Baselayer Pantalones - 3/4 or Full?:Sheepleg's Blog. The Muttering Mutton
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Baselayer Pantalones - 3/4 or Full?

I've been wearing  full length base layer pants for as long as I can remember. They're always a little too long, but I never thought too much about it. Until - this year.

At the beginning of the season I was fit for new snowboarding boots. They are the first new boots I have bought in years and the heat moldable inserts and custom footbeds are apparently the norm now - so exciting! I did the "stand still for five minutes" act to mold them, fit some SuperFeet liners into the bottom, and hit the slopes. The first day was miserable. MISerable. My shins hurt, the boots didn't seem to be living up to their promise of comfort, and I was swearing the day I bought them!

Randomly, one of my friends told me to lift up my pant let and show them my baselayer/sock combo. Smartwool lightweight pants? Check. Smartwool thin yet lightly padded shinsock? Check! Same as always - pant legs tucked into my socks, foot inserted into boot. Does this sound familiar? My friend quickly pointed out that I should pull my pant legs up and out from my socks and keep them up OUT of the boots. At that point I was willing to try anything so I did - worked. My boots fit better and the rest of the day went AHmazingly well. 

The moral of the story is - 3/4 length pants rock. Why had no one mentioned this to me before? What about you - are you a full length pant fan or have you attempted the 3/4? What other minor tweaks have you made to up your comfort level?


Red Fox

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