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Mountain Hardwear’s Boundary Ridge Bib is a great choice, with great waterproofing, pockets, and more. Photo: Reuben Krabbe/The Inertia

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Snowboard pants have come a long way since the days of chain wallets and low-riders. Back in the day, the sport’s fashion was a direct rejection of the elitism of skiing, forgoing the flash and dance for its own subculture with ties to punk rock and hip-hop.

Nowadays, you have the major outdoor brands competing alongside snowboarding-specific labels to deliver the goods. Riders expect a lot more than mere fashion, and the gear has to perform well in the elements to gain our hard-earned cash. Over the past two seasons, we’ve tested the best snowboard jackets and snowboard pants on the market in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains – home of Whistler Blackcomb – and the Cascades in Washington, home to the legendary Mount Baker. Below are the results.

To see how the pants stack up against one another, skip ahead to the Comparison Table and Ratings Chart, below. And for more information on snowboard pants generally, head over to our Buyer’s Guide. For lady shredders, check out our guide to The Best Women’s Snowboard Pants.

The Best Men’s Snowboard Pants of 2024

Best All-Around Snowboard Pants: Burton AK Cyclic Bib
Best Budget Snowboard Pants: Quiksilver Mission
Best Backcountry Snowboard Pants: Burton AK Kalausi
Best Insulated Snowboard Pants: Mountain Hardwear Cloud Bank
Best Snowboard Pants For All-Day Wear: Patagonia Storm Shift

Best All-Around Snowboard Pants

Burton AK Cyclic Bib ($480)

Pant/Bib: Bib
Waterproofing: 2L GORE-TEX
Features: Big pockets
Sustainability: Bluesign approved

Burton Cyclic Bibs

Pros: Lightweight, waterproof, fairly breathable
Cons: 2L construction, no insulation

Burton’s [AK] line is over 20 years in the making, and each year their talented team of riders and designers refine the product a bit more. The result is a pair of snowboard bib pants that look great, feel great, and hit all the right notes to make this our favorite pair of snowboard pants.

The only downside we found in comparison to other options on this list is that these pants are constructed of 2L instead of 3L GORE-TEX, which definitely gives it a cooler feel. But having one less layer adds to the flexibility of the snowboard pants, giving them an extra nod in the comfort department. You just might need to wear a thicker underlayer to compensate if riding in the dead of winter. But for all-season comfort that can extend into the spring or keep you going on long backcountry days, this is definitely the go-to.

As for the right combination of durability and light weight, the Cyclic Bib is pretty ideal, with GORE-TEX protection and an articulated fit that’s made to move with you. It’s also easy to see that a lot of thought went into features, like pocket placement. The bibs sport two large zippered chest pockets, We are big fans of this, because you can have wet (think backcountry skins) and dry storage within easy reach that stays safe under your jacket. Mesh-lined, inner-thigh vents let you dump heat as needed.

These snowboard pants are made to last, but if they don’t, you also have Burton’s limited lifetime warranty, so they will fix or replace anything that is out of whack. On the sustainability side, Burton has transitioned to all their gear getting the Bluesign seal of approval. It’s good to see snowboarding’s top brand taking environmental responsibility seriously.

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Best Budget Snowboard Pants

Quiksilver Mission ($265)

Pant/Bib: Pant
Waterproofing: GORE-TEX
Features: Inward-facing vents
Sustainability: 50% recycled

quiksilver mission snowboarding pants

Pros: Lightweight with GORE-TEX protection
Cons: Not as durable as other GORE-TEX pants

Pants are definitely one of the categories in snowboarding gear where less is sometimes more. One may not need all the bells and whistles as long as the pants do a couple of its main jobs well: Offer protection from the elements, and not get in the way when popping big airs or poking out a good method.

