Pants are warm and the cargo pockets can hold all your accessories. I especially like that I can fit a hat in one of the cargo pockets ... I wear a helmet and the hat is important to be able to put on as soon as I take the helmet off (for warmth and to avoid display of my helmet hair). All pockets excluding one tiny pocket zip AND snap. This is serious bonus, have had bad experience with pants that have pockets that velcro close. I don't feel like my stuff is secure and snow cakes up on the velcro. For me, these features make it worth the expense. Only bad thing, which certainly isn't Burton's fault, is that the ticket scanners seem to have never seen a pass holder that is on one's thigh.