O’Neill started off as a surfing company before branching into the world of snow wear. The Akdov are straight forward, simple pair of snowboarding pants. They have zips at the bottom of the legs, making it easier to put your snowboard boots on, plus a snow skirt to stop powder sneaking down into your boxer shorts. The Akdov pants come in black, grey, blue or beige.
Looking for a classic pair of snowboarding pants? Quiksilver Estate range are the most reasonably priced without sacrificing technical details. The Estate pants have a waterproof rating of 10,000mm/g which makes it both breathable and dry in wet snow. They are lined with insulating fabric and also have vents for dumping heat on those hot days.
Protest was founded in Holland in 1993. Despite being a mountain-less country, the Dutch are seriously keen skiers and snowboarders. The Denys Noos pants are a great pair of snowboarding trousers that won’t break the bank. They are part of Protest’s Geotech 10,000 Series, which means they are both highly breathable and waterproof, perfect for hot or snowy days on the slopes.
Protest also make excellent women’s snowboarding gear. These Hopkins pants are a classic example. They have the same technical specifications as the men’s Denys Noos trousers with 10,000mm waterproofing plus a slightly higher waistband than some women’s pants for those that prefer more coverage. Colour wise, they come in pink, blue, black or cream.
Billabong might be a surf brand but they make rad snowboarding gear too. The Lowdown pants are waterproof and breathable to 10,000mm/g, which is a good basic standard for snowboard pants. These pants are tapered slightly at the knees to give a fitted look without restricting movement. They have critically taped seams to protect your skin from the elements.
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BILLABONG WOMEN’S MALLA SNOWBOARDING PANTS
If you are looking for a jazzy pair of snow pants, look no further than Billabong’s Malla trousers. These women’s snowboard pants are a great bargain for those on a tight budget. Just like the men’s Lowdown pants, they have good 10,000mm/g waterproofing and breathability rating plus a tapered knee, so you won’t look like Will Smith in snowboard pants circa 1992.
These relaxed fit, traditional baggy pants are ideal for any snowboarder looking for a bargain. Volcom’s Carbon pants are minimal in design but have a two-layer 8,000mm/g waterproof and breathability rating. The critically taped seams will keep the chill out plus the triple enforced rise will help avoid any embarrassing wear-and-tear in the crotch area.
The Volcom Pinto pants are the female equivalent of the men’s Carbon pants with a few small differences. They have the same technical waterproof/breathability figures but they also have a Zip Tech pant to jacket interface, where you can lock the two together to stop snow trickling down your backside. The Pinto pants are cut to a modern slim fit design, making them less baggy than the men’s pair and more fitted for women.
Animal have one pair of snow pants on the market this year – and they are a steal at £100. Made with 8,000mm/g waterproofing and breathability plus a durable water repellent finish, they will keep you dry and warm on the mountain. The mesh-lined vents mean you can let out heat on those hot sunny spring days. The Gyron Tech pants just come in a simple black colour, because what more do you need?
Just like the men’s Gyron Tech pants, Animal have created a pair of women’s snow pants for this winter. With fully taped seams, 80 grams of insulation and the same waterproof/breathability ratings as the men’s pair, these pants keep you warm and dry from first lifts to last lifts. Colour wise, they just come in black, so will match any snowboarding jacket.
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