Best Overall Ski Pants
Arc'teryx Sentinel Pants
When choosing the best ski pant, it can be difficult to narrow down the attributes and ratings to just one pair of pants. That's why many of us have more than just one or even two pairs of ski pants. However, if we were forced to only have one pair of ski pants in our quiver, we would choose the Arc'teryx Sentinel Pants
. Since this pant is very minimally insulated, you can choose how warm or cool you want the pants to be. This fact, along with the exterior thigh zippered vents, makes the Sentinel more versatile than any other pant. The Gore-Tex fabric is the most reliable waterproof fabric on the market; the cherry on top is that Arc'teryx combined it with a 3L soft shell construction, giving the pant a soft and flexible feel. The pockets alone made us fall in love with the Sentinel. Perfectly placed and generously sized, the pockets are everything we need. The sleek and slimming fit of this award-winner nailed the resort and backcountry style we were seeking. The Sentinel is the most expensive pant we tested, but we think that in this case, you get what you pay for. You can wear these pants anywhere in the winter, for any amount of time, for any reason, and you will never be disappointed.
Best Bang for the Buck
Marmot Skyline Insulated
Everyone is looking for ways to stretch their dollars, especially in the ski industry when you can lay down your entire paycheck and walk away with only three pounds of gear to show for it. If you are a resort rider who runs on the cold side and need to be sure you are spending your money wisely, look no further than the Marmot Skyline
. This waterproof, insulated pant tested the warmest of all our insulated pants and is offered at a competitive price of $165. When warmth and price come together, you get the Skyline. This pant has a great classic style with a durable exterior nylon weave fabric and a comfortable fit with attractive rear pockets. It offers plenty of room to move, and space for extra layers if you need them. While the Skyline is affordable, warm and stylish, it lacks ventilation and proper useful pockets. We value these functions highly, but we felt that many women care the most about staying warm and would rather sacrifice the pockets and vents for the fit and warmth of the Skyline. Stay warm out there, wear the Skyline.
Top Pick for Flattering Fit and Movement
Salomon Iceglory - Women's
When ski wax meets freshly groomed snow, you want to be wearing a pair of pants that perform well and look snazzy. You want to be wearing the Salomon Iceglory
. This pair of ski pants offers the most flattering fit and movement of all our pants due to the 4-way stretch weave that Salomon uses. And they didn't skimp on the waterproofing either, with their Advanced Skin Dry rating second only to Gore-Tex. The Iceglory is a cooler insulated pant and costs $225, both things that gave us pause when considering the overall greatness of the pant. It also does not have excellent ventilation systems. However, Salomon's fabric is the most breathable and comfortable fabric we touched, and the flattering fit of this pant won us over every time. We felt that the positives of this pant greatly overruled the downsides. If looking good and staying comfortable in warmer resort temps is appealing to you, then the Iceglory is what you want. It's what we wanted.