The Mission pants by Quiksilver do just that, offering GORE-TEX protection in a very lightweight and unobtrusive package. They are easy to ride and offer great freedom of movement, giving the people what they need to have a good time out there. What they lack is a hefty price tag, clocking in at even less than the cost of some day tickets at bigger resorts, believe it or not. The pants are by no means bare bones, with well-placed pockets, internal gaiters, and a lining that gives you one extra layer so as not to not need anything too bulky underneath to keep warm. For the price, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that performs as well as the Quiksilver Mission pants.

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Best Backcountry Snowboard Pants

Burton AK Kalausi Bibs ($899)

Pant/Bib: Bib
Waterproofing: 3L GORE-TEX
Features: GORE-TEX C-Knit fabric, vest-style bibs
Sustainability: Bluesign approved

burton kalausi bib pants review

Pros: Lightweight, comfortable, excellent weather protection
Cons: Pricey

For people who demand the utmost in quality, we were blown away by the Burton [AK] Kalausi bibs. You simply won’t find anything as lightweight with 3L GORE-TEX protection that also moves with ease. This is due to the GORE-TEX C-Knit fabric, which truly is raising the bar in terms of a lightweight/waterproof combo. Combine that material with exceptional design from the Burton team, and the result is a winning package for great days out in the backcountry.

The upper part of the bibs aren’t waterproof for increased breathability, but odds are you have a jacket on anyway. However, you do get more of a vest than the traditional bib straps, letting the pants hang well and also giving riders extra pockets while forming well to the body.

We truly think these pants are a game-changer in backcountry mobility. If you would like to know more about them, check out our in-depth review.

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Best Insulated Snowboard Pants

Mountain Hardwear Cloud Bank ($375)

Pant/Bib: Pant
Waterproofing: 2L GORE-TEX
Features: 60g insulation
Sustainability: 100% recycled face fabric

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Pros: Insulated, comfortable liner
Cons: Insulation isn’t removable

For those who don’t like layering up too much underneath, or if you’re just in a really cold place and could use all the warmth you could get, then we were big fans of the Cloud Bank by Mountain Hardwear. Made with a GORE-TEX membrane and 100% recycled polyester on the exterior, and 60g synthetic insulation inside, it’s going to keep you warm and dry better than a lot of what’s available out there.

The lining had a super smooth, comfortable feel that felt more premium than the price of these pants suggest. We would have awarded it “Best Value” but that can be a subjective comment so we simply recommend it here if you like insulated pants. Despite the insulation they aren’t overly bulky and give you plenty of movement for a big day out, while also giving enough warmth if you are stuck in line or have to wait out on the chairlift. Sadly, that’s more of a reality these days than any of us like to admit so for the pragmatic folks, you might appreciate the extra insulation here and get the pants before you have to experience the cold firsthand.

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Best Snowboard Pants For All-Day Wear

Patagonia Storm Shift ($399)

Patagonia Storm Shift Pants

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Pant/Bib: Pant
Waterproofing: 2L GORE-TEX
Features: Lined pockets
Sustainability: 100% recycled, PFC-free DWR

Pros: Great protection from the elements
Cons: Pockets are small

Patagonia has been a leader in the ski scene for some time. But for snowboarders, the style doesn’t always mesh with the fashion du jour.

Not anymore — the Storm Shift pants not only look great, but they are comfortable and lightweight, loose-fitting without being overly baggy. We found them to be the best of the lot for wearing around town in the snow as another garment in the wardrobe. While being great performing pants the hill, they stand out on their own, even when walking the streets.

The 2L GORE-TEX and reinforced gaiters kept all types of snow and sludge out, even though we made an effort to step in some slush puddles. two handwarmer pockets are well-lined to keep digits warm if gloves get soaked and you need some relief, while thigh pockets provide extra storage. Two mesh-lined vents let you ventilate while still keeping snow out, and the pants also come in a women-specific version.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Patagonia review without mentioning their efforts to help improve the planet, so it’s good to know they don’t use fluorinated chemicals in the waterproofing layer, which is good for both humans and the ecosystems we play in. And the company’s goal to keep their garments in circulation via repairs over replacement means even if you give these snowboard pants some love, Patagonia has your back (and bottom) to keep these snowboard pants going season after season. Read our full review of the Patagonia Storm Shift Pants here.

