If you're on the hunt for a pair of snow pants under $500, check out Curated Experts' top most recommended ski and snowboard pants within this budget. Note, however, that we don't believe in "best of" lists here at Curated – everyone is different and we believe in finding the best gear for you and not generally for the masses. Be sure to chat with a Winter Sports Expert here on Curated for free, personalized advice on the best snow pants for your needs.
- The North Face Men's Freedom Bib
- Dakine Men's Barrier GORE-TEX® 2L Pants
- The North Face Men's Freedom Pant
- Flylow Men's Firebird Bib Pants
- Quiksilver Men's Porter Pants
- Flylow Men's Baker Bib Pants
- 686 Men's SMARTY® 3-in-1 Cargo Pants
- The North Face Women's Freedom Insulated Bib
- Volcom Women's Swift Bib Pants
- Burton Men's Reserve 2L Bib Pants
The North Face Men's Freedom Bib
A basic shell coming in at an affordable price without sacrificing waterproofing or breathability. Spring powder, deep days, warmer conditions; throw on some wool underneath and you can take it out on the super cold days too.
Dakine Men's Barrier GORE-TEX® 2L Pants
GORE-TEX layer is great for lightweight feeling and being waterproof. Mesh lined inner vents allows you to open things up and get some airflow! 28k waterproof and 20k breathability makes for a wide range of climates and will always keep you dry and comfortable
The North Face Men's Freedom Pant
These pants are made with North Face's DryVent fabric, a 2-layer construction to keep you dry on wet days. These pants are built with a burly 160 x 140 denier nylon face fabric, making them durable and will last throughout many ski seasons.
A great shell option! Waterproof and breathable fabric keeps you comfortable and dry with seam sealed zipper vents in the thighs and ample pockets to store all the essentials.
Flylow Men's Firebird Bib Pants
Triple shell layering with lightweight and super durable fabric that will keep even the most hardcore of skiers warm and dry for many seasons to come. It has a convenient chest pocket for storing gloves, a small water bladder(with out freezing). Relatively form fitting for great dexterity.
Waterproof and durable bibs with a bunch of pockets, including a kangaroo pass-through chest pocket. They don't have leg vents, but the back panel is breathable for letting off steam after a hike.
Quiksilver Men's Porter Pants
The Porter pants feature everything you'd want out of a solid workhorse snowpant. Cargo pockets for stashing, inner thigh vents for when it gets warmer out, and a sweet cuff saver system that helps keep the bottoms from getting torn up as you're walking around off your board!
686 Men's SMARTY® 3-in-1 Cargo Pants
Someone who is looking for a versatile pant. You can take the mid layer out of these and rock them as a breathable water resistant shell in the spring or you can ride in the absolute coldest of days with the mid layer in. If you are looking for a very versatile pant this one would be good. This would also interface with a 686 jacket so you can use the jacket and pants to keep snow from coming in on the bottom of a 686 jacket. Most brands do this now which is great!
Comes with a removable midlayer so you can be warmer on the cold days and not overheat on the warm days. Everything you could possibly need in a pair of snow pants from on the slopes to cut nice enough to not have to change before exploring the resort town after a day on the slopes.
From first chair to night riding, these pants will keep you warm in all conditions! Infidry 20k Duracore waterproof will keep your legs dry while still breathable! Removable fleece liner for those warmer days, built in stash pocket to keep all your goodies safe!
The North Face Women's Freedom Insulated Bib
Staying warm & DRY! 2L DryVent fabrics are lined with a secondary layer for supreme comfort and extra warmth for the cold and wet days, while the side zip entry and adjustable suspenders make getting in/out of them so efficient that there's less fumbling around putting your layers on and more skiing! Lots of pockets found throughout this design which I'm a big fan of for stashing purposes, a sweet chimney venting system is found on this one so you never run too hot, and the articulated knees plus the reinforced kickpatches and hem make for one durable outer shell that's a no-brainer pickup right now!
2-layer bibs made to keep the moisture and snow out. They are insulated with Heatseeker Eco insulation. They are fully sealed and use DryVent layering to keep you dry! These bibs come with fully adjustable straps to cater the length to your liking.
