If you want to be at your most comfortable this season you’ll need one of the best ski and snowboard pants. There’s a couple things you need to consider before making your purchase and I’ll show you what’s most important – after you’ll see my top picks for both men and women.
Before you’re done reading I’m sure you’ll see a pair of pants that you’ll want to rock this year.
How To Choose Ski And Snowboard Pants
When selecting this product, you should look at the following:
- What type of pants you want
- Warmth rating
- Waterproof and breathability rating
The first thing you need to decide on is which type of pants you’ll want to wear this season. There’s a few options to consider and they all have their pros and cons. The most popular choices include:
- 3 in 1: 3 in 1 pants are really convenient and have a base and outer layer that can be worn together or zipped apart. The inner layer is insulation and where you get your warmth from and the outer layer keeps the elements out. When you’re spring skiing or the weather is warmer you can wear just the outerlayer so you don’t overheat.
- Insulated: These are the most common option and are a lot like 3 in 1 – there’s a layer to keep moisture out and a layer that provides warmth. The only difference is you can’t unzip the two layers.
- Shell Pants: Shell pants are like the outershell of the last two products you’ve seen; these products are highly waterproof and extremely breathable. They have no insulation so if it’s very cold out you’ll need to wear a layer underneath.
Next, you’ll want to make sure the pants you’re thinking about will keep you warm and this comes down to insulation. These products range from no insulation at all to a high amount of insulation. Where you ski, how hot you run and the weather you ski in will determine this.
If you’re someone that only likes to ski and snowboard in 30 degree temperature and when it’s sunny out, you won’t need too much insulation. If, however, you’re someone that gets out there no matter what the temperature is (even if it’s below zero) you should get a product that’s highly insulated.
After that you should shift your attention to the waterproof and breathability rating. Both these features are measured in grams with highest waterproofing and breathability being over 20,000 grams, high being between 15,000 to 20,000 grams, moderate between 10,000 to 15,000 grams, mild between 5,000 to 10,000 grams and water resistant and low breathability is under 5,000 grams.
Now that you know exactly what to consider when purchasing ski and snowboard pants, let’s take a look at my top picks for men – directly after you’ll see my top picks for women.
Best Ski And Snowboard Pants For Men
Volkl Perfect Fitting Pants
The first pants on this list are a quality product from Volkl. Their Perfect Fitting Pants do pretty well in almost every category that you want them to do well in.
They’ll provide a good amount of warmth and are pretty waterproof and breathable – they’re not the highest in each of these but they do a decent job. If you expect to face frigid conditions or extreme terrains, you may want to look elsewhere.
If you expect to ski and snowboard in normal conditions you’ll like that they come with:
- Slim fit and this gives you good athletic movements without feeling constricted. This will help with mobility and lets you be your best out there.
- Sensortex shell is what keeps moisture out and keeps air flow moving, reducing overheating. You won’t have to worry about getting wet or being damp because of this.
- Fully articulated knees mean you’ll be able to bend freely. This is just another feature that provides more mobility and performance.
- Stain repellent fabrics ensure this product will look brand new for a long time. There’s nothing worst than having a soda stain or food stain on your pants.
- Interior boot gaiters help you tuck things away into your boots. This also keeps snow from getting into the legs – this will make your day a lot better.
- Thigh vents let you dump out excess heat on warmer days. When it’s a spring day you’ll really appreciate these vents.
- Removable suspenders give you a little more security. The last thing on earth you want is loose ski pants and this prevents that.
The price on these Volkl pants is extremely fair. They come with a 1 year warranty so you know they’re well made and durable. I’m sure you’ll get more than that out of them too.
The product you just saw was made for the average skier and snowboarder. This one, the Descente Swiss, is made for everyone, including those who venture out in subzero temperatures and face extreme conditions.
The Swiss is extremely high quality and has one of the highest warmth ratings you can get. That’s because it features 80 grams of Thinsualte insulation. This lightweight insulation keeps you nice and toasty, regardless of the temperature and does so without slowing you down or adding bulk.
Also, it comes with:
- 20,000 grams of waterproofing which is the highest you can get – this prevents you from getting wet and keeps all moisture out. The last thing on earth you want to be is wet when you’re in the cold.
- A high breathability rating keeps air flow moving and this ensures you won’t overheat. On those warm spring days this feature comes in handy.
