Personally I will only buy pants 20K or higher, although 15K+ is probably sufficient. I definitely wouldn't go any lower than that unless you plan to buy new pants every season, use waterproofing wash/spray regularly, and don't do much hiking/sitting/falling.
14 NeverSummer Prospector Splitboard . 14 NeverSummer Proto HD . 13 NeverSummer Cobra . 13 Gnu Space Case EC2PTX. 11 Nitro Team Gullwing
14 Now Drive . 13 Now IPO . 13 Salomon Hologram
14 Flow Hylite . 13 32 Binary