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Selecting Ski Pants and Bibs

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Regardless of which winter sport tops your "must do" list, wearing high-quality ski pants during your outdoor activity is absolutely necessary. Even the most skilled skier or snowboarder can take a fall on the slopes and get caught in active snow or sleet. And without proper ski pants to keep you warm and dry, your fun day on the mountain can turn into a rapid retreat to thaw out in the lodge. There are two primary types of ski bottoms to consider purchasing this season: ski pants and ski bibs.

Snow Pants

  • Keep your legs warm and dry in icy and wet conditions
  • Most styles combine an insulating layer for warmth and a protective layer that acts as a barrier to water and wind
  • Easier to get on and off

*Most ski pants designed to be worn with a baselayer pant.

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Snow Bibs

  • Constructed like overalls with an extra portion of fabric that extends up over the waist and chest area
  • Secured by a pair of suspenders
  • Usually warmer due to the extra section of insulation around your body's core
  • Stay in place and help keep ice and snow from entering your jacket

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Water Protection

In all winter sports, water protection is a vital factor, and ski pants come in a variety of different water protection levels. For skiing and snowboarding, it's best to wear pants made from synthetic fabrics that are specially treated to be fully waterproof and breathable.

  • Promote all-day comfort
  • Prevent moisture from penetrating the material
  • Enable perspiration vapor generated inside the garment to escape
  • Moisture management keeps you dry and comfortable

Fit & Size

Consider the following to help you find the perfect fitting snow pants.

  • Loose enough to allow for the full range of motion you'll need during any winter activity
  • Fitted enough to prevent bulges that can lead to coordination problems or gaps that can expose you to contact with ice, snow and cold air
  • Allow you to sit on the ski lift, jump, turn, fall and get up without restriction
  • Find the appropriate length. Too short, and you'll let ice into your ski boots, but too long and you'll create uncomfortable bulges around your ankle area

Ski Pants and Bibs Features

To help you zero in on the right pair of ski pants for your needs, it's also a good idea to consider the many value-added features that some garments offer, including:

  • Elastic waists, which ensure a comfortable fit, enhance flexibility of movement, and help create a seal against snow and ice.
  • Gaiters, which are pieces of lightweight, waterproof fabric attached to the inside of the ski pant that extend down over the top of your boot to block snow and ice from entering both your pants and boots.
  • Sealed Seams, which are seams that are covered with waterproof tape, ensure that no water can penetrate the tiny thread holes and enter the garment. Ski pants that have all seams sealed are considered fully waterproof.
  • Pocketscan safely store your valuables, including wallet and keys.
  • Removable Suspenders help hold pants up and in place during high-energy activity.
  • Reinforced Seat and Knees offer an extra layer of tough fabric in the seat and knees for added protection against the elements - and a buffer against the occasional tumble.
  • Side Zipper Vents run down the outside length of the legs to allow for more airflow when temperatures heat up.
  • Reinforced Hems have additional stitching at the pant hem to increase durability.