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How to Choose Ski Pants And Ski Trousers

How to Choose Ski Pants And Ski Trousers

02.11.2023 | Expert Advice

Ski Pants and Ski Trousers are all names used to describe clothing which will help keep your legs warm and dry on the slopes. Whether you are a first time skier or a regular on the piste it is important that you wear ski pants, rather than regular trousers or jeans.


How to Choose Ski Pants

When choosing ski pants there are a number of factors to consider that will ensure maximum comfort and enjoyment. These include the conditions you’ll be facing, your experience level, what you need to carry and how you want your ski pants to look. You also need to decide your budget and think about how often you plan to ski in the future. Ski pants are available in a range of different styles, waterproof ratings and prices so you can choose the right pair for you.


1. Types of Ski Pants
2. Waterproof Ratings
3. Breathability
4. Important Features

1. Types of Ski Pants

Ski pants can be made of many different types of fabric that affect the look, feel and often the waterproofness of the trousers. The type of skiing you will be doing will effect what ski pants will be most suitable.


Insulated Ski Pants

Insulated ski pants consist of a waterproof “shell” outer layer with an inner insulated layer. The level of insulation will vary between different ski pants.


Softshell Ski Pants

Softshell ski pants are made from a soft stretch woven fabric. Softshell ski pants will offer a greater freedom of movement and are highly breathable as well as being water resistant. For these reasons they are well suited if you are particularly energetic on the slopes. They are also more suited if conditions are likely to be relatively dry.


Hardshell Ski Pants

Hardshell ski pants offer taped seams and should be fully waterproof. These ski pants may be better suited to you if you are expecting wet conditions.


2. Waterproofing

For a pair of ski pants to be considered waterproof they need to have a hydrostatic head rating of at least 1500mm and have taped seams. The waterproofness of ski pants is measured using a hydrostatic head test. In this test the fabric is pulled tightly over a sealed tube and the machine applies and increases water pressure that pushes against the fabric to determine the hydrostatic rating of how much the fabric and seams can withstand before the water starts to penetrate. The higher the rating the better the level of protection.


3. Breathability

How breathable your ski pants are can be an important factor in picking the best pair for you as just like any exercise, skiing or snowboarding can cause you to get hot and sweaty. Breathable garments let small water vapour molecules pass through it while still ensuring the protective barrier stops water droplets (such as rain) from reaching your base layers. Breathability is measured in ‘Moisture Vapour Transfer’ and relates to how much vapour can pass through the garment in a 24 hour period, the higher the number, the better the breathability.


4. Important Ski Pant Features

When choosing your Ski pants, look out for these features which can help improve your comfort and enhance your enjoyment.


Leg Gaiter

Leg gaiters help to keep snow from entering up your ski pant opening, keeping your feet and legs dry


Zipped Pockets

Zipped pockets will allow you to keep anything you need to carry secure on the slopes.

These Pants include the above features

Stretch Fabric

Maximises mobility and freedom of movement.


Waist Adjusters

Waist adjusters will allow you to ensure your ski pants fit perfectly.


Thigh Venting

Mesh lined venting allows for adjustable temperature control and ventilation.


Anti-Abrasive Reinforcement

The hem of the pant will be reinforced with anti-abrasive material to increase durability and to limit wear and tear from friction.

These Pants include all of the above features

Recco Rescue Reflectors

The Recco system is an advanced rescue technology that helps rescuers search for and pinpoint skiers and snowboarders should they get caught in an avalanche. Reflectors fitted to the inside or outside of ski pants are designed to reflect back the high frequency signal of a Recco detector.


10,000mm Waterproof

10,000mm rated ski pants will offer the highest level of waterproofing, to help you stay dry on the slopes.

These Pants include all of the above features

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