We’ve all seen them worn out on the hill. Are they cool, or are they simply a fashion item that serves no legitimate purpose for those for take their winter sports seriously? There’s strong opinions on both sides. Here are a few pointers to bear in mind, should you decide to hit the shops looking for the ideal pair for your winter sports wardrobe.
Choose a product with Gore-Tex
Gore-Tex fabrics are made by laminating a special membrane on to high performance textiles and then sealing them with an innovative solution. They offer guaranteed waterproof protection, meaning that any jean pant made with Gore-Tex will definitely keep you dry. Burton are probably the best known manufacturer of jean pants and they use this technology. They don’t come cheap but they are definitely well worth the investment.
Consider the elements
The type of jean pant which will work best for you will depend on the conditions in which you plan to wear them. It can be cold out in the snow, but do remember that it can get quite clammy if you’re too wrapped up on those warm and wet spring days. Most high-end winter clothing manufacturers will produce their jean pants as outer shells, so you can layer underneath according to the conditions.
Always try before you buy
It seems fairly obvious, but always make sure that you try the jean pants on before buying them. If they’re at all restricting or uncomfortable, it could have a massive impact on your performance. The sort of jeans that you might wear on a night out or to the supermarket simply won’t cut it. If you’re buying online, make sure you read plenty of reviews before making a decision and always ensure that the company you are buying from offer a returns policy.
By taking the time to make sure that you buy the right product for you, jean pants could become your favourite item from your winter sports wardrobe. And if we dare say it, you’ll probably look really cool, too.