realizing that many enthusiasts will gladly trade off a slight cut in performance for a huge cut in price. The Mighty High embodies that strategy with a soft shell, vents, four zip pockets, and a comfort and style that belie its value. For many skiers on most days, that’s enough.
Patagonia Chute to Thrill:
Heading into the backcountry? The Thrill is a go-anywhere and never-worry-about-getting-cold-or-sweaty pant that knows how to treat a woman. Patagonia’s H2NO laminate keeps the outside out, and a Bombay fly zips open at the crotch seam for convenience when nature calls.
Helly Hansen Barrier:
The Barrier pant’s mission statement: Ride long, ride hard. The full-stretch construction moves when you do and keeps the weather in its place for easy bell-to-bell use. Innerleg venting and stretch gaiters add to the comfort. There are even waterproof sealed pockets-not that you spend a lot of time down in the snow.
Everything about the Titan is relaxed: the fit, the soft shell, the adjustable waistband and leg gaiters, even the price. But once you’ve been lulled into complacency by its comfort, the taped seams, anti-snow lining and hand-warmer pockets remind you that the Titan can get down to businesson the slopes, too.
The North Face Sirius:
Can your ski pants can save your life? These can: They’re armed with a Recco reflector, which helps rescuers locate avalanche victims faster. Among the hardiest pants on the mountain, the women’s Sirius is made of Gore-Tex XCR 2L, a fancy way of saying it’ll hold up even on the nastiest of bad-weather days.