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Old 12-04-2013, 10:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

First time poster, been reading for a bit though.

I am treating myself to some new gear for the first time in 5+ years, and I'd really like to get some quality stuff that'll last me for a bit- I'm more of a wear it till it breaks sort of guy.

Been putting in significant research and I'm just torn between some pants and jackets... Coming to the experts for advice!

Open to suggestions, but here's what I'm looking at currently, throw down some knowledge, if you guys would be so kind! Fit, comfort, durability, etc, ya know?

I'm 6'2", 195lbs with 34 waist, and ride in the North East, so it can get wet, and cold. I've tried on the Smarty's, and Burton Cargos, large seems to fit? I don't want anything too baggy.. I dig the insulation of the 686, but maybe Gore-Tex is the way to go? Thanks for any help in advance! Trying to score some deals if I can before Christmas.

TL;DR? What do you think of these pants/jackets??

Pants:

686 Smarty Cargo Large Tall (Tall would fit properly, right?)

Burton 2L Gore-Tex Cargos

Jackets:

686 Plexus

Ride Sodo or Gatewood

Special Blend Circa

Oakley Originate

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Old 12-04-2013, 10:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

First time poster, been reading for a bit though.

I am treating myself to some new gear for the first time in 5+ years, and I'd really like to get some quality stuff that'll last me for a bit- I'm more of a wear it till it breaks sort of guy.

Been putting in significant research and I'm just torn between some pants and jackets... Coming to the experts for advice!

Open to suggestions, but here's what I'm looking at currently, throw down some knowledge, if you guys would be so kind! Fit, comfort, durability, etc, ya know?

I'm 6'2", 195lbs with 34 waist, and ride in the North East, so it can get wet, and cold. I've tried on the Smarty's, and Burton Cargos, large seems to fit? I don't want anything too baggy.. I dig the insulation of the 686, but maybe Gore-Tex is the way to go? Thanks for any help in advance! Trying to score some deals if I can before Christmas.

TL;DR? What do you think of these pants/jackets??

Pants:

686 Smarty Cargo Large Tall (Tall would fit properly, right?)

Burton 2L Gore-Tex Cargos

Jackets:

686 Plexus

Ride Sodo or Gatewood

Special Blend Circa

Oakley Originate
you want quality... then anything goretex... especially the pants... Jacket I would say 10k-15k in whatever color you like...also get a ninja suit if your splurging...
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I have 686 Plexus Jacket and Pants and I love them. I will admit we aren't the same build or anything and I ride the west coast, but I have been very happy, comfortable, warm and dry in that gear.
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you want quality... then anything goretex... especially the pants... Jacket I would say 10k-15k in whatever color you like...also get a ninja suit if your splurging...
Agreed, pants go for anything goretex and jacket just something that looks good I did the same this year, kept my o'neill pants (although not goretex, have never even got near wet over about 8 years) and I got a funky Quiksilver jacket with 10k/10k.
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I prefer shells over insulated jackets and pants, moe versatile. I ride in ontario mostly.

Def get high quality pants eg goretex.
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Alright, well that seems to be a resounding Gore-Tex haha. Guess that sways my opinion slightly. Anybody own a pair of the Burtons, or are there different brands that you guys hold on a pedestal? Just haven't seen many reviews of the Burtons, but there are tons of reviews on the Smartys.

I definitely think I'm going to go with a shell jacket too, I think I like the idea of layering better than insulated too.

Thanks for the advice so far!
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I have Burton pants (not Gore Tex) with the Dryride Durashell and never get wet inside but they retain the moisture after a point on the outside. They are like fabric on the outside and have a plastic like coating underside of this. I rode in the rain last week and the outside layer was dry for a while but it became soaked and heavy, water did not make it through so stayed dry and warm.

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Interesting, that's definitely something to note. You didn't get wet, but it was still soaked/heavy. Hmm.. Maybe I'll try the Gore-Tex pants then over the Smartys.

Does Volcom or Oakley make quality Gore-Text stuff too that you guys recommend?
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Does Volcom or Oakley make quality Gore-Text stuff too that you guys recommend?
I have a pair of Oakley gore-tex pants and they are awesome. Never had any problem with moisture. I would definitely recommend them. They are the Great Ascent Pants FWIW
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