The Best Snowpants for Curvy Women

The Best Snow pants for Curvy Women

The Best Snow pants for Curvy Women

At Tales of a Mountain Mama, we believe that the outdoors are for everyone. And we recognize, and celebrate, that outdoor mamas come in all shapes and sizes. But finding quality snow pants for curvy body types is really hard! If you’re a curvy mama looking for snow pants, this post is for you.

While this post is just for the moms (or women in general), be sure to check out our Best Winter Gear for Kids.

snow pants for curvy women
Burton AK bibs are my go-to snow pant. They’re warm, waterproof and fit my curves just right!

For more women’s winter gear tips, check out TMM’s Outdoor Women Winter Style Guide.

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Bib snow pants for curvy women

OK my fellow curvy mamas: If you haven’t tried on a pair of bib snowpants, you really, really need to!

Are you a pregnant snowboarding or skiing mama? Bibs with the front zipper unzipped also make great maternity snowpants.

My whole adult life i’ve struggled to find great snow pants. Too tight. Too long. Dreaded gap above the butt. Not stretchy enough. Last fall, a whim, I treated myself to a pair of Burton bibs and I will never, ever go back to regular pants.

Burton AK 2L Gore-Tex Kimmy Bib

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I give two thumbs up to these Burton AK bib snowpants.

My personal favorite bibs are the Burton AK 2L Gore-Tex Kimmy Bib, in short length.

I am not even joking when I say that I tried them on in my living room and immediately called three girlfriends to tell them how amazing they fit! I love these bibs because they fit my booty, they are stretchy, and the short length is perfect for my 5’3″ inseam.

The stretchy, adjustable suspenders, side zips and drop seat are sweet, too – you don’t have to take your jacket off to go to the bathroom.

The only downfall? These bibs in short lengths are sold out on the Burton site. But they are available in regular and tall, sizes XXS – XXL.

Arctix Insulated Bib Overalls – Best Budget Pick!

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Bibs that come in a range of sizes and lengths AND fun colors – that’s Arctix!

The Arctix Insulated Bibs come in several fun colors like purple and turquoise (which I was so happy to see – bye bye black!). They are available on Amazon in short, regular, and tall lengths, sizes XS – 4XL.

Full disclosure, we have not personally tried these pants. But several of our readers have, and they seem like a great affordable option. They also have 8,700 4.5 star reviews on Amazon, so I thought they should be included.

Obermeyer Felicity Bib Pant

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Amelia just ordered these Obermeyer Felicity bibs – stay tuned for her review!

The Obermeyer Felicity Bib offers that awesome 4-way stretch, they come in short, regular, and tall lengths, and come in sizes 2-14.

Amelia just ordered these bibs, and I will add her thoughts just as soon as she has a chance to try them out.

Best snow pants for curvy women

Obermeyer Straight Line Pant

snow pants for curvy women
TMM Team Members Ginny & Amelia highly recommend the Obermeyer Straight Line pant!

Obermeyer offers several different snowpant options in short lengths and a wide range of sizes. The Obermeyer Straight Line Pant is a TMM favorite! Both Ginny an Amelia highly recommend this pant.

These are available in sizes 2 – 16, but at the time of writing this post, the short is sold out. The pants feature a 4-way stretch that perfectly fits the hips and booty. This pant is lightly insulated.

Obermeyer offers lengths in their snow pants, which is AMAZING for me. Pants and I rarely get along. I call my thick thighs my “german curse” and struggle to find ones I love wearing. Snow pants are a whole new level. These fit perfectly and are very comfortable. Plus they have 4-way stretch which, again, means you can move and groove (and keep up with your kids) on the mountain. I also love the waist adjustment which means a perfect fit and no slipping or gap.

TMM Mama-In-Chief, Amelia

Obermeyer Warrior Pant

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The Obermeyer Warrior Pant is highly recommended by our TMM community of mamas.

The Obermeyer Warrior Pant is another favorite among our team, and our readers. It’s like the younger sibling of the Straight Line Pant, and it’s priced slightly lower.

It is available in short, regular, and long lengths, in sizes 2 – 12. The 4-way stretch will hug your curves and the high-back waistband means no gap! I hate that gap…

NILS Melissa 2.0 Pant

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The NILS Melissa 2.0 pant is super stretchy with an adjustable waistband, making it a great choice for curvy mamas.

One of the reasons we love NILS is because they’re working hard to make outdoor styles that fit all body types.

