The Patagonia Snowshot Pants are possibly my favorite piece of new gear this season. And that’s despite a simple fact: Pants are the Rodney Dangerfield of snowboard gear; they don’t get no respect. I can usually tear through pants in a few hard weeks but I put these through the Teton ringer and they never came up wanting. For pants, there are three main things I was testing: temp regulation, waterproofness, flexibility and durability. Patagonia nails them all.
“Don’t you hate pants?” – Homer Simpson
Snowshot Temperature Regulation
For the first time in forever, I never had to fully unzip the pant ventilation zippers except one bluebird afternoon. The polyester mesh lining wicked off the sweat while the 2-layer shell made these into the most breathable pants I’d ever worn, even when chugging full-speed up Glory.
That said, if you’re playing out in the cold in general I would 100% tell you to put on an underlayer, especially these, especially if you tend to be a little on the colder side.
Patagonia H2NO Waterproofness
This early season has been marked by powerful Pacific flow, dropping heavy, moist snow all over the Tetons. Despite this pelting ranging from hard dry whiteout to wintry mix, not a drop of moisture got through their 2-layer polyester and recycled polyester shell. This is their H2NO Performance Standard at its finest.
Patagonia Snow Pants Flexibility
This can be a bit more important for skiers over splitboarders. That said, there’s nothing worse than feeling like your legs are locked up when you go to crank a grab or go split-skiing down short pitches to save time. Plus the adjustable waist helps get it dialed in a little, as long as the size is at least somewhat close to the size you normally wear.
Finally, durability. It’s still too early to tell how these will hold up to the beating I put on my clothes. But I took a nasty digger the other day and thought for sure I’d gouged something, maybe nipped open a seam. Nope. I also ran my crampons over the gaiters just to see if the spikes got caught and nothing.
As part of their commitment to saving the environment, Patagonia intends for their gear to last beyond a season, beyond a few seasons. Compared to 90% of the ski and snowboard pants on the market, these just FEEL next-level rugged. They stand behind this so much that Patagonia has their Ironclad Agreement on all their products. That means if they don’t perform the way you thought, you can return them for a repair, replacement or refund. And Damage due to wear and tear will be repaired at a reasonable charge.
Sizewise, I’ve been a large for 21 years. I’m a large in street pant and sometimes XL. Through the legs these pants feel great but I was swimming in the waist, even with the adjustable internal belt. So apparently a 36 is now medium? Otherwise, these were killer in all aspects.
I mean, come on, it’s Patagonia. I expected a lot out of these pants when I got them. Waterproof in the wettest heaviest snow to bless the Tetons in quite a while, comfortable in even the craziest contortions, breathably perfect despite break-necking ascension and built to last. They’re also stylish as hell, the pared-down simple vibe every soulful snow explorer lives for.
Just remember to get it a size smaller than you normally would. Now, you can stop worrying about what pants you want this winter and you can move onto the “sexier” items on your list. For a more-than-reasonable MSRP of $199.99, the Snowshot’s got your tail covered.