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The 6 Best Men’s Ski Pants of 2020-2021

Good outerwear is like magical climate control that shrouds us in a bubble of warmth even when we are in some of the least hospitable alpine conditions imaginable. Whether the weather is super cold, super wet, or some super daunting combination of the two (we’re looking at you, Pacific Northwest), having the right gear can make our worst-day-ever fears into best-day-ever realities. Whether riding lifts at the resort or chasing new routes in the backcountry, we especially rely on our ski pants to literally protect our butts (and the rest of our lower bodies) from the adverse weather that brings us out to play in the mountains. Our choices for best men’s ski pants get better each season, and this 2020-2021 ski season has the best crop yet. They are loaded with ever-improving features and their fits are all about a stylish blend of form and function.

The long list of features starts with modern laminate systems, which are both weatherproof and breathable. Those systems maximize durability and comfort and now increasingly offer additional functions like stretch for exceptional mobility and updated face fabrics that are hard-wearing while still being soft to the touch. Production is constantly being improved in service of lowering ecological impacts while also offering consumers better options at lower price points. Cutting-edge synthetic insulation retains heat even when wet. It breathes in conjunction with weatherproofing laminates and packs down to ever-shrinking volumes. Waterproof zippers, strategically placed venting, and reinforcement at high wear areas increase versatility and longevity. Jacket-to-pant interfaces allow ski pants to integrate with compatible jackets (usually from the same brand) to eliminate gaps at the waist and improve protection in deep snow and when showing off your best tomahawk or yard sale.

No matter what your style preference or budget may be, no matter what your preferred terrain: there are fantastic options for ski pants this year. Listed here are a broad selection of seven of the best ski pants for men.


Arc’teryx Sabre AR

Best 2020-2021 men's ski pants
 
 

Arc’teryx gear is on most of our dream lists. Based in British Columbia, they design and build their outerwear for elite performance in the Sea-to-Summit variability of the beautiful wilderness that surrounds them. The quality of their Sabre AR ski pants is a perfect example of their focus on finish and details.

The Sabre AR pants are made from Arc’teryx’s N80p-X face fabric, a 100% nylon plain weave softshell that is incorporated with a Gore-Tex laminate and a brushed flannel-like backing fabric for true 3-layer construction. This allows for very lightweight and easy packability while maintaining class-defining durability and performance. The Sabre AR’s regular fit works well with a climbing harness when needed, and the articulated knees and seat, gusseted crotch, and removable waist welt aid in an unrestricted range of movement and comfort. Large volume WaterTight™ zippered thigh pockets are a perfect place for the odds and ends needed on the hill or the skin track. A Keprotec™ instep guard protects against ski edges and boot rub. Arc’teryx’s Slide n Loc™ system attaches with compatible jackets to seal out snow.

The Arc’teryx Sabre AR ski pant is for you if you are a skier looking for a no-compromise choice for backcountry and touring or the protection and features only offered by the highest-end gear.

WaterproofingInsulationFit Original Price 
GORE-TEX 3LNoneRegular Fit$549.00

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The North Face Freedom Insulated

Best 2020-2021 men's ski pants
 
 

The North Face has been making gear for explorers and athletes since 1966. We are fans of their Freedom series of outerwear, which offers classic TNF styling in sturdy, resort-focused outerwear that features a full set of features and surprising value. The Freedom Insulated Pants offer additional, low-bulk warmth while maintaining signature weatherproofing and breathability.

That weatherproofing and breathability are based on The North Face’s DryVent™ 2 Layer laminate, with durable fully-taped seams. 60 gram Heatseeker™ Eco insulation with 50% post-consumer recycled polyester insulation is warm even when wet. The standard fit is stylish and versatile, and adjustable Velcro® waist tabs can comfortably accommodate additional layers. Side-zip entry makes the pants easy to get on and off. A secure Velcro® cargo pocket is easily accessible on the chair lift and big enough to fit any number of items. Inner thigh vents work along with TNF’s Chimney Venting™ system, which has mesh panels in the boot gaiter, drawing cool, dry air up the pants and venting moisture when you open the vents.

These North Face ski pants are a great high-value option if you are the skier who often runs a little bit cooler or who plans on skiing in colder conditions.

WaterproofingInsulationFit Original Price 
DryVent™ 2L60 g syntheticStandardFit$159.95

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Patagonia Snowshot

Best 2020-2021 men's ski pants
 
 

Patagonia is known as much for their dedication to quality as they are for their social responsibility. Both focuses are in service of their investment in the community of outdoor enthusiasts that they serve. For us skiers, Patagonia offers a wide range of options for outerwear. Their Snowshot Pants are a rugged choice for resort skiing, focused on keeping you warm and dry with season after season durability in the construction.

That construction starts with a 2-Layer laminate fabric, featuring 4.7 oz. 75-Denier polyester micro twill (70% Recycled) bonded to Patagonia’s 2L H2No® Performance Standard membrane. The regular fit and adjustable elastic tabs accommodate extra layers for a custom fit and a classic silhouette. Two zippered thigh cargo pockets and one zippered back pocket can carry every snack and accessory item that you might need. Mesh-lined thigh vents will keep you cool on warm spring days or when hiking to your secret stash or a choice line. A rear yoke webbing loop is there for attachment to Patagonia snow jackets and protection against deep snow or when your ski ideas exceed your ski abilities.

These Patagonia ski pants are for the skier looking for especially dependable and versatile resort-focused outerwear. If you appreciate Patagonia styling cues and their public benefit mission, then these are for you.

