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If you’re looking to get some good turns in this winter, then you’re bound to spend a good portion of time on your butt. Whether that’s on the chairlift, in the lodge or in the trail, there’s nothing worse than a poor pair of pants and a cold butt. Only the best pair of snowboard pants will fix this problem!

Finding the best snowboard pants for you is pivotal to enjoying your ride. Aside from preventing unwanted snow from creeping down your waistline or sneaking into your boots, snow pants also keep you warm and can safely store your phone, wallet, or even ski pass. Snowboard pants vary widely in design and material, so to make your life a little bit easier we’ve selected a few of the best snow pants out there.

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Quick Answer - The Best Snowboard Pants

  1. Arc’teryx Sabre AR
  2. Quiksilver Dark and Stormy
  3. Burton Cargo
  4. VOLCOM L
  5. VOLCOM Rain GTX
  6. The North Face Freedom Insulated
  7. Salomon Chill Out
  8. Columbia Bugaboo II
  9. Arctix Essential
  10. Arc’teryx Stinger

 

Comparison Table - Best Snowboard Pants

PictureNameFabricPowder CuffsStylePriceRating
Arc’teryx Sabre ARNylon and FlannelYesPants$$4.9
Quiksilver Dark and StormyNylonYesPants$$4.5
Burton CargoPolyesterYesPants$4.3
VOLCOM LNylon and PolyesterYesPants$$4.9
VOLCOM Rain GTXNylon and PolyesterYesBibs$$$4.4
The North Face Freedom InsulatedNylonYesPants$4.3
Salomon Chill OutElastane, Polyester And PolyamideYesBibs$$4.8
Columbia Bugaboo IINylonYesPants$4.5
Arctix EssentialPolyesterYesPants$3.8
Arc’teryx StingerNylonYesPants and Bibs$$$4.2
PictureNameFabricPowder CuffsStylePriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Pants for Snowboarding

Arc’teryx Sabre AR

Specs
  • Fabric: Nylon and Flannel
  • Style: Pants
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • 3-layer Gore-tex Waterproof And Breathable Fabric
  • Unique Slide ‘n Loc System To Attach To Jackets
  • Removable Belt

BEST FOR: EXPERIENCED RIDERS

As the first pair of pants on our list, the Arc’teryx Sabre AR pants are a safe bet for any boarder looking to enjoy a long day on the mountain. With powder cuffs and windproof and waterproof capabilities, these pants can be pushed to the edge. The removable belt and slide n’ loc system, which allows you to connect your pants to your jacket, means they’ll be comfortable as well.

The unique powder cuffs fit underneath the highback of your snowboard, or the plastic plating that extends up from your heel to your shin. This will save you a lot of socks and a lot of trips to the lodge to dislodge any snow that’s built up around your ankles. These pants may be expensive, but they won’t let you down.

Quiksilver Dark and Stormy

Specs
  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Style: Pants
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • Lift Pass Holder
  • Jacket to Pant Attachment System
  • Adjustable Waistband

BEST FOR: INTERMEDIATE RIDERS

The Quicksilver Dark and Stormy pants sport a unique design and enough features to satisfy your every need. With zip-up bottom leg gussets to air out your lower body if you’re ever overheating and mesh lined vents throughout the pants, you should never feel too hot in these pants. And with the adjustable waistband and an easy attachment system to your jacket, the pants should fit comfortably and tightly around your body. 

Characterized by Quiksilver’s DryFlight technology, these pants will keep you warm, dry, and stylish. Just make sure you like how they look before you buy them!

Burton Cargo

Specs
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Style: Pants
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • Audio Port in Pocket for Headphones
  • Articulated, Moveable Knee Joints
  • Covered by Burton’s Lifetime Warranty

BEST FOR: WET WEATHER SNOWBOARDERS

Burton’s Cargo snow pants are a safe, reliable bet for any rider at any level and won’t break your bank account on the way to the register. With moveable, articulated knees and unique mesh-lined venting, you’re sure to be comfortable and cool during your ride. There’s even a glove loop underneath the left pocket to hold your gloves when you have to sift through your backpack on the chairlift. 

These snow pants have a very relaxed fit, and may need extra tightening around the waistband so that they don’t slide down. But if comfort, style, and function are your main priorities, then these snow pants are a great option.

