FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Opponents of Velcro should look elsewhere for their next pair of ski pants. Bergans uses it extensively throughout this product, from the boot gaiters to the suspender adjustments. Velcro is also how you adjust the waist size, which is generous, especially when opening the elastic waistband to its full potential. Elastic suspenders are just wide enough to keep the pants on your body, though some might prefer wider supporting material. Don’t plan to carry anything extra here; you only have one zippered pocket.

FAVORITE FEATURES: For those who want or require a full-length pant zipper, Bergans offers some of the best execution in this department. It easily opens from the top or bottom of the zipper, which is especially useful for those who wear knee braces while skiing. Boot gaiters are securely rubberized and adjustable to two widths, using elastic to allow for extra expansion when needed. The polyamide exterior material is reinforced here to add extra protection from stray ski edges.

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION: From Bergans Slingsby clothing line, the Storen pant is waterproof and windproof with unique breathability and exceptional freedom of movement. Made of three-layer Dermizax NX, a supple, waterproof, windproof and highly breathable membrane. Also features durable, two-way stretch Nylon outer fabric, laser cut and welded seams, high-waisted back panel with detachable and adjustable suspenders, thigh pockets with extra inner pocket transmitter/receiver (avalanche beacon), and ventilation zips from the waist down. Specially developed for ski touring with low weight and minimal packing volume. Also suitable for freeride, alpine mountaineering, outdoor, alpine and telemark.