Among the emails we receive, one of the most common query is to recommend the perfect pants for your upcoming Snow or Ski trip. And we totally understand as there are so many different brands with so many different attributes that it might be confusing at times. So, in order to simplify your choice, so that you can concentrate on what matters more, which is planning your trip, we came up with an easy guide to selecting the perfect pants.
Figuring Out The Measurement
Step number 1 would be to do your own pant measurements first to determine your size in each style. Measure the Waist, hips and inseam of your own pants to compare to the sizes on the chart, as each style is very different in it’s sizing and cut. We have written a blog article to help with this if you need help.
Now that we got your sizes sorted out, lets see what are the different options. (PS – My favourite pants and the short version are the Cartel Whistler Pants if you want a really quick answer 😉 )
Cartel Whistler Pant
My personal favourite pant in the sense that the pants are made from a beautiful stretch material outer fabric which is super comfortable, not as noisy to wear, and fits most body shapes very well. The stretch fabric drapes beautifully on the body and is very flattering however it is not a stretch fabric in the sense that they will fit bigger than the size of the pants. The inner lining and the seams are not stretch as this would affect the seam sealing of the pant. These pants come in a variety of colours however black is always the most popular choice.
Aggression Rio and Aggression Bolivia Pant
These are a shell style pant which means they have the waterproof/breathable outer layer and membrane in the pant without any insulation between the outer and the lining layer. This means you’ll need to wear warm clothes underneath to keep you warm, and possibly some thermals under those as well depending on how cold it will be. They are the only style in our range which are not insulated in any way. The beauty of this style is that they are a lot smaller and easier to pack than other snow pants, and they just slide on over the top of your pants. They are also versatile so they can be used in warmer climates and for other uses such as camping or hiking. They are a great price too, so a very affordable and popular option. The Rio and Bolivia are almost similar in style with the main difference being the Bolivia is for larger sizes.
Cartel Kicker Pant – Aggression Castro III Tab Adjuster – Aggression Castro pants
The above pants are all popular option for women who need extra extra room for the bum, hips and/or thighs. The Cartel Kicker is made from the same soft stretch fabric as the Cartel Whistler and is my personal favourite for women with this real pear body shape.
Cartel Manhattan and Cartel Hudson
The Cartel Manhattan and Hudson pant are our super popular softshell stretch pant styles. They are one softshell layer with the inner fleece lining bonded to the outer softshell stretch material. They are designed with a more traditional black stretch pant style look and fit, and stretch a little like a pair of leggings. Not as much as legging but the fabric has some give to it. We have found that some women who don’t technically fit into these pants according to the size chart, are still able to wear these pants comfortably.
In fact, ‘comfort’ is the number one response that our customers report when trying on these pants. Many women buy these AND another pair of pants when travelling just so they have the versatility that these pants provide without always looking like you’re wearing a pair of snow pants. These pants are not as warm as a traditional pair of ski pants as they don’t have the insulating layer and multiple layers which other pants have. These pants fit very small, so it’s best to go up 1-2 sizes when ordering, but best to use the size chart.
Raiski Savona Pants
This is a brand new style for us this summer/winter 2017/2018 and we are super excited to be now stocking the Raiski R+ range as designed by Halti, a Finnish brand. So new, we haven’t got our proper pictures for you to see how they look but we can tell you, they are stunning! With a great stretch fabric, sizes up to 28 and removable braces, these pants are sure to impress! They are slightly longer in the leg than the Whistler pants and have slightly more room in the hips. They are constructed from a highly waterproof/breathable 10/10 seam sealed nylon outer to keep you warm and dry all day long, no matter the conditions. Stay tuned for more information and feedback coming soon.
Larger Plus Size Pants
Other than the normal sized pants, we also offer Plus Sized Snow pants that are available to ship internationally at PlusSnow.com.au
A few styles of the pants above are also available in bigger sizes that go all the way to 28 for ladies and 10XL for men.
If you are over size ladies 26 or 28, some of the pants do not go larger than that. What we can recommend then is to try the Unisex pants or Mens pants that go in larger sizes. Here are a couple of ideas.
- XTM Glide Mens Pants – Although these pants only go up to a size 7XL, they are very oversized and when I hold the Bolivia size 9XL next to the waist of the 7XL of the Glide they are very similar. They are a mens pant but may be ok to suit a women’s shape similarly to the Bolivia when you see it on a women’s body.
- Aggression Castro Unisex Pants – The Aggression Castro Unisex Plus Size Ski or Snowboard Pant in Short Leg (SL) Black for the king sized man or curvaceous woman is bullet-proof and will keep you dry even in the wettest and worst conditions skiing in Australia and overseas. Fully Seam Sealed and reinforced stitching with a rating of 10/10 for added waterproofing and breathability quality.
I hope this breaks down my range a little better for you. I believe the best place to start would be the Womens Cartel Whistler Plus Sized pant, it’s how our whole business started!
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