Don’t be the sucker in jeans shivering up on the mountain. Whether it’s cross-country or backcountry skiing, opt for a bona fide pair of ski pants—bottoms that are engineered specifically for harsh conditions and cold weather as you zoom down the slope.
There’s a lot of variety out there when it comes to the best ski pants, but you’ll want to look for a few basics.
First: insulation. Insulation is key when you’re up on the mountain. Basically, an insulated layer on the pants will give you warmth, as well as protect you from the elements. Some pants have an outer shell for added protection—usually a polyester material—but you’ll always want some insulation from the cold.
You’ll also want to make sure they’re your ideal fit. While we wouldn’t recommend opting for something super skinny, you don’t have to sacrifice some flattery for function. We’re big fans of slim and regular fit ski pants, but willing to go into more relaxed fits when it comes to more hardcore outings.
And, of course, waterproofing. While the pants don’t necessarily have to be able to be totally submerged to be effective, you’ll want a pair of waterproof pants for your spills and slips. Moderate-to-high waterproofing should be more than adequate.
With all that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 10 best ski pants for men to wear this year. Skip the store and order ahead before you start skiing.
Patagonia Men’s Snowshot Pants
This regular-fit pair has a warm, 2-layer polyester shell for even more protection than your everyday wear. An articulated fit and mesh liner give you extra freedom of movement.
These beefy boys could withstand anything with GORE-TEX protection and a zippered pocket for storage. In trouble? An embedded reflector enhances radio signals from search-and-rescue teams. Intense.
Water resistant and built for big adventures and stormy weather with Primaloft Silver Eco insulation, these actually have a tailored fit that keep you looking epic on the mountaintop.
This pair of soft-shell ski pants offers a more stretchy and breathable option—but keeps performance front-and-center with waterproof lower legs so your shins stay dry.
Stay dry and safe with these bottoms made with a DryVent shell, synthetic insulation, sealed seams (so no water leaking in), and a venting system that cools you down when you’re sweating up a storm.
$150.00 (25% off)
Not gonna lie, we love pops of color. These provide it while also giving you intense protection on the slope with a 2-ply fabric construction and plenty of freedom of movement with a mechanical stretch.
Mobility is key on the mountain, and the three layers of fabric provide it, all inside a 20,000mm waterproof rating and fully-sealed seams.
A perfect budget option—but with pretty much no budget compromising. You get plenty of insulation with Microtemp XF II fibers and internal leg gaiters to keep snow out of your boots.
For even more protection, shoot for a bib. These have a two-layer polyester fabric that offers waterproofing and breathability, plus mesh-lined venting for temperature regulation.
Absolute weather protection meets surprising mobility in this pair of excellent, lightweight bottoms. Adjustable suspenders secure your fit, while a crotch gusset and articulated knees keep you light on your feet.
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