What to Wear Under Snow Pants
Big-tall buyers are always worried about the size of the clothes they buy, and that for snow/ski pants, too. You see a pair online advertised as size 4XL, so you think that they’re right for you, only to find the legs are too tight when you wear them with a base layer.
Choose the right size before shipping, possibly even sizing up, to leave yourself enough room underneath the ski pants. Once you have them, we have to decide what we can wear underneath. Read the size chart carefully.
The first thing you can wear under them is nothing. If the ski pants are no good, then wearing nothing will mean you get colder faster.
After that, you could try a nice set of insulating cotton thermals. These add a layer of comfort to ski pants for men. Thermals can help reduce wetness and keep out the cold in any weather.
Some try to wear jeans and similar denim items under their ski pants, but this is not recommended. The fabric isn’t flexible enough for the clothing layers, leaving you feeling stiff and unable to maneuver properly.
The best pants to wear underneath are track pants or leggings. These items are useful for moisture-wicking and often add a lovely fleece lining that your ski pants may be missing.
Be careful when putting anything under your ski pants. At least, plan ahead and prepare for the possibility that you’ll have to size up one level to make the layers fit comfortably.
Which Ski Pants are Best for Big-Tall Skiing?
All ski pants could be used as regular big-tall winter snow pants, but not the other way around. Men and women should think carefully before choosing a pair of snow pants specifically for the ski slope.
For the big-tall buyer, especially men, ski pants with a waterproof outer shell and an inner insulating shell that keeps you warm as well as dry is an excellent place to start. Brands are abundant, but they are not the primary consideration.
Another thing that big-tall skiers should look for is built-in gaiters. The gaiter is the part around the ankle that covers the boots. Proper adjustable (usually via zipper) gaiters are the best ones on ski pants, keeping snow off your boots.
One bit of ski-pant information that the non-initiated miss out on is ventilation. You may be buying these snow pants for use in freezing temperatures, but as you’re skiing, snowboarding, or otherwise active, the pants will make your legs hot.
Good snow pants for skiing will include side zippers that you can open up and allow air to circulate and cool your legs back down again. A ski day gets sweaty, so you should ventilate and feel more comfortable.
The style of pants is also crucial. The more common pant style is easier to get on and off, but the bib style (like overalls) will ensure more generous coverage, no draft on your waistline, and better coverage and protection on your back. The bigger size of the bib design makes layering much more manageable.
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