CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH-QUALITY SKI PANTS
In addition to being waterproof and windproof, highly breathable, lightweight and easy to move in, it is especially the workmanship and thus the functionality that distinguishes an optimal pair of ski pants. The snow pants have many ingenious features that keep you warm and dry on the descent. At the same time, you benefit from breathability and excellent air circulation. The innovative functional fabric does not let any moisture in and allows moisture to be transported to the outside. With a high insulation capacity, the ski trousers are lightweight and offer you optimal freedom of movement. All high-quality snow trousers have the above-mentioned features. In addition, there are special models with special features for every type of sport.
HOW THE INNOVATIVE MATERIALS WORK
Most well-known manufacturers of ski clothing develop their own technologies with regard to the composition of the material and the processing. The demands that winter sports enthusiasts place on their clothing are high. In the chairlift it protects you from the cold draught, in snowfall it protects you from getting wet, and during physical activity the functional materials ensure that you don't sweat. To achieve these goals, the ski trousers are equipped with waterproof and breathable properties with a waterproofing (DWR) or membrane.
The GORE-TEX microporous membrane is made of expanded polyetrafluoroethylene. This is water vapour permeable, breathable and waterproof. On one square centimetre of fabric there are about 1.3 billion pores with a diameter of only about one 20,000th of the volume of a drop of water. At the same time, such a pore is about 770 times the size of the water vapour molecule. The moisture escapes through the fine pores to the outside, but the raindrop does not fit through the pore.
SKI TROUSERS: THE ALTERNATIVES TO GORE-TEX
GORE-TEX is the best-known functional material. There are also other innovative fabrics from various manufacturers.
- Dermizax® - ultra-thin and stretchy
- Sympatex® - easy-care and recyclable
- PrimaLoft® insulation - extra soft and warming
- Venturi® - from Schöffel, waterproof and windproof, breathable
- DryVent® - by The North Face, microporous and hydrophobic
- Futurelight™ - by The North Face, very thin, waterproof and windproof, breathable.
WHAT DOES THE WATER COLUMN SAY ABOUT THE SKI PANTS?
We have ski trousers with different levels of waterproofness in our range. You can tell the degree of water resistance by the millimetre rating of the water column. A pair of snow pants is waterproof to a certain degree from a water column of 1,500 mm. Whether the trousers are waterproof depends on how long you stay outside in wet weather, how much it snows or rains and how you move. If you squat down, the water pressure on your ski pants will be greater and you will need a model with a higher water column. We recommend winter sports pants with a water column of at least 5,000 mm for simple, longer stays on the slopes. Ideally, snowboarders and skiers should choose a model with a water column of at least 10,000 mm.
SOFTSHELL OR HARDSHELL SKI TROUSERS?
Ski clothing comes in a soft or hardshell version. Hardshell is a firm, multi-layered material that fits looser than a softshell model and thus provides the necessary freedom of movement when skiing. The fabric is more robust and can withstand confrontation with branches and rocks. Freeriders like to use this absolutely weatherproof version for longer tours and especially in damp and cold weather. Hardshell ski pants consist of at least two layers of high-quality laminates. These are firmly welded together. Three-layer models have an additional lining layer. The water column of hardshell models is very high. Despite their weatherproof features, the trousers are relatively thin.
Softshell models are the popular classic. Most piste skiers prefer these trousers. Softshell ski pants for winter sports look elegant because they fit close to the body. They are soft, stretchy and adapt well to your body contours thanks to their elastic structure. In contrast to the hardshell version, a softshell model hardly makes any noise when you move. Ski trousers made of softshell are often water-repellent and not completely waterproof. If you kneel in wet snow for a long time, moisture will penetrate the fabric after a certain time. These snow trousers are therefore suitable for shorter stays outdoors in wintry weather.
