|Which ski pants should you choose? This is a summary of what our customers have told us over the last few years.|
Not surprisingly, for the majority of buyers, Ski Pants need to be inexpensive, in your words
cheap. But being cheap doesn't mean being poor quality. The cheap ski pants need to be lightly insulated because your legs don't feel the cold as much as your torso. On really cold days the ski pants can be worn with base layer pants, this makes the ski pants more versatile. Over insulated pants are fine sometimes but can be too warm for some days on the slopes.
Breathability wasn't really much of an issue for the average Winwood Outdoor customer, since legs don't sweat as much as bodies especially on cold days. Although as much breathability as possible was appreciated, and some venting just in case, while keeping the ski pants cheap.
Waterproofing was essential. But since most pre-spring skiing and boarding involves dry powder, and you're not going to experience a great deal of torrential rain, then the waterproofing doesn't need to be the most expensive one available on the market. If it keeps off the snow when you're sitting in it then you're happy
|Which ski jacket should you choose? |
Just like the ski pants, surprisingly, the word cheap is used a lot. Again cheap doesn't mean poor quality, because the cheap ski jacket needs to be many things.
For starters it needs to be lightly insulated, so that it can be used on hot and cold days. On really cold days the ski jacket can be worn with a thermal base layer, this makes the ski jacket more versatile. Over insulated jackets, like the pants, are fine sometimes but can be too warm when the sun gets out.
Breathability is important, but probably just as important is venting at the sweaty areas i.e. your pits. Waterproofing was essential to a degree. But because of the dry powder and the lack of UK torrential rain, waterproofing again doesn't need to be expensive . If it keeps the snow off then you're happy.
Nice to have extras are detachable hood, ski pass pocket, goggle pocket, snow protector/snow skirt to keep the snow from whizzing up your back (not that you'll ever fall over) and a few extra pockets here and there for sweeties.
The ski pants and the ski jackets we choose are ideal for the beginner and the seasoned skier. The beginner who is unsure of whether or not they will fall in love with the sport wants something inexpensive (cheap), just in case they never tumble down a steep slope again. But they are also ideal for the seasoned skiers and boarders - just because you don't fall over any more doesn't mean you have to be ripped off.