FIRST IMPRESSIONS: If snow somehow manages to invade these pants, it’s only due to neglecting to close the side zippers. Once everything is buttoned up, these pants offer some of the best protection from the elements, from the bibs to the three-layer GORE-TEX Pro material. The style is like stepping into a barrel, due to little taper or fit throughout these pants. On the plus side, this fit allows plenty of room for heavy-duty base layers and flexibility for just about any snow sport.

FAVORITE FEATURES: If you spend a day (or more) in these pants, you’ll appreciate the features Patagonia cleverly includes. Side zippers mostly function as air vents, but they can also be fully unzipped if you need a bathroom break and can’t drop your drawers completely. For quicker visits, the front zipper opens from the top or bottom. These are our choice pants for hardcore backcountry trips, but they might be overkill for the average resort skier.

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION: Nothing clears your mind faster than staring down a spine in Haines, Alaska. Our PowSlayers sustain your focus by not getting in the way. They deliver premium storm protection to riders in all conditions—whether you’re piecing together your descent in a blower squall or skinning back to camp under a head of steam. Built for movement (both up and down the mountain) and no-compromise performance, they feature lightweight, yet highly durable, 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro fabric for the highest level of waterproof/breathable and windproof performance. A DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds water and spindrift when the going gets deep. The low-profile, full-coverage design includes drop-seat adjustability, a center-front zip for easy relief and belt loops so you can drop the shoulder straps when you’re wallowing in the boot path. Our Slim Zips provide watertight protection and reduce weight and bulk. Other details include articulated patterning through the hips and knees for full mobility, thigh vents for climate control, tough scuff guards, internal gaiters, five pockets (two thigh cargo, two mid torso and one back) and an embedded RECCO avalanche rescue reflector.