- Price: £140
- Sizes: S-XL
- Waterproofing: 10,000ml
- Breathability: 10,000g
The adidas Riding snowboard pants may never win the prize for Most Imaginative Name, but when it comes to style points they rack up the big numbers. They’re essentially the opposite of the OTT gangster-baggy cargo pants that were so big in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s - in 2016, clean and simple design goes a long way.
The 10K ratings of the adidas Riding pants are enhanced by fully taped seams which increase both durability and waterproofing. If you’re planning on a lot of backcountry expeditions, you’ll still want something with higher specs - but everyone else, from the beginner to the seasonaire, will find that these more than meet your needs.
"The cuffs on the outside have been reinforced with hard-wearing Cordura fabric, so they’ll last the distance even if you spend most of your winter hiking streetrails"
They’re definitely built with comfort in mind; the lining is extra-soft where that’s most needed (specifically at the waistband, fly and bum, as well as inside the pockets). The vents are located on the inside leg, and feature mesh guards that prevent snow from getting in.
The waistband is fully adjustible, although it also boasts tough loops should you prefer to wear a belt anyway. At the other extreme, gaiters at the bottom of each leg have a small hook for your laces, so they won’t ride up and expose your boot during the day. The cuffs on the outside have been reinforced with hard-wearing Cordura fabric, so they’ll last the distance even if you spend most of your winter hiking streetrails. There’s also got a zipper to increase the bagginess of the fit around your boot and binding highback, if that’s what you prefer.
The adidas Riding snowboard pants aren’t just about looking good, then, but it’s definitely a bonus that they do. These are also available in ‘Olive’ - to see what that looks like, check out the adidas Civillian jacket here.