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Ski jacket/pants for petite female

lenap3

Certified Ski Diva
#1
Hi everyone,

Last year I got a new ski jacket and pair of pants, but didn't like how they looked or performed. Given I'm quite petite (5' about 95-97 lbs), finding gear can be tough. The hardest for me are ski pants, every single adult pair I've had gets torn to shreds by clicking in and out of my bindings. I also have a very small waist (22"), so even ones with velcro adjusters (like burton) usually I end up velcroing to the fleece lining part. Last year I purchased obermeyer kids snowpants, but they're more resort-wear geared and don't hold up well in less than ideal conditions. I also have a helly hansen jacket, this one was a women's jacket xs but resort style as well because the shells were too long on me. I would really love better performing gear for rough conditions, so I was wondering if anyone had luck who is similar in size? I tried as many adult ski pants as possible last season and drove my mom nuts in the process, so I'd prefer to stick to kids ski pants if anyone knows of some really great ones (burton has a new kids goretex line--anyone know about it?). What I'd like to avoid is paying top dollar for something like a pair of arcteryx pants and then rip the ends to shred by the end of the season (their pants are too long on me, I spent an hour trying on various models last season). Any recommendations? Obermeyer petite was too big last year as was a few other brands in petite/short sizes :/

I'll be skiing mostly northern east coast (VT, NH, ME), also going out to JHMR for 11 days in January
 
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marzNC

Angel Diva
#2
Given I'm quite petite (5' about 95-97 lbs), finding gear can be tough. The hardest for me are ski pants, every single adult pair I've had gets torn to shreds by clicking in and out of my bindings.
Been there! I'm the same height, about 10 pounds heavier, a lot older. Haven't been able to fit in youth sizes for several decades. My daughter (now in college) is your size. She mostly fits XS for jackets. I need S or M.

I had one pair of XS Marker insulated pants that actually fit well at the waist and in length. Found it on a rack in north Tahoe back in 2010. I also have a pair of insulated snowboard pants but they are relatively lightweight since I bought them in the southeast.

Once I found that uninsulated pants work better for me, there was only one approach that made sense in the long run. I'd learned that @geargrrl is in the business of dealing with technical material. I found two pairs of uninsulated pants (one for me, one for daughter) during sales and sent them to be shortened professionally. I used the grey pair. Since daughter didn't like the color of the other, it became a backup.

At one point Patagonia Youth Size 16 jackets seemed reasonable. But I never tried on youth pants. We found a good jacket for my daughter in a Boston ski shop buy looking at jackets geared towards the snowboard market.
 

Little Lightning

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#3
I'm your size but 100lbs, 5'1". Since I've been consistently lifting heavier weights I've put on muscle in my quads and glutes. Waist has gotten a little bigger also. I've tried girls but what fits the hips is huge in the waist. I find that sizes that come in numerical sizes fit better. I've totally given up on what is considered "fashion" brands. I've had good luck with Descente, sizes 2-4, fit and length, Armada-XS and my current fave is Strafe in an XS, a little oversized but gives me room to layer on cold days. If the pants are too long I roll them up when I'm walking so they don't drag and shred on the bottoms. All have material on the inside of the legs to prevent tearing.

I get my best prices online from EVO, REI, and Amazon (only because I was looking for a discontinued color} and Christy Sports. Even though I live in Colorado I rarely find anything in the stores. With Black Friday sales already starting you should be able to find something in your price range. Also, end of season, or summer, is a good time to get good deals. For example, this summer I got a great deal at REI on an Odlo down jacket. Perfect fit in an XS and great for layering under my jacket. Also, read reviews online, they can be very helpful.
 
#4
Curious if you’ve tried North Face short pants? I am 5’4 and the regular length is pretty good (perfect if I’m barefoot, could be a bit longer in ski boots), so maybe the short would get you close. The inseam is 28.5 for short vs 30.5 on the regular.

@tinymoose might have some good recommendations too.
 

