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Pants to Take Off-Hill

Sure, snowpants are great, but there's a time and a place for them.

Every dude knows the dreaded conundrum of what to wear when not skiing. Sure, you can wear a sweet shirt under your jacket and then act like you’re super fresh during après with your plaid flannel, but your snowpants give you away every time. To help you out, we picked out four awesome pairs of trousers to wear when you’re not skiing. You can thank us later.

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Backcountry Go-To Stretch Twill Pant

New for 2018, Backcountry (née Backcountry.com) launched a forward-thinking line of casual clothing, as well as a number of backcountry touring products made in collaboration with brands like Flylow and Black Diamond, which SKI is currently testing. As far as the lifestyle clothing goes, we’re blown away by the Go-To Stretch Twill pant. The cut accommodates skier thighs without being baggy, and the perfect amount of stretchy spandex blended with cotton means the clothing moves with you rather than against you. The semi-hidden zippered pocket hasn’t proved to be necessary, but it’s always good to have options, just in case. [$80, backcountry.com]

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prAna Bridger Jean

Every guy loves a reliable pair of jeans, and in the Active Interest Media offices—the parent company of SKI, Climbing, and Backpacker—every guy’s go-to jeans are the prAna Bridger. The brand integrated four-way-stretch into the denim, meaning the yearly beer-to-muscle size fluctuations don’t affect the fit over time. The fabric is breathable enough to accommodate after-work activity in the foothills around Boulder, Colo. Also, prAna doesn’t necessarily advertise this, but the Bridger jean somehow fights odor better than any jeans I’ve ever worn, so while most guys don’t wash jeans that often anyway, rest assured you can save water and detergent a little bit longer with these jeans. [$89, prana.com]

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Boulder Denim 2.0 Athletic Fit Jeans

The new kid on the block, Boulder Demin launched earlier in 2018 with four-way stretch options that are designed to be as fashionable as they are functional. Based on testing so far, I’m pretty impressed. These jeans are significantly stretchier than any of the other trousers on this list, but the cut remains pretty tight and classy. The fabric and fit are very comfortable and willingly accommodate all types of movement, from walking around the block to post-work bouldering sessions. But, most importantly, they’re comfortable on a bar stool after a great day of skiing. [$110, boulderdenim.com]

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Flylow Ditch Pant

Definitely the loosest fitting trousers on this list, the Flylow Ditch pant is made from a supple-yet-durable cotton canvas that seems to get softer every time I wash it. The cut is a little, er, “old-school” considering the tighter fashion trends most brands are putting out, but who cares when pants are this comfy? The Ditch pants have become my go-to threads for tuning skis, building things, and anytime I need more durable clothing than usual. They’re pretty bomber, and certainly haven’t let me down yet. [$80, flylowgear.com]