These pants are exactly what you expect them to be. They are wind/water proof and do great at keeping the elements away. I brought these on a snowshoeing backpacking trip and upon trying them on, they were a little too snug and a little too warm for active movement. I wore my normal hiking pants with base layer while moving, and switched to these in camp. They were very warm down to about 15 Degrees, without base layers. These would be PERFECT for skiing/snowboarding, and I will get a lot of use out of them in severe weather. If I lose about 10lbs they wll be very suitable for hiking/snowshoeing in extreme cold.