Little Lightning

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#5
I'm your size but 100lbs, 5'1". Since I've been consistently lifting heavier weights I've put on muscle in my quads and glutes. Waist has gotten a little bigger also. I've tried girls but what fits the hips is huge in the waist. I find that sizes that come in numerical sizes fit better. I've totally given up on what is considered "fashion" brands. I've had good luck with Descente, sizes 2-4, fit and length, Armada-XS and my current fave is Strafe in an XS, a little oversized but gives me room to layer on cold days. If the pants are too long I roll them up when I'm walking so they don't drag and shred on the bottoms. All have material on the inside of the legs to prevent tearing.

I get my best prices online from EVO, REI, and Amazon (only because I was looking for a discontinued color} and Christy Sports. Even though I live in Colorado I rarely find anything in the stores. With Black Friday sales already starting you should be able to find something in your price range. Also, end of season, or summer, is a good time to get good deals. For example, this summer I got a great deal at REI on an Odlo down jacket. Perfect fit in an XS and great for layering under my jacket. Also, read reviews online, they can be very helpful.
I'm also exploring the Kari Traa brand. They are a Norwegian company. I see a lot of their base layers here but they seem to be expanding into outer wear. Not sure of their fit yet but they are a women's only company. I have a pair of tights that fit me pretty well and have ordered another pair, so we'll see.
 

ski diva

Administrator
Staff member
#7
I'm also exploring the Kari Traa brand. They are a Norwegian company. I see a lot of their base layers here but they seem to be expanding into outer wear. Not sure of their fit yet but they are a women's only company. I have a pair of tights that fit me pretty well and have ordered another pair, so we'll see.
They make beautiful stuff, but I think their tops run a little long.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
#8
Curious if you’ve tried North Face short pants? I am 5’4 and the regular length is pretty good (perfect if I’m barefoot, could be a bit longer in ski boots), so maybe the short would get you close. The inseam is 28.5 for short vs 30.5 on the regular.

@tinymoose might have some good recommendations too.
Not really short enough for me. Mostly because of the length of my legs in comparison to my torso. I've tried on North Face stuff because it's easy to find and often the small sizes end up on the sale rack.
 
#9
Not really short enough for me. Mostly because of the length of my legs in comparison to my torso. I've tried on North Face stuff because it's easy to find and often the small sizes end up on the sale rack.
True, I have long legs with a shorter torso, so those proportions definitely matter.
 

tinymoose

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#10
Curious if you’ve tried North Face short pants? I am 5’4 and the regular length is pretty good (perfect if I’m barefoot, could be a bit longer in ski boots), so maybe the short would get you close. The inseam is 28.5 for short vs 30.5 on the regular.

@tinymoose might have some good recommendations too.
I don't think I'm going to be much help b/c I've always bought Burton Lucky pants and she said even Burton pants don't work for her. lol Sounds like my waist is larger than hers, though.

North Face pants have always been too big for me. Jut an FYI there.
 

Little Lightning

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#12
They make beautiful stuff, but I think their tops run a little long.
Might be good for me then because I have a longer torso and shorter legs. I'm more concerned about the fit though the hips and the bust. Gaining some muscle through my back has changed the fit of a lot of my shirts.
 
#13
I'm short (under 5 ft) and about 105 lb. Kids' stuff doesn't really work. I've never had a problem getting jackets - lots seem to fit and I have a tendency to buy more than I really need (can you say jacket slut?). Pants are another story and always have to be shortened. So when I get pants I like I keep them a long time - I'm guessing maybe the 4th or 5th year with the current pair!
 

snowburgh

Diva in Training
#14
I am the same size as you and have had luck with 686 XS -> but they could be a little long depending upon your inseam.
that is the ONLY adult pant that has ever been close to fitting, and it they fit loose (which i am ok with).
For a small waste, you may like TNF Girls Large. i have those and they are the right length, but i prefer more room in my waste. (they are a bit shorter than the 686).
For my daughter - we are using BOYS REI ski pants ... but did not ski a lot last year in the north east.

Please post what you end up with. I am am ready to update soon ...
 
#15
For my daughter - we are using BOYS REI ski pants ... but did not ski a lot last year in the north east.
That reminds me, back when I was under 35 I bought a boy's ski jacket on sale in Reno at the beginning of a ski trip. Main advantage of youth jackets is that the sleeves are shorter.
 

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