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The 8 Best Men's Snowboard Pants of 2022-2023

By: Kevin Katsafanas: Men's Techwear Buyer | October 24, 2022
 

Look good. Feel Good. Ride Good. It’s that simple. Sure, choosing the perfect setup for your riding style and whatever the conditions may be is essential, but if you’re not feeling your kit, is that good day really going to be great? With trends seemingly resurrecting across the board, bibs aren’t the only option for men’s riders looking for the perfect outwear options for their lower body. With advanced technologies resulting in lightweight, water-shedding materials, and a more street-forward visual look, snowboard pants are more versatile, both visually and functionally, than ever before.

New This Year:

Whether you are an advanced rider who likes the feel of a traditional snowboard pant, but still ventures into deeper territories, or a snowboarder looking to lap the park with a baggier, more comfortable fit, evo has your back with the best options while choosing snowboard pants for the upcoming season. There’s no sacrificing exactly what you want when it comes to outerwear.

686 SMARTY 3-In-1 Cargo

686 SMARTY 3-In-1 Cargo

Well okay then, Mr. Smartypants! 686 SMARTY 3-In-1 Cargo Pants have the audacity to have an optional fleece liner and cargo pockets. Is that too much for one pair of pants? Nope, no it is not. Only a ding dong would claim that. And you're no ding dong, you're a smarty! From pow time to nighttime, the convertible nature of these pantaloons, please! 

The 686 SMARTY 3-In-1 Cargo Pants pack a heavy punch. Featuring a comfortable and relaxed fit, with street-inspired cargo pockets and ample layering options, these snowboard pants are the whole package. With plenty of waterproofing and insulation, 686 comes correct with the perfect pants option for any rider in any condition.

 

LengthFitWaterproof Rating (mm)Original Price
RegularRegular20,000$299.95

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The North Face Freedom

The North Face Freedom

Get back to basics with The North Face Freedom Pants, a staple of the riding community for years, and bomber pant that saves some moolah for other basics like lift tickets and beer. Done up in TNF's DryVent™ fabric with a burly 160 x 140 denier nylon face fabric, the Freedom Pants will take a beating and still be there for first chair tomorrow.

Comfortable, versatile, and easy on the wallet, The North Face Freedom Pants have everything you’re looking for in a pair of snowboard pants. The North Face’s DryVent™ offers super breathable outerwear that will keep you dry all day long.

LengthFitWaterproof Rating (mm)Original Price
RegularRegular15,000$148.95

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Volcom L GORE-TEX

Volcom L GORE-TEX

Don't ever let the storm get in your way of a good time with the Volcom L GORE-TEX Pants. These shred bottoms pack a modern articulated fit, reinforced wear spots, mesh venting and of course GORE-TEX waterproofing and breathability. Enjoy the high-performance and super functional Volcom L GORE-TEX Pants with everything you need and nothing you don't.  

Volcom knows a thing or two about street-inspired fashion and the L GORE-TEX Pants embody that style perfectly. High performance comes in fit and functionality and is topped off with the GORE-TEX seal of approval for superior waterproofing in a lightweight option.

LengthFitWaterproof Rating (mm)Original Price
RegularRegular28,000$295.00

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Burton AK 2L GORE-TEX Cyclic

Burton AK 2L GORE-TEX Cyclic

The performance and durability of Burton AK 2L GORE-TEX Cyclic Pants are well-known. From local heroes to globe-trotting pros, the Burton AK stamp of approval is all anyone needs to see to know these are all-world all over the mountain. With years of on-snow testing and design refinements, these shell pants have become known as the whenever-wherever staples of hardcore riders everywhere. Stay dry, stay warm, and stay riding.

If you’re a rider who demands quality, comfort, and a dialed fit, the AK 2L GORE-TEX Cyclic Pants are for you. The GORE-TEX membrane ensures dry functionality, while Burton’s Anti-Scuff Cuffs keep the material looking brand new year after year.

LengthFitWaterproof Rating (mm)Original Price
RegularRegular28,000$389.95

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Oyuki Miharashi YamaPro 2L

Oyuki Miharashi YamaPro 2L

Sure, you're obliged to do a pants dance each time you ride in the Oyuki Miharashi YamaPro 2L Pants but trust us, it will come naturally. Made from premium Japanese technical materials, this pair of pow pants come equipped with YamaPro™ Always Dry membrane technology so when you are lucky enough to be thigh-deep in the snow trenches, you won't come out soaked — just stoked and yelling "holy smokes!"

Designed and tested in Niseko, these pants are diverse enough to keep you dry even on those deep days. With plenty of vents for breathability and added powder skirt hooks to keep the snow out, Oyuki dialed in one of the most versatile pants on the market.

LengthFitWaterproof Rating (mm)Original Price
RegularRegular20,000$349.95

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Airblaster Elastic Boss

Airblaster Elastic Boss

With a go-anywhere do-anything functionality, and the added flare of elastic bottoms which Airblaster invented, the Airblaster Elastic Boss Pants are here to make your winter accessible and super-duper stylish. Made with a solid 15K/10K waterproof/breathability rating, the user will have optimal protection for all-day park laps and beyond.

Perfect for riders who want a relaxed fit and look at an affordable price, the Elastic Boss Pants check all the boxes. Elastic bottoms keep your cuffs tight to your boots to ensure dryness and style. 

LengthFitWaterproof Rating (mm)Original Price
RegularRegular15,000$179.95

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Haglöfs Lumi Loose

Haglöfs Lumi Loose

The Haglöfs Lumi Loose Pants are engineered for freeriding. A looser fit paired with detachable suspenders gives you extra room for quick movements and a reinforced instep adds durability for boots packs and aggressive riding. And when the going gets hot, zip-open the leg vents for a breath of fresh air.

Detachable suspenders help keep the looser-fitting Lumi Pants right where you want them. Designed with freedom in mind, no conditions or zones are out of bounds thanks to 15k waterproofing and an array of venting options.

LengthFitWaterproof Rating (mm)Original Price
RegularRegular15,000$289.95

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Burton Covert Insulated

Burton Covert Insulated

Step into the Burton Covert Insulated Pants for bomber weather protection and low-key mountain style. Fully taped seams, Dryride Durashell™ fabric, and Thermolite® Insulation keep the elements at bay, while Living Lining™ maintains the perfect temp to keep you cool, calm, and collected. Large pockets mean you can load up on snacks and ditch the bag, whatever mountain mission you find yourself on.

Featuring lightweight insulation, the Covert Pants will keep you warm without sacrificing function and breathability, while still allowing for extra layers underneath on cold days.

LengthFitWaterproof Rating (mm)Original Price
RegularRegular10,000$184.95

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The Selection Process:

Our techwear buyers have an endless amount of knowledge on all things outerwear stemming from years of experience in the outdoor industry in tandem with their countless hours spent outside in all conditions around the world. From hot to cold, snow, rain, wind, and even sunshine, they know what clothing will keep you comfortable. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Kevin Katsafanas

Growing up in the northwest I took to snowboarding when I was 13 and spent most weekends up at Snoqualmie riding the park. As I grew as a rider I traded out rails and jumps for more freeride terrain found on the other side of I-90 over at Alpental. With evo in my backyard, I spent countless weekends hounding the shop staff about gear. Finally, when I was 19 years old I found my way into a full-time position selling snowboards at the Seattle store. In the decade since I've worn a number of hats in the outdoor industry in addition to talking gear, including spending time as the Seattle store's marketing and events coordinator. 9 years later and I am still here at evo in my role as the Buyer for men's techwear, and ski/snowboard bags.