Breathability, water resistance, breathability, water resistance, ...
To ensure that your ski pants protect you from moisture, manufacturers have developed membranes that provide both resistance to water and breathability. Among the most famous membranes, we can of course mention the famous Gore-Tex membrane, but also others that are less well known but no less efficient, such as the InfiDRY from 686, the Dryplay from Picture, the Dermizax and the DRYOsphere from Scott, etc.
The breathability of a membrane is indicated in grams per square meter per 24 hours. This means that there are indications such as 6,000 g/m²/24 h, 10,000 m/m²/24 h, 20,000 m/m²/24 h, etc. Again, the higher the number, the better the performance of the membrane.
Waterproofing and breathability levels are usually grouped together and abbreviated as 10K/10K for pants that are waterproof to 10,000 mm and breathable to 10,000 m/m²/24, 20K/20K for pants that are waterproof to 20,000 mm and breathable to 20,000 g/m²/24, etc. Resistance to water is always placed first.
Durable water repellent treatment
Thermal insulation to keep you warm
To help your selection process, we include an indication of the warmth level and the weight of the insulation filling in the product sheets of our ski pants.
Choosing the right level of water resistance and insulation
Check the features carefully
- RECCO reflector: This is a great option on ski pants. RECCO beacons reflect the signals emitted by the RECCO transmitters used by rescue workers when detecting avalanche victims. For off-piste enthusiasts, having a beacon integrated into the ski pants is an additional safety feature.
- Pockets: front, back, cargo, zip, button or scratch, check that you have the right pockets on your ski pants to avoid disappointment! Zipped pockets are of course the most secure for your equipment, you don't risk losing your phone if it is well stored in a pocket with a closed zip.
- Ventilation zips, zips and taped seams: Zips and seams are the weakest points of the pants as they are a fine entry point for moisture. The most technical pants are therefore equipped with waterproof zips and seams. For more breathability, many ski and snowboard pants also have zipped vents that can be opened and closed depending on the effort involved.
- Pants/jacket connection: There is nothing more unpleasant than having snow get into your pants after a fall. To avoid this, either put on technical pants or choose pants with a connection system to the jacket so that the snow does not get in. These systems of attachment, generally by zip or press studs, may only be compatible with the jacket that matches the pants.
- Reinforcements and snow gaiters: Present on most ski pants, these two features are very useful. The bottoms of the ski pants must be reinforced because these areas are subject to a lot of wear and tear (crampon blows, edge blows, pole blows). On the other hand, snow gaiters are to be put in the snow boots or ski boots when riding in powder snow, to avoid snow infiltration.
- Adjustable length for children: As with jackets, some brands offer adjustable length ski pants for children. This way, if your child grows bigger between winters (which is likely to happen), you can increase the length of the pants so you don't have to buy new ones. This is often a removable seam system.