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Old 08-10-2014, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Might buy some new pants, what options am I missing

I'm thinking about replacing my AK 3L britches, for no real reason other than they've sustained some damage near the cuff on my back foot. Oh, and they may not match my incoming jacket too well (new jacket is Homeschool fog color, pants are white tiger camo). Other than the cuff damage they've held up well for the 3-4 years I've been using them, and I really don't care that much about the fashion stuff, but still, new gear is new gear, amirite?

I'll only replace them if I can find a ridiculous deal, and it'll have to last 3-4 seasons, but here's what I'm looking at right now.

Volcom Baldface gore-tex - Backcountry et al has them for about $220. Which is a little more than I'm wanting to spend, and they're bright orange, which I'm not really feeling. However, from what I can tell (I haven't found a pair local to check out) they've got some awesome cuff/front of pant leg protection to prevent the board edge tearing that I've got going on with my AK pants.

Homeschool Karpis or Homeschool Transmission - I ride the PNW, I like PNW companies, this stuff all looks super bomber and I've spent enough days riding the chair when it's 29 & "snowing" to want higher waterproof numbers. The Transmission pants I've found are a rad shade of blue, so for the fashion victim things, they're my first choice.

Some gore Trew (I think was Trew or Flylow) bibs I was checking out at US Outdoor yesterday. Because they're ski oriented they've got nice cuff protection, also they're bibs, black, & about $185.


So, I'm looking for other options that I may have missed. I'd rather not buy AK again as I think for the money you can comparable fabrics with better features than with AK.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check geartrade.com in the technical jackets section. There will be a bunch of discounted used gear and backcountry returns. If you aren't opposed to a non-snowboard specific 3L shell check the arcteryx and Mountain Hardware shells. Only thing about geartrade is there is a no return policy for sales except for when there were problems not described before the sale.
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Already checking gear trade, that's where the Homeschool Transmission pants are. Though I didn't realize they're return policy was that way, makes sense though since it's mostly an outlet for BC to dump their returns.
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So if the AKs have served you well, why aren't you considering them? Personally nothing has served me better than Burton outerwear, although 686 is close second.
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So if the AKs have served you well, why aren't you considering them? Personally nothing has served me better than Burton outerwear, although 686 is close second.
Because you can get better features in similarly priced gear that doesn't have the "AK Tax". And I am considering AK stuff, it's just stuff I already own.
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AK or ArcTeryx
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