Throughout several years of testing ski pants, we have come to certain, albeit general, conclusions. Pants with bibs are a match made in heaven. Gore-tex fabrics breathe the best and keep you dryer when skiing. Pants that attach to matching jackets form a great protective shell. Most skiers will want uninsulated shell pants. In all these ways, and a few more, the Norrona pants are great.
Norrona implemented some minor updates to these ski pants for the 2018 Winter. Details on the updates below.
In terms of compatibility with a matching jacket, the Lofoten Pants lead the industry. The compatible jacket, the Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Shell and pants can be zipped together to form a seamless one-piece suit. The slight disadvantages of the Norrona are the slightly baggier leg fit, the stiffer "3-layer" fabric, and the fact that the optional bib section is a little snug on heftier bellies. The Arc'teryx Sabre edges ahead overall for fit and style, while the separate hanging liner of the Best Buy The North Face Freedom Pants and former Editors' Choice-winning Patagonia Powder Bowl make for an easier draping fit.