- 4 way stretch materials allow for a full range of movement and you won’t be constricted. If you’re someone that loves to go fast and face tough terrain, you’ll love this.
- Snow cuff won’t let snow pile into the bottom of the pants. This will save you a lot of frustration and make your day as enjoyable as possible.
- Laser cut pockets won’t rip or tear. Nobody wants to wear gear that looks tattered. These laser cut pockets will ensure that doesn’t happen.
- Removable suspenders give you a little extra suspension when needed. I’ve had ski pants that wouldn’t stay up before and it’s not fun to deal with – these suspenders take that problem away.
Anyone that’s been skiing and snowboarding for a while knows you’re going to have to pay a little extra for top of the line equipment. That’s the case with the Swiss
That’s not as high as it seems, though, because they come with a lifetime warranty. One day you may want a new pair of pants for variety’s sake but you won’t need a new pair because these rip or tear.
The North Face Freedom Insulated Pants
The North Face is a brand I’m sure you’re familiar with and I’m willing to guess you own or at least have owned something from them in the past. If not, you’re missing out because they make quality gear and equipment that you can trust.
Their Freedom Insulated Pants is a nice product and one that can stand up to some of Mother Nature’s worst. These pants work for basically everyone. Maybe if you’re a very advanced rider who goes out in extreme conditions you may want something else. I’m only really talking about that rare breed here. The group of people that face life and death situations when they ski and snowboard.
As long as you don’t fall into that group you’ll like the Freedom’s and you’ll like that they have:
- 60 grams of Heatseaker insulation is where you’ll get your warmth from. This is a high amount of insulation and you’ll be toasty in pretty cold temps because of that.
- Relaxed fit means you won’t feel constricted and it won’t be too loose. This is the perfect middle ground and minimizes annoying distractions.
- A good amount of waterproofing ensures you’ll be bone dry even if you’re facing heavy snow. If you get wet when you’re skiing or snowboarding you’re not going to have a good time.
- High breathability rating prevents you from overheating and sweating. If you’ve ever had this problem you know how uncomfortable this can make you. This ensures air flow keeps moving and won’t let this happen to you.
- Thigh vents just in case you do get overheated and have to let warmth out. This is another feature that prevents you from sweating too much.
- Cargo pockets let you keep your stuff nice and safe. I lost a phone one time because I didn’t have pockets that were secure. Having cargo pockets prevents your valuables from flying out of your pocket, even if you fall at a fast speed.
- Boot gaiters won’t let snow and slush get up your leg. You won’t have to constantly pick snow out of your boots and pants because of this.
While these aren’t exactly cheap, they’re not overly expensive either. It’s important to point out they have a lifetime warranty too. This gives you peace of mind that this pair of pants is going to last and won’t rip out there.
Spyder is another company that you should always consider when purchasing new gear. I’ve bought from them many times in the past and I particularity like their jackets. I also like their ski pants and the Spyder Dare is no exception to that.
These pants sacrifice a little in terms of insulation to remain lightweight. There’s still 40 grams of Thinsulate insulation, though, and this will keep you warm even if it’s cold out. Because this product is so lightweight it’s more conducive to movement and you won’t feel weighed down. This is a pretty attractive feature.
Other attractive features include:
- 20,000 grams of waterproofing and breathability means the Dare does an excellent job keeping your dry and not letting you overheat. You won’t have to worry about getting wet even if there’s a big snowstorm.
- Adjustable suspenders ensure you get the exact fit and suspension you desire. I’ve had issues keeping my snowpants up before and this will eliminate that problem
- Thigh vents let you cool down when it’s a little warmer out than usual. This is good during the spring and when you feel yourself starting to sweat
- Gaiters fit snugly into ski boots and this prevents snow from getting in. Anyone that’s had snow get up there legs knows how valuable this is.
- Multiple colors so you can match your other gear and get the exact look you want. This is good for the fashion minded skier and snowboarder
- Stretch polyester fabrics are good for movement and will have you ripping it up out there. You won’t feel like you’re constricted and you’ll be able to perform the way you want.
How much will these cost? Not too high or too low. Like the last two pants you’ve seen these have a lifetime warranty.
Even if you think they’re priced too high the lifetime warranty makes that price much more reasonable. These technically could be the last pair of ski pants you’ll ever need to buy.
