While it's not exactly Earth shattering and likely a pretty obvious observation, we were keenly aware of ski pant sizing this season (by the way, since when is the standard sample size a small?!?). Bottom line, when it comes to ski pants, fit is everything, if not, the only thing.

Whether you're lapping the lift line every weekend, on a multi-day AT excursion or taking a couple runs between base-area bar hopping, the fit not only enables or inhibits movement, but also how stylish or sloppy a skier looks while skiing, lift riding, touring, hiking and hoping. To hit on these important points, look for stretch fabric construction and movement-enhancing articulation, and wherever possible, take the time to try on and move around in a couple pairs once you've narrowed the search down. 

On the style side, you'll see quite a bit of Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 and its lovely derivatives, making an outerwear appearance (and a statement at that) being paired in unexpected and eye-pleasing kit combos. Like jackets, you'll also see attention paid to skier type with features focused accordingly throughout—our guide follows suit with the following persona classifications:   

Weekend Warrior—For skiers hitting their favorite ski resort(s) somewhere between 6 and upwards of 20 days per season who may or may not dabble in some hike-to/sidecountry, being comfortable & warm (but not too warm) and looking good at a reasonable price point are all priorities. 

Alpine A-Lister—Sparing no expense, these jackets are as much about looking good as they are about warm, skiing performance, for a statement-making style straight off the slopes and onto the après scene. 

Backcountry Skier—Optimized for serious performance during deep-powder pursuits—be it a self-propelled tour or hike-to adventure to earn turns in—but mostly out of—bounds or a descent-focused cat or heli trip where lightweight and breathable tech performance are key. 

Take these gear reviews with you shopping in the app, and refer back to these pages throughout the ski season where you'll also find some additional performance commentary updates for our favorite pieces.