The Best Women's Ski Pants & Bibs

We included both bibs and pants in our test. Our award-winning women’s ski bottom was the Arc’teryx Arzetta Pant. This pant features gaiters that fit around ski boots to keep out snow, and an articulated fit with a gusseted crotch for freedom of movement. The runner up is the Women’s Patagonia Powslayer Bibs, which conveniently have a drop-seat so that you don’t need to remove your jacket when nature calls. This pair is also articulated and has rugged zippers.

We conducted our most recent women’s ski pant test in mountainous Colorado throughout the 2014-2015 ski season. We wore each pair back-to-back on a single day to evaluate each model in similar conditions, and then we used each pair for multiple full days of slope-shredding.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Arc’teryx Azetta Pant
96
Best in Class
2015
Quality of Materials 8
Comfort 10
Warmth 10
Functionality 9
Fit 9
Value 10

Well placed back thigh vent

Burly elastic boot gaiter

Articulated knees

Durable

Pricey

Stiff fabric

MSRP
$475.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Patagonia Women’s Powslayer Bibs
94
Quality of Materials 7
Comfort 10
Warmth 9
Functionality 9
Fit 10
Value 9

Articulated construction

Comfortable with a backpack

Bomber zippers

Drop-seat

Bibs bunch when sitting or bending

Butt is a little saggy

Suspenders are not removable

Pricey

MSRP
$599.00
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Black Diamond Vapor Point Pants
93
Quality of Materials 8
Comfort 10
Warmth 9
Functionality 7
Fit 10
Value 9

Very lightweight

Thigh venting

Excellent breathability and waterproofness

Loose waist

No gaiter to keep out snow

MSRP
$299.00
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Marmot Women’s Spire Pant
89
Quality of Materials 7
Comfort 9
Warmth 8
Functionality 8
Fit 9
Value 8

Long fit

Bomber boot gaiter

Articulated knees

Burly side seams and zips

High back

Wide in the hips

Tight on the butt, crotch & thigh

Suspenders are extraneous (though removeable)

MSRP
$360.00
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Trew Tempest Pant
89
Quality of Materials 7
Comfort 9
Warmth 8
Functionality 9
Fit 8
Value 8

Articulated knees

Interior thigh vents

Side cargo pocket

Burly “Superfabric” cuff guards

Zippers feel tight over hips

MSRP
$375.00
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Eider Aoraki Pant
87
Quality of Materials 8
Comfort 7
Warmth 8
Functionality 9
Fit 7
Value 8

Relaxed fit, roomy hips, comfortable

Nice hand feel exterior fabric

Deep pockets

Non-adjustable gaiter

Tight fit over stomach

Heavy

No scuff guard

MSRP
$210.00
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Columbia Millennium Blur II
86
Quality of Materials 7
Comfort 7
Warmth 8
Functionality 9
Fit 7
Value 8

Comfortable 4-way stretch fabric

Reinforced pant guard

Light insulation

Flattering fit

High microfleece-lined back

Microfleece-lined deep pockets

Not very technical

No venting

Long, tight gaiters

MSRP
$200.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Arc’teryx Azetta Pant

The Arc’teryx Azetta is a touring pant perfect for resort or backcountry use thanks to articulated patterning and stormproof material. An expedition fit accommodates layers and the numerous features support expedition use. These are duriable ski pants that will last a long time if properly cared for.

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Patagonia Women’s Powslayer Bibs

The Powslayer bibs are a modern-take on high-waisted pants with suspenders. They were clearly designed by female Patagonia athletes with features like woman-friendly suspenders that fit close to the arms and a drop seat. The Powslayer is easy to vent while skinning and roomy enough to layer underneath for cold powder days.

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Trew Tempest Pant

The Tempest women’s freeride pant is made with Trew’s Private Reserve 3-layer waterproof/breathable fabric, a Dermizax EV membrane and DWR treatment for triple protection. The nylon face and tricot backing helps to wick moisture. Tech details include laser cut and welded pockets, double-stitched critical seams, “Superfabric” reinforcement on the instep and cuff, articulated knees and hips, and mesh-lined upper thigh vents.

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What Are Women's Ski Pants

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Ski pants are designed to keep your lower half warm, dry and comfortable throughout a day of skiing; whether that is in the backcountry or at a lift-served resort. Almost all pairs on the market are waterproof, windproof, have side vents and lots of pockets. Women’s specific ski pants achieve all of this, but are also sized more appropriately for smaller-framed people and come in color options that are usually brighter and more stereotypically feminine.

Ski bottoms come in two primary configurations: bibs and pants. Bibs have built in suspenders that are worn over a base layer but under a ski jacket. These shoulder straps are more of a hassle when it comes time for a pee break, but they prevent snow from getting up your back if you take tumble. Bibs usually extend partway up your back, which creates a seamless pant and jacket interface. Standard ski pants are slightly easier to get in and out of, but they do not protect from snow getting inside your clothes as well as bibs. Sometimes companies will design ski outfits with matching tops and bottoms. In addition to creating an effortless look, the matching parts often have a system for attaching the pants to the jacket, which will create a snow barrier and offer protection similar to bibs.