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Best of the Rest

Extreme Durability

Arc’teryx Sabre Bib ($700)

Arc'teryx Sabre Bibs for our review of the best snowboard Pants

Pant/Bib: Bib
Waterproofing: 3L GORE-TEX
Features: Rubber-sealed zippers
Sustainability: Bluesign approved

Pros: Can take a beating
Cons: Fairly rigid and unforgiving

The Sabre Bib has the primo construction that Arc’teryx has become known for. With 3L GORE-TEX, the only way you’ll get damp is if you forget to close the massive vents on the sides, something that’s not too hard to do! Be careful, though, unlike some other pant vents, there is no interior mesh keeping you from unzipping too far and letting in unwelcome slush.  But as far as the material with which it’s made – that’s where these snowboard bibs shine.

The seams are well hidden, perhaps the best of what we tested, and you can tell that there was no skimping when it came to quality construction. Zippers also include a rubberized seal to help keep pockets from leaking. Not much bad can be said for these bibs. The material doesn’t move quite as well as some other options on this list, but that’s a fair trade-off for the bomber construction. Also worth noting is that Arc’teryx has updated their warranty to be a “limited” lifetime warranty, so if you’re the person who rides hard and wears the gear out fast, there might be some pushback on their end on how far they will go to service the gear. But as a quality piece of gear that hangs well and will withstand the elements, the Sabre is a great option.

If you’re not into bibs, check out the Arc’teryx Sabre Pants.

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Great Pockets/Runner-Up Best All-Around

Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Bib ($400)

Pant/Bib: Bib
Waterproofing: 3L GORE-TEX
Features: Good pocket layout
Sustainability: Recycled polyester

Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Bibs

Pros: Extremely durable, great pockets
Cons: Mesh chest pocket does not zip

Mountain Hardwear makes a great product. They haven’t always been at the forefront of the snowboarding scene, but their quality construction earned them a couple spots on the list.

The 3L GORE-TEX material is, without a doubt, the best bang for your buck that you’ll get for snowboard pants that won’t soak through. Being snowboard bibs, that means that a good portion of the torso is well-protected as well. Attaching this to the Boundary Ridge Jacket kept us warm and dry throughout anything we, or the mountain, threw at it.

With zip and cargo pockets on the sides, as well as both a zip and mesh pocket on the chest, there is plenty of space to stash what you need. Just be careful with valuables in the mesh chest pocket because it has the potential to fall out if you tumble. The side vents are large enough to do a quick flush on the go and zip back in seconds, earning major breathability points, especially for a 3L GORE-TEX build.

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Super Stretch

Dakine Sender Stretch Pants ($450)

Pant/Bib: Pant
Waterproofing: 20k
Features: Super stretchy
Sustainability: Recycled polyester, PFC-free DWR

Dakine Sender Stretch Pants

Pros: Nice flex allows you to send it without being held back
Cons: Not GORE-TEX, runs large

Dakine’s Sender Stretch Pants are exactly what the name implies. A roomy, if not baggy fit and stretchy material makes for unrestricted movement on the sendiest of jumps and maneuvers and is also exceedingly comfortable. Featuring 20k waterproofing and 20k breathability, these snowboard pants are as waterproof as they are breathable, with a PFC-free DWR and 3L construction made of recycled materials. If you need more breathability, exterior thigh vents let you dump heat with ease.

A fairly hidden but highly important feature these snowboard pants sport is the adjustable waistband with a drawstring that lets you cinch the pants down snugly without needing a belt.

The biggest downside is the pockets, as the pants only feature the two front cargo pockets you can see in the photo above, as well as two back pockets. If you’re riding the lifts, those two back pockets won’t do you much good besides giving you somewhere to stash your pass, leaving you with just the front two pockets for everything else. That said, the pockets are roomy and well-made, with magnetic flap closures for ease of use, as well as zippers should you need the added security. And paired with the right jacket, or a backpack, the lack of pockets shouldn’t be an issue.