Volcom Women's Swift Bib Pants
Exposed zippers, adjustable suspenders, numerous pockets, and a stretch slim fit make these bibs both practical and stylish. These bibs are crafted with recyclable fibers for sustainable, durable, all-around protection. The V-science breathable waterproof liner system with mesh lined zipper vents keeps you dry and able to adjust for varying temps.
Burton Men's Reserve 2L Bib Pants
Great shell option for riding powder, slashing groomers, and every type of riding out there. Great quality, waterproof materials, and nice Burton styling. Relaxed fit keeps them non-restrictive.
The North Face Women's Freedom Insulated Pants
These pants are insulated with DryVent fabric as well as Heatseeker insulation--making them super warm and dry! These have zippered hand pockets and a secure-velcro cargo pocket to keep all your goods safe while you ride. StretchVent gaiters with gripper elastic on the end of these make them great for securing around your boot to keep the snow out!
DC Men's Snow Chino Insulated Pants
A great middle of the road option with a reasonable price and all the feature you need on the mountain. Rated for 10K waterproofing with it's two layer fabric, sealed seams and DWR coating on top so these will keep you dry even on those wet or slushy days! 40G profill insulation keeps you toasty warm on the cold days and these even have the inner thigh vents to regulate temps on the warmer days.
Burton Men's Cargo 2L Pants - Regular Fit
Nicely appointed, the Burton cargo pants comes with everything you need and nothing you don't. Regular fit that is not super baggy or tight, the 10K/10K waterproof/breathable shell is quick-drying with fully-taped seams, venting for warmer days, and lots of pockets for keeping everything organized.
Cargo pockets are the most useful thing to access on the chair lift! These pants have a more tailored fit, so less baggy material to get in the way, living lining helps with temperature control and vents help to release heat on those warm spring ski days.
High quality, loose fit for layering, lots of pockets!
The North Face Women's Sally Pants
One of the best warm and waterproof pants from North Face at this price! These are moderately warm and are insulated with a patented HeatSeeker Eco 60g fill that stays warm even in extremely wet weather! These are the pants to add in as your final layer. They are waterproof, breathable, and seam sealed with a 2L DryVent fabric that is moisture wicking and fast drying. These are perfect for those days with mixed conditions on the mountain when you can encounter ice, sleet, mixed heavy rain, and otherwise moist conditions that can put a damper on your experience if you don't have the proper gear! What these pants are absolutely terrific at is keeping the elements out of your inner layers and off your skin with elastic gripper boot gaiters, reinforced edge guards and kick patches, and zippered hand pockets.
Volcom Men's Freakin Snow Chino Pants
V-Science 2-layer shell and breathable lining system, slightly relaxed straight leg fit, adjustable inner waistband, critically taped seams, and a 2-year warranty. Mesh lined zipper vents, flap back pockets, handwarmer pockets with brushed tricot lining, and Zip Tech jacket to pant interface.
Volcom is the official supplier of outerwear for the Mt. Baker Ski Patrol.
Burton Men's Covert Pants
The North Face Men's Ceptor Bib
Reinforced patches around the knees makes these super durable and also pretty cool-looking. Fully sealed seams, waterproof 3 layer bibs for all weather conditions. The NF also comes with a limited lifetime warranty on their gear.
Soft shell fabric on the waist and above the chest for great breathability, harness friendly pockets, and inner thigh vents. Great for the backcountry and keeping you warm without sacrificing style.
Burton Men's Reserve GORE‑TEX 2L Bib Pants
The deep days, the heli days, the days when your kit cannot fail. Nothing is better for deep powder and long cold days than a bib for layering and keeping the cold smoke out. Relaxed fit allows for ease of movement and layering underneath. Gore-Tex two layer windproof, waterproof, breathable fabric. Gore-Tex seam tape and YKK weather-resistant zippers. Zippered micro-fleece hand warmer pockets. Adjustable elastic suspender straps, gusseted crotch for ease of movement, mesh lined no snag, Test - I - Cool venting.
