The Mountain Hardwear Snowburst is another entry level women’s ski pant that works well as a resort pant in dryer climates. The Mountain Hardwear Snowburst is made with a 2 layer Dry. Q Core material that Mountain Hardwear says meets industry standard for waterproofing and breathability. While MH doesn’t publish its actual rating I would assume this is in the 10k-15k range. This is solid waterproofing for dryer climates, but may not be the best for really wet or heavy snows. This is pretty typical in entry level outerwear, so it’s no surprise here. If you don’t need the high end waterproofing or breathability of Dry. Q Elite materials (that often come at a high price), the Mountain Hardwear Snowburst can be a solid choice. It has 60 grams of Thermal Q Elite synthetic insulation that has good warmth to weight ratio. 60g is a moderate insulation, but unless you’re always cold offers pretty solid warmth. Even on really cold days, we’d be able to get away with just a light base layer underneath. The Mountain Hardwear Snowburst does have zippered thigh vents to help regulate body temperature. So even on warmer days, you don’t get too overheated. The Mountain Hardwear Snowburst has a ton of pockets as well, so plenty of room for storing gear. The fit is pretty true to size, but it is relaxed. This offers plenty of room for layering underneath, but looks slightly baggy. If you’re between sizes you may opt for the smaller one unless you really like the baggy look. The Mountain Hardwear Snowburst has a herringbone pattern on the outer layer. This looks good, and feels slightly more durable than some other fabrics. Overall the Mountain Hardwear Snowburst is a good resort pant for casual skiers in dryer climates.
Pant Size Tried – S
Normal Specs– 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body Specs – 36” Chest, Torso Length 18” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 16.5”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 29” Waist, 41” Hips, 29.5” Inseam, 26” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt, but fit well in the waist. That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill.
Turn Off’s: Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants.