The Best Cross Country Ski Pants

The Best Cross Country Ski Pants
Cross-country ski pants need to keep you dry, warm and comfortable while allowing for flexibility in movement. Cross-country skiing is a highly aerobic exercise and you want to avoid overdressing, since increased perspiration can lead to discomfort and even hypothermia in certain cases. Cross-country skiers should choose close-fitting layers that keep you comfortable and dry when your body heats up. The type of pants you need depend on weather conditions and the style of skiing.

Mountain Hardware Transition Super Power Tights

The Transition Super Power Tights are windproof and provide breathability while enabling an effective range of motion and flexibility. The tights are close-fitting to increase warmth, and they have articulated knees and stretch panels to improve range of motion and breathability. The pants also feature a soft internal drawcord at the waist for a comfortable fit as well as zippers on the legs to help with easy on and off. These tights are suited for skate skiing or classic style skiing at warmer temperatures. The Mountain Hardware's Super Tights come in male and female styles.

Mountain Hardware
1414 Harbour Way S.
Ford Point, Suite 1005
Richmond, CA 94804
(800) 953-8375

Patagonia's Integral Pants -- Men's

Patagonia's Integral Pants are for skiing in all types of weather conditions. The pants are made from a grid fleece fabric that keeps you dry and warm when exerting yourself in cold-weather conditions. The thighs are also windproof, and a water-repellent finish protects you from light rain and snow. A flexible fabric is used at the knees and waist to provide the extra stretch and range of motion necessary for Nordic skiing. Flexible fabric is also found at the ankles, and along with zippered ankles allows an adjustable fit over ski boots. The pants are slim-fitted to go with a base layer underneath for additional warmth.

P.O. Box 32050
Reno, NV 89523-2050
(800) 638-6464

REI Winter Momentum Pants -- Women's

REI's Winter Momentum Pants provide water resistance, breathability, protection from the wind and comfort for cross-country skiing. The pants include zippered vents in the thighs to help control the temperature inside the pants, and the waistband includes a mesh band to increase wicking performance to keep you dry and chafe-free. The pants are efficient for colder-weather conditions since the loose fitting design can accommodate a base layer. The pants are best for classic cross-country skiing.

Sumner, WA 98352-0001
(800) 426-4840

Article Written By Wren Mcilroy

Based out of Salt Lake City, Wren Mcilroy has been writing outdoor recreation and travel-related articles for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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