FIRST IMPRESSIONS: If you’re an avid skier who wants to the world to know you’re a Texas Longhorns fan, these are the ski pants for you. Our “dark adobe” pants are as close to burnt orange as we’ve seen without being a trademark violation (Mountain Hardwear’s matching Minalist jacket also comes in this color). For the record, these are also available in “python green” and ubiquitous black. Colors aside, these pants have the usual vents, along with two pockets. They’re typical shell construction, while the fit is relaxed without being shapeless.

FAVORITE FEATURES: Reinforced material around the ankles should ensure extra protection against stray ski edges, while gaiters below are effective at keeping snow out. The boot gaiters are complete with elastic, but have no other snaps or Velcro for larger adjustments. While not a substitute for avalanche training or a transceiver, these pants also contain a RECCO reflector.

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION: A high-performance ski pant that’s simple, tough, and utilitarian. The backcountry has a way of reducing life to its essentials. The Minalist is a ski pant in this mold. It has: 3-layer construction for waterproof, windproof durability; outstanding knee articulation; Ambush edge guards to protect against boot tearing; internal powder cuffs; thigh vents; and more.