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    Posted: Jan/27/2012 at 7:05am
What kind of pants do you guys ride with? I'm wanting to get a set that's not too baggy and keeps the water out, since I ride mostly the East Coast. I'm getting hung up in all the brands and different versions of pants. Any suggestions? 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2012 at 7:28am
Id go with Columbia, but look at the waterproof ratings and really just whatever catches your eye. Try them on.
Worst I had was wonderful.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2012 at 8:40am
I would go with something with 10,000K waterproofing or more. I like session pants but there are a lot of good brand. They all have didn't models that will fit your style. 
The only pair of pants I have use that I didn't like was foursquare, they started getting wet faster than normal and didn't last half a season :( 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2012 at 10:19am
This season I'm riding with 20,000K Analog Deploy pants. There pretty baggy and keep the water out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2012 at 10:25am
I ride FourSquare Q's, 15000 waterproof. They are perfect for me. I went when it was pouring rain on the mountain. 100% WATER PROOF and Warm too. They might be to baggy tho. Check them out
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2012 at 8:56pm
appreciate the response fellas, im kinda fond on the 686 smarty's. We'll see how they go. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2012 at 9:04pm
l really like my north face, they never run baggy on any of their styles for me
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2012 at 9:33pm
i have the 686 smartys, i love them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2012 at 10:12pm
Holden and L1 have pretty nice fits.
Most of their pants are usually straight leg slim fitted or skinny.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/28/2012 at 5:35am
I have a pair of 15k Burton pants. I got them a few weeks ago off of ebay nwt for $80 shipped. They work very nicely and so far I've had no complaints. I second Timmay though. Go with at least 10k in a style that you like and you should be fine.    
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/28/2012 at 5:46am
I've had some 686 smartys which have served me really well. Super waterproof and also super versatile. Really great look too. You should check them out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/28/2012 at 6:08am
This post helped me too, thanks guys. 686 smarty's sound pretty popular, I might have to give them a go..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/28/2012 at 6:14am
actually my favorite pants are my burton ronins. came with a removable liner. i might check out the smarty's though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/28/2012 at 7:39am
I'd say 10k is a decent place to start.  Don't worry too much about brand unless that's what matters to you.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/29/2012 at 3:19pm
love a lot of things about my 686 plasma pants, but, after riding sessions baggy pants for years,  the plasmas do seem a bit too fitted (especially if you're wearing pads) .  My 686 plexus jacket is the same way...it's really not tight, just not quite as loose as my old jacket.

I had the 686 smarty jacket for a while last year and it was looser fitting, so I'm guessing the smarty pants are too...too bad I find most of the smarty colorways unappealing
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/29/2012 at 3:28pm
Been rider with Burton Rangers with no complaints..best pant I've owned.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/29/2012 at 7:18pm
not to bring up any specific brand, but more to comment on the functionality of things:

pockets - will you be carrying things in ur pant pockets? if so, regular jean pockets, butt pockets, side/cargo pockets? if you're going to be falling a lot, zippers would be nicer as opposed to a button or velcro

waterproofing - riding in wet/story weather? sitting on your butt a lot? even 10k waterproof pants will soak through ur butt if you're sitting down a lot

garters - at least i think thats what they're called. the inner liner with elastic band near the ankle of the pants, used to pull over the boots to prevent snow/ice from entering your boot. these are quite important

vents - where i ride (southern california), it will get over 50 degs, sunny sunny sunny. some pants offer vents in the inner thighs and/or knee areas that u can open (usually zippers)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/29/2012 at 8:48pm
Originally posted by sleeepili

not to bring up any specific brand, but more to comment on the functionality of things:

pockets - will you be carrying things in ur pant pockets? if so, regular jean pockets, butt pockets, side/cargo pockets? if you're going to be falling a lot, zippers would be nicer as opposed to a button or velcro

waterproofing - riding in wet/story weather? sitting on your butt a lot? even 10k waterproof pants will soak through ur butt if you're sitting down a lot

garters - at least i think thats what they're called. the inner liner with elastic band near the ankle of the pants, used to pull over the boots to prevent snow/ice from entering your boot. these are quite important

vents - where i ride (southern california), it will get over 50 degs, sunny sunny sunny. some pants offer vents in the inner thighs and/or knee areas that u can open (usually zippers)

this is what got me the most about a pair of burton restricted pants i got here on TruSnow a while a back.  I bought them for 50% off, great deal, and they were 20,000mm water proof.  I figured nothing would get through them at all, that´s almost gore tex level, but they do soak through on the butt if i sit down to strap in.  some days i don´t, but on the days that i do, i always end up with a wet but.  on the legs though, they are impermeable, we had a storm a week ago, i rode 6 hours of lifts in a wet Utah dump, the thighs were dry inside, but the freaking butt was soaked.  

if you´re really worried about the butt soaking through, i´d look at gore tex pants, they should keep the water out better.  if you don´t mind or don´t sit (or fall) a lot, i´d go with something 15k or above.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/29/2012 at 9:36pm
i picked up a pair of ride phinney pants thta are 10k waterproof and that works for me. 

i sit down to strap in but i dont stay on my behind for too long. i havent really had any trouble with a wet butt. i suppose if you fall a lot or sit on your butt for long periods of time you can get a wet butt. i am pretty cheap/poor so i try to keep the costs down. 

i started with a pair of hand-me-down no name brand 5k waterproof pants and they had to go quick. they were useless. 10k minimum. if you can afford 15k or higher then go for that. 

i look more at the features than the brand.
- does it fit?
- does it have vents in the legs?
- does it have zippers/velcro on all pockets?
- how does the waist closee? buttons? velcro? hooks? some mixture of each?
- at least 10k waterproof?
- plenty of pockets?
- is it over priced?

if the pants answers each of these questions sufficiently then i will buy them. thats just what i look for in pants. and the ride phinny were the first pair i found that fit the description
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/30/2012 at 9:33am
I like 686 pants.  They are rated 10,000 waterproofness and has been good to me so far.  They are a little baggy but thats what I prefer.  Juset depends on what you like and personal preference.  Anything rated at 10K should suit your needs.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/30/2012 at 10:20am
Don't go cheap, I bought an off-brand pair of "waterproof" pants from sports authority and water definitely bleeds through the fabric
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/16/2012 at 6:31am
+1 on the 686.  They are amazingly warm with the liner and water has yet to seep through on them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/16/2012 at 6:56pm
Anything that's 10k is solid and will keep you dry. I've got sessions achillies and infantry pants. Achillies are great pair and infantry aren't bad either in terms of waterproofing and breatability. It doesn't bother me cuz I don't spend much time sitting in snow.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/16/2012 at 7:40pm
I agree. 10k is a must and really, other than that it's up to you. Im in the market for some snowpants too actually. Mine were basically just destroyed... don't ask.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/16/2012 at 7:51pm
Hey ianbejamin, hit me up. i've got some snowpants that need to go.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/16/2012 at 7:52pm
thanks man. i just pmd you. Sorry to the original poster for these random posts...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/18/2012 at 6:47pm
i have the 686 10k denims and they are great super warm and waterproof i sit to strap up sometimes cuz i usually just strap on the lift but i havent have any problems with a wet butt or being cold.. they are great and look sweet love the denim print
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Foursquare is really nice. Keeps you warm enough
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/21/2012 at 7:12am
i have Burton 3L Gore-tex jacket and pants that i've had 3 years now. I wear size S top and bottom but because they're fit I wear M for both. They fit just right. I believe in layering than buying thick gear. My stuff are all shells.
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