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Ski pant recomendations?

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I'm going skiing in four weeks and my current shell pants are trashed, was going to put off replacing them for as long as possible...

The biggest problem in looking for new pants this time of year is that you cannot find any selection to do some taste comparison tests. After poking around online I've got a short list of contenders, but of course I'm open to other ideas!

* Cloudveil Rayzar
* Cloudveil Koven
* Arcteryx Sidewinder

Any experience, or thoughts would be useful (I've got a Cloudveil jacket that I love, but since they were bought by Spyder I'm not sure if the quality has changed).

Thanks,
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Short answer: IME = Cloudveil Koven for BC/decent weather; Cloudveil RPK for resort/bad weather. (dunno about Arc pants, but have a shell that's great)

Long answer:

I got my Cloudveil Kovens on sale, and they're good quality, but don't feel like the most rugged pants (they're thinner/supposed to breathe a bit, i.e. are a little more BC/side-country oriented). They've held up for me, but if I were tough on my clothes and/or wore them every day, I'd get something else.

Also, FWIW, I like being a little cooler v. risking overheating, and I wear powerstretch knickers with the Kovens on cold days to stay warm enough. On the other hand, on warm spring days, i.e. 50 degrees in Tahoe in April, the Koven side zippers aren't situated well for venting.

If you find some Cloudveil RPKs on sale somewhere and they fit, then those are the ones I'd get instead of the Kovens for rough use at a resort in cold/bad weather. However, the RPKs are a little thick for hiking around for my taste.
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