FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Skiers who tend to get hot below the belt will appreciate the variety of vents these pants offer. Side zippers run nearly the entire length of the legs, allowing extreme airflow if needed. Additionally, there are two smaller zippers on the inside of the thighs to allow a cool breeze to flow freely through. Ventilation aside, these pants feel sturdy, thanks to Polartec’s Neoshell, and they come with reinforcements in all the right areas.

FAVORITE FEATURES: Zippers in all the right places are key to a good pair of pants, and Flylow executes this product quite well. Along with generous vents, four waterproof zippered pockets allow space for small items. The fit is relatively baggy, without sparking fear of losing these pants to gravity altogether.

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION: These lightweight Polartec Neoshell pants have full side zippers and internal knee reinforcements for easy ventilation without sacrificing comfort and durability during a storm. For the Compound Pants, Flylow used Polartec Neoshell fabric and internally reinforced knees to create Flylow’s lightest and most technical pants yet. Waterproof side zippers extend all the way up for a full zip off, built specifically for venting and backcountry bathroom emergencies. It comes with Cordura cuff reinforcements, internal ankle gaiters to keep snow out and snazzy belt loop snaps that connect to your jacket’s powder.