Gear Reviews

The 5 Best Pants of Winter 2018-19

Stay warm and dry with this season's best trousers.

Your legs take you places. Keep them happy with the best pants of the season, from softshell ski trousers to insulated models.

Fjällräven Keb Touring Trouser

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We love a good softshell pant, even more so if it’s sustainably made. The Touring Trouser’s PFC-free DWR withstands all but the wettest snow. The seat, knees, cuffs, and interior of the pant legs are G-1000 Eco, a fabric made out of recycled polyester and organic cotton that has an extra-tight weave.

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Outdoor Research Hemisphere Bib

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If a classic ski bib is more your style, the Hemisphere is your best bet. Seven-inch panels of Gore-Tex Fabric with Stretch Technology run the down the side of the ribs and around the back waistband.

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Blackyak Brangus Pant

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The Brangus is the most full-featured pant we’ve ever worn. Removable suspenders, a tuxedo waist with an internal belt system, two bellows pockets and two hip pockets, and Kevlar abrasion panels on the cuffs are nice touches. We also like the full-length, two-way zippers on each leg.

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Pant

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Puffy pants are a godsend when you’re hanging in camp, layering up for sleep, or moving slowly in frigid conditions. But they often get left at home because of their weight and bulk. The Ghost Whisperer will make you reconsider.

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The North Face Summit L3 Propius Ventrix Knicker

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Tired of freezing your butt off? So was our backcountry-skiing tester, who had spent years suffering through the coldest outings with just baselayers under shell pants.

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