How to: Choose your SWIX technical pant
Winter tech pants:
understanding the various options
Whether they are insulated, close to the skin, with a narrow or relaxed fit or equipped with zippers, technical winter pants found on the market are as diverse as their uses. Keeping track of all the terms and technicalities can be complex! We have created a quick guide to help you find your way around.
Anna Pryce wears the Dynamic Jacket with the Delda Pants in Canmore, Alberta. Photo: @gibbymtbphoto
Here are the elements to consider before your purchase:
Next to skin
Tights for endurance sports in mild conditions.
Athletic / Tapered (Slim Fit):
For hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, strenuous activities. Worn over underwear, tights or leggings, gaiters required for deep snow.
Regular fit / Slight taper (Classic fit)
For non-intensive sports, covers boots, sometimes with integrated gaiters.
Relaxed fit / Open Hem
For for wearing over base and mid layers, in cold weather or for outdoor activities.
|NTS (Next to skin)||ATHLETIC / TAPERED||REGULAR/SLIGHT TAPER (classic fit)||RELAXED / OPEN HEM|
|Cut snug, conforms to the contours of the legs, to offer the best thermal efficiency and freedom of movement||Cut slim to the body, the perfect fit for technical garments. May be worn over base layers and light mid-layers.||Cut comfortably, a middle ground between slim and relaxed fit. May be worn over heavier mid-layers.||Cut loosely on the body creating a relaxed silhouette, for optimal freedom of movement.|
Understanding the multilayer system:
Baselayer (or first layer) worn close to the body, repels moisture and dries quickly.
Midlayer insulating properties, looser than the baselayer without restricting movement but not element proof.
Outerlayer protects from the elements (wind, snow, rain), can be windproof or waterproof. Can be insulated.
Whether long or short, zippers on pants have specific uses:
Ankle zips: to access boot fasteners and allows to easily change socks.
Thigh zips: for aeration and thermal adjustment, versatility.
Full zips: allows to rapidly and easily remove pants without removing boots.
Personal choice for comfort and optimal fit:
Elastic for self-adjustment.
Draw cords for variable adjustments according to underlayers or time of day.
Belt for variable adjustments and comfort.
The many combinations of options allow you to choose the pants that best suit your needs! See our pants comparative guide for a quick and simple reference:
SWIX Pants Warmth Level
|Delda||Softshell||Stretch Panel||10' Ankle||Side||Draw-cord|
|Alpamayo||Terry Softshell||Terry Softshell||Back||Draw-cord|
|Tista||Stretch Coconut||Stretch Coconut||Draw-cord|
|Tokke||Softshell||Stretch Panel||7.5" Ankle||Knee||Draw-cord|
|Solo||Softshell||Stretch Panel||Full Side||Knee||Zip Fly|
|Voldo||Softshell||Softshell||10" Ankle||Side||Zip Fly|
|Reine||Micro-fiber||Stretch Panel||Full side||Draw Cord|
|Corvara||Fleece Softshell||Fleece Softshell||10" Ankle||Side||Zip fly|