Ski & Snowboard Pants

The Technical Guide to Snow Pants
The Technical Guide To Snow Pants

When you are looking into getting a new pair of snow pants to hit the slopes there are lots of technical aspects that could make buying a good pair of snow pants tricky.

However we have put together a handy guide that will help inform you on these technical features that may help you make an informed purchase from our wide selection from brands like Volcom, Bonfire and Armada!

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Pant Types
Pant Types

When looking for a good pair of now pants the first thing you want to look for is the type of pant that you are looking at as there are a few types that are wildly different in what they offer.

In the next few slides we will tell you the different types of snow pant and how they differ from eachother.

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Insulated Pants
Insulated Pants

Insulated pants are a pair of pants that are packed with an insulating material that can be made from syntetic materials or animal down to create an extremely warm experience for whoever is wearing them.

They are great for extreme cold as they keep the warm in extremely well however if you are prone to overheating they may not be the right choice for you.

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Shell Pants
Shell Pants

Shell pants are the alternative to insulated jackets as they have no insulation this means they are much lighter at the expense of any insulation.

This leaves the wearer to choose what insulation they would like to wear underneath, this is a better alternative for people who overheat easily as they can choose the level of insulation they want.

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Fabric
Fabric

There are 2 key things worth looking for in the fabric of snow pants and they are the waterproof and breathability ratings.

Waterproof rating is a number that tells you how well the material is at keeping water out, you want this to be as high as possible, keep in mind Gore-Tex material is clamed to be fully waterproof so that never has a rating.

Breathablity rating is much like the waterproof rating however this is about how well the material lets out warm air from inside so that you do not overheat, as with the waterproof rating Gore-Tex is 100 percent breathable so there is no rating for it.

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Features
Features

You will also want to look for other additional features that can make the pants even better to wear.

The first and one of the most important features that you should look for are boot gaiters, they are an elastic cuff that go around the bottom of your boots to stop snow going up your leg and making you needlessly cold!

Inner leg vents are also considered essential by many as they can be opened up to let cool air in and cool you down if you start to over heat, these are particularly useful on insulated pants as they will keep a lot of heat in that you might want to let escape.

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More Features
More Features

Articulated knees are a fantastic addition to your snow pants as they mare made to match how your knees bend, this is great as you do not stay straight legged while snowboarding or skiing.

A snowskirt is a fantastic addition as it attaches to your snow jacket making a seal between the 2 items meanign it stops snow geting in the small area that is exposed between the 2 items.

Finally scuff guards are a great feature as they have a ultra durable piece of material in the ankle area, this stops the pants fraying keeping them as durable as possible and making your investment more worthwile.

 

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The Technical Guide to Snow Pants
The Technical Guide to Snow Pants
Pant Types
Pant Types
Insulated Pants
Insulated Pants
Shell Pants
Shell Pants
Fabric
Fabric
Features
Features
More Features
More Features