These snowboard pants also took a hit on warranty, with Dakine only offering a 2-year guarantee on manufacturing defects. Any self-inflicted rips will be yours to take care of.

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Best Insulated Bibs

TREW Gear Tatoosh ($349)

Pant/Bib: Bib
Waterproofing: 20k
Features: 60g insulation
Sustainability: Not specified

The Tatoosh Bib Pants from TREW Gear were a favorite pick of ours for durability and warmth.

Pros: Warm, durable, and comfortable
Cons: Bulky

Named after the wild range adjacent to Mount Ranier, a cornerstone of the PNW Landscape, the Tatoosh Bibs would do well within their namesake. Sporting 60g insulation, these bibs will give the extra layer necessary to stay out longer when the mercury drops down low.  Despite the warmth, we felt they were roomy and breathable enough to not collect sweat, but with that, you do have a bit of extra added weight.

The big bonus to these pants is the comfort. It’s no secret that GORE-TEX fabric can generally be quite rigid, but the nylon weave for these pants makes it feel much more easy to wear. At 20K it’s not as bomb-proof as GORE’s 28K rating, but it’s a question of whether or not you want to trade the comfort for days when it’s just getting soaked. Many people would rather do other things during a rainstorm, so if that’s you, the comfort points might win out. Read our full review of the Tatoosh Bibs here.

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Sustainable and Backcountry-Ready

Patagonia Snowdrifter ($399)

Pant/Bib: Bib
Waterproofing: H2No
Features: Stretchy
Sustainability: 100% recycled, PFC-free DWR

patagonia snowdrifter

Pros: Stretchy and lightweight
Cons: Shoulder straps can come loose

If you need a lightweight bib for backcountry missions that can also withstand the elements, we loved the Snowdrifter. They have enough stretch to give you freedom to move, and felt like there was barely anything on while riding, while still providing storm-ready, 3L protection. That’s reason enough to recommend, but the added bonus (which may be the primary reason for many) is that the material is 100% recycled. On top of that, the DWR coating on it is free of the harmful PFC chemicals that are traditionally used for waterproof coatings. Add in the fact that the people making the gear were paid a fair wage under the Fair Trade standard, and this is a pair of snowboard pants that you can feel good about wearing.

We did notice though, that in heavy use the shoulder straps would come a little loose. A simple tape job can fix that, but then you must sacrifice the quick-release that is a welcome feature for many – especially when nature calls. Another feature that caused a bit of frustration was the zipper on the thigh pockets would get stuck on occasion. It was never a permanent stick but it happened more than once, so it’s worth noting. That’s not exactly a dealbreaker considering that the pros far outweigh the cons. We found that using the zipper with two hands solved this issue fairly easily.

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Rugged and Versatile

Volcom Guide Pants ($475)

Pant/Bib: Pant
Waterproofing: 3L GORE-TEX
Features: Reinforced butt patch
Sustainability: Partially recycled

volcom guide gore tex pants

Pros: Built to last, reinforced at all the right spots
Cons: Pricey for a shell

Designed for, and developed alongside the guide staff at the legendary Baldface Lodge, Volcom’s Guide Pants were built and tested for all-day wear, day in and day out. Guiding is a unique profession in that it’s often glamorized as being super awesome, but it takes more than a good snowboarder or skier to succeed. It takes a cool head, quick thinking, and a lack of ego to help a group of 12 make it down from the top to bottom of a deep powder run in one piece. Often getting up before daybreak to do weather observations and shutting down the bar with clients at night, the guide needs gear that provides comfort, protection, and reliability.

The Guide pants give you all these, with added style points in their simple yet well-hanging design. The unsung hero of these pants are the rugged zippers that are easy to open and close in a hurry, and won’t bog you down fumbling around in gloves. All in all these pants will keep you protected, and although you’re paying a premium, with that comes a reliable set of pants that will last for many seasons of everyday use.

