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.
Material: [membrane/laminate] Toray Dermizax EV (3-layer), [face fabric] 100% nylon, [lining] 100% merino wool
Waterproof Rating: 20,000 mm
Pockets: 2 hip, 2 thigh
Venting: side zips