Patagonia Women's KnifeRidge Pant review. OnTheSnow reviewed these ski pants as part of its women’s 2015/2016 Ski Pants Buyers' Guide.

Favorite Features: These streamlined pants have a suspender option, though most probably won’t need it with the slimmer, athletic fit. Even so, we appreciate it’s there and that the suspender also necessitates the drop seat, which gives way to a bi-directional vent system. We also love the fabric’s soft hand and silent movement.

Room for Improvement: These buttons are nearly bulletproof; read: hard to snap/undo. That said, they’ll stay put, come what may.

Fit: With an athletic/slim fit that runs slightly snug, the pants are super forgiving because of the stretch. Legs have a distinct taper but can accommodate ski boots with the use of the zip/snap gusset.

Manufacturer Description: When your backcountry hierarchy includes big mountains, weather protection, breathability, quality snow and ice – regardless of order – Maslow’s got nothing on our new KnifeRidge Pants. They fulfill multiple needs with a unique balance of soft-shell breathability and hard-shell protection, thanks to the fully seam-taped, lightweight and stretchy 3-layer Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric, which remains waterproof in all but a downpour. It has a soft, pliable hand that slides easily over layers yet also withstands abrasion, while the articulated patterning complements the fabric’s stretch. Features include a drop seat with two-way watertight side zippers that double as thigh vents, a separating zippered fly, a watertight zippered right thigh pocket with a glued-in stretch-mesh pocket bag, belt loops, removable suspenders, and a rear attachment loop (for jackets with a powder strap). The slim lower leg has a calf-length zipper with an expandable gusset, a single cuff design with a two-position snap tab for both alpine and ski boots, a shock-cord adjustment, tie-down loops, a durable scuff guard and a concealed RECCO® reflector.