Are Ski Pants Supposed to Be Baggy?

This might seem entirely obvious, and we don’t mean to be condescending, but if you haven’t given proper thought to your ski and snowboard pants, we need to talk.

You should give attention to your gear not only for the practical aspect but also for the social one. Winter sports are very sociable activities. It comes with meeting all sorts of people and spending time with friends in front of whom you want to look good. 

You should feel good in your ski pants and you should rock out there on the snow.

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There are a ton of options on the market with tons of variables and to be honest, most aren’t important. In the end, everything gets down to this: Are pants supposed to be baggy? How baggy is too baggy? Should ski pants be tight or loose?

We are here to answer these questions. Because you need to keep the cool factor whether on ski or a snowboard.

Just so you know, things are super simple, it comes down to a few key points:

Everything Starts in The Looks

Colorful or somber? Urban style or slim fit? Yes, you should consider style on snow. You want to feel confident and up to date with the new reality of winter outfits.

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What is the modern norm in pants? Should ski pants be tight or loose? The right answer is somewhere in between. Snow pants should be neither too tight nor too loose. However, fashion brings an urban style in snowboard with fun, bold patterns and a looser fit due to the extra breadth of movements involved in the sport. Ski style has a slimmer fit with simpler block colors fitting for better heat retention and improved speed.


Don’t Lie to Yourself About the Size

Be realistic about waist size. Don’t give into the sweet thought of “I will lose some pounds until then” because you won’t. Trust us, smaller size won’t make you look good. There is nothing stylish or comfortable in a ready to crack pant. Bear in mind that you also need to have enough room for your base layer. Take also into consideration the freedom of movement that comes along with an accurate size.

You will be able to bend, twist, squat and sit naturally and comfortably. But be careful, a bigger size it’s not necessarily a good choice. Trousers which are too large, are also rather uncomfortable. So, when thinking about pants in size, fit it’s your imperative focus. If you are planning to hike in your ski pants you would want to go for a more well fitted size.

Keep the Cool Factor

Coolness it’s about feeling good. It’s about the right style and the right fit. Are ski pants supposed be baggy? Well, if it’s too baggy, you are too old. Should ski pants be tight? If they are too tight, you won’t feel good and you definitely won’t look cool.  You should always focus on feeling good in what you are wearing.  Because it boosts your confidence and makes you perform your best without worrying about anything. Let your snow sports abilities be reflected in your outfit and allow yourself to feel like a pro on the slopes. And after you checked these out, just enjoy! Nothing is cooler than purely enjoying the beauty of movement in winter conditions.

Choosing the right pants might be the great start in achieving your ultimate level of performance while skiing or riding. Now that the one piece of the 80’s is long gone, try mixing up the warm and dry clothing for ski and snowboard.  Use the variety that modern days has to offer to choose colors and styles that emphasize your features in the most flattering way. It may start with the pants, but it ends with the adrenaline, the speed, the wind in your hair and it feels really good.

We have a thorough guide on how to wash your ski pants here.

Author - Fred Felton
Fred Felton          

Content Creator / Editor

Fred Felton is a copywriter, editor and social media specialist based in Durban, South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in creating high end content. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently Fred specialises in the winter outdoors space, focussing on skiing and snowboarding. He is also a keynote speaker and has presented talks and workshops in South Africa.


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