KJUS Formula Insulated Pants
The KJUS Formula’s is a high end product and one that’s going to offer superior protection. The only group I would recommend looking elsewhere is people that naturally run cold. If you’re constantly cold and have a hard time getting warm, this may not be the product for you.
It has quality insulation (a good amount of it) but it cut back a little to reduce weight – there’s 40 grams. This is good for people that value movement. For example, skier and snowboarders that like to go off trail, ride with a lot of speed or hit up the park.
If this sounds like you, you’ll like that the Formula’s come with:
- 20,000 grams of waterproofing ensures you’ll be bone dry. A sure fire way to be miserable when out on the slopes is to be wet and you won’t have to worry about that with these pants.
- 24,000 grams of breathability is very high so they’ll be comfortable to wear and keep you feeling good. It’ll be almost impossible for sweat to build up when you’re wearing these.
- 4 way stretch lining is good for mobility and fleece knee inserts help in this department too. This is perfect for people that like to push themselves in the speed department and who like to face tougher terrain like the backcountry, park or moguls.
- Plenty of pockets and strong zippers that keep your phone and other stuff safe. Even if you take a spill you won’t lose any of your valuables.
- Velcro adjustment around your waist and provides a custom fit for you. If you’ve ever had to deal with bad fitting ski pants you know how awesome that is.
- Snow gaiters doesn’t let slush or snow get into your pants. You know if you purchase the Formula’s you’ll be nice and comfy all day long.
The Formula’s are pretty expensive. Do I think you absolutely need these pants to have a good time year? Definitely not.
There’s plenty of other options if you can’t afford them or just don’t wan to pay that much. If you do have that little extra to spend and don’t mind the price, you should think about this product. It does offer a lot of protection and is suited for high performers.
Obermeyer Force Pants
The Obermeyer Force Pants is another good option that basically works everyone, including people that like to push the boundaries. The Force’s feature 60 grams of insulation and this does a good job keeping you warm. Even if it’s very cold out you should remain pretty toasty with these on.
The waterproofing and breathability isn’t the highest but it’s still pretty high at 15,000 grams. This means you’ll be pretty dry not matter what the condition and you won’t overheat either.
Some additional features you’ll like include:
- Control Zone Ventilation offers more ways for you to keep yourself cool on warmer days. Some people just run extra hot and if you’re one of these people, you’ll really appreciate this.
- Handwarmer pockets come in handy when it’s very cold out. I’ve had issues keeping my fingers warm before and having pockets like this is ultra convenient.
- Adjustable waist means you’ll get the perfect fit every time, no matter your body shape. You won’t have to worry about having to keep your pants up or having them be too tight.
- Articulated knees give you more movement and won’t constrict you. Any person that likes to go outside their comfort zone will like this.
- Resistant to tears and this extends the life of the product. Nobody wants a product that looks ripped up or anything like that – you won’t have to worry about that here.
- Several different colors so you can match it to your jacket. This isn’t the most important thing but some people care about it more than others.
I wouldn’t say these are cheap but they’re not overly expensive either. The best part is they come with a lifetime warranty. Usually you only see this on very expensive pants but that’s not the case here.
If you’re looking for a durable, performing piece of gear this year that won’t break the bank, the Force’s may be the product for you.
Bogner Fire And Ice Hakon
Bogner is a company that blends performance and style expertly. As far as style goes Bogner is at the top of the game – their clothes and gear always looks good. These are the type of ski pants that are going to get you some compliments.
How they look isn’t the end all be all though, right? At the end of the day you’re going to need some protection and warmth. You’ll be happy to know the Hakon does well in both those categories and you’ll be feeling good out there all day long.
You’ll also like that it is:
- Made from laminated wool which won’t let wetness in and is very breathable. You won’t feel overheated or anything like that with the Hakon’s on.
- Rear end is lined with fleece and is ultra comfortable. You’ll actually enjoy wearing these all day long.
- Plenty of pockets to keep all your stuff safe. Even if you want to take your phone, wallet, and other stuff out there you’ll be good.
- Snow gaiters prevent snow from piling in. This is just another reason this product is so comfortable and protects so well.
Honestly, I wouldn’t purchase this product if you’re looking strictly for performance. There’s pants on this list that’ll give you a little more. I wouldn’t purchase these if you’re going to face deep powder or extreme weather conditions also.
