Buying ski trousers may seem like a no-brainer task but wearing the right or the wrong pair can make all the difference to you on the slopes. The fashion has gone from skinny to baggy and back to skinny again; there are one-piece suits, bright colours, trousers with vents and some with braces. With all the choices out there, navigating the purchase of a new pair of ski-trousers can actually be quite tricky. Read on for you top tips to buy that great pair that will give you the comfort and style you need to ski the slopes of Obergurgl in perfect form.
1. Make sure they fit
Keep in mind that you will be bending and flexing on the slopes constantly so your ski trousers need to fit properly. This is the major problem when buying ski gear online – you don’t actually have the opportunity to try anything on so it is unlikely you can get the perfect fit. Avoid online purchases here and go into the store to buy, often salespeople can help you with measurements and recommendations for the perfect fit.
2. Waterproof and Breathable Materials
Even if you are not planning on doing any off-piste skiing in powder, chances are you’re going to get wet on the slopes. Make sure you buy trousers with waterproof and breathable material so you don’t end up wet from the elements or your sweat that can’t evaporate. Gore-Tex is still considered the leading manufacturer of waterproof and breathable membranes so any of their trousers are a safe bet.
3. Consider Insulation
The rule here is that any beginners, piste skiers and occasional off-piste skiers need insulation in their ski trousers. The insulation helps keep you warm on cold days when you are standing around in lift lines or for long chair lift rides. If you regularly hike off-piste routes or enjoy ski touring or Nordic skiing stay away from insulation, you will overheat!
4. Do you Need Vents?
This depends on what type of skier you are! Beginner to intermediate skiers can usually get away with not having vents; however, those who are more active and work up a sweat will need them. Something else to consider is the time of year that you generally go skiing – mid-winter skiers are less likely to need vents than those who like to go out in the spring when the sun is shining and the weather is warmer.
5. Adjustable Waist vs. Braces
An adjustable waist with Velcro can come in handy because you can position your trousers exactly where you want them. This can also help if your weight tends to fluctuate during the season,, i.e. during the holiday season! Braces are great for keeping back country skiers warm and dry or if you have trouble keeping your trousers up with just a belt. The question of the adjustable waist vs. braces is really a matter of personal preference and what works for your body type.
We hope you enjoyed these top tips for purchasing ski trousers, brought to you by the Chalet at 11˚ East in Obergurgl.