WaterproofingInsulationFit Original Price 
H2No® 2LNoneRegular$199.00

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Armada x evo Atlantis GORE-TEX

Best 2020-2021 men's ski pants
 
 

With roots in the Sierra Nevada and now headquartered in the Wasatch Range on the Western edge of the Rockies, Armada has been at the heart of the emergence of freeskiing in the last couple of decades. Their gear is versatile and a reflection of the diverse terrain and approaches that live under the freeskiing umbrella. Armada is a favorite of ours, and we are happy to partner with them for an exclusive Armada x evo version of the Atlantis GORE-TEX Pants in an exclusive Indigo colorway.

The Atlantis pants’ rugged GORE-TEX 2-layer build is ideally suited to the demands of resort-based skiing. Armada’s New Standard Fit is the stylish new single fit for men, accommodating layering and full mobility. An adjustable inner waistband also aids with layering, and microfleece-lined handwarmer pockets combine with a thigh pocket with a YKK® Aquaguard® water repellent zipper for plenty of storage choices. Mesh-lined inner leg vents cool things off when needed. CORDURA® cuff reinforcements protect against ski edges. A jacket to pant snap interface works with compatible jackets to keep you protected no matter how hard you charge.

If you are a skier who wants a little extra style with excellent GORE-TEX protection in a stylish package, then the Armada x evo Atlantis Pants offer all of that with a little extra bit of exclusivity.

WaterproofingInsulationFit Original Price 
GORE-TEX 2LNoneNew Standard Fit$300.00

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Oakley Crescent 2.0 Shell 2L

Best 2020-2021 men's ski pants
 
 

Oakley’s outerwear exemplifies the same swagger and style as their eyewear. We rep them both in the park and all over our local resort, bonking and blasting every feature and side hit that we can find. Oakley had us in mind with their Crescent 2.0 Shell 2L Pants, which combine Oakley’s signature style with a full set of performance features that keep us dry and protected during our open-to-close expression sessions, making the whole mountain our canvas.

The Oakley Crescent 2.0 Shell 2L Pants feature a polyester twill mechanical stretch face fabric bonded to Oakley’s FN Dry™ 10 waterproof breathable membrane. The stretchy construction works with Oakley’s slimmer Performance Fit and articulated knees to make every one of your tweaks effortless. An adjustable waistband accommodates layering, while roomy zipper pockets carry all your stuff and maybe somebody else’s stuff, too. A zipper ventilation system keeps you from getting too overheated. Zippered ankle gussets open to kick your style game into overdrive.

If you are a dynamically expressive skier who wants a slimmer silhouette and extra style points, then the Oakley Crescent 2.0 Shell 2L Pants just became your new favorites. You’re welcome!

WaterproofingInsulationFit Original Price 
FN Dry™ 10KNonePerformance Fit$170.00

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Picture Organic Object

Best 2020-2021 men's ski pants
 
 

From the French Alps, Picture Organic Clothing was founded in 2008 with a focus on responsible and sustainable eco-design. They support the environmental goals and adventurous exploration of a new generation of skiers, focusing on a blend of vibrant designs and bombproof function developed while skiing big terrain in their home turf. Picture Organic's Object Pants are stylishly suited to the demands of freeskiing expression in colder conditions.

Picture Organic starts with a 64% recycled face fabric with Teflon Ecoelite™ PFC-free DWR treatment, bonded to their DryPlay 20K/15K membrane. 25g thermal STD insulation and a CoreMax lining keep you warm and zippered thigh vents cool you off. A straight fit enables every move. Organic’s I-Fit system allows you to roll up your cuffs at the end of the day to navigate the lot without stepping on your pant hems. Silicone bombproof edge protection reinforces your pants against your ski edges. A stretch waist gaiter seals out the snow.

The Picture Organic Object Pants are for you if you are a freeride-oriented skier who runs a little cold or skis in colder conditions and if you want stylish outerwear with eco-consciousness always in-focus. If that sounds like you, these are some of the best ski pants you can choose.

WaterproofingInsulationFit Original Price 
DryPlay25g Thermal InsulationStraight Fit$199.99

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Mountain Hardwear Sky Ridge™ GORE-TEX

Best 2020-2021 men's ski pants
 
 

In the alpine athlete community, Mountain Hardwear has been known for its innovative design and exceptional gear since they were founded in 1993. That know-how is evident in the outerwear that they make to keep us skiers warm and comfortable both in-bounds and out in the backcountry. The Mountain Hardwear Sky Ridge™ GORE-TEX Pants are well-suited to that exploration.

The Sky Ridge™ pants are made from a Durable bluesign® approved double faille weave face fabric bonded to a GORE-TEX laminate. This 2-layer construction provides excellent durable weatherproofing. Articulated Knees and gusseted construction provide for easy movement, and a low-profile waist with belt loops and Velcro® adjustment tabs can easily adjust when you need more layers for warmth. Thigh-length zips dump heat when it gets too steamy on the boot pack. Reinforced Schoeller® instep kick patches are there for year after year durability so that these will be your favorite pants for seasons to come.

The Mountain Hardwear Sky Ridge™ GORE-TEX Pants are perfect for you if you ski in all conditions and want function-first ski pants that can help to facilitate seasons of exploration both in the resort and in the backcountry.

WaterproofingInsulationFit Original Price 
GORE-TEX 2LNoneRegular Snow Sports Fit$299.95

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