The NILS Melissa 2.0 Pant comes in short, regular, and long lengths, sizes 2-16. These pants feature an adjustable waist band and 4-way stretch that is so key for curvy figures

Helly Hansen Switch Pants

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The Helly Hansen Switch are a great loose fitting, cargo-style option.

The Helly Hansen Switch pants are flattering on many different body types with their low-rise waist. This is a loose fitting (but not baggy) pant that comes in sizes XS-XL in some really fun colors!

The Bottom Line

Finding great snowpants that fit a curvy body shape is a challenge (take it from someone who has been wearing ill-fitting pants for way too long). But I’m confident that one of these options could be your new, favorite pants.

Still not convinced?

Think about all those hours spent hauling kids up the sledding hill, or bent over while teaching your toddler to ski, and then treat yourself to a properly fitting pair of pants (or add them to your Christmas list!).

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5 thoughts on “The Best Snow pants for Curvy Women”

  1. “At Tales of a Mountain Mama, we believe that the outdoors are for everyone. And we recognize, and celebrate, that outdoor mamas come in all shapes and sizes. But finding quality snow pants for curvy body types is really hard! If you’re a curvy mama looking for snow pants, this post is for you.”

    It should say, “If you’re a curvy mama, WITH HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TO SPEND ON A SINGLE PAIR OF PANTS, this post is for you.”

    “The outdoors are for everyone…” and, if you are curvy and not wealthy, you’ll have to find some other way to enjoy it, because this post is not for you.

    1. Hi Amy. The outdoors should definitely be for everyone, and winter is definitely the season that it’s hardest to make it accessible due to fit and cost of gear. Hundreds of dollars on pants seems like so much (and you’re right $100 is a lot of money)… but you only need ONE pair, and they’ll last you for a decade or more. Buying used is an excellent way to find good deals, there are BST groups on facebook, checking Marketplace, and even retailers have used parts of their sites now! Both REI and Patagonia are pushing worn wear sites, which is awesome! So possibly you could look for some of these styles that way, knowing these will get you a fit you may like and then going second hand may help with the upfront cost. Shopping in the spring for winter gear is also a great choice, though I know that doesn’t help many of us here in November!

    2. The outdoors SHOULD be accessible for everyone – Agreed! Unfortunately, good gear that will perform well and last a long time is not cheap. Just the nature of the industry – the struggle is real to find good deals! The cheap stuff tends to not have the durability or quality.
      I saved up to trade my cheap (If you can call $75 cheap!) Columbia snow pants for a $300 pair of Arcteryx. I’m now on year 11 with my Arcteryx and they still look and perform brand new. So while expensive, it’s a long-term investment if you get a good pair.
      Still – I know it’s hard to afford the cost of gear (and expensive lift tickets, ski equipment, etc). REI’s garage sale and Patagonia’s used gear marketplace are great to start. Definitely check Facebook groups and local ski swaps as well!
      If you are looking for new – Obermeyer tends to be more affordable than Helly Hansen or NILS. Burton does make a few budget options, and Columbia also makes more budget-friendly styles that are worth a look (that’s what I used for a long time!) The difference is usually in the quality of waterproofing, insulation, venting, and fabric density/treatment.

    3. Amy – thanks for your response. We actually worked hard to make sure this post shows a wide range of pants to fit different budgets and different needs for quality, etc. While yes, great snow pants are an investment for sure, the Arctix pants, for example, cost less than $50. We will be adding to this post as we find other great options. Watch for sales too! Hopefully this just allows a great starting point to give you something to look for.

  2. Amy,

    I feel you mama, snow pants are expensive. I would highly encourage you to find a style that works for your body and then start searching for the pants used or an older season on sale. The higher end pants will last at least a decade of heavy use, given they are cared for properly. When looking at pants used, make sure to ask the seller how they have been washed. Too many times, I’ve forgotten that key question and realized the waterproofing has been ruined because they were put in a dryer. I’ve gotten many high end pants used on eBay for about $40. Such pants have lasted several seasons of hard wear. I make it a game to see how cheap I can find gear for next season during off months. Will you need to use the pants everyday? If so, a higher quality pair will last longer than the $40 (new) Arterix pants. Good luck! I hope we hear from you in the following weeks saying you nabbed a great deal on the perfect pair. Feel free to reach out to us personally if you need more help figuring out what works for you and your family budget.

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