I'm a beginner-intermediate snowborder (used to surf for years and started to snowboard last season, and this season I'll be going quite often since I rented a house in the alps).
I already bought a nice board last season and on this season I'm looking to buy the rest, in terms of outwear and protection.
Snowboard, bindings and boots I already have.
- Libtech Skate Banana
- Burton Cartel Bindings
- Vans Andreas Wiig Boots
Out of all the outer wear I've had Oakley has by far been the best IMO. I have not had burton AK but I have had some burton stuff and it seemed to be lacking for the price. Even when I check out burton at stores it seems like you could get something else better at the same price. I'm not saying their high end stuff is crap tho. I have bought $140 Oakley pant, $120 planet earth pant, $250 denim sessions pant (on sale for like $130) and the Oakley have lasted the longest and were the best. I really do love the style of the denim sessions tho lol.
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I suspect that neither of these pants will be warm, they are shell pants, you get your warmth by layering.
I wear the 3L hover pant and it's bombproof, the material is very tough, very waterproof and the pants have good features, pockets, vents, etc, and I really like it. The tech on the Oakley pant is similar, I can't comment on it .
It looks like the Oakley pants are a bit more baggy. I have a few pairs of burton pants and all of them are excellent. I haven't had any problems in terms of durability. I haven't tried any Oakley pants yet. They seem very similar in terms of waterproofing and durability, so I would go with the fit you like better.