• PATAGONIA

    Descensionist Pant

    $379.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    If a hard shell and a soft shell got married and had a baby, their love child would be the Descensionist, which is made with a new three-layer fabric engineered by Patagonia to hit the sweetspot between breathability and waterproofing.

    The Descensionist jacket is lightweight, soft, quiet, and flexible. It’s not as waterproof as the Gore-Tex PowSlayer, and it’s not as breathable as a soft shell or midlayer, but it’s just right if you want both. Its features are the minimum essentials—two thigh pockets big enough for a beacon, a pocket for your keys, vents in each leg. Like the jacket, Patagonia left out a few unnecessary things. There is no gaiter in the cuff of the pant, which gave some Powder POSSE members pause.

    “Maybe snow will get in your boot on the deepest, powdery of days if you are flailing in the snow—in which case a little bit of snow in your boots will be the least of your problems,” said Julie Brown. “But when I took them into the backcountry, the pants stayed put all day, even on a steep bootpack, and I appreciated that I didn’t have to mess with a gaiter to adjust my boot buckles.”

    When it came to fit, the women on the Powder POSSE loved the Descensionist pants and their stretchy flexibility. “Amazing fit, articulated to allow for movement and still drapes in an appealing/attractive way,” said Crystal Sagan. “I could live in these in the backcountry. Super comfortable, light, and straight forward.” One qualm raised to the POSSE’s attention was the pants’ belt. It had a tendency to get pulled too deep into the belt-holder, forcing the wearer to fish it out.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

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    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s

  • Flylow

    Donna Pant

    $325.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Sturdy and durable, water and windproof, flattering, roomy, and comfortable, the Flylow Donna Pant are a classic pair of ski pants with a straight-leg cut that will be suitable for any day, any condition, this season and many seasons beyond.

    Just like jeans, Flylow knows that ski pants benefit greatly from a little bit of stretch in them. They chose three-layer stormshell Intuitive fabric with cordura reinforcements on the cuff to give a little oomph in the durability department. Articulation in the knees, fitted hips, and adjustable tabs at the waist mean you can lunge as high as any boot pack demands, without worrying about exposing the small of your back. While they are better suited for the ski resort, opposing vents on the inner and outer thighs dump heat and let cold mountain air circulate through your legs for extra cooling, which is nice on the skin track, too.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    Flylow

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    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s

  • DAKINE

    Inverness Pant

    $170.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The Dakine Inverness Pant is ideal for hill banging with friends skiing on your home mountain. Soft and super stretchy, the Inverness pant is all about comfort—and made for days the weather is behaving (even if you aren’t). The brush fleece backer and tricot-lined waist are soft enough to be worn next to skin or skivvies, which you’ll need to do on days warmer than 30 degrees.

    A simple, no-frills cut can be customized with zip adjustable hems and gussets while the boot gaiters hold these 4-way-stretch pants in place. With just one cargo pocket and two on the hips, there’s no room for extra storage in the Inverness Pant, but then again it’s made for days when you won’t need extra layers.

    Guide-year

    2018

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    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    DAKINE

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    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s

  • HELLY HANSEN

    Kvitegga Bib Shell Pant

    $350.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Like the jacket, the Kvitegga Bibs from Helly Hansen are a great solution for skiers who want one pair of pants to wear in the ski resort and the backcountry. Powder POSSE skier Abigail Barronian says the cut is athletic and roomy, but was still flattering. “These are dialed,” says Barronian. “Highly recommended for in and out of bounds play.”

    Made with three-layer fabric, the bibs are adjustable in the suspenders, belt loops, and at the waist. There are two cargo pockets, one big enough for a beacon. A full zip on one side makes it easy to pee in the woods.

    “I’d wear these every day from resort to backcountry to everywhere in between,” says Crystal Sagan. “Comfortable, breathable, full of features, and versatile for type of skiing and weather du jour.”

