Kids Ski Pants Becasue No One Should Ski In Jeans

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Ski Pants for KidsKeeping your kids safe and warm on the ski slopes is obviously your top priority, and nothing factors more heavily in this than making sure that they’re properly equipped.

You may not think that kids ski pants can make a difference, but in both keeping kids visible and keeping them comfortable they really do, and pants need to be chosen carefully.

Below we’ve listed the things that you should be considering when buying ski pants for your child:

Style

Kids pants come in three different styles.

The most common insulated, which are waterproof on the outside and lined on the inside to keep kids warm.

There are also shell pants, that are basically waterproof coverings that need to be worn over other layers. These may be practical when skiing in warmer conditions.

Finally, there are bib pants, which fit like overalls, and are most suited to younger children, as they ride higher and keep more of the body warm as well as making sure that pants don’t fall down.

Material

Generally, nylon pants are going to be the most durable, and least likely to suffer rips and tears. But pay attention to the ratings that usually appear on tags in sports stores.

You’re looking for material that is breathable, that will allow sweat to escape whilst keeping snow out.

This is denoted with the abbreviation MVTR and varies from around 2,000g to 25,000g. The higher the number the more breathable the material is.

There is also usually a waterproof rating, that will vary between 1,000mm to 20,000mm, and here the higher the number the more waterproof the fabric is.

Taping

It’s common among manufacturers to tape the seams in ski pants to make them more waterproof. This is particularly important in kids pants since kids tend to fall over more often.

Pants can either be fully taped or more usually critically taped, meaning that only important seams are covered. For smaller kids, fully taped pants are preferable.

Size

It’s perfectly alright to buy your kids pants that are a size larger than they need right now, after all, ski clothing is expensive and kids outgrow things quickly.

However, if you’re buying pants that are too big there are a couple of features that you might want to look for. The first is boot gaiters, which basically means that the bottoms of the legs are elasticated, which will help keep the pants riding at the right level and stop snow sneaking in.

The second is scuff guards. This is when an extra layer of material has been added to the back of the leg at the bottom, to prevent damage when too long pants legs drag on the ground. These features will make buying a larger size much more practical.

Visibility

This is an important factor in your child’s safety. Buying bright colors and flashy designs isn’t a matter of fashion, it’s a matter of being able to spot your kid wherever he is on the slopes.

If he gets into trouble, having brightly colored clothing is going to make him far more visible.

Extras

There are a few extra things that whilst they aren’t necessities might be nice to have.

Leg vents are a good idea, allowing the opening of slits in the pants to allow your child to cool off without having to get completely undressed.

Articulated knees are also a good feature. This is when a natural bend is put into the material of the pants themselves, allowing better knee flexibility and therefore making it easier for your child to maintain correct skiing posture.

Finally, connectability is good, especially for smaller kids. Some manufacturers make pants that connect, either through poppers or zips, to jackets or gloves, in order to prevent clothing riding up and exposing skin.

If you keep all these things in mind, your kids are sure to have a great time on the slopes, plus they’ll be toasty warm and safe too.

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