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The best men's cross country ski pants

The same as downhill skiing, cross country skiing requires you to wear lots of insulation. Avoid the temptation to look for natural fibres: the first layer of insulation should be made from a synthetic material, since this helps to deflect water and avoid the intake of moisture.

Concerning cross country ski pants exactly, they do not possess such a colossal difference from downhill ski pants, except in terms of their fitting.

Downhill ski pants have a much looser fitting to accommodate the types of movement initiated during downhill skiing, while cross country ski pants have a much tighter, slimmer hold to the legs, to allow the types of movement associated with cross country skiing.

Thus, if you intend to go cross country skiing, it is probably better to by specified cross country ski pants instead of downhill ski pants, since they will be tailored to your needs. Here are three of the best options available online:

  • Men's Craft Storm Tights. Perfect for cross country skiing as well as winter running, cycling, and other strenuous winter sports. Light Wind Shield panels deflect the wind without weighing you down, while the Flex Fleece panels at the back ensure breathability. Articulated knees and ankle zippers add to the versatility of the pants. Buy online for $81.75 at nordicskisource.com.
  • Patagonia Men's Stretch Elements Low Bib Fall 10. A stretch-woven waterproof nylon shell that has great breathability aids movement, while the freedom from stitches significantly reduces weight. Designed with a 3 layer H2No fabric barrier to repel water. Buy online for £290 at braemountainsports.com.
  • Patagonia Men's Northwall Pants. Patagonia's best pants for the coldest environments, complete with Polartec Power Shield Pro protection to keep out the cold but still ensure breathability. Its sonic-welded seams with reinforced stitches manages to reduce the total weight of the pants and allow easier movement. Buy online for $399 at patagonia.com.

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