VOLCOM L

Specs
  • Fabric: Nylon and Polyester
  • Style: Pants
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • 2-Layer Gore-Tex Waterproofing System
  • Multiple Pockets
  • Zip To Jacket Feature For Connecting Pants To Corresponding Volcom Jackets

BEST FOR: ALL RIDERS

An all around effective pant, the Volcom L Gore-Tex snow pants have a universal style that all riders will take a liking too. Simple and relaxed, Volcom reduces the feature count to create a simple pant that will keep you warm and dry while riding. The only three features include a dual-layer Gore-tex membrane to keep out moisture, several zippered pockets for storage, and a handy pant-to-jacket attachment to prevent snow from sneaking in past your waistline. Note that you can only attach these pants to corresponding Volcom jackets. 

If you’re looking for a simple, reliable pair of snow pants, look no further because these will give you everything you need and more.

VOLCOM Rain GTX

Specs
  • Fabric: Nylon and Polyester
  • Style: Bibs
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • Elastic Suspenders
  • Stone Butt Patch For Extra Waterproofing While In Chairlift
  • Stretchy Gaiters To Keep The Snow Out

BEST FOR: AGGRESSIVE RIDERS

VOLCOM comes in back-to-back on this list with our first Bib. With two strong, elastic suspenders, these snow pants, like all bibs, will wrap up around your shoulders to better hold them to your body and keep snow out. The Volcom Rain GTX bib even comes with a stone butt for extra water resistance when seated and stretch boot gaiters to keep snow out of your boot while riding. 

With more pockets than most other snow pants and more features than you could ask for, Volcom’s GTX bib will keep you dry and comfortable no matter how aggressive you’re riding.

The North Face Freedom Insulated

Specs
  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Style: Pants
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • Adjustable Waist
  • Cargo Pockets For A More Secure Pocket
  • Boot Gaiters That Keep Snow Out Of Your Boot

BEST FOR: BEGINNER RIDERS

As all North Face products do, the North Face Freedom Insulated pants will surely keep you warm out on the mountain. The adjustable waist allows you to mold the pants to your body and the venting system works uniquely to circulate air constantly as you ride. Several durable cargo pockets will keep your essentials safe as well, while a durable layer on the bottom of your pants will protect them against any unwanted attacks from sharp ski or board edges.  

As these have been renowned as a popular pair of snow pants for years, you can rest assured that the North Face Freedom pants will work to your liking.

Salomon Chill Out

Specs
  • Fabric: Elastane, Polyester And Polyamide
  • Style: Bibs
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • Ankle Gaiters For Keeping Snow Out Of Your Boot
  • Relaxed Fit For A More Comfortable Ride
  • Suspender Straps That Wrap Over Your Shoulders For A Tighter Fit

BEST FOR: ADVANCED RIDERS

Built for all riders, but often worn by advanced and expert riders, the Salomon Chill Out Bib offers riders a relaxed pant that’s far more capable of keeping snow away from your body than other pants. Ankle gaiters keep snow out of your boots and a sleek design ensures that your upper body won’t overheat beneath whatever layers the day calls for. 

As far as bibs go, this may be one of the best on the market. No need to worry about getting wet or sagging pants or even bulkiness with these pants from Solomon. They’ll suit all your needs.

Columbia Bugaboo II

Specs
  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Style: Pants
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • Adjustable Waistband
  • Articulated Knees
  • Cargo Pockets

BEST FOR: WINDY ENVIRONMENTS

Columbia’s Bugaboo line has been in the game for awhile now and for good reason. These snow pants come equipped with all the normal features of other snow pants including articulated knees, zippered pockets, and an adjustable waistband as well as reinforced cuff guards to prevent any unwanted wear and tear of your pant edges over the years. 

Built with a breathable design, beginner riders looking for a strong, affordable entry level snow pant that may last them a few years should consider Columbia’s Bugaboo II as their next, or first, pair of snow pants.

Arctix Essential

Specs
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Style: Pants
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • Boot Gaiters That Prevent Snow From Entering Your Boot
  • Adjustable Waist
  • Machine Wash Capable

BEST FOR: SNOWY ENVIRONMENTS

If you may only ride once or twice a season, but want snow pants that can keep you warm in town or when shoveling snow, these pants should do the trick. For only a fraction of the cost of other pants, the Arctix snow pants have boot gaiters to keep your feet warm, as well as an adjustable waist if you choose to pack on more clothes underneath. 

