I was in the process of pulling together a list of my 10 most-worn pieces of all time when I realized that my beloved Sweaty Betty snow pants had to make the cut. By any measure (cost-per-wear, practicality, joy) they’re gonna be on that list.
The Sweaty Betty Astro Softshell Bibs Are The Holy Grail Of Waterproof Snow Pants
I’ve had mine for 3+ years now, and I’ve worn them skiing, winter hiking, sledding, snowshoeing, for après-ski and on sleigh-rides. I’ve worn them to watch parades and dog-sled races, and to sit around a winter fire pit, plus that one epic cat-skiing day in -10 degrees.
These Sweaty Betty ski pants are windproof, waterproof and comfortable. They’re also…cute, too. They really are the Holy Grail of Snow Pants.
And because they’re such a winner year after year, we’ve just updated this post for 2022.
sweaty betty bib ski pants (size small, short inseam)
Sweaty Betty Astro Softshell Ski Pants: Tech Specs
As I mentioned, these ski pants are both wind- and waterproof — the waterproofing is rated at 10K. Not only have they kept me dry and warm in countless snowstorms — or even wet (and sometimes rainy) spring skiing conditions — but I’ve spilled coffee on my leg and it just rolled right off. They’re also lined in a very thin layer of fleece. This fleece layer means that one *could* wear them alone…but since I’m wearing these for warmth, I always add a base layer underneath.
But that thin layer of fleece is juuuust enough for comfort (and warmth). It doesn’t add any extra bulk.
The Astro ski pants have reinforced leg panels (prevents wear-and-tear from ski boots) and RECCO reflector for search-and-rescue, plus the fabric is not at all swishy or loud when walking. The finish is rather soft and matte.
The bib part also zips off, if you’d like (but frankly, I think that’s one of the best features — it’s saved me from getting snow up my back numerous times).
Sweaty Betty Ski Pants: The Fit
These ski pants fit pretty TTS. I’m right in between an XS and a Small (even with base layers underneath)…and went with the small so I could tuck an extra-thick mid-layer into them for really cold days. The belt and straps are both fully adjustable.
Best of all? These ski pants are available in two inseam lengths: short (30″) and regular (32″).
Sweaty Betty Ski Pants: Warm, Comfortable & Cuuuuute
Really, I can’t recommend these ski pants enough. I’ve been wearing mine for years and years, and I honestly can’t imagine any improvements I’d make. Sweaty Betty just…freaking nailed it.
Truly one of those lifetime investment pieces…especially for anyone looking to make the best out of winter.
Where To Buy Sweaty Betty Ski Pants
Sweaty Betty is the best place to snap these up — and both inseam lengths are available. While you’re there, snap up one of Sweaty Betty’s base layer sets, too. I’m wearing them in basically every photo above (under everything else); they’re my favorites.
That said, I’d happily pay double the price (these ski pants are 100% worth it) so if your size goes out of stock, you can also find them at Backcountry (take 15% off most full-price items with code THEMOMEDIT).
Would the Lole puffy jacket make a decent ski/board jacket? Or do you have other suggestions for the slopes?
I ski in my Lole coat! Shana, these pants are so cute. Love the review.
Are these easy to use for bathroom breaks? Some bibs have size zips that allow you to go without having to completely take the bibs off – I can’t tell from the pics or reviews how the zips are positioned in this respect. And do you prefer these pants to the Volcom snow pants you had reviewed previously?
Also curious about convenience for the bathroom! I am a mess with regular clothes, and forget about it with all of the layers for skiing. I’m pretty sure if I had to take off my jacket and mittens and take off straps to pull down my bibs that it would be a catastrophe.
Well, I absolutely hate skiing without overalls, so I’ve just adapted. Most ski resorts have a place to put your mittens inside the stall (even just a shelf, although many have baskets), and I just hang my jacket(s) on the hook. The alternative is getting snow down my pants when I fall, soooo…this is still better for me. 🙂
Your sweater in these pics— what is it?
It’s an old Smartwool ski sweater – now long gone. The closest I can find are these:
Smartwool’s newest: https://shopstyle.it/l/bCMYI
Alps’ ski sweater: https://shopstyle.it/l/bCMYN
Perfect Moment’s ski sweater: https://shopstyle.it/l/bCMYM
Kule’s baselayer (more affordable): https://shopstyle.it/l/bCMYQ
Shana, what’s your sweater here??
Alas they are sold out !
Hi Shana! Would love to hear your recommendations for men’s ski/snowboard jacket and pants!