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Comparison Table

Item Price Pant or Bib? Waterproofing Features Sustainability
Burton [AK] Cyclic $490 Bib 2L GORE-TEX Big pockets Bluesign Approved
Quiksilver Mission $270 Pant GORE-TEX Inward facing vents 50% Recycled fibers
Burton [AK] Kalausi $809 Bib 3L GORE-TEX C-Knit Beacon clip loop Bluesign Approved
Patagonia Storm Shift $399 Pant 2L PFC-Free GORE-TEX Lined pockets Patagonia, duh
Mountain Hardwear Cloud Bank $375 Pant 2L GORE-TEX 60g Synthetic insulation 100% Recycled
Arc’teryx Sabre $700 Bib 3L GORE-TEX Rubberized zippers Bluesign Approved
Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge $400 Bib 3L GORE-TEX Tons of pockets Recycled polyester
Dakine Sender Stretch $450 Pant 3L PFC-Free DWR Stretchy Recycled Polyester, PFC-free DWR
TREW Gear Tatoosh $349 Bib 20K Nylon 60g High Loft insulation Not specified
Patagonia Snowdrifter $399 Bib 3L Recycled Polyester Eco-friendly materials 100% Recycled, PFC-free DWR, Fair Trade
Volcom Guide Pants $530 Pant 3L GORE-TEX Reinforced Butt Patch Some recycled polyester (amount not specified)

How We Tested The Best Snowboard Pants

The PNW is legendary for the abundant snowfall and gnarly country terrain. Two mountain ranges convene near the US/Canadian border—The Coast Range that extends upwards to Alaska, and the Cascades that run southward to California. These mountains are where we put these snowboard pants to the test.

Lead tester Steve Andrews grew up with these mountains in his backyard. As a grom he spent his time at Mount Baker, one of the most legendary snowboard destinations on Earth and home to the world record for snowfall in a single winter season. On top of the huge dumps, the coastal snow is well-known for being of the “wetter” variety, meaning if you don’t have high-quality protection, you’ll quickly get soaked. All this had him seeking out the best gear over the years, learning what’s most important from peers and mentors. Over the years Steve has also worked as a professional filmer and backcountry guide, so he knows what to look for in extras such as well-placed pockets that are easy to access and keep pricey accessories safe.

Steve recruited a crew of die-hard shredders from Mt. Baker and Whistler to assist in the testing process, ensuring that there wasn’t any personal bias toward one particular model simply based on fit. It’s also important to make sure to give each pair enough time in the mountains to check for wear and tear, and if the waterproofing holds up.

We started the testing process in January 2023 with a selection of snowboard pants from the top brands, and spent the season rotating through the gear to compare. All in all each pair of pants went on backcountry missions, big hikes, park days, and the all-important aprés sessions. Elements such as waterproofing and durability are important, but we also rated the pants on how well they could stash some extras and how easy it was to get to those extras when out in the elements.

Many of these brands also cater to skiers, which we found to be important to not fit into any marketing mold of who should wear the pants. There are traditional snowboard apparel brands out there, and also those that cater just to skiers. We threw all that nonsense out, knowing that a good pair of snowboard pants will be good for anyone. The one main difference is that snowboarders are more often on their rear than skiers, which is just a reality of the sport. So if we found any discomfort on the ground while adjusting bindings, the pants wouldn’t make this list.

Editor’s Note: For more in-depth reviews of the top snowboard gear in the industry, check out our guides to: The Best Snowboard Jackets, The Best Snowboard Goggles, The Best Snowboard Mittens (and gloves), The Best Snowboard Boots, The Best Snowboard Socks, and The Best Snowboard Bags. Curious about the brands behind it all? Check out The Best Snowboard Brands. Looking to protect your head? We’ve reviewed Ski and Snowboard Helmets, too. And if you’re open to considering outerwear from more ski-oriented brands, it’s definitely worth checking out our Best Ski Jackets and Best Ski Bibs reviews.

