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Dino Haak

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Girls Jr. Ski Pants

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There are a few things one needs to keep in mind when buying a new pair of ski pants for kids. First of all, the pants should fit. I recommend getting pants that are slightly on the larger side so you don’t have to buy new ones again the coming year. The style these days leans toward the baggier side anyways, especially for our little snowboarders and jibbers (a new term for terrain park skiers). But make sure that the pant legs are not too long or the cuffs will likely become shredded when the wearer steps in and out of the bindings.

There is a multitude of great kids ski pants on the market these days. Your youngster should definitely be the one to pick the style—they’re the ones that’ll have to feel comfortable and “cool” wearing it — but you should make sure that the pants fulfill the basic quality requirements. Your kid’s ski pants should be warm but not too heavy. They should always be at least water-repellant, or better yet, water-resistant and, even better, waterproof. The best combination is always waterproof and breathable. You may find some very cheap pants that are labeled “waterproof,” but there may be little to no breathability. What will happen is that the fabric may keep the water out, but it will also keep the sweat in. That moisture, especially on a pair of pants with cheap insulation, will soon feel uncomfortable and your child will likely become chilled.

“Waterproof” means that water droplets are prevented from entering the fabric, whereas “breathable” means that water vapor will be able to move back out through the fabric. There are actually US standards for what can be determined as waterproof or breathable. Breathability is measured in grams (grams of water vapor per square meter of fabric per 24 hour period) and water-proofness is measured in millimeters (amount of water, in mm, that can be suspended above the fabric before water seeps through). Without getting too technical here, the rule for both is, the higher the numbers the better.

Water-resistant and water-repellent fabrics generally breathe better than the full-on waterproof versions. However, some of the water-resistant jackets listed here will do a great job keeping the moisture out, while some of the waterproof pants offer exceptionally high breathability. If your child only does a two-hour ski lesson once a week, water-resistant ski pants will do the job, even in heavy snow or rain. Also make sure that the pants are seam sealed for maximum protection.

All pants reviewed here are weatherproof and use first-class materials that keep the bulk down, yet provide warmth to protect against the elements.

Best Girls Ski Pants (Junior Sizes) by Dino Haak

The Best You Can Get

  • Spyder Girls' Circuit Pant

    Dino says: Spyder is definitely a very popular company for skiers here on Snoqualmie Pass. You see their unique logo (the image of a spider) popping up again and again on the slopes and in the lift-lines, and I believe that about a quarter of my junior students have at least one clothing item made by Spyder. I can pretty much recommend any piece of gear this company makes as they definitely and obviously focus on using quality materials. And their pants and jackets just look cool! Even though the Circuit Pants are not advertised as being waterproof (“just” water-repellent) they definitely do a great job in keeping out the moisture. The Girls’ Circuit Pants are very warm and have quite a few pockets. The outer cuffs are protected by an extra durable layer to prevent damage from the edges. Your girl won’t likely outgrow them too quickly since you can let out the legs a couple of inches, so they’ll be good for another season! Available in Rose Violet, Gold, Belize White, and Silver.

    • Extendable leg length
    • Warm
    • Scuff guards on cuffs
    • Lots of pockets
    • Water-repellent, breathable
  • The North Face: Girl’s Freedom Insulated Pant

    Dino says: North Face has a really nice line of youth ski clothing. North Face gear, in my opinion, is generally highly functional, reliable, and very durable. It may not be available in all the hippest colors but will otherwise last a long time and do great job protecting against wind and weather. The Girl’s Freedom Insulated Pants are definitely a very warm and comfortable pair of ski pants. They are waterproof and very breathable. The seams are all sealed for maximum protection against incoming moisture. Other cool features are articulated knees, hand-warmer pockets and a fleece-lined waistband (so there is no uncomfortable rubbing). Mesh-backed zippers around the thighs can be opened in warmer conditions to get more airflow. The pants also come with a cargo pocket. The Girl’s version of the Freedom Pants comes in the colors Tungsten Gray, Brownie Brown, and Black.

    • Waterproof and breathable
    • Sealed seams
    • Articulated knees
    • Very durable
    • Mesh-backed side zippers
  • Spyder Girl’s Dare Pant

    Dino says: Spyder pants always look good on my students. They are very form-fitting and remind me a little bit of racing pants (they look fast!). As to be expected from Spyder, the Dare pants are waterproof and breathable. They are very warm, yet light and have tight sealing leg cuffs. They come with removable suspenders (some kids love suspenders, some hate them). With the Dare Pants one can choose from Electric Pink, Black, Vivid, and Fiesta White.

    • High quality
    • Form-fitting
    • Waterproof and breathable
    • Warm yet lightweight
  • Obermeyer Girls’ Breaker Pant

    Dino says: The company Obermeyer has been around since 1947. Established in the US but founded by Klaus Obermeyer in Germany, the company has made high quality ski products for over half a century. And Klaus Obermeyer grew up in Oberstaufen, a few miles away from my hometown in Germany! Obermeyer, to me, is kind of the Rolls Royce of ski clothing, except that prices are very competitive and the amount of quality you get for your money is remarkable. The Breaker pants are, of course, waterproof and breathable. Their design features articulated knees with a layer of extra padding. The same padding can be found in the seat (the butt that is), which helps keep her warm on cold chair-lift rides. All the seams are nicely sealed. The pant legs can be let out for another two inches, which means that you won’t have to buy her new pants every season. Love them!

