What to Consider When Buying Ski Pants

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

When you are planning to stay outside skiing, or otherwise enjoying the snow, it is important to buy a good pair of ski pants. These are designed to keep you warm and dry in weather that is less than ideal. However, in order to get a good pair of ski pants, it is important to take a few aspects in consideration.

One of the most vital parts of your ski pants will be the layering they offer. All of them will have multiple layers, and good pairs will have several layers of different fabrics that are designed to keep you both warm and dry. The more fabrics used in its construction, the warmer your new pants will be. The inner section will offer insulation. This is designed specifically to keep you warm. In the past, this insulation would make your new pants bulky. However, with the new advances of modern technology, it is possible to have superior insulation provided by fabrics that are not only light, but also comfy.
Another important aspect of your pants will be the waterproofing. While almost all of your options will provide some level of waterproofing, some pants offer far more protection than others. The label will have a rating to tell you exactly how dry these new ski pants will keep you. The higher the rating, the better it will be at keeping you from getting wet. However, the higher the rating, in general, the more costly your new ski clothes will be. Carefully consider the weather before saving money by using a pair of pants with a lower rating. If you are somewhere a little warmer, where the snow will be melting, it is even more important to have pants that will keep you dry. If you find you are soaked at the end of the day, you will discover it wasn’t worth the money you saved.

Good athletic clothes needs to offer a level of breath-ability. It needs to allow sweat to escape easily, so you don’t become damp. Like waterproofing, breath-ability is measured in these ski clothes, with a higher rating offering more breath-ability. This rating will also be found on the label. You also need to consider the seams that are used. If the seams are taped and sealed, all the other aspects will be of little use, because the cold and the moisture will be able to seep through them. High quality ski clothes will likely have seams that are sealed, but you should check the label to make sure.

While price and fashion are important considerations, they are not nearly as important as the other ones listed here. These are the two that will not impact how warm and dry you stay. There are good discounts that can be found, but you need to remember that if you save money and get a great style, without looking at the waterproofing, layering, and breath-ability, you may find yourself wet, and uncomfortable at the end of the day.


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