Arc'teryx dwr best snowboard pants

The DWR finish on the Arc’teryx Sabre Snowboard Pants doing its job. Photo: Steve Andrews/The Inertia

Snowboard Pants Buyers Guide

What are the important factors when looking for a good pair of pants? Aside from being able to stomp sick tricks, they need to survive the inevitable bails, as well. They also need to withstand the elements and consistently keep you warm and dry.

Waterproofing: Here on the “wet coast,” the constant deluge of rain and almost-snow this season has produced some seriously soggy days. Most of us know that GORE-TEX is the clear champion when it comes to a waterproof layer. Four of these snowboard pants have GORE-TEX, and two (Whitespace, Dakine) do not. Whitespace claims 15k waterproofing on their 3L Performance Pant, meaning it will take 15,000mm of water pressure to begin leaking. That’s enough to sustain a decent bit of rain, but for an absolute deluge, you’ll want to go with a shell that boasts 20k waterproofing and 2L or 3L GORE-TEX (like the Dakine Sender Stretch Pants), which I have found to be the highest standard for water protection.

Snowboard Pants

Good ventilation is a necessity. The Storm Shift Pants from Patagonia take things up a level with mesh-protected vents to keep the snow out. Photo: Reuben Krabbe/The Inertia

Breathability: If snowboard pants don’t breathe, you’ll sweat, and when you stop moving, that sweat will get cold, causing temperature swings that fluctuate worse than a Sierra snowpack. Being able to regulate the heat will keep your core temperature on an even keel. This is important both in the resort and backcountry for different reasons. At the resort, you’ll need to keep warm on the chairlift without overheating, and in the backcountry, you’ll want to keep fresh air coming through as you hike, skin up, or shovel out that perfect booter.

Comfort: Feeling good in your gear is a must. Without it, your mind will be distracted by annoying little things that shouldn’t be consuming brain space. Not to mention if movement is restricted, you can’t perform your best. Comfortable snowboard pants are essential to riding well — the last thing you want is to bail because the pants are too clunky to maneuver around in the air or through the trees.

Pockets: A good pocket is like a reliable assistant. But bigger is not always better. It takes a careful balance to be large enough to hold things yet sleek enough not to become a burden with too much stuff to carry. Pockets also need to open and close with ease, especially in a hurry.

Warranty/Repair: Wear and tear are inevitable if you’re shredding the gnar. Luckily, most brands are hip to the idea of the gear lasting as long as possible. Some offer repair services and a lifetime warranty. Others offer a limited warranty for a set period of time. If you are someone who buys gear for longevity (really, shouldn’t we all?), then it might be worth knowing who offers what.

Best Snowboard Pants Layout
Best Snowboard Pants Layout

When it comes to pockets, the Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Bib was our top pick, with awesome organization and plenty of storage. Price: $400
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DWR vs Waterproof Membrane? Making Sense of the Jargon

There are a couple of major elements that go into what makes a good snowboard pant for playing in the snow, namely waterproofing and breathability. As you might expect, the two tend to cut against each other. Perfect waterproofing = zero breathability, and vice versa. That’s where all the fun tech comes into play. 2L and 3L, in outerwear-speak, point to the number of layers of fabric sandwiched together. All winter outerwear has an outer layer, as well as a waterproof membrane beneath it. But that membrane needs to be separated from your skin, so 2L snowboard pants (at least those that don’t have an insulating layer or cozy liner) need some sort of hanging liner to keep your skin away from the waterproof membrane. That adds a bit of bulk and often reduces breathability (depending on what fabric that hanging liner is made out of).

In a 3L snowboard pant, that third layer is fused to the other two, making for a more shell-like feel, cutting down on bulk, and improving breathability. However, with different types of interior linings, insulation, etc., it’s not so black and white as “3L is always better.” For those of us who spend 90-100 percent of our time on groomers, a 3L construction will be a bit overkill and not worth the uptick in price.

