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Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle Pants Review

The Snowbelle offers resort style with comfort and warmth.
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Price:  $199 List | $199.00 at REI
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Pros:  Comfortable, warm, RECCO
Cons:  Not great for backcountry use, waterproofing
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Sarah Sherman ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 17, 2019
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  • Weather Resistance - 25% 6
  • Fit and Comfort - 25% 9
  • Ventilation - 15% 6
  • Warmth - 15% 9
  • Features - 10% 7
  • Style - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle Pants are a great resort pant that comes in a variety of colors, stands up well to the elements, and provides incredible comfort. While the insulation and limited venting on this pant do not make it appropriate for long backcountry days, those same factors are what keep it charging around the resort in variable temps. It comes equipped with a built-in RECCO system and is made from 100% recycled polyester to help reduce your carbon footprint. This pant will help keep you comfortable and on the slopes when temps drop better than any other model we tested.


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Pros Comfortable, warm, RECCOSpacious pockets, color and size options, weatherproof, versatility, ventilation, built to lastBackcountry specific features, comfort and stretch, pocket spaceComfortable, high-performing, pocket space, 'core' lookBombproof, venting, removable bib attachment
Cons Not great for backcountry use, waterproofingPricePrice, boxy fit, not for resort daysNarrow upper thigh, cuff guardStiff, pricey
Bottom Line The Snowbelle offers resort style with comfort and warmth.A do-anything ski pant that is as ready for your next adventure as you are.Backcountry enthusiasts, look no further than these uninsulated, well-ventilated, fully featured, and super mobile pants.A comfortable and functioning bib for backcountry missions and resort laps alike.Harsh conditions are no problem in these pants.
Rating Categories Insulated Snowbelle Pants Sentinel AR Pants Hemispheres Bib Flylow Foxy Bib Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Pants
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Specs Insulated... Sentinel AR Pants Hemispheres Bib Flylow Foxy Bib Lofoten Gore-Tex...
Measured weight (lbs) 1.4 lbs 1.1 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.4 lbs 1.8 lbs
Waterproofing 2-layer H2No Performance Standard 3-layer Gore-Tex 3-layer Gore-Tex C-Knit 3-layer Intuitive stretch stormshell 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro
Vents Inner thigh Outer thigh Outer thigh Inner and outer thigh 3/4 outer side zips
Insulation/Lining 100% polyester taffeta Brushed liner None None None
Ski-Specific Features Webbing loop on rear yoke to attach to jacket, gaiters Thigh pockets, reinforced ankles, taped seams Stretch fabric for mobility, gaiters, stretchy bibs, belt loops Stretch fabric for mobility, gaiters, stretchy bibs, drop seat Zip-off bib, taped seams, reinforced ankles, gaiters
Main fabric 75D 100% polyester 70D nylon 70D nylon 3L Stretch Stormshell Intuitive 200D nylon
Waistline construction Button & zip fly Button & zip fly w/ integrated belt Bib Bib Button & zip fly
Pockets 2 zippered hand 2 zippered thigh 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered kangaroo, 1 thigh 2 mid thigh, 2 chest 1 zippered hand, 2 zippered thigh, 1 zippered rear

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Insulated Snowbelle women's ski pant is warm, comfortable, and stylish pant with features that includes RECCO technology, inner thigh vents, and a fleece-lined adjustable waistband. This pant was everything we would expect for an insulated pant, and nothing we didn't, offering standard performance for its class and excelling in comfort. Overall, it is a solid garment that will meet your needs at the resort, keeping you warm and cozy from first chair to aprés with your crew.

Performance Comparison


Early-season resort ripping in the Insulated Snowbelle.
Early-season resort ripping in the Insulated Snowbelle.

Weather Resistance


This pant comes equipped with Patagonia's 2-Layer H2No Performance Standard shell outer layer paired with a durable waterproof repellant (DWR) layer, which they claim is waterproof, windproof, and breathable to protect you from the elements. These pants performed well on the mountain, with zero issues when it came to weatherproofing. That being said, our shower test pushed them to their limit.


When we tested the pants for two minutes in the shower, the pants were able to repel a good amount of water. However, they still did absorb a large amount of that water. At the end of the test, the pants felt heavy, as if water had gotten into its insulation, and the insides of the pant felt damp. That being said, unless you live in a particularly wet environment, these pants are still a fantastic option for most, as comparatively wet conditions are rare for most.

Other models resisted taking on water noticeably better than the Snowbelle  shown here.
Other models resisted taking on water noticeably better than the Snowbelle, shown here.