The Hakon’s are for people facing normal weather conditions and want to look good out there – maybe even get a drink and socialize a little after the day is done.
Bogner gear is always expensive and they make ski jackets that cost over $1000. These ski pants won’t cost that much but they’re still pretty expensive. Whether or not you should spend that much really comes down to the type of skier you are and what you’re going for this season.
Armada Vision Pants
The Armada Vision Pants are shell only and this means they have no insulation. If you’re someone that has a hard time staying warm this isn’t the product for you unless you layer underneath.
The type of person that would want the Vision’s is someone that: A) Doesn’t plan on skiing or snowboarding in freezing cold conditions. B) Values movement and needs to be mobile – no insulation means they’ll be lightweight (perfect for a freestyle rider). C) Knows how to layer properly in case it does get very cold out.
If this sounds like you, you’ll like that it comes with:
- Stretch fabric is another reason this product is good for movement. If you’re someone that likes to push things in terms of speed or go on tough trails this will come in handy.
- Plenty of waterproofing and breathability to keep you comfortable out there. This prevents you from getting wet from snow and from sweating.
- Mesh lining makes things even more comfortable. The last thing you want is pants that are irritating and that won’t be the case here.
- Boot gaiters keep snow and slush out. This is good when the snow is deep, slushy or when you take a fall.
- Allows you to snap your ski jacket to the top of these pants for more protection. You’ll like this when it’s snowing heavily.
- Leg vents let you cool off when it’s a little warmer out. It’s a good feeling to cool off quickly when you’re too hot – these vents will let you do that.
- Strong zippers keep your stuff safe and won’t let water penetrate to your phone. There’s no worst feeling than reaching into your pocket and noticing that your phone is gone. This won’t happen here.
Again, as long as you’re not in need for the most warmth possible, you’ll like what these pants can do for you. The price is reasonable too.
You get a few color options too, so you can easily get the look you’re going for this winter.
These are the second Obermeyer pants on this list and for good reason – they’re high quality. They’re not the warmest in the world but it still comes with 40 grams of Thinsulate insulation. What this product sacrifices in insulation it makes up in movement.
With less insulation you get less weight and less weight means more mobility. This is good for any person that likes to push things in terms of speed, in the park or in the backcountry.
Some other aspects that make the Process worth looking at is:
- 20,000 grams of waterproofing ensures you won’t get wet. Being wet while cold is very uncomfortable and this amount of waterproofing will prevent that.
- An incredible 35,000 grams of breathability means you’ll get maximum air flow. This is basically as much as you can get so you won’t have to worry about overheating.
- Relaxed fit means it’s not too tight or not too baggy. This is personally the size I like and I consider it a perfect middle ground.
- 100 nylon lining is comfortable and you won’t mind wearing it. Some ski pants are pretty uncomfortable but that’s not the case here.
- DuroGuard DWR resists stains so they’ll keep their looks. You won’t have to worry if you dump a drink or food on them.
- Stretch fabric won’t make you feel constricted. If your’re someone that likes to push things you’re going to need maximum mobility – you’ll get that with the Process.
- Articulated knees help in this department too.
- Waterproof zippers keep your phone and other stuff dry/safe. Just because you’re on the slopes doesn’t mean you have to be disconnected from the world and these zippers ensure you won’t be.
Another really cool feature is it comes with a RECCO Avalanche Rescue System. If you ever get caught up in an avalanche, rescuers will be able to find you much easier because of this. This is good for people that like to ski and snowboard off trail and in the untamed backcountry.
Despite all this they’re not overly expensive. You get a bunch of styles and colors to choose from too.
Bogner Fire And Ice Homer
Here we have another Bogner product and the Homer has a lot of style. These pants are for the man that values how he looks on the mountain and wants to appear his best.
Do I think these are the highest performing on this list? Definitely not. In fact they have one of the least amount of waterproofing and breathability. This shouldn’t be a huge problem if you like to ski in normal conditions but it’s something to keep in mind.
Some features that you’ll like include:
- A good amount of insulation and this will keep you pretty warm this season. They don’t have the most on this list but enough to keep you toasty in most situations.
- Articulated knees mean you’ll have mobility and freedom of movement. You’ll be able to open things up because of this.
