Proper Ski Gear: How to Choose the Optimal Ski Pants

Once the snow season starts and you start thinking about hitting the slopes, don’t forget to get proper gear that will keep you warm and safe. When it comes to staying warm and dry while on the snow, you should be able to completely rely on a pair of high-quality ski pants that will work hard to keep your lower body comfy and dry. It is important for you to be aware that even though skiing is a lot of fun, there are instances when you can find yourself in the middle of nowhere, in low temperatures and in generally bad weather conditions. Here are a few useful features and facts you should know that will make the decision-making process as to which pair is most suitable for you a little less confusing.

Functional Fabrics

Normally, the fabrics from which ski pants are made of usually have three or four layers.

A durable outer fabric that is coated with a highly-resistant water repellent. This part of the pants, be it men’s or women’s ski pants, repels droplets so that they can roll off the fabric, thus making it quite difficult for water, snow and dirt to get through the outer fabric.

Under the outer fabric layer lies a waterproof/ breathable membrane. This is the part that determines how waterproof and breathable a fabric really is. This membrane is made of fine structure that has very small holes. These holes are too small for the water droplets to pass through, but large enough to let your body breathe.

Next comes the insulation layer. This is an optional layer and is not always included. For those of you who are always cold, even when you are on the move, you should opt for pants that have this layer.

And lastly, the lining. The lining of the pants holds everything else in, and protects the layers from the inside.

Waterproof

Being waterproof is one of the key features that you should be looking for. It doesn’t matter if you are shopping for men’s or women’s ski pants, staying dry while skiing is of utmost importance since once you get wet you will feel uncomfortable and you will get cold very easily and quickly. The levels of waterproofness can vary, thus making different types of pants suitable for different situations and conditions. The larger number of ski pants on the market has a waterproof rating between 5,000 and 20,000mm (5-20K). Naturally, the higher the number, the more water-resistant the fabric.

Breathable

As already mentioned, if you get wet you will feel discomfort and cold, so it is also important not the get wet on the inside as well. If the pants you opt for have high-quality breathable fabric then the membrane will let water vapour through. What this means is that your sweat will escape without water, snow or dirt getting in.

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