Fit and Comfort


Designed for mobility, putting on the Snowbelle Insulated Pants felt like slipping into a cloud. Its smooth taffeta inner liner is soft and buttery to the touch, providing a premium feel from the moment you put them on. This feeling of comfort lasted throughout the day, as the pants were roomy enough for us to ski without feeling restricted or inhibited by the pant, while the liner glided smoothly with our movements.


To assist with finding your perfect fit, Patagonia incorporated adjustable elastic tabs at the waist that can be adjusted with velcro. These tabs are on the inside of the pant, which made them slightly harder to adjust when on, but felt incredibly sturdy and comfortable once put on, and needed no readjusting throughout the day. We also appreciated that the tabs featured a brushed-tricot lining which was soft to the touch and protected our skin from the potential scratchiness of the velcro to the point where we didn't notice it next to our skin at all.

Adjustable waistbands are a favorite feature among our testers  and the Snowbelle nails it.
Adjustable waistbands are a favorite feature among our testers, and the Snowbelle nails it.

Ventilation


The ventilation system built into these pants is limited but effective for most average days at the resort, especially for those who tend to run cold. The pants come with two inner thigh vents that span from just below the crotch to just above the knee, allowing you to shed heat in a key zone. The vents have an inner mesh lining that helps keep snow from getting in your pants, even when you're skiing fast.


These smaller vents do allow for some temperature regulation, but are not enough to release heat generated from more strenuous activities such as backcountry skiing. And while the mesh helps protect your legs from snow, it also limits the vents from opening completely and therefore from being more effective. This, combined with the pants insulation, mean that we do not recommend this pant for touring or on days when you anticipate much inbounds hiking.

The vents are relatively long  but their location on the inner thigh and mesh backing inhibit ventilation.
The vents are relatively long, but their location on the inner thigh and mesh backing inhibit ventilation.

Warmth


The Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle relies upon 40 grams of Thermogreen insulation to keep you warm on the mountain, even in colder temperatures. We found this insulation to be effective, especially when paired with a base layer, in keeping us toasty, even when sitting on a slow, long chairlift ride. If conditions turn south, Patagonia claims that its Thermogreen insulation will stay warm even when wet, similar to wool, though we were unable to test this feature on the mountain. If you are someone who gets cold easily and wants the reliable warmth of an insulated pant, these would be a great option to consider.


Features


The most notable feature included in the Snowbelle Pant is the integrated RECCO reflector, which can aid a rescue team in locating you if necessary. A RECCO reflector does not have any backcountry ski application, and should never be assumed to replace the necessity of an avalanche beacon. It is, however, a thoughtful touch in the design which can be a useful tool if necessary. An every day feature of the Snowbelle that you might enjoy is its ability to attach to the powder skirt of any Patagonia ski jacket. This helps seal out snow from getting inside on those deep powder days, helping to keep you warm and dry.


The pant's adjustable waist straps, mentioned in the fit and comfort section, are also a nice and noteworthy feature, allowing them to be adjusted to fit individual sizes. Other than that, these are a fairly basic pant with few extra frills.

Style


The Snowbelle has a basic, standard ski pant look, with few stand out style statements, positive or negative. With a relaxed fit that is accommodating to many different body types, the Snowbelle stands apart less on design and more via color. This pant provides you with over six different colors and patterns to choose from, allowing one to individualize their look with the perfect color combination. For those who don't feel the need to stand apart from the crowd, but still want to perfect their look, you may find what you're looking for in the style of these pants.


When it comes to insulated pants  we are big fans of the Snowbelle from Patagonia. We also appreciate the price point!
When it comes to insulated pants, we are big fans of the Snowbelle from Patagonia. We also appreciate the price point!

Value


For a pant that is in the mid-price range, they perform as can be expected. They are not bulletproof, but will get you through cold days on the mountain just fine and in comfort, especially if you layer underneath on the very harshest of days.

Keep in mind that these pants have rather specific functions and are not great for the backcountry—if you want to venture outside of the resort, you may need to secure another pair of pants. And, if you are in a pinch, there are cheaper options that may not be as eco-friendly or high-quality, but can still get the job done. That being said, these are a solid choice for someone who knows they will put their pants through some wear and tear and want to stay warm with added insulation.

Conclusion


The Patagonia Snowbelle Insulated Pant is a reliable pant for resort skiing enthusiasts. Its cloud-like comfort will help keep you happy on the slopes, while its technical features are just enough to provide great value for the price. If you frequently experience cold legs, this is our top recommendation.


Sarah Sherman