- Snow gaiters ensure snow won’t get stuck up your leg. You don’t want you day ruined because you can’t keep snow from getting in and that won’t happen here.
- A bunch of zipper pockets allows you to safely carry your phone and wallet around. You won’t have to keep your stuff unattended in the lodge.
- Rear area has a fleece liner and this makes things extra comfortable. You won’t mind having these on all day long.
Bogner is definitely a company that is for fashion minded people. Not everyone really cares about this but some people definitely do. If you’re one of these people you’re not really going to find a pair of pants that look better.
The price is high. I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to own this product but they’re well made and stylish.
Best Ski And Snowboard Pants For Women
Obermeyer Monte Blanco
If you’re looking for a stylish pair of ski and snowboard pants that performs well on the slopes, look no further than the Obermeyer Monte Blanco. This product offers 40 grams of Thinsulate Insulation and ensures you’ll be nice and toasty all day long.
Also, the Monte Blanco’s are made from a stretchy material and this means you’ll get a full range of movement. You won’t feel constricted while wearing these and this is important for people that like to push things a bit.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- 15,000 grams of waterproofing and breathability means you’ll be both protected from moisture and overheating. The worst thing on earth is to be cold and wet at the same time and you won’t have to worry about that here
- Hydroblock polyester lining and articulated knees is where you’ll get your mobility from. You’ll love this when you’re cruising around and passing by other people
- Powder cuffs keep all snow and slush from getting into your pants. This will save you a lot of effort on the slopes and keep you feeling comfortable the entire time you’re out there
- Hand warmer pockets are good for when it’s a little colder out. Cold hands are always a problem and unless you’re going to pay over $100 for heated gloves or heated mittens, this aspect will come in ultra handy
- Zippered pockets so your phone and stuff is nice and safe. That last thing you want to happen is to get to the bottom of the trail and find out your phone is not in your pocket anymore. This will keep that from happening.
- Relaxed fit means this product won’t be too tight or too baggy. It’s the perfect middle ground – you get breathing room but won’t have to be constantly pulling them up either
These aren’t exactly cheap but they’re not overly expensive. If you think this is too high keep in mind the Blanco’s come with a lifetime warranty. These pants are built to last and can handle whatever the slopes throw at them.
Also, they come in a few different colors and designs. This allows you to match them to your other gear and to get the look you want.
Bogner is a company that always delivers in the style department and if you want to look your best out there, you should consider the Luna’s. These pants are slim fitting and are very flattering. They’re the type of product that’ll get you compliments and you’ll probably be asked where you got them.
But how they look isn’t the only thing that matters and to be comfortable on the slopes you need protection. You’ll be happy to know the Luna’s perform well and they deliver in every category you’d want them to.
They also come with:
- 4 way stretch materials are good for movement and improve you mobility – this gives you the ability to have more fun and push yourself a little more
- A high breathability and waterproof rating of 20,000 grams. You won’t have to worry about getting wet or overheating because of this
- Plenty of pockets so you won’t lose your stuff. If you like to bring you phone out there to keep in touch with your friends or kids, you’ll be able to do that. Make sure you have a pair of gloves that help you text!
- 55 grams of synthetic insulation to keep you warm. This is key if you’re someone that struggles to stay warm and are always shivering.
- Lightweight and cuts down on bulk. This is perfect for any person that values movement and doesn’t want to feel weighed down.
Bogner makes high end gear and that means it comes with a high end price. If you have the extra cash to spend this year you should look into these pants. They’ll keep you dry, warm and help you look your best out there.
Don’t worry if you can’t afford them, though. There’s plenty of other affordable options for you to choose from on this list. I should point out the Luna’s do have a 3 year warranty too; this shows they’re durable and you’ll get to enjoy them for a long time.
Plus, there’s plenty of colors and designs to choose from.
Columbia Zip Down
Columbia is a company that’ll you see all over the slopes – they make jackets, hats, bags and of course ski pants. Their Zip Down is a product that does a good job protecting you from the winter elements and does so without breaking the bank.
These pants come with 40 grams of thermal insulation and this is where you’ll get your warmth from. That’s not the most insulation you can get but it’s enough to keep a normal person toasty in most conditions. This also means the Zip Down’s won’t be too heavy from having too much insulation.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- Omni-Tech Thermal Reflective technology traps your own body heat to improve how well it warms. This handy little aspect ensures you won’t be shivering out there.
