FIRST IMPRESSIONS: At a glance, you just know that these insulated pants from Mammut are feature packet, even if you’re not exactly sure how that cool-looking, porous liner or that interesting cuff snap functions. At the surface level, we dig the raspberry color called radiance (also offered in a navy, "dark space") and contrasting full wrap-around edge protection that we never take for granted. Be sure to consult a size guide if you’re buying these pants online, it can get slightly confusing with European sizing, and these pants aren’t particularly forgiving on the stretch front.

FAVORITE FEATURES: We absolutely love that the mesh-backed vents are placed on the outside of the leg and wonder if it’s just streamlining the look that keeps all manufacturers from doing it this sensical way. We’re also liking the unique pocket placements and shapes, one inconspicuous on-seam and one cargo style, both with a soft liner. Turns out, the snap that hangs down from the gaiter is designed to connect to your boot, while the other two positioned on the interior of the cuff are part of the leg-length adjustment system—a unique concept we rather like. While we weren’t sure if we executed it correctly, the pant length did appear to hit higher, which would work to preserve the bottoms in parking lot and après situations.

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION: With the Niva GTX Pants Women you're warm even in freezing temperatures. The Ajungilak OTI Element provides insulation, while a robust GORE-TEX material keeps you dry. On warmer days, it is easy to open the mesh-backed side vents and ensure a pleasant body temperature. A newly developed leg-length adjustment system prevents the pants from wearing out so quickly, while the robust Dyneema® material, which is used as edge protection, protects against tears.