Best Pants for Cold Weather | Stay Warm and Dry Hiking, Skiing and Adventuring

Best Pants for Cold Weather | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

The pants you wear on an adventure or trip, especially in Michigan, can make a big difference whether you enjoy your experience. Especially when it comes to outside activities in the cold, windy weather.

I like having a couple options for warm pants, usually fleece-lined, so a potentially miserable time outside can turn into a fun adventure.

Some outdoor activities like ice fishing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding and sledding benefit from weatherproof pants. In this write-up, we put together some of our favorite fleece-lined, warm, waterproof pants for women to help you find a pair that’s perfect for your adventures and time outside. 

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Windproof, warm, abrasion resistant, no pilling and comfy. 

Windproof, warm, comfy.

Windproof, warm, comfy.


 92% polyester and 8% spandex

97% Nylon 3% Spandex


Fleece Lining?









Lots of zippers. Form fitting, tighter in the thigh area

Zippers. Sits high on waist

Comfortable, plenty of stretch. Not water proof


Can wear snowboarding, skiing, hiking. Can wear additional leggings underneath


Awesome color choices, stylish. 

Ski, snow, hiking 

Great for camping, hiking, skiing. Not biking in a rain storm

What Size Should I Get?

Size Estimates:

5'5" 130 lbs-Medium

5'5" 170 lbs-Large

Fits snug. May want to size up if you want layers or looser fit. Size Estimates:

5'3" 120 pounds-Size 26 (snug)

5’0, 128 lbs - Size 27 (snug) x 30

5'8" and 130 lbs -Size 28 (snug) x 32 

Size Estimates:

5'3" 148 pounds 32/30 if want room to move/layer

5’6, 160 pounds, generally a size 10 in pants. Size 32/30

M/32 inseam, dark gray and they fit perfectly. I'm 5'7" at 135 lbs. 

Recommended Long Underwear

I have personally worn Cuddl Duds my entire life.  I probably have 10 pairs so I highly recommend them.  I wear them under jeans, cords, ski pants, sweatpants. The difference in warmth is amazing.








93% Modal, 7% Spandex

92% Microfiber & 8% Spandex

95% Polyester/5% Spandex


These are fantastic under jeans, sweats,ski pants. Not bulky, machine washable

Moisture wicking, smooth. Perfect under clothing for outdoor activities or lounging at home.

Order you regular size if you prefer tighter and warmer thermal under clothes. Order one size up to wear as base layer or sleepwear. Lightly fleece lined.

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We hope you visit Michigan this winter as we have lots of outdoor and indoor things to do for the whole family.  Cheers!  Sherry 

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