- This Omni-Tech material is all weather-proof and highly breathable. Even if it’s snowing heavily your legs will be protected and left dry. Plus it keeps air moving to prevent yourself from overheating and sweating.
- Leg venting is a godsend when the temperature heats up and when it’s spring. It’s always a good feeling to dump out excess heat and let yourself cool down.
- Zippered hand pockets keep all your stuff safe. This allows you to take your $800 phone out with you and not have to worry about it falling out of your pocket.
- Adjustable leg gaiter lets you get a custom fit and keeps snow from getting up your leg. You don’t want your day ruined from constantly having to pick snow and sleet out and this prevents that.
- Abrasion resistant boot guards extends the life of this product and adds a bit of durability. Plus it’ll keep your pants from getting tattered and looking old.
- Waist adjustable tabs help you fit these pants to your exact body shape. You won’t have to worry about them being too tight or too loose.
- They connect to Columbia jackets too. This is just another feature that prevents snow from getting in and making you uncomfortable.
How much is this going to cost? Not too much. This is a good price for all that you’re getting and Columbia quality. This company knows what they’re doing in terms of winter gear and you won’t be disappointed if you decide on this product.
Plus it comes with a bunch of colors so you’ll get the look you desire and be able to match to whatever equipment you want.
Here we have another Obermeyer product and it shouldn’t be that surprising that there’s multiple pants on this list from this company – they make quality gear and anyone would be lucky to ride with their ski pants.
Their Malta’s isn’t that expensive either and are one of the cheapest pants listed here. The good thing is they’re affordable without being low quality. This is good for anyone that’s on a budget or anyone that just doesn’t want to spend a ton of cash.
Some aspects that make this product worth it includes:
- Relaxed fit means the Malta’s won’t be overly tight or too lose. They’re the perfect middle ground and this prevents you from feeling constricted.
- 40 grams of Thermore Classic insulation which is a good amount. It’ll keep you warm in most of the weather conditions you’ll face this season, without making you too hot. If you’re someone that faces sub zero temperatures you may want a pair of pants with a little more insulation.
- A pretty good amount of waterproofing and breathability – 10,000 grams worth. This means you’ll be protected in moderate snow storms and won’t overheat on spring days.
- Critically taped seams protects you from moisture. A thin piece of fabric covers all the small needle holes that formed when stitching these pants.
- Water resistant powder cuffs also protects against weather. This eliminates the possibility of snow getting into your pants and to your legs.
- Adjustable waist means you’ll get a perfect fit while you’re riding. You won’t have to worry about this product not fitting right because of this.
- Fleece lined waist adds a bit of comfort. The last thing you want is a waist that digs into you and irritates your skin.
- Reinforced and abrasion proof materials won’t rip or tear easily. This means you’ll get more bang for your buck and the Malta’s will last a long time.
- Articulated knees help out in the mobility department. You’ll be able to fly around out there and not have to worry about these pants constricting you.
I mentioned this pair of ski and snowboard pants won’t break the bank. That’s a really good price and you’ll have a hard time finding a better product for this low.
Plus there’s 8 different colors and designs and you’ll be able to express yourself on the slopes this year because of that.
The Armada Shadow isn’t a product that most people will want to buy. It’s not that they’re low quality or anything like that – in fact they’re well made and durable. Why most people will pass on these is they have zero insulation.
Why would a pant be made with no insulation? Because some people want the lightest product possible and one that provides the most mobility. Because the Shadow’s don’t have insulation they’re non-bulky and will give you the most movement possible.
You’ll just need to layer these on days that are especially cold. On normal winter days and in the spring you should be alright without extra layers.
If you’re still interested, you’ll like that these have:
- Regular fit and this leaves you room in case you want to add a few layers. At least if it gets freezing you’ll have the option to keep yourself warm.
- Can connect your jacket to these pants for extra protection. This is especially handy in case you take a fall and it’ll prevent snow from flying in
- Adjustable inner waistband is useful for getting the perfect fit. You won’t have to worry about this product being too tight or falling down.
- Meshed inner leg vents dump out excess heat on warmer days. You’ll be happy to have this if you’re sweating on a spring day.
- Boot gaiters is helpful because it won’t let snow get into the bottom of your pants. No one wants to constantly have to scoop snow out.
