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Old 02-12-2013, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Pair of Quality Pants: 686 vs Volcom

As the title states I'm looking to get my first pair of quality pants. I've read great things on this forum about both.

Which in your opinions do you think I should go with? Also I'm not looking for crazy baggy, but I'm not thin either. 6' 185-190.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pants is the one thing to spend the dough on. Depending on how much you wanna spend, GORTEX/highest waterproof is the way to go for pants. the last thing you want is a wet ass and wet cuffs.
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Yeah I guess I'm looking to splurge a little bit. Not like 500 splurge but you know.

What models should I check out?
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volcom pants + jackets and zip them together!!!
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Go to a shop and try em on, thats the best way to figure it out. If your trapped in the internet world of shopping, Volcom makes a good pant, the burton AK line of pants are really nice (and $$$), North Face makes good pants too....

I personally have a set of Burton Cyclic ak pants. best ive had...and ive gone through a lot of em
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Go to a shop and try em on, thats the best way to figure it out. If your trapped in the internet world of shopping, Volcom makes a good pant, the burton AK line of pants are really nice (and $$$), North