Alright so i'm a pretty small guy 5'3". Are ski pants suppose to be big? I went to my local sports authority and found some ski pants onsale for me and my wife ($30 each). The mens small was so long there is no way i'm snowboarding in them. So i looked at the womens small and that was much better. The womens was in all black and really didn't look different then the mens so I don't mind buying them but are they all big for layering reasons?
They generally do run loose for layering and ease of movement, but by no means do you want them to be huge. You will know what feels right when you try them on. Whenever I buy a pair just put them over the pants you are wearing at the time, if they are comfortable you should be all set.
Try some youth pants like L or XL. they will probably fit you way better and they won't be cut that much different then mens. womens pants are usually cut different( lower waist, tighter in the groinal region). just my $0.02
So sports authority didn't have youth sizes. I tried on the womens medium size and it fit just fine, kinda baggy but def feels comfortable and warm. I had a coupon so I gotta for about $25 each (got two one for my wife). I think there pretty good quality, waterproof, insulated well.
What is the difference between ski pants and snowboard pants? I guess what I got was ski pants in a women's medium. I really don't mind now but when I move to ATL i'll get a little more serious about fitting but yes i'll probably have to drop down to a youth size pant...no biggy.
hey im in the same boat.. im a short guy also only 5'4" and find pants extremely big. If you can find pants in xs they usually fit fine. I say as long as the waist fits the length isnt too big of a problem since the leg gaiters usually dont go below your boots anyway. Many companies make pants with some kind of leg cinch or some way of shortening the length of the pants when walking around.
Personally Id rather have a slightly loose fit, which isnt a problem since most pants small pants can fit someone whose 5'8". When your riding having the extra length isnt a problem since it isnt going anywhere when you strap on. Layering is much more comfy if the pants are loose. You may think it will look a bit silly with all the baggyness of the pants but when you put all your gear together its not so bad.