Outdoor Research Skyward II Shell Pants

Our winner for the best backcountry ski pant of 2021-2022, the Outdoor Research Skyward II pant is everything you might hope for if you spend as much time on the uphill as the down.

The Skyward II pants have the brand’s AscentShell electrospun membrane, which offers high breathability and a lightweight feel. Plus, the pant has four-way mirror stretch and two-way zippered venting on both sides.

We also really like the boot-adjusting power strap — a slot added in the gaiters so you don’t have to remove them to tighten your boots — and the designated beacon mesh pocket.

If your special someone spends most of their winter in the backcountry, these pants would make a great gift. It comes in men’s and women’s sizing.