White is the new black when it comes to snowpants | AspenTimes.com

White is the new black when it comes to snowpants

Nate Peterson

My new white snowpants from Burton are dreamy.I get a lot of compliments on them when I’m riding the bus or on the lift.Such as, “Why the hell would you buy white snowpants? They’re going to get really dirty.”

This is true. But since the cargo snowpants from Burton’s Shaun White Collection ($169) are made of a super-durable, weatherproof shell, I can wash them whenever I want.Which usually begets a follow-up question from most admirers.”Why would you want to buy snowpants that you have to wash all the time?””Because,” I say, “They look cool.”At least I think they do. Also, last time I checked, washing clothes was a pretty common activity, so what’s the big deal with washing snowpants?

I also have a pair of black Burton Ronin snowpants, which have held up great for the past three seasons. I wash them, too, if you’re curious.When I was shopping for a new pair to add some variety to my drab all-black outfit, I opted to go with Burton again because I trust the brand. Believe me, there are plenty of white snowpants out there this year from a variety of outerwear manufacturers – some priced a lot higher than what I paid for my pair.What I really like about my new snowpants are the number of convenient pockets and the vents on the inseams of the legs.The cargo pockets on the legs are double stacked, with the inner pockets fixed with clasps while the outer pockets are sealed with cool magnets.

Since the magnets come undone pretty easily, the outer pockets are really easy to access, even with big clunky gloves. They’re great for stowing a granola bar or some cough drops.There’s also zipper pockets on the hips to store valuables, like a wallet or a cell phone, and two big Velcro butt pockets in the back.The vents on the legs are perfect for those bluebird days when you work up a sweat. The soft mesh lining on the inside keeps the snow out, but lets the air in to allow your legs to cool off.The only thing I don’t like about the new pants is the custom belt, which is supposed to be buckled on the side of your hip. I guess it’s hip (no pun intended) if you’re in the eighth grade. No worries, though. Nobody ever sees the belt because I keep it tucked underneath my jacket. The same goes for the dirt, since I keep my snowpants sparkling with Tide.

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