We updated our annual list of the best men’s ski pants and explained what conditions each pant is meant to be used in. Which ski or snowboard pants are made for you depends on what you expect from your experience, are you going to be sitting on a chairlift all days, or perhaps something for walking your dog, or maybe even ascending your local mountains.
Top Mens Snow Pants
- Patagonia Snowshot Pants – $199
- Helly Hansen Backbowl Cargo Pant – $280
- The North Face Freedom Pant – $139
- 686 Gore-Tex Pants – $300
Patagonia Ski Pants
Possibly the best non insulated pair of pants we have tested is the Men’s Patagonia Snowshot Pants. These pants are designed to take a beating and offer some of the most progressive Patagonia tech we have seen including a mesh-lined interior which is designed to help wick moisture away from your body. And a DWR finish which works at stopping moisture from getting inside the pants in the first place.
Another great thing about these pants is the fit, not too baggy, not to tight just about right! Especially with the articulated knees which really move with you while touring. Last but not least of our favorite features has to be the scuff guard. Take a look at any of your old snow pants and odds are likely they will have one thing in common. The material down at the bottom of your legs tends to get walked on and dragged across hard surfaces. With Patagonia’s durable scuff guards you won’t have to worry about this problem anymore. [Purchase: $199]
The North Face Ski Pants
Surprisingly the most affordable pair of pants on this list comes from The North Face. And don’t let the price fool you as The North Face Freedom Pant is year after year one of the most popular pants in the brand’s line and for good reasons. Featuring a breathable HyVent 2L laminate material these pants are meant to keep you dry, keep the wind out yet at the same time allowing the pants room the breathe thanks to the Chimney Venting system.
The chimney Vent system works by allowing trapped air to exit the pants via the inner pit zips on the thighs. These pants come with a lifetime warranty as well, need we say more? [Purchase: $139]
Helly Hansen Ski Pants
This piece is all about high quality. High-tech fabric of these snowboarding pants combines Helly Tech PROFESSIONAL waterproof and breathable fabric and lightweight synthetic insulation to create an exceptionally powerful fabric material. With 20,000 mm waterproof rating and equally impressive 20,000 mm breathability rating these pants are designed for someone on the move.
Helly Hansen gear can take the worst kind of water intensity and come out dry, yet absolutely ventilated. If the pants get warm with the insulation while touring on cold days or while at the resort simply open the inner thigh vents for quick ventilation. The Backbowl Pant has a two-layered construction with fully taped sealed and articulated knees and seams, boot gaiter and belt loops and a ton of pockets to-boot. The design has a modern vibe with the professional look, speaking of professional Helly Hansen is worn by on mountain employees at ski resorts around the world and for good reason, the stuff works! [Purchase: $280]
686 Snowboard Pants
One pof my favorite pair of pants on the list comes from 686. This year 686 GLCR Gore-Tex Pant is designed with Gore-Tex which is perfect for anyone riding in wet terrain. Along with the Gore-Tex waterproofing the pants have dual zippers on the inside and outside of the pant, making this one of the better splitboarding – hiking pants on the market, these things are uber lightweight. Especially when the fleece liner is removed.
Fleece liner – Say What? Yeah, these pants come with a rad fleece liner that can be unzipped to use while lounging around the house or on cold days as a great layering piece. What’s cool about the fleece is the fact it has a little bit of padding in the knees along with the butt. You could even rock these to Yoga class if that’s your sort of thing. 686 must be working hand and hand with their riders and it’s clearly evident this stuff was made with snowboarders in mind. [Purchase: $300]
Now that your pants are dialled how about the women in your life. Check out our picks for the best women’s ski pants.