    Available in Sunset, Fire Red, Cancun, Ultramarine, and Parrot.

    • Pants legs can be lengthened two inches
    • Waterproof and breathable
    • Articulated knees
    • Extra padding on knees and seat
    • Cool look
  • Obermeyer Gotcha Stretch Ski Pants

    Dino says: As the name implies, the Gotcha Stretch Pants are definitely more form-fitting than other pants on the market. The have a nice tailored fit and allow for unrestricted movement. I love stretch pants! That’s what I used to wear in my racing years. Wearing stretch ski pants felt so much more “free” to me than the new overly baggy styles. Of course for men, stretch pants are highly out of style, but they seem to be coming back for the ladies and girls. The Obermeyer pants really look great! They’re stretchy but not overly tight looking. I have seen this particular model quite a few times on Snoqualmie Pass and it is definitely a popular pair of pants! The Gotcha Stretch Ski pants are waterproof and breathable with all important seams sealed. They have a double layer of fabric around the knees and at the seat. The inner pant cuffs seal tight, and are also waterproof. The pants are available in Black and in White.

    • Stretch material
    • Waterproof and breathable
    • Double layer on knees and seat
    • Waterproof inner leg cuffs

You will be happy with any of these

  • Burton Girls Wrangler Pants

    Dino says: Burton is known for high quality snowboard clothing. However, that doesn’t mean that skiers can’t wear them also. With the lines blurring between skiing and snowboarding fashion styles, a nice Burton outfit will look awesome on any junior snowsports enthusiast! The Wrangler pants are built to last, that’s for sure. They have a very durable, water-resistant shell that is made with taped seams for better protection from moisture. The pants are warm, filled with a healthy dose of Thermacore™ Insulation and the heat is kept in with the help of tight-sealing pant leg cuffs. The knees are articulated and since the pant legs are on the longer side, there are boot gaiters and snap-up leg lifts to protect the cuff from being worn out when walking on rough surfaces. The Burton Girls Wrangler Pants are very affordable and very, very good. They come in color designs named Nickle, Eggplant, and Glam.

    • Warm
    • Waterproof and breathable
    • Taped seams
    • Very durable
    • Articulated knees
  • The North Face Monte Cargo Pant

    Dino says: As the name implies, this is a “cargo” looking pant and “cargo” is in. One benefit of having cargo pants is that there are usually more pockets. The Monte Cargo Pants have a good amount of pockets as well as lots of additional features such as fully sealed seams, ventilation zippers, and Velcro adjustable waist and cuff bands. They are waterproof and breathable and have a very warm comfortable liner. Choose from either Black or White. You won’t go wrong!

    • Insulated knees and seat
    • Waterproof an breathable
    • Good air ventilation
    • Lots of pockets
    • All seams sealed
  • Sierra Designs Girls’ Cloud Burst Pant

    Dino says: Girls’ Cloud Burst Pants are definitely a bit roomier than most ski pants, but I would not call them baggy, and they are definitely not bulky. They are very well insulated and feel soft and comfy. A waterproof, breathable black shell with sealed seams keeps the moisture out, while cuff guards on the pant cuffs protect from edge damage. There is a waist band on the back that can be adjusted to achieve perfect fit. The Cloud Burst pants’ knee-section is reinforced and so is the butt. A good choice for a very reasonable price!

    • Reinforced knees and seat
    • Waterproof and breathable
    • Scuff guards
    • Adjustable waist band
  • Obermeyer Bailey Ski Pants

    Dino says: The Obermeyer Bailey Ski Pants have a unique style. They are linen colored and look more like a regular pair of street pants than your average pair of ski pants. I really like the style, and I am sure most girls would eat up that extra dose of fashion! However, these pants are made for the snow, not the city. They are waterproof, breathable and warm with sealed seams. They come with articulated knees that, along with the seat section, enjoy an extra layer of padding. Inner pant cuffs seal tight enough to keep the snow out and are also made from waterproof fabric. The pant legs can be extended so that they can be worn for an extra season. In addition, the Obermeyer Bailey Ski Pants have nice hand-warmer pockets!

    • Waterproof and breathable
    • All seams are sealed
    • Reinforced knees and seat
    • Unique look
  • Spyder Venom Spirit Pant

    Dino says: You probably think “what, another pair of Spyder pants?” As you must have noticed, I really like the company and I like what they are producing. The Venom Spirit pants are very warm with an especially soft liner. Tight fitting snow cuffs seal in heat and keep the snow out. The pants sit lower on the waist, which some prefer as it will give the feeling of more freedom of movement. An elastic waist band will let her adjust for the best fit. I have one student who owns the Venom Spirit Pants and she loves them. They also look very good on her. The only version I have been able to check out is the Bittersweet Print design, which is really cool! They are black with a multi-colored pattern all over the fabric.

    • All seams are sealed
    • Waterproof
    • Cool design
    • Soft liner

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