- Polysester materials can stretch. This is good for any person that likes to move around out there and to push themselves.
- Pretty decent waterproofing and breathability of 10,000 grams. It’s not the highest on this list but it does a pretty good job.
- Cargo pockets and zipper pockets keeps all your stuff safe. You won’t have to worry about losing your wallet or expensive phone – this gives you a lot of peace of mind.
The price is extremely fair too. As long as you understand the limits of shell pants and understand you’ll have to layer on very cold days, you should definitely consider the Shadow’s.
Like many of the products listed here you get many different options in terms of colors and design.
The North Face Sally
The North Face is a popular brand and their gear is always reliable and stylish. The best part is their products are usually pretty affordable and that’s that case with the Sally pants.
Another aspect you’ll like is the Sally’s come with 60 grams of Heatseaker Insulation. With this amount of quality insulation you’ll be toasty all day long, even if it’s quite cold out.
Some other features that make these pants worth considering are:
- Dryvent shell that’s all weather proof. This means it keeps wetness out from slush and snow and is resistant to wind. It’s fully seamed too and this adds a little more weatherproofing.
- Zipper handwarmer pockets. If there’s ever a day when it’s frigid out, you can slide your fingers in these pockets to warm them up a bit.
- Lightweight design is good for people that value speed and performance. You won’t have to worry about this product slowing you down one bit.
- Breathable materials mean you won’t overheat or sweat. This is especially handy when it’s a little warmer in the spring or early part of the season.
- Multiple colors so you can get the exact look you want. You’ll be able to find a perfect match to your jacket, skis, gloves or anything else.
I mentioned these are pretty affordable and I meant it. You know what makes this price even better? They come with a lifetime warranty.
I’m sure you’ll eventually want a new pair of ski pants just to mix things up but you’ll never need another pair because these rip or wear out. I think it’s pretty cool that North Face believes in their gear so much to give you this type of guarantee.
The Descente Selene’s are a high end pair of pants and is one that’s designed for high performers. If you’re someone that likes to tear it up out there and to challenge yourself on difficult terrain, this is a product you should think about.
These aren’t the warmest pants, though, and they come with 40 grams of Heatflex insulation. The reason they do this is it improves mobility. Without heavy insulation, you have the ability to move around a little faster.
Keep in mind too that 40 grams of Heatflex insulation keeps you warm in temperatures as low as 15 degrees. You’re still getting a lot of protection.
Skilled skiers and snowboarders will also like that the Selene’s come with:
- Motion 3D articulation helps in the mobility department. This feature improves natural movements and you won’t feel stifled wearing this product.
- Adjustable waist so you get the right fit. You won’t have to worry about these being uncomfortable because they’re too loose or too tight
- Slim fitting which is very flattering. These won’t have the usual bulkiness of ski pants
- Lower leg zippered gusset means you can fit these around your ski boots. This keeps snow from getting into your ski boots.
- Edge guard protects vulnerable parts of these pants from ripping and tearing. The bottoms won’t look tattered from rubbing against your ski boots
- Plenty of breathability and waterproofing ensures you’ll be nice and dry out there.
- Enough pockets to hold all you stuff safely. If you want to bring your wallet and phone with you, instead of leaving it behind in the lodge, you can do that.
- 4 way stretch materials is just another reason why this product is good for movement. You’ll never feel constricted while wearing the Selene’s.
High end ski and snowboard gear always costs a little extra and that’s the case here. . Even though they’re pretty high, they’re still worth considering.
That’s mainly because they come with a lifetime warranty. You can buy $70 snowpants every few years or you can just get these and have them for a decade.
The Dakine Parkrose is another piece of equipment that’s affordable and geared towards average skiers and snowboarders. It’s not that it’s low quality or anything like that, it’s just made for average temperatures and terrains.
If you’re someone that’s not deterred by frigid temperatures and would rather be off trail than on, the Parkrose’s aren’t for you – they’re made for resort riding and temperatures above 20 degrees.
They still have a lot going for them, though, including:
- 40 grams of Primaloft insulation is where you’ll get your warmth from. Like I said it’s not the most on earth but it’s enough to keep you pretty toasty in average temperatures.
- DWR coating provides 10,000 grams of waterproofing. Like the insulation, it’s not the most on earth but it’ll provide a good amount of protection from moisture.