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    HELLY HANSEN

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    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s

  • THE NORTH FACE

    Purist Pant

    $449.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The North Face designed their Purist Pant for athletes. That’s not to say you need to be a sponsored pro to benefit from the very durable Gore-Tex pants. Made to withstand extreme wear and tear—think scrambling over rocks during a blizzard in Alaska’s high alpine—the Purist Pant is about performance yet manages to simultaneously offer a slim, flattering fit for a curvy shape without inhibiting movement while hiking or touring, which is where these pants are at home.

    The tailored fit also kept these pants from bunching up or getting too tight in the knees, waist, or crotch. One skier said she put them on and never thought about them again while skiing because they were comfortable, effective, and didn’t distract with too many bells and whistles. Because the Purist Pant is made with a thick, almost canvas-like Gore-Tex the ventilation on the inner and outer thighs were needed and appreciated by the POSSE. If you run cold, however, layer up on storm days.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    THE NORTH FACE

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    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s

  • STRAFE

    Scarlett Bib

    $469.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Halter-tops aren’t just for summers at the beach anymore. Strafe’s newest women’s bib utilizes a stretchy halter strap to hold these 3L britches up instead of the traditional suspender look. Skiers who were initially worried this would put added pressure on the neck happily reported the lightweight nature of the bibs didn’t add any strain while skiing. No straps on the back also made using the single side-zip to squat in the trees much easier. The Scarlett Bib has a tailored cut and is likely too slim for much layering, so the POSSE suggest saving these fit-and-flare pants for warmer days when you want to ski, pee, and live fast.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    STRAFE

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    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s

  • ARC’TERYX

    Shashka Pant

    $650.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Just like the Shaska Jacket, the Arc’teryx Shaska Pants are a piece of minimalist design and superior function for backcountry skiing. The proof is in the tailoring. Articulation in the knees and the seat allow the wearer to bend down and buckle their boots without the hem of the pants lifting or the waist gapping at the small of the back.

    Made with Gore-Tex C-Knit, the Shaska Pants are a lightweight, fully waterproof shell with removable suspenders, so you can wear them as low-hitting bibs or as pants. The features are intentional, and not many, including a zippered pocket on the bib, a pocket on the right thigh with key leashes, and a pocket on the left leg that has more volume. Burly double weave fabric on the interior cuff protects the pants on the bootpack against wayward crampons that threaten to rip a hole. Side vents with two-way zippers dump heat fast on the skin track.

    “These pants fit a curvy woman’s body effortlessly (and can move easily),” said Powder POSSE member Siri Wieringa. “Amazing placement for pockets (they were easy to zip and it was super easy to reach for items in the pocket.)” Importantly, Siri added, “I can zip the pants off to go pee without having to take the bib or jacket off.” Siri’s only qualm was the fact that the Shashka only comes in one color—navy. Now if only women’s jeans were given the same amount of thought and detail.

    Guide-year

    2018

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    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    ARC’TERYX

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    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s

  • STRAFE

    Sickbird Suit

    $899.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    During a week of skiing the Wasatch, Strafe’s onepiece ski suit had the uncanny ability to fit every skier well and make everyone who zipped in look like a total steeze nugget. The relaxed fit makes room for curves without wearing like a giant potato sack. The Sickbird Suit is like a sexy pair of footed PJs you can ski in and might also want to live in. In your car. In the parking lot. Ninja sleeves with thumbholes and the helmet compatible hood help to round out the cozy, locked in feel when you’re zipping around the resort. Pockets are plentiful and well placed on the Sickbird suit as well, with two large pack-friendly chest pockets, plus two interior pockets.

    There’s no barn door drop seat, so you have to peel out of the top half when you pee, but if you’re just looking to dump heat, turn to one of the many zip vents found on the inner and outer thigh, or in the pits. If you run hot, you’ll need them open all day because this suit is toasty. The POSSE doesn’t recommend touring in the Sickbird Suit, but recommends you wear it loud and proud on your next cat ski outing.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    STRAFE

    Brand Website Click Here
    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s