Volcom Men's Arthur Pants
Volcom Arthur pants are great for all weather conditions and keeping the elements outside. These pants have a ticket ring, back pockets, boot gaiter with a lace hook, and brushed tricot-lined handwarmer pockets. They also feature an adjustable inner waistband and a breathable lining system with critically-taped seams. They offer 10k waterproof breathability.
Roxy Women's Nadia Insulated Pants
More of a slim fit, and still super high performance. 10,000 waterproof rating with treated zippers and seams. Leg gaiters to lock onto your boots and fully keep any snow out. Zippered pockets on the thighs and hand pockets front and back.
Flylow Women's Daisy Insulated Pants
A great mid-priced pant that is extremely durable like everything Flylow makes, so they'll last you quite a while! Waterproof fabric with an added DWR waterproof coating on the fabric for extreme waterproofing any day of the season! Top it all off with 40G micro puff insulation that holds heat in incredibly well for warmth all day long!
The North Face Women's Freedom Insulated Pants
With a standard fit these pants offer exceptional warmth. Even in wet weather you will stay warm due to the Heatseeker Eco Insulation. The waterproof, breathable, and seam sealed DryVent 2L fabric will help keep you dry and comfortable in all situations. With reinforced kickpatches and hem, these pants with stand the test of time.
Mountain Hardwear Men's Firefall/2™ Insulated Pants
Whether you're leading your group on a blue bird day or a powder day, these insulated pants have breathable waterproof shell fabric, 55% recycled Thermal.Q synthetic insulation, and an excellent pocket layout. Zippered front fly, inseam vent, and articulated knees. Very comfortable pant.
Armada Men's Atlantis GORE-TEX 2L Pants
Lightweight and breathable yet dry and warm. Perfect for those wet days on the mountain where to snow can't decide what it's doing. From chilly chairlift rides to riding under the snowguns in the preseason, the Atlantis Gore-Tex snow pants from Armada are going to keep you being the driest one in the pack!
A standard Gore-Tex shell, but at a price point much lower than the likes of North Face, Marmot etc. You get the same waterproof/breathable performance for any temperature without the extra price tag.
Helly Hansen Men's Legendary Insulated Pants
Skiing anywhere it's cold! These pants have PrimaLoft insulation, tough edge guards on the inner ankle, and a bundle of other features to keep you comfortable on the hill.
Flylow Women's Sphynx Bib Pants
Amazing spaceloft insulation that stays warm while keeping the bulk down to a minimum. These bib pants have an intuitive 2-layer stretch fabric that moves really well and an extremely soft inner liner that just feels good against your skin. A top-notch DWR finish keeps water droplets from infiltrating inside and the powder gaiters in the pant legs ensure that both snow and moisture stay on the outside. Flylow makes quality gear with skier's needs in mind, one of my favorite bib options!
A waterproof and insulated bib with fully adjustable straps to fit your length and prevent sag. With a 10k/10k membrane that provides waterproofing and breathability. These bibs come with 40g spaceloft insulation to provide warmth and keep bulk to a minimum.
Burton Women's Avalon Bib Pants
Good comfortable stretching fitting in the places that need it most to allow for all-day comfort. A classic fitting bib from Burton with a built-in Taffeta lining that keeps you warm when you're cold and cool when you're hot. The lining adjusts on its own by allowing moisture level fluctuations. Zippered thigh venting to allow for heat release when needed.
Great for warmth and staying dry! I also find bibs to be more comfortable than pants since they don't have to be cinched around your waist.
Burton Men's Covert Insulated Pants
A great ski pant with just about every option you can have without a crazy price tag! These feature adjustable waist band, inner thigh vents, reinforced seams and high use areas, fully taped seals and 40g lightweight yet quite warm insulation making them great for the entire season!
Volcom Men's L GORE-TEX® Pants
You'll keep noticing this name, GORE-TEX. You're going to need it. It's a material that became a monopoly be accident because no one can make anything better. It is literally perfect at trapping heat, while simultaneously expelling moisture. Warm and dry, just like you need to be while snowboarding.
Storm ready GORE-TEX pants with the highest level of waterproofing! These pants are constructed of 2L GORE-TEX with Volcom's V-science breathable lining to eliminate heat draining sweat! Taped seams and a jacket to pants interface with other Volcom jackets.
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