Expert Review: Airblaster My Brother's PantsPublished on 10/24/2022 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snow pants, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Tyese Messerman
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snow pants, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
For a resort rider looking for comfort and style at a good price, the Airblaster My Brother’s Pants are hard to beat. They are very comfortable and offer decent protection from the elements. Any beginner to advanced woman looking for a stylish fit and fun colors would love these pants.
About the pants
- Brand: Airblaster
- Model: My Brother’s Pants
- Size Fit: Runs large
- Height: 5’7”
- Weight: 130lbs
- Pant size: Small
- Experience: 23+ years
- When I bought these: January 2022
- Days used: 15+
- Where I’ve used them: Oregon, Washington, Utah, California
- Weather conditions used in: Powder, sunny spring days, rainy days, backcountry
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking to add another pant color to my quiver. I already had some GORE-TEX pants and backcountry pants, but I was looking for another resort pair that were comfortable and stylish. I never go below 15K waterproofing, so I was looking for some fun colors, a good fit, and at least 15K waterproofing.
Why I chose this gear
I really like Airblaster for their style, and these pants seemed like they offered a lot of features for their price point. They also came in the colors I was looking for.
I looked at the Flylow Hyde Pants and also the Armada Whit Pants, but I ended up going with the Airblasters because I liked their style the best.
What I love about it
- Fit: I was looking for a slim-fit look that was still roomy enough to charge the mountain all day and not feel restricted. The material of these feels a bit stretchy, so they are very easy to move in. I found the sizing to be a little hard though. I got an S, and they are honestly too big. I have a fairly straight build (not very hippy), and I have to pull the Velcro on the sides pretty tight to keep them up. I tried on the XS, but they were way too tight. I can’t speak for the M and L sizes, but there is a big gap in the XS to S sizes.
- Comfort: I find these pants to be quite comfortable. The outer material has some stretch and give to it to move with me as I’m riding, and the inner liner is actually very smooth and soft.
- Warmth: These pants have 40g of synthetic insulation, which makes them surprisingly warm. I have been in some pretty cold conditions with just a layer of 250 Icebreaker leggings underneath, and I haven’t been very cold at all in them.
- Waterproofing: The DWR coating on these pants is rated at 15k waterproofing. This being said, they are, of course, not up to GORE-TEX level, but for the price point, I’d say they do very well in the waterproofing department. I’ve worn them in many conditions, and they wet out only on very wet days when the snow almost turned into rain. I was still dry underneath at the end of the day, but the outer material looked wet and got heavy with the dampness.
- Durability: I would love to see some reinforcements down at the ankle area or some more abrasion-resistant material at the bottom of these pants, but I have to say that despite not having that, these pants still look new. I have worn them at least 15-20 times, and they are holding up very well. There are no snags on the outer material, and the zippers still work well. The only negative is that the liner inside the front right pocket has already ripped, and there is a hole at the bottom. I have had my phone in that pocket a few times, and maybe a credit card, but otherwise, I have never put anything else sharp or bulky in it, so I’m surprised it ripped.
- Ease of movement: The slightly stretchy outer offers a great range of motion. I ride trees, park, powder—basically, anywhere on the mountain—and I have never felt constricted by these pants. Of course, the ease of movement depends on the size one gets and how they fit, but mine are a bit baggy, to begin with, so if anything, I need a belt or suspenders.
- Quality: The material of these pants feels supple and comfortable, and all the seams are fully taped. The zippers are good quality as well. Overall, these look and feel very nice, stylish, and aesthetically pleasing.
- Special Features: I wouldn’t say these pants have many bells and whistles, but I do appreciate that both the front and back pockets zipper shut, so there is no worry of anything falling out while riding.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Breathability: These Airblaster pants are not rated overly high in the breathability category, sitting at just 10k. I have definitely tested them by skinning up some mountains a few times in them. They have the inner thigh zip vents lined with mesh to help get some airflow, but I was still pretty warm in them and didn’t feel like they were overly breathable when exerting myself. At a resort, however, I haven’t had any issues feeling like they weren’t breathable enough for me.
- Weight: These pants are very average when it comes to weight. They are insulated, so they weigh more than any shell pants would, and as I mentioned before, when they get wet, the material gets heavier. Overall though, I don’t feel weighed down in them while riding.
Favorite moment with this gear
These pants held up surprisingly well on one of my favorite days ever. I took my parents on their first-ever cross-country ski adventure to Crater Lake. My friend and I were on our split boards, but we planned to have a very chill day. Halfway through the day, though, we were making better progress around the rim than expected, so we went ahead and climbed up Watchman Peak and snowboarded down. It was such an incredible view and a beautiful day, and everyone had an amazing time.
Value for the money vs. other options
A lot of pants come in at a similar price to these pants. The Airblasters were the same price as the Flylows and $10 less than the Armadas I looked at. That $150-$190 range of 15k waterproofing is a very popular price point and quality level. However, Airblaster's style stands out over other brands of this level. Airblaster jackets and pants often have different colors, fits, and styles than most other companies. So, from a quality/features point of view, they are about on par with the average, but their style is worth the price. Airblaster often runs good sales as well.
These are a great choice for any beginner to advanced woman snowboarder looking for an affordable pair of snow pants that will keep them warm and dry. They stand out in their comfort and fit and offer a fun style in many different color options.