Men’s Pants

For a good pair of bibs, look for breatha­bil­ity on the torso, ar­tic­u­la­tion through­out, and ad­e­quate vent­ing.

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BUR­TON AK Tusk Hi-top Pant $650

Made with a stretchy wo­ven up­per panel for max­i­mum breatha­bil­ity, a re­laxed fit, and Kevlar-blended cut-re­sis­tant kick pan­els, the AK Tusk Hi-top Pant (ac­tu­ally a bib) is a top-shelf shell for storm days. With three­layer Gore-tex in a so­lu­tion-dyed 70-de­nier pro shell plain weave, the Tusk is water­proof, breath­able, and durable. “Nice feel, nice fab­ric, eas­ily ad­justable, and well vented,” summed up Erme Catino. “Fit is amaz­ing.” Bur­ton is also known for hav­ing a wide range of sizes to ac­co­mo­date more peo­ple.

PATAG­O­NIA Pow­der Bowl Pant $299

Though the Pow­der Bowl has been a Patag­o­nia sta­ple, it gets a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade for 2019 with a new fab­ric and style. Il­lus­trat­ing Patag­o­nia’s com­mit­ment to be so­cially and en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious, the pant (and jacket) is now made from 100 per­cent re­cy­cled Gore-tex face fab­ric, and still pro­vides all the weather pro­tec­tion and dura­bil­ity one needs out on the hill. Given the soft, quiet tex­ture of the pant, you’d never know that it was made out of plas­tic bot­tles. “Typ­i­cal re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als feel brit­tle and sound crunchy, so this is a big deal,” says Renobased skier Julie Brown. “Patag­o­nia played with the de­nier to make this happen and the syn­thetic in­su­la­tion is just enough to make th­ese pants feel like a cloud.”

QUIK­SIL­VER Altostratus Bib $350

The new Altostratus Bib is as com­fort­able as it is stylish. Sim­ply un­zip the taped-seam outer thigh zip for ven­ti­la­tion on warm days, and en­joy the com­forts of an ad­justable bib and re­in­forced cuffs on the way down. While th­ese bibs are most at home in­bounds, the two-layer shell in­cludes a transceiver-spe­cific pocket on the chest of the bib, and a jacket-to-pant at­tach­ment sys­tem for deep days. In­tended for re­sort shred­ding, the Altostratus is a lightweight choice for those look­ing for a stylish bib that can ex­cel in mul­ti­ple moun­tain en­vi­ron­ments.

THE NORTH FACE Ceptor Bib $299

Look­ing for a stylish, af­ford­able, and ver­sa­tile bib? The North Face nailed the fit and func­tion with the three-layer Ceptor Bib, which fea­tures large thigh cargo pock­ets and a breath­able soft-shell fab­ric above the waist. Although bag­gier, the Ceptor can be cinched at the waist by an in­te­grated belt. The POSSE also noted the ad­justable bib straps fit well due to a higher chest rise. While some skiers wished for more ven­ti­la­tion be­yond the in­te­rior thigh vents, the re­in­forced knee fea­ture, large hip pock­ets, and com­fort car­ried the day.

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