I think it stems from when we are little, and you threw on whatever ski pants “fit”. Of course, snow would get down your pants and your back would be red by the time you got back inside. Now as an adult, when you go to buy your own pair of ski pants or snowboard pants you might pick a familiar brand with no expectations for how they should perform.
Snowboarding is not the new kid on the block anymore; fit and function mean something in the world of developing snowboard gear. Here’s a bit about what women really need in snowboard pants.
Top Women’s Snow Pants
There are many different styles of snowboard pants today. A tighter, form-fitting style. A loose baggy pant, or a regular active fit. With any of these styles, you need to look at where the pants sit on your waits. You will want to have back coverage while bending over to strap your bindings. It is also important that the leg cuffs fit over your boots, but they shouldn’t be too long that they drag on the ground. Finally, make sure you have a nice range of motion in your snowboard pants, look for details like a gusseted crotch or articulated knees. [Purchase: $324]
Snowboard pants have a few key functions that are important. There are a variety of warmth levels to consider, make sure you evaluate what you need. Insulated pants will keep you warm while a shell will allow you to layer as needed. Your snowboard pants should be waterproof. A snowboard pant that is water resistant doesn’t cut it anymore, especially for long days on the mountain. A big bonus these days are the snowboard pants that connect to jackets within the same brand. Volcom and Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants($265) are two brands that allow for a connection between the pants and jacket, making a snow-proof suit. [Purchase: $299]
Or consider getting bibs for big powder days Arc’teryx Alpha AR ($475) If you can get the ideal fit you want with these functions you know you will love rocking those pants. [Purchase: $525]
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