RAB SHARP EDGE

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OUR TAKE Al­though women’s gear is gen­er­ally as tech­ni­cally ca­pa­ble as men’s, there are a lot of fe­male ski pants that look and fit like they’re made for man­nequins. The Sharp Edge breaks that mold. “Th­ese strike a bal­ance be­tween be­ing snug enough to look de­cent and roomy enough to be func­tional,” says our tester. “On long tours, I could ac­tu­ally stash a bunch of snacks in the pock­ets in­stead of hav­ing them too tight to store lip balm.” (The Sharp Edge also comes in men’s sizes.)

THE DE­TAILS The three-layer Per­tex Shield AP is waterproof, breath­able, and cuts wind, as it demon­strated on a four­day trek through the San Juans in south­ern Colorado. “They stayed to­tally dry (with­out be­ing swampy) when it started snow­ing,” one tester says. “On day three, I un­zipped the long thigh vents and was happy climb­ing on a cloud­less day above tree­line.” In­te­grated sus­penders keep the pants from slid­ing be­low a hip­belt, even when you’re wear­ing a har­ness. The 2-inch wide straps are ul­tra-thin, mak­ing them com­fort­able un­der pack straps, even for bustier ladies.

TRAIL CRED “I usu­ally hate wear­ing sus­penders un­der a loaded pack, but th­ese felt great. The plas­tic ad­juster sits low, and never rode up over my shoul­ders,” our tester says. $350; 1 lb. 4 oz (w’s S); w’s XS-XL, m’s S-XXL; rab.equip­ment/us

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