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Another item I need to pick up is good quality snow pants and I'm not even sure where to begin looking...

 

My wife needs a pair and so do I. For myself, I was thinking of just picking up some vintage wool pants off eBay. My wife likes the idea of vintage gear as well (she's into the '50s/60s snow bunny look) but I'm worried they wouldn't keep her warm enough. Any thoughts on this?

 

 

Looking at affordable priced modern brands, are there any you would recommend that offer waterproof warmth and protection against cold winds, but also look somewhat streamlined and without geometric shapes that look like futuristic space pants and extreme logos all over the place? I hate that most ski pants are big and baggy and would prefer something with a more tapered fit, if such exists. I'd like to spend in the $100-150 range if that's possible, but I'm willing to consider anything outside of that if it's absolutely worthwhile.

 

Are there any heritage brands that have been producing the same kind of traditional snow pants for 50+ years... like a Stanfield's kind of company but for ski pants? I imagine these would exceed the above posted budget, but I'd be willing to reconsider for something of very high quality like this.

 

If that doesn't exist, then I'm open to any and all recommendations... both for men and women!

 

And I would like to know about the vintage pants and whether they would keep my wife warm on a cold day in the mountains? I'm looking at the slim cigarette style mid-century women's pants that have the fabric which slides under your foot. Do you think these would be sufficient and hold up performance wise?

 

Thanks again!!

post #2 of 7

It looks like the most important factor for you is the appearance rather then any technical aspect.

 

The reality is NOBODY CARES what you look like when you are skiing so you are not impressing anybody with your outfit.  People are snickering at you behind your back for trying too hard.  Dress up for apres ski.

 

 

OK, for some positive advice, 

There are ski pants that are slim fitting and without logos.  You don't need to buy vintage gear.  Just stop shopping for pants targetted towards teenagers and park rats.

 

If you're set on some vintage gear. I assume you're only going out on sunny perfect days anyway just cause you want to be seen.

As far as warmth, the warmth of the product will be dependent on how wet the product gets.  This may also depend on your ski ability and how much you fall. You can also adjust warmth by what you wear underneath, such as tights/long underwear.

 

If you are set on buying vintage gear that isn't modern and waterproof/breathable, and it absorbs repel water, one option to improve it's capabilities is to treat it with waterproofing/DWR water repellant spray on products which you can get at any outdoor store or online.  You're going to need to repeat this often as the spray will wear off.

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Originally Posted by jivyivy View Post
 

 I'm looking at the slim cigarette style mid-century women's pants that have the fabric which slides under your foot. Do you think these would be sufficient and hold up performance wise?

 

Thanks again!!

one of my all-time favorite songs is called "underwear goes inside" by Lazyboy.

 

The ski version would be called "Ski Pants Go Outside the Boots"

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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post
 

It looks like the most important factor for you is the appearance rather then any technical aspect.

 

The reality is NOBODY CARES what you look like when you are skiing so you are not impressing anybody with your outfit.  People are snickering at you behind your back for trying too hard.  Dress up for apres ski.

 

 

OK, for some positive advice, 

There are ski pants that are slim fitting and without logos.  You don't need to buy vintage gear.  Just stop shopping for pants targetted towards teenagers and park rats.

 

If you're set on some vintage gear. I assume you're only going out on sunny perfect days anyway just cause you want to be seen.

As far as warmth, the warmth of the product will be dependent on how wet the product gets.  This may also depend on your ski ability and how much you fall. You can also adjust warmth by what you wear underneath, such as tights/long underwear.

 

If you are set on buying vintage gear that isn't modern and waterproof/breathable, and it absorbs repel water, one option to improve it's capabilities is to treat it with waterproofing/DWR water repellant spray on products which you can get at any outdoor store or online.  You're going to need to repeat this often as the spray will wear off.

 

For the record, I have datchstein wool mitts and hat, wool long johns by Filson and plenty of other "cold weather" gear that's just as functional (if not more so) than any modern brands; and it's not a superficial thing. Snow pants are snow pants, right? I don't see what kind of technical elements (save warmth and insulation) would play a factor in deciding. I haven't bought snow pants in over a decade so I don't know where to begin but appearance is neither the most important factor, nor the primary point of my initial post.

 

For the record, I am not interested in "pants targeted for teenagers or park rats" and I think that should have been clear from this thread. I am looking to not spend a fortune and find something that will keep me warm and isn't manufactured in some factory in China. I'm more concerned with my wife's outfitting than my own, as she definitely requires something warm and well insulated. I mentioned as an aside, that she likes the look of those ski pants that Annette Funicello would've worn, and I was simply inquiring as to whether there were any brands offering similar slim fitting snow pants like that today... I'm also pretty sure there were insulated and waterproof snow pants in the 1960s! Anyhow, there are many heritage brands like Pendleton for instance, which still produce the same high quality outerwear that they did 50+ years ago. THAT was my question. I take it nothing like that exists for ski pants; that's fine. I'm open to any and all suggestions.

 

I'd very much appreciate recommendations for specific brands and/or models... affordably priced, WARM and WATERPROOF (obviously!) and preferably not huge baggy space pants like I seem to see worn by just about everyone on the slopes these days.

 

Thanks!

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http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/mens-pants-shorts/men-39-s-freedom-pant.html

 

Not baggy, warm enough, waterproof and under $150.  They also make an insulated version. According to the local shop it's a top seller here in the PNW where the snow is warm and wet and 1/2 of your ski days will be in rain or freezing rain.

 

BTW, I've skied in those vintage stirrup pants when they weren't  vintage. Tightly knitted, double knit polyester with a stitched in crease. They  were much warmer than my previous cotton blue jeans lined with strategically placed brochures from the ski lodge. The "stirrups" were helpful in keeping the pants tucked into my lace up leather boots.

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Thanks Wooley! : )

 

I take it those old synthetic stirrup pants were not nearly as warm or comfortable as anything manufactured today?

 

There are dozens of pairs listed on Etsy in the $20-50 range, but I want to make sure that my wife is warm and dry when we're out on the slopes...

 

Thanks for the North Face suggestion; those look perfect! I was looking at a pair of Descente insulated pants for around $200 (the 'Steep' model) but these look just as good for the price. Just out of curiosity, is Descente comparable in quality? I might still opt for them for the missus as they're insulated and should be warmer than the North Face.

 

Thanks again!

post #7 of 7

Marker also makes a quality product.

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