DWR (Durable Water Repellent) ignores what’s going on between the layers of fabric and focuses on the outer surface. A DWR finish helps water bead up and roll off instead of soaking into the outer layer of the fabric. That moisture will be stopped by the waterproof membrane beneath the exterior layer, but it will still add weight and chill. That’s why a DWR is important — and equally as important is maintaining that DWR over time. If you notice your snowboard pants aren’t repelling water like they used to, get your hands on a water-repellent treatment like this one from Nikwax to revive the water-impermeability of the shell.

Steve Andrews Arc'teryx Sabre Bib

The Arc’teryx Sabre Bib is a great, full-coverage snowboard pant with a tough fabric. Photo: Reuben Krabbe/The Inertia

Caring for Your Snowboard Pants

These pants are all designed to be long-lasting, but you can do your part to ensure they last as long as possible.

Storage: Make sure you store your pants with care. I know from painful (and smelly) experience that just tossing it in the backseat will add further wear and tear and invite some microscopic friends. The more the fabric rubs against surfaces, the more the waterproof coating will go away, so be sure to hang it up, if possible, in a warm and dry place. Stashing it outside in the elements will lower its performance.

Best Snowboard Pants Repair Policy
Best Snowboard Pants Repair Policy

When it comes to repairs, you simply can’t beat Patagonia’s Ironclad Guarantee. Whether the garment in question was produced last year or last decade, they’ll make sure it keeps kicking for as long as possible. Price: $399
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Repairs: As mentioned before, most companies offer some sort of repair policy. The key is to take advantage of it! Don’t let something small turn into something big out of laziness. These days some repair marks can be seen as a badge of honor. It means you’re really using the gear to its fullest. Plus, it’s so much cheaper than buying something new, so there really isn’t much reason to let things go unrepaired. Pay close attention to the seams at the zippers. Those are often the first places to go.

Washing: Be sure to check the tag for detailed instructions, but a good idea is only to wash cold and to use liquid, not powder, detergent. If you use the dryer, use a low-temperature setting, and if you hang dry, you may need to use an iron (not too hot!) to reactivate the waterproof coating.

Waterproofing: The DWR waterproof coating can rub off over time, so it’s a good idea to re-up with a waterproof treatment every so often. Be sure to test a small area before applying to make sure it gets the desired result. Don’t forget to read the instructions, as different products work better for various fabrics. Depending on where you ride and how often you ride will determine how often you want to do this treatment. Once every 100 or so days of riding should be good.

Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Jacket and Bibs

The fuller coverage of a bib is a great choice for snowboarding and keeping that fluffy powder out of your under layers. Pictured: The Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Jacket and Bibs. Photo: Reuben Krabbe/The Inertia

Final Thoughts

These snowboard pants and snowboard bibs are what we considered the cream of the crop this year. We put them through the wringer, through spills, hikes, powder, and the needs of wet coastal conditions. And all of the above pieces performed admirably. We gave the top pick to the Burton Cyclic Bibs for their versatility and overall top-notch design, but the Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Bibs were a super close second. If you’re more of a pants person, check out the insane comfort of the Patagonia Storm Shift Pants. You might even forget you’re wearing snowboard pants. For durability and lightness, check out the Arc’teryx Sabre, but be ready to pay a premium. If you plan on doing some hiking/skinning, the Burton Kalausi take the cake, but the Patagonia Snowdrifter is also a great call (and half the price). For more great winter outerwear options, check out our guides to the Best Ski Jackets and the Best Ski Bibs. Happy shredding!

Editor’s Note: If you’re looking to build out the rest of your kit, read our reviews on The Best Snowboard MittensBest Snowboard GogglesBest Snowboard BootsBest Ski and Snowboard HelmetsBest Snowboard Bags and Best Snowboard Brands. For more gear reviews and features on The Inertia, click here

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