New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Men's Ski Pants

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I ski in Breckenridge, have a good heavy duty pants but I'm looking for less heavy, early winter, March, April, pants. Any recommendations?
post #2 of 10
Any shell pants will probably work for both warm days and also for cold days if you pair with a base layer, I use a patagonia powder pants and think they work really well for both cold and warm days, it's a goretex performance shell and you probably will find it at 50% discount at this time. But any other non insulated shell should work for spring days and also will be a good option for coldest winter days with the right base layer as insulation.
post #3 of 10

Soft shells.  Breath better, water repellent, and a lot cheaper--save the goretex for the days you need it. Mine are Mountain Hardwear--they have removable gaiters.  The Nima pants.  Some soft shells come with a laminated thin fleece lining if want something warmer.

post #4 of 10

I lived in Breck last season, and also needed something lighter when it started to get warm. Went down to Recycle Sports in Frisco and bought a used jacket and new ski pants, each for about $30. The pants have a thin microfiber lining - a very light insulating layer that also helps keep things from getting clammy inside.

 

They've been great - I used them skinning a few times end of last season, and also the few times I was able to ski this season in Tahoe. Very comfortable, and they seem to be holding up well.

 

skipantslabel.JPG

 

skipants.JPG

 

If you haven't already you might cruise their clothing racks to see if there's something there you like.

post #5 of 10

Mountain Hardwear shell pants, specifically the ones with DryQ technology.  Extremely breathable and waterproof, lightweight, durable.  Can be used for colder if you insulate properly.  MH Returnia pants are more quasi-hardshell, less expensive than the softshell Snowtastic though.  Love the Returnia pants.  Some great end of season deals out there if you look around on them.

post #6 of 10


+1 hard to beat the breatheability and quality of these. I don't wear heavy or insulated pants anymore, just layer when needed. the ability to wick and transport moisture is key.
 

+Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

Mountain Hardwear shell pants, specifically the ones with DryQ technology.  Extremely breathable and waterproof, lightweight, durable.  Can be used for colder if you insulate properly.  MH Returnia pants are more quasi-hardshell, less expensive than the softshell Snowtastic though.  Love the Returnia pants.  Some great end of season deals out there if you look around on them.



 

post #7 of 10
I just picked up a very hard to find MH Returnia in medium/long for $119. Great price for the features - it was the specific size that was hard to find on sale. I like that MH has the different inseam lengths for each waist size as I usually need that as a tall skinny type.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the recommendation, will check them out.
post #9 of 10

A couple thoughts:

 

I've found that the most important thing for keeping cool enough in pants is a good ventilation. Well positioned vents around inner knee w/ enough looseness in the pants REALLY gets air flowing. And no matter the material, nothing works as well as unimpeded airflow from out to in to out. And with a little mesh in there, I've actually never gotten any snow IN the pants through the vents even in waist-deep powder (face-shots all the way down). 

 

I'm one of those people whose main issue is getting warm, not cold (even in negative degrees F w/ wind). I can't stand feeling sweaty or wet. 

 

I wear a single medium-breathability material shell (TNF Cryptic... Hyvent) w/ lightweight, cheap, but effective long underwear (actually: Heat Tech stuff from UNIQLO). The shell is quite baggy, probably not what most of you would feel comfortable wearing... very newschool/park-rat ish, though I spend my time in high alpine bowls or trees off-piste (and haven't hit a park jump in near-on 10 years). I prefer big baggy pants for freedom of movement and airflow. 

 

It may sound unintuitive, but I tend to wear long underwear on spring days too. Having something against the skin that wicks moisture away, while having a shell with great ventilation means I feel dry the whole time. 

 

Case in point was yesterday: I was skiing Hintertux Glacier after a dump. The top is around 11,000 feet, the bottom is around 5,000 feet. That's a TON of vertical. We had up to 30 MPH winds at the top, with negative temps, and a good 10 inches over a couple feet of progressively softening snow throughout the day. Bottom was 60 F, water running off of roofs, the last couple hundred vertical of the valley run was only open because they must have pushed a little helper snow over it. Blue bird. 

 

I had thermals under my Hyvent pants, and a t-Shirt under a Goretex 3L XCR shell. Somewhere around the bottom 1/4th of the valley run, I stopped, put my jacket into my backpack, gloves away, and went down in my t-shirt and my pants. I felt warm/beginning to sweat under my shirt (cotton!), but totally dry under my pants (thermals/wicking/ventilation). 

post #10 of 10

Ditched my insulated pants for shell pants 20+ years ago - they're much more versatile. Depending on the weather, my base layers vary from long johns and fleece to a pair of shorts. 

 

I'm not partial to one brand or another (I get the best quality I can afford that fits me), but look for Goretex (or similar) pants with full length zippers on the sides (for easy on/off and all sorts of venting options), mesh lining, and pockets; 2 on the side and one in the back. 

 

 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion