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When you spend long days in the backcountry hustling up skintracks in search of pow, you can't have some sticky, crinkly shell making you feel like you're wrapped up in a plastic bag. The Ortovox Guardian Shell Pant provides the waterproof, windproof protection you've come to expect from touring outerwear, but they also treat your legs to a buttery soft surprise—a 100% merino wool liner that wicks moisture away from your body while you climb. This year, the Guardian is considerably lighter and has flatter seams, so both you and the pants will last longer on ascents and descents. A plethora of pockets keep ski day goodies close at hand, so your lip balm, ski straps, and energy bars are never out of reach.

  • Lightweight, stormproof, and breathable touring pants
  • Toray Dermizax EV membrane is waterproof and breathable
  • Buttery soft merino wool lining wicks moisture
  • Lightweight design makes touring a breeze
  • Flat fully sealed seams are long lasting
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Like bibs without the straps

  • Fit: True to size

The Ortovox Guardian Shell Pant replaced my wife's long-time Spyder's. After trying a number of different pants, she found that these had the best fit due to the high waist and large, easily adjustable velcros. It makes it easy to tighten the pants around your waist in a position that's high enough so that snow doesn't get in even when doing somersaults through deep powder.

The lower cuffs are baggy to fit readily over boots, but they still look good. There are also large, readily accessed pockets.

Functionally, they are everything you'd expect from Ortovox -- extremely waterproof! There is also a very thin wool lining that makes them more comfortable against the skin than Goretex, but it's not enough to add much insulation (which is good for touring!).

Adjustable waistband for a custom fit

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Adjustable waistband for a custom fit

Great waterproof shell with Merino wool

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Great waterproof shell with Merino wool

Much more blue in person

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Much more blue in person

Best Ski Pants I've Owned

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Man - where to start? The cut is amazing! They're roomy enough for my "powerful" thighs, but slim enough so it doesn't feel like they're billowing around you as you ski. The high cut not only keeps the snow out, but it gives my hips full flexibility while I ski and hike. Speaking of hiking, I use these both at the resort and in the backcountry - side zips keep me ventilated on the ups. I hope to use these for a long time...

Guardian System

Guardian System

Technical Pants with POCKETS!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: L

I am a big fan of cargo pants. Yes, I will admit it, I am a child of the 90's. These pants have room for my Kinko gloves and then some, which is something so many womens pants lack! They go up really high, which is cool if you're a fan of skiing deep snow in sketchy terrain, and they zip into the
Guardian shell jacket, which is perfect, because let's be honest, we all take a tumble or two from time to time... The fabric in the Guardian line is amazing-it breathes like nothing else, yet seems to repel water like a champ. Two thumbs up