The number one function of a good performing pair of snow pants is the ability to keep you protected from the elements. Snowboard pants are designed from special high tech fabrics that allow the pants to be waterproof, breathable and most importantly to keep you warm.
Which snowboard pants are made for you depends on what you expect from your experience, are you going to be out touring or lapping the resort? We updated our annual list of the best mens snowboard pants and explained what conditions each pant is meant to be used in.
Best Snowboard Pants
1. 686 GLCR Gore-Tex Smarty Pant
My favorite pair of pants on the list comes from 686. This years 686 GLCR Gore-Tex Weapon 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 these one of the better splitboarding – hiking pants on the market, these things are uber light weight. 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. Whats 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. $390 – Backcountry.com
2. Patagonia Snowshot Pant
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. $199 – REI.com
3. Homeschool Pulse Cargo II Pant
We choose this one as a Homeschool is making some of the most durable, breathable and waterproof gear in the industry. The Homeschool Pulse Cargo II fabric is a Continuum 2.5L Laminate that has strong 20,000 mm water proofing but a much more impressive 30,000 mm of breathability.
What this = is dudes that are riding in the Northwest needed to have breathable gear, Gore-Tex is rad however it does have it’s limitations. Furthermore, the fabric is created with the famous Cocona Xcelerator Technology that ensures strongly waterproof yet extremely breathable fabric. The pants have jacket interface, cargo pass pockets inner waistband with high adjustability, and inseam zip venting and fully taped seams. These are top notch pants designed for snowboarding in serious weather aka Mt. Baker. $259 – Backcountry.com
4. Helly Hansen Backbowl Cargo Pant
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 pemployees at ski resorts around the world and for good reason, the stuff works! $249 – Backcountry.com
5. The North Face Freedom Pant
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 brands 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 voa the inner pit zips on the thighs. These pants come with a lifetime warranty as well, need we say more? $139 – Backcountry.com
6. O’Neill Jones 3L Pant
I have been using these pants on and off for the last year and love the stylish fit and cut, not to baggy, not to tight. These are the pant’s big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones wears, enough said? One of the best features on these pants is the adjustable waist, sure belts can work to hold your pants up but these offer a truly custom fit that can be adjusted throughout the day or season.
The O’Neill 3L pants have a 20k waterproofing rating and 20k breathability rating. These pants come with a 3L construction, fully tapped seams and are meant for big mountain crushing days. When you need to dump some heat the pants feature leg vents to help regulate your inner temperature. O’Neill has been keeping surfers dry for decades, so you really should trust them when it comes to staying warm and dry. These pants come with a 1 year warranty. $299 – Backcountry.com
These are available in different styles and types to suit everyone’s needs. So outline your own expectation from your fabric according to your trip’s requirement and enjoy your snowboarding!