The Patagonia Snowbelle Pant is a solid everyday insulated women’s resort pant. It features Patagonia’s 2 Layer H2No Standard waterproofing and a durable water repellent barrier to keep you dry. It’s important to note that H2No isn’t necessarily a specific technology, but a label that Patagonia gives to fabrics that pass its rigorous standards. For Patagonia that means having a 20,000mm rating before the killer wash test and 10,000mm after. A two layer garment with H2No Standard would offer pretty solid waterproofing for a decent price, but don’t expect it to be quite as good as Gore-Tex. That being said we found that the Patagonia Snowbelle Pant offers plenty of protection for most days on the mountain, and unless you ski every day in really wet snow it’s not a bad option. Best of all, it’s about half the cost of a typical 3 layer Gore-Tex pant or jacket. Likewise breathability is also not as good as Gore-Tex, and with 60g of insulation these pants can run a bit warm. With most insulated pants we only wear a light base layer or simply the pant on its own. The Patagonia Snowbelle Pant isn’t the warmest pant out there, but it’s plenty warm for us with just a light base layer. The vents work well, but they really aren’t great for hiking/skinning in warmer weather. The fit is pretty true to size. It is a slim fit, but I actually found them to be roomier than expected. I often have to size up to fit the waist and the hips and thighs. I did stick with the mediums instead of sizing down, but those who are smaller may think about sizing down. The mediums have plenty of room for layering underneath, and because they fit better in the hips and thighs I could actually use the pockets. They can look a little baggy, but I’d take that any day to get a good fit. They are on the long side, but the Patagonia Snowbelle Pant is also available with a 30”, 32”, or 34” inseam so it’s easy to find a pant that is the right length. The Patagonia Snowbelle Pant does have a RECCO avalanche reflector that you often only find in higher end pants. The brushed gaiters seem relatively durable and do a good job of keeping snow out. The pockets are easy to use, and offer a decent amount of space for gear. Overall the Patagonia Snowbelle Pant is a pretty solid resort pant. It offers decent waterproofing, warm insulation, and a comfortable fit. It’s not very breathable, but has decent ventilation if you need it.
Pant Size Tried – M, Regular Length
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.