FIRST IMPRESSIONS: They had me at minty green. Patagonia’s PowSlayer pants are some serious bibs for hard-charging females who don’t mess around on the mountain. The super lightweight shell material is constructed from GORE-TEX Pro, its highest echelon designed with durability in mind for extreme and extended use. Low-profile as it is, the company still managed to pack this style with five pockets for plenty of storage options, along with RECCO and sizable scuff guards.

FAVORITE FEATURES: Although the adjustable shoulder straps are intact, Patagonia did include belt loops for those who’d prefer to drop the straps during ascents. We also appreciate the full side zips with two-way zippers to accommodate the drop seat configuration and venting. The simplicity of the zip and snap waist closure is something we’ve grown to value in stark comparison to some of the more elaborate configurations we’ve seen this season.

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION: New this season and designed with a women’s specific fit, the Women’s PowSlayer Bibs are the ultimate in wearable equipment. Built with innovative zero bulk construction for freedom of movement and GORE-TEX® Pro fabric for the highest level of durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.