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Top 12 Ski Pants of 2015

Pants so hot you'll want to get out of them.

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The Lithic Comp combines a breathable softshell fabric with a waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex membrane, the latter in more exposed areas like the…

The Lithic Comp combines a breathable softshell fabric with a waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex membrane, the latter in more exposed areas like the knees and waist, to mitigate swampass while providing weather protection. Two huge hip vents further regulate temperature, and the bib design is approved for nips-deep-in-the-back-country days. [$375]

By using its best proprietary waterproof-breathable membrane, HyVent Alpha, and a new FuseForm construction that seamlessly blends reinforced fabric…

By using its best proprietary waterproof-breathable membrane, HyVent Alpha, and a new FuseForm construction that seamlessly blends reinforced fabric into high-wear areas like the knees, The North Face has created a pair of incredibly durable shell pants that still retain the mobility and swass-preventing breathability demanded by adventurous skiers. [$399]

The Snowshot offers an impressive feature set, durability, and value. Two-layer H2No fabric provides breathable waterproof protection, a removable…

The Snowshot offers an impressive feature set, durability, and value. Two-layer H2No fabric provides breathable waterproof protection, a removable bib keeps your crack snow-free, and a built-in Recco avalanche reflector adds some peace of mind. The Snowshot will keep you warm and dry for winters to come. [$279]

Favorites of guides and patrollers, the Randonnée pants are revered for their durability and protection. As a short bib, they offer a dependable…

Favorites of guides and patrollers, the Randonnée pants are revered for their durability and protection. As a short bib, they offer a dependable barrier on powder days but don’t get too steamy. Thanks to full-length side zips, you can open the pants up for a nice breeze or fully remove them with your boots still on, which is important if you’re a ski racer or one who enjoys skiing naked from the waist down every few runs. [$525]

The Beast is part of Dynafit’s first foray into the North American outerwear market. True to its touring heritage, the company designed these pants…

The Beast is part of Dynafit’s first foray into the North American outerwear market. True to its touring heritage, the company designed these pants with the backcountry in mind. With its ultralight Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric, nearly full-length leg vents, and harness-friendly zip fly, the Beast is purpose-built for adventuring. [$450]

PrimaLoft insulation keeps your prime cuts from freezing, while mesh-lined crotch vents stop the jewels from going nuclear. Helly Tech fabric…

PrimaLoft insulation keeps your prime cuts from freezing, while mesh-lined crotch vents stop the jewels from going nuclear. Helly Tech fabric provides the waterproof-breathable barrier to the elements in this garment, and the relaxed fit is never restricting. The Mission Cargos are no-nonsense ski pants for the discerning skier. [$250]

If you spend more time in the skin track than the liftline, the Dawn Patrol pants may be for you. Made from burly yet immensely breathable Schoeller…

If you spend more time in the skin track than the liftline, the Dawn Patrol pants may be for you. Made from burly yet immensely breathable Schoeller stretch-weave fabric, they offer expansive zip vents, a beacon pocket, and removable suspenders for your touring pleasure. [$299]

With just its two hip pockets and athletic, but not Euro-tight, fit, every ounce of fat is trimmed from the Cham. It’s insanely breathable for a…

With just its two hip pockets and athletic, but not Euro-tight, fit, every ounce of fat is trimmed from the Cham. It’s insanely breathable for a waterproof hardshell thanks to Polartec NeoShell fabric. Though these featherweight pants are intended for the light-and-fast crowd with a lot of backcountry skiing on their winter agenda, the Chams are tough enough to withstand full-season resort riding too. [$375]

The pockets, the waist adjustments, and the stretchy twill exterior (backed by an Intuitive waterproof-breathable membrane) probably all contribute…

The pockets, the waist adjustments, and the stretchy twill exterior (backed by an Intuitive waterproof-breathable membrane) probably all contribute to what Flylow calls a “yoga-fit.” Whatever: The Chione has the best-fitting butt in The biz. Mesh-lined hand pockets and thigh zips ventilate for skiing down or Downward Dogging, while Cordura offers extra protection. [$235]

Salomon calls these technical backcountry pants, and we agree. Whether you’re skinning or shredding, they’re made to move. Start with articulated…

Salomon calls these technical backcountry pants, and we agree. Whether you’re skinning or shredding, they’re made to move. Start with articulated knees and thigh pleats for mobility, then add full-thigh vents and generous thigh pockets. Mix in burly Gore-Tex Pro fabric, adjustable suspenders, and gaiters, and you’ve found a backcountry partner for your legs. [$450]

Once upon a time, Patagonia made a men’s PowSlayer Bib. Women wanted one too, so female athletes pitched in. The result? Not your mamma’s bib:…

Once upon a time, Patagonia made a men’s PowSlayer Bib. Women wanted one too, so female athletes pitched in. The result? Not your mamma’s bib: zero-bulk construction, a drop seat, thigh vents, and suspenders that fit closer to the underarms than over, well, you know. The lightweight fabric is easy to layer for powdery places or to vent for the uphill. [$599]

Retro-chic, the Temerity will draw compliments from the chairlift or barstool thanks to the stylish stripes, low waist, flared cuffs, and colorful…

Retro-chic, the Temerity will draw compliments from the chairlift or barstool thanks to the stylish stripes, low waist, flared cuffs, and colorful gaiters. But looks can be deceiving. Features abound, including a waterproof-breathable laminate, a DWR finish on the stretch nylon exterior, and PrimaLoft Silver water-resistant insulation. Also with a Velcro waist cinch, mesh-lined vents, and scuff guards. [$275]