It is always important to have the right kind of gear to keep your body warm and at a steady temperature, and especially so when you’re planning on spending the day out on the slopes. That fresh powder is always a dream and a delight, but it usually comes with very low temperatures and the need for increased protection against the cold.
So this list will help you find the best cross country ski pants, by presenting the highest rated products on the market today, ones that also have the best (and most) specs.
Any of these products will help keep your legs warm and will have you feeling all cozy, no matter how long or how often you choose to go cross country skiing.
In this comparison table below, you will get a first look at the top five best cross country ski pants we selected and which we’ll discuss below. Still, the table will offer you a first set of basic information that is nonetheless highly relevant (size and style, anyone?).
|Product Name||Style||Size||Color||Editor’s Rating|
|Santic Athletic Fit Sports Pants||Windproof||M – 3XL||Black||4,0 of 5 stars|
|Sobike NENK Winter Pants||Double layer||S – 3XL||Black||4,5 of 5 stars|
|Sporthill Women’s XC Pant||Windproof||XS – XL||Black||4,5 of 5 stars|
|Baleaf Men’s Windproof Winter Pants||Fleece||S, XL, XXL||Black||4,5 of 5 stars|
|4ucycling Windproof Athletic Pants||Double layer||S – 4XL||Black||4,6 of 5 stars|
5. Santic Athletic Fit Sports Pants
Model for: Women and Men
These Santic versatile pants are great for many sports but especially for cross-country skiing. Their windproof fabric is ideal for cruising down the slopes and the fleece lining will keep your legs warm despite the cold. The zippered pockets on either side will help keep your items close-by and safe at the same time.
You will also be quite visible even in the lowest of lights thanks to the reflective stripe on these pants. Also, their breathable material should reduce excessive sweating and keep out moisture.
- Comfortable fit
- Waterproof material
- Easy to adjust zippers on the leg openings
- Might run smaller than expected
- Several users complained about their wind resistance and aspect too
4. Sobike NENK Winter Pants
Model for: Men and Women
Coming in at number four on our list of best cross country ski pants, this Sobike pair is both waterproof and windproof meaning that you should remain dry and warm no matter the circumstances.
This pair of pants is also great for so much more than just cross country skiing, as you can use while climbing, hiking, riding, and even for everyday use, to name just a few.
Just as with the previous pair, you get zipped pockets for keeping your belongings close-by and protected. Also, these pants have a reflective element too, for increased visibility in low-light conditions, only this time its the logo.
One thing this pair of pants lacks is padding, and you would have to add this on your own.
- Waterproof and windproof outer-layer
- Lined with soft fleece for extra comfort and warmth
- Easy to put on/take off thanks to the zipper leg opening
- Reduced wind resistance because of the slim cut fit and elastic fabric
- Sizing issues (smaller than expected)
- Some problems with the pockets
3. Sporthill Women’s XC Pant
Model for: Women
This pair of pants is specially made to fit the body shape of women (and there is a pair specially made for men too). Their elastic waistband was designed to prevent rolling and to fall naturally and comfortably on the waist. The pant leg is tapered and relaxed at both hips and thighs level.
Another great thing about this pair of pants is its cold weather construction, which will help keep you warm in temperatures ranging from 0-degrees to 40-degrees Fahrenheit.
The fabric is windproof (up to 35 miles per hour) but breathable (35P) with wick moisture features.
- Extremely durable
- Will keep you warm and dry without adding bulk
- Features 2-side seam zip pockets and ankle zippers
- Has a flatlocked inseam
- The fit is not flattering to all body types
- Tend to gather fuzz and other debris
Suggested: If women's winter outwear is your main target, then why not take a look at our selection of great ski pants specially designed for women, ones that you can pair with a fleece jacket too!
2. Baleaf Men’s Windproof Winter Pants
Model for: Men
Men will get the best of both worlds with this pair of winter pants as they were designed to follow the body curvature (which reduces their wind resistance) and also come with an elastic waistband. Their fleece lining will help keep you warm, while the outer layer material will offer all the necessary wind and water resistance and protection.
You get two large hand zip-up pockets to keep your valuables, and also a rear zipped pocket that is easy to pull (for ease of use even when wearing gloves). There’s also leg zippers so you’ll find it easier to put on or take off this pair.
The different reflective parts on these pants will also keep you visible even in low light. It’s no wonder that these pants are stationed at number two on our list of the best cross country ski pants.
- Made even more comfortable by their flatlock stitching
- Stitched and baggy knee area – added flexibility and freedom when moving
- Water-resistant and wind-proof
- Elastic waistband that comes with an inner drawstring for a perfect fit
- Issues with the pocket zippers
- Some size and possibly weird fit for some
1. 4ucycling Windproof Athletic Pants
Model for: Women and Men
This pair of pants is made with a double layer material that will help keep your legs dry and warm without being too clingy. As they are also fleece thermo-lined, they will also keep you toasty and comfy even on the coldest winter days.
The double protection works by retaining your body heat, which will keep you warm without the need of additional bulk. Don’t worry about overheating, though: the material is breathable and will keep you dry.
The pants are padded and cushioned and their frontal part is also water-repellent. They also feature zippered leg openings that are easy to adjust and which should offer the wearers all the flexibility they need.
As you are probably expecting by now, this pant’s reflective logo on the side will help keep you in the open even in the poorest lighting conditions and you also get zippered pockets.
Since the sizing seems to run small for US and EU customers, the company suggests you order a size up. 4ucycling also points out that besides being great outdoors wear, this pair of pants can be just as comfortable and useful for the indoors.
- Made with double-layer synthetic material
- Breathable back material, water-repellent front one
- Pockets with sturdily-built zippers
- Heavy duty construction
- Might not be as water-repellent as advertised
- Issues with the seams and pockets
Now that you have given our selection of best cross country ski pants a look, you can take the time and choose the pair that best suits your needs. Once you’ve given them a try and tested them in the snow, we invite you to leave a comment with your opinion on them and help others find the best pair for them.
We also recommend taking a look at Carley Fairbrother’s article on
Winter Wilderness – 10 Survival Tips to Get You Safely Through the Cold
for some useful advice on how to properly equip yourself
for the cold season.
Remember that staying warm and safe is a key part of having fun on the cross country slopes and wintertime, in general, so always go for full (and good) equipment.
This article was updated in January 2019. We’ve reviewed the options on the list to make sure they’re still available and that they meet our quality standards and also updated the info for each product we presented in the above.