SKI TROUSERS - WARM IN ALL WEATHERS
Most ski trousers have an insulating lining made of PrimaLoft, Thinsulate or fleece. The insulation layer keeps the warmth on the body. Originally developed for the US Army, the synthetic microfibre insulation material PrimaLoft is now an important component of premium skiwear. The fleece lining is very comfortable against the skin. Fleece is a knitted fur made of synthetic polyester fibres. The fluffy material consists of roughened and cut plush handles. Fleece has a low weight despite its high thermal insulation.
Thinsulate is a soft, skin-friendly fleece made of chemical fibres. Another criterion is windproofness. On fast descents, there is a risk of cooling down due to draughts. The higher the wind speed, the colder the air feels. Windproof ski pants are warmer than airy models. If you freeze quickly, it's worth buying thermal or functional underwear as a baselayer. With unlined ski trousers, an additional warmth layer made of wool or fleece makes sense.
MORE COMFORT FOR SKIING WITH THESE FEATURES
- Not all features are necessary for every activity. Some extras increase comfort and are therefore indispensable.
- Waterproof pockets and zips
- Taped seams against moisture
- Snow guard at the leg cuffs
- Bib for a secure fit of the trousers
- Can be coupled to ski jackets
- Reflectors for safe descents in cloudy weather
- Elasticated belt and adjustable braces for a better fit
- Zips at the bottom of the legs for easy on and off
- RECCO reflectors for increased safety in avalanches
SKI TROUSERS - WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR
It is important that your ski pants fit. Ideally, they should offer you optimal freedom of movement and comfortable wear. To prevent snow from getting into your boots, your pants should not be too short. It is best to cover the two upper buckles of the ski boots. A snow guard around the feet is useful. This prevents cold snow from getting under the trousers in the event of a fall. Zips in the lower area make it easier to put on and take off. Robust materials on the inside of the trouser legs are an advantage. These prevent chafing in the hem area and damage from hard ski edges. The choice of colour and design is up to your personal taste. Unlike on the street, dark ski trousers are more visible in the snow than light or even white models. Some garments are available with reflective elements for descents in fog and snowfall.
SKI PANTS OR SKI OVERALL?
The ski trousers we offer end above the hips. Depending on the model, they are equipped with a bib that improves the fit of the pants and prevents them from slipping down. Braces serve the same purpose, but do not have a bib. Dungarees are warmer because they prevent cold from entering the space between the top and the bottom. Children who are clumsy at straightening their clothes and move around a lot will benefit from snow pants with bibs. There are disadvantages when going to the toilet and when dressing and undressing. Numerous adult winter sports enthusiasts prefer bibless trousers for aesthetic reasons. In addition to ski pants, there are ski overalls. Here, the jacket is combined with the trousers to form a complete full-body suit. If the temperatures rise or a visit to a mountain hut is planned, the overalls are impractical. Modern ski suits therefore have a zip to separate the jacket from the trousers.
THE CORRECT CLEANING OF SKI PANTS
Ski trousers made of functional textiles are made of different fabrics and impregnations. The label will tell you how to clean them correctly (manufacturer's instructions). Ideally, you should not clean your snow pants too often. There are special detergents for functional clothing; it's best not to use fabric softener. Many softshell trousers can be re-waterproofed. Use a spray or a special detergent for this purpose. Apply the waterproofing spray to the damp trousers after washing. The thin layer dries quickly and protects the garment from external influences. Other impregnating agents are available for washing in as an addition to the detergent or for adding to a separate wash cycle. Always choose a gentle wash programme.
SNOW TROUSERS - SUITABLE FOR EVERY PURPOSE
In our range you will find robust ski trousers made of hardshell for freeriders and snowboarders who are out in the open. We have a wide range of models and colours of the classic softshell trousers for piste skiers. Depending on the weather and activity, you can choose from snow trousers with different water resistance levels. Trousers with a high water column are the most waterproof and ideal for your ski trekking and snowshoe tours. Let our range inspire you!