Pants

Pants

Insulated Pants
These are the ‘go to’ for Australia and it is most likely that your current pants are these. Insulated pants are the standard due to their combination of waterproofing and insulation. This means that you’re able to take on whatever the mountain throws at you, from blizzards to rain. They can become too hot if you’re wearing thermals underneath and it’s not a particularly cold day.
Hard-Shell Pants
A hard-shell refers to a pair of pants than have no insulation, just a versatile and highly waterproof outer layer. What makes these pants great is they are able to be used in any condition. In cold snow, just put a few layers underneath and you will be warm and dry. Additionally, in the warmer, later half of the season, you are able to put fewer layers on to stay at the right temperature, while the waterproofing of the shell will protect you from any rain or slushy snow.
Soft-Shell Pants
These pants can be used as either an outer or inner layer depending on the weather. What these pants lack in waterproofing they make up for in breathability, which can be great for the warmer weather so that you don’t overheat yourself. The trade-off here is that if you fall in the snow or sit down there is a tendency to have water seep through.
Overalls
These are by far the most versatile pant on the market. These pants are making a big comeback across the mountain as people are moving away from the traditional pant to a more adaptable one, and like the ‘old school’ look. The benefit of overalls is that they buckle over your shoulders and cover your chest and back area, which means you no longer have to worry about snow going up your shirt or down your pants in a crash. As well as this, they are more efficient at holding your t-shirt or hoodie in, so no more struggling to tuck your clothes into your pants. Here at Snow Exchange, we think the best part of overalls is that when the season starts warming up, you can just wear your overalls with a jumper or t-shirt underneath. No jacket means less stuff you need to carry around.
WATERPROOF
Waterproofing is the most important thing for when you’re on the mountain because no-one has fun when they are wet and cold. Understanding the rating can be difficult at times, so we have provided a chart to help you better understand what it all means.
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