Every skier understands the fact that at some point during the season, there is going to be some very warm days, some very cold days, and days in between. On the very warm days it seems you can’t take enough layers off and on the cold ones, it seems you can’t put enough on. This is where insulated clothing, such as insulated jackets or pants come in handy.
There are many brands out there these days, but the technology behind insulated ski pants, is roughly the same from company to company. Said pants are designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable, regardless of your ski ability or where you are skiing. Brands such as Obermeyer, Cloudveil, Spyder and Orage have full lines of insulated ski pants and other insulated gear to keep skiers warm.
Price is always a determining factor in someones willingness to purchase a product or not, but can you really put a price on being comfortable out on the slopes? Higher end companies such as Spyder and Cloudveil charge more than the other companies but you are getting a much superior product, one that will keep you comfortable and one that will last a long time.
Lastly, style is always important. Whether you are a park rat, a corduroy cruiser or a big mountain bomber, there are pants that will keep you looking good, while giving you the comfort you need. Companies such as Orage and Volcom tend to gear their insulated pants towards park rats and the youth while Spyder and Cloudveil push their product at the crowd taking it easy on the groomed cruisers most mountains offer.
Looking at the countless insulated ski pants on the market today, it is safe to say there is a pant to match every outfit as well as every skier’s style and/or ability. As long as it makes you comfortable, keeps you warm and dry, you have found a good insulated ski pant.