Going bushwhacking? In the wind and snow? This rugged model earned our testers' approval for everything nasty–short of deep cold. The thighs and knees are reinforced with two layers of fabric, yet the four-way stretch nylon let us sink deep into tele turns without binding. A higher waist (especially in back) eliminates chilly gaps between pants and jacket, and kept testers covered when we knelt down to adjust bindings.
The beefy softshell fabric proved just right for high-exertion winter hikes; the athletic fit, with articulated knees and a gusseted crotch, earned the Murallon an enthusiastic thumbs-up for peakbagging, snowshoeing, and backcountry skiing. The pants are light enough for fall and spring hiking, but not very warm for bitter temperatures; when at rest, we wished for more insulation. $150; 13 oz.; men's XS-XXL, women's XXS-XL; marmot.com