- 10,000 grams of breathability and this keeps you from getting too sweaty and uncomfortable.
- Inner leg vents that can be unzipped or zippered. This means when you’re feeling a little hot you can dump out the extra heat quickly.
- Boot gaiters fit over your boots and this serves a few purposes. First off, it prevents snow from getting into your boots and secondly, it prevents snow from getting up your leg.
- Cargo pockets allow you to take your valuables out on the slopes with you so you don’t have to leave them behind, unattended.
- Inner waistband means you can adjust the fit to your body type. No matter your size you’ll get a good fit.
- Scuff guard prevents tearing and fraying. This extends the life of the product and ensures you can wear them season after season.
- Articulated knees are good for movement and mobility. You’ll feel free and not constricted while wearing them.
The best part about the Parkrose is the fact they’re affordable. If you’re on a budget this year or just feel like saving a little cash, this is a product you should consider. It does well in most departments and you’ll have a hard time finding a better pair of ski pants for less.
Rossignol is a company that I’ve grown to like over the years and I really like their gear – in fact I’ll be rocking their skis this year. They also make quality gloves, ski boots, snowboards, snowboard boots, jackets and of course ski pants. It’s clear they know what they’re doing in terms of ski and snowboard equipment.
This shows with their Cosmos pants. This product is one that basically everyone can wear this season and be fully protected. This is true for beginners, recreational riders and more advanced people.
Some features you’ll like include:
- 40 grams of insulation. This isn’t the most you can get but it’ll keep you pretty warm in temperatures over 20 degrees. This little amount of insulation keeps things lightweight too – you’ll get more speed and mobility because of this.
- A high amount of breathability and waterproofing – 20,000 grams in both departments. This means you can get after it in any weather and be sure you’ll remain nice and dry. You won’t overheat either.
- Regular fit and this is the happy medium between being too tight and too loose. It also leaves you some room to layer on days that are especially cold.
- Stretch Twill materials mean you’ll get good movement. While wearing the Cosmos’ you’ll be able to open it up a bit to get some speed.
It’s important to point out these are best suited for trail skiing and they don’t excel in the backcountry.
If that sounds like you, you’ll be happy to know the price is affordable. For everything that you’re getting this is a good price and one that shouldn’t scare you away.
Spyder Winner Athletic Fit
Last on the list is from a company you’ve seen a few times already – Spyder. Anytime you purchase from them you know you’re getting a product that’s high quality and well made. This is 100% true with their Winner Athletic Fit pants.
This is another piece of equipment that can work for pretty much everyone. There’s nothing overwhelmingly great about the Winner’s but it does well in every important category. I’d consider this pair of pants a safe pick.
That’s because they come with:
- 10 grams of both breathability and waterproofing – in heavy snowstorms these won’t do well but in every other condition they’ll protect.
- Spylon DWR is liquid proof and this means it resists stains. If you drop some food on it during lunch you won’t have to worry about it.
- Athletic fit is relaxed and this is good for people that like to move around out there. It’s made for a women’s body too and it’ll form to your shape.
- Boots gaiters to keep snow out and from ruining your day. It’s not fun to constantly have to pick snow out of your boots or pants and this feature prevents that.
- 60 grams of Thinsulate insulation provides a good amount of warmth and keeps you toasty in pretty cold weather – temperatures as low as 15 degrees!
- Critical seams add a bit more waterproofing. You won’t have wetness seep through and ruining your day.
This product comes in a lot of different sizes and colors too – 18 sizes and 10 colors to be exact. How much is it going to cost to rock the Winner’s this year? Not too much. For this price everyone should consider purchasing these pants.
Make Sure To Ride With Quality Pants This Year
Anyone that’s been skiing or snowboarding for a while knows the value of having well made gear. It doesn’t matter if it’s your jacket, skis, snowboard, boots, gloves or anything else – you need something that’ll protect and perform.
This is true for your pants. If you get a cheap, low quality pair of pants you may find yourself cold, wet and miserable. Get a quality pair and you’ll be toasty, dry and having a good time.
No matter your needs or budget, there’s a product on this list for you.
If you have any questions, you can comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible. You can search around the ski and snowboard section up top for gear reviews and tips for the year.
Are you ready to try on your new pants?