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Old 01-28-2013, 11:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question DC Pants Quaility?

I was looking at a pair of the Dc Banshee pants and was wondering if anyone can comment on the overall quality of DC pants? Thanks.
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Not sure of the model, but I've got a pair I've been wearing since the start of '11 and they are still in good shape. they probably have about 45 days on them since then - with lots of time hitting the ground - and the only damage is that one of the snaps on a cargo pocket popped off. Other than that they have been warm, and held up real well.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Junk. Or at least the pants from a few years ago are. I scooped up 2 pair and they've got more things wrong with them to list. Buttons popped off, belt loops tearing, zippers failing. But both are from the same year. I don't know what they've done in the past 2-3 years to improve their quality.
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My gf has a pair. Her's still look fine. But, she doesn't use them often. They do collect lint like a motherfucker though.
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Junk. Or at least the pants from a few years ago are. I scooped up 2 pair and they've got more things wrong with them to list. Buttons popped off, belt loops tearing, zippers failing. But both are from the same year. I don't know what they've done in the past 2-3 years to improve their quality.
Yikes!! I am looking at a pair of Special Blend Strike pants also. I may stop looking at the DC pants after your post.
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I have a pair of DC pants from like 5 seasons ago and I love the way they fit, they keep me warm/dry and do all the basic functions. Pretty sure its the one Torstein and Bittner wear sometimes. However, the front pockets are stitched on the outside of the pant which seems really dumb. The stitching came undone in a couple days of riding. Overall they feel a bit cheap but I got them for $80 so for that price they have held up overall, just the pockets were useless and unreliable. Back pockets are still there but I'm always afraid when I put my wallet in there.

That said, I got the DC Helix jacket off whiskey 2 seasons ago and it is my favorite jacket ever. Well designed everything and very high quality. Absolutely love that jacket and it still looks/functions like its brand new. No issues with buttons/zippers/stitching etc. Big contrast from the pants I have. Seems like they stepped their game up between those seasons.

The banshees are on the bottom end of their line and I believe they are pretty minimalist in terms of design and features. I used to always seem them in every color on whiskey for like $70 or lower. Reviews I saw seemed to suggest they were descent. I would recommend if you're getting lower-end DC pants then wait for a good deal and keep your expectations a bit low ($50 - $80). On the other hand, if you're looking to spend $150 + then definitely get their higher-end stuff because I believe they put alot more effort in their more expensive pants.
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I have a pair of DC pants from like 5 seasons ago and I love the way they fit, they keep me warm/dry and do all the basic functions. Pretty sure its the one Torstein and Bittner wear sometimes. However, the front pockets are stitched on the outside of the pant which seems really dumb. The stitching came undone in a couple days of riding. Overall they feel a bit cheap but I got them for $80 so for that price they have held up overall, just the pockets were useless and unreliable. Back pockets are still there but I'm always afraid when I put my wallet in there.

That said, I got the DC Helix jacket off whiskey 2 seasons ago and it is my favorite jacket ever. Well designed everything and very high quality. Absolutely love that jacket and it still looks/functions like its brand new. No issues with buttons/zippers/stitching etc. Big contrast from the pants I have. Seems like they stepped their game up between those seasons.

The banshees are on the bottom end of their line and I believe they are pretty minimalist in terms of design and features. I used to always seem them in every color on whiskey for like $70 or lower. Reviews I saw seemed to suggest they were descent. I would recommend if you're getting lower-end DC pants then wait for a good deal and keep your expectations a bit low ($50 - $80). On the other hand, if you're looking to spend $150 + then definitely get their higher-end stuff because I believe they put alot more effort in their more expensive pants.
Yeah that's the thing with outerwear. One year they could be shit, the next they could be high quality. I've got a pair of Special Blend Toofer pant that I've been riding for 3 season's now with no issues at all. Other than a few tears from dragging on the back of my heels they're functioning like new and they're my main pant. My bro bought a pair of the next season's Special Blend Division pants and the inside seem just started to unravel within days.

I've heard mixed reviews with SB ever since. But I'd def say go with the higher end if you want to get the most life out of them.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Well I ended up going a totally different direction. Being that I don't get out to many days a season, I opted to for a pair of the Oakley Shelf Life pants. I found them at Erik's Bikes on sale for $90. I tried on a pair of the 686 Smarty Cargo pants, but way to bulky. I felt like I was wearing a space suit. I'm all about light weight for pants.

Thanks for the responses folks!!
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