Given how affordable they are, we highly recommend these pants for a homebody who spends most of their time in the snow around their house than on the slopes. Though they can double for a few runs down the mountain, they may not last as long as some of the other options on this list.

Arc’teryx Stinger

Specs
  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Style: Pants and Bibs
  • Powder Cuffs: Yes
Features
  • Dual Side Zipper For Ventilation
  • Slide N’ Loc Attachment System Means These Pants Can Be Attached To Compatible Arc’teryx Jackets To Prevent Snow From Entering Your Waistline
  • Removable And Adjustable Belt

BEST FOR: EXPERT RIDERS

It may be one of the pricier pairs of pants on our list, but the Arc’teryx Stinger Snow Pants earn their higher price tag. Built with a rugged nylon fabric and a 3-layer Gore-tex membrane to protect against the most extremes of weather, these pants will thrive in any environment. They may not seem like much, but the dual side zippers for ventilation can be a game changer if you ever decide to go on a hike up the mountain for some better terrain. 

We recommend these snow pants, which also come in bib form, to any and all riders looking for the best pair of snow pants they’ve ever had.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING SNOWBOARD PANTS

On the surface, most snow pants look the same, but if you want the best snowboard pants for you, you’re going to want to take some time to research the differences. Factors such as style, use, and comfort will play a huge role in your decision, so read through the keynotes below for some tips on buying your next pair. Or, if you want, find out more about how to buy the best snowboard pants.

STYLE

Do you want a bib or good ‘ole fashioned snow pants? If you don’t know which, here’s the difference: Bib style snow pants wrap up and around your shoulders with suspenders. They’ll keep you warmer, dryer, and more secure, but they are a bear to take on and off, so if convenience is your priority, stick to snowpants. Snow pants come up to your waist and won’t impair your mobility up top. But if you’re tending to extreme powder, a bib is more suited for you.

 

RIDING STYLE

Are you a beginner rider or more experienced? Do you ride casually or more aggressively? If casual is your answer, a relaxed fit may suit your needs best. But if aggressive riding is in your repertoire, then you might want to consider a tighter style pant or even a bib. They’re bound to stay glued to your body despite any rigid movements or inopportune crashes.

 

COMFORT AND FABRIC

Comfort may be the number one priority for you, in which case, you’ll want to make certain that you have the sizing just right when you buy online. That’s why we recommend checking out the sizing guides for each pair of pants you’re considering before you make your final decision. Snow pants may look the same, but they vary widely on how they feel. Each fabric can elicit a different feeling and level of warmth, so before you buy yours, we recommend trying a few out at your local slope.

 

COST

Any snow pant that only costs you a double digit number won’t be stupendous on the mountain. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a use, perhaps shoveling snow or playing in the backyard, but a proper snow pant is likely to cost you over a $100 dollars. From there, the pricier you go, the more durable the pant. But unlike with other items, price is not everything. Snow pants can always rip. So work your way up to the more expensive models before you dive in.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

GORE-TEX

An industry standard, synthetic waterproof fabric.

GAITERS

A tight pullover that restricts snow or rain from sneaking inside your boot. Often wraps around your ankle but could extend up as high as your knee.

BIB

A tight pullover that restricts snow or rain from sneaking inside your boot. Often wraps around your ankle but could extend up as high as your knee.

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About The Author

While at the University of Virginia, Nate studied Spanish literature and contemporary philosophy and started for its Division 1 lacrosse team. At 20 years old, he began writing about his experiences attempting the world’s most insane adventures. From backcountry skiing in Patagonia to living in a Brazilian favela and high-altitude ice climbing in the Himalaya, Nate sheds light on parts and cultures of the world that remain widely unknown. He’s been featured on the top-rated travel podcast Extra Pack of Peanuts and has published work in a variety of outdoor publications. Currently Nate works as a freelance writer and explorer and competes for the Israeli National lacrosse team at tournaments around the world. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Nepali and proficient in French and Arabic. This past Spring, Nate became the first ever foreigner to porter in the Himalaya.

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