How to choose a pair of ski trousers
Between the waterproofing, breathability, coating or membrane… do you find it hard to choose your ski trousers? We reveal all the information you need to make the right choice, and stay warm and dry in every situation.
Downhill skiing, freeriding, ski touring, snowboarding, sledding, cross-country skiing, what type of sport do you practise?
A good pair of ski trousers should keep you warm and dry in powder snow as well as on the pistes. But what will really define your needs will be your sporting discipline.
If you spend all your time on the pistes, you will need a pair of warm and waterproof non-stretch or stretch ski trousers.
During this physical activity, there will be times when you get cold, especially on the chairlifts. A warm pair of trousers that fits properly is therefore recommended. Even if it means opening the vents for more intense descents.
Is powder your thing? You are going to need a pair of trousers with good waterproofing that protects you even when you spend your a lot of time in the snow. A durable component and reinforced ankle panels will also be useful for withstanding the abrasion from external factors (roots, branches, etc.)
Regarding the shape, you will go for a relatively loose fit for the style and for greater freedom of movement when skiing.
You get uphill without using the ski lifts! Ski touring involves a lot of effort to get uphill and the descents are few and far between. So you need a slim-fitting, lightweight pair of trousers with zips for ventilation to eliminate your perspiration when climbing. A wind-proof component will protect you from the wind and other bad weather, especially when going downhill.
Beginner snowboarders know this: you spend a lot of time on your backside and on your knees. So you need a pair of trousers with reinforcements in these strategic areas for staying dry, even during breaks. And, naturally, your trousers must provide plenty of warmth and be waterproof.
For powder snow enthusiasts, there are salopettes called "bib trousers". They prevent snow from entering in the event of a fall or during breaks, so that you stay nice and warm throughout the session.
Nordic skiing/cross-country skiing is an endurance sport involving big fluctuations in body temperature, that is practised in winter conditions. To avoid getting too hot or too cold while also having plenty of freedom of movement, a pair of tights, that will keep you warm at the start of the session and subsequently eliminate perspiration during the physical activity, will be preferable.
Properly tighten all the openings of your clothing, adjust the gaiters properly and adjust the hook and loop tabs at the waist so that it fits tightly.
In any case, take a size, in which you can move freely and wear a base layer like ski tights underneath. This is so you can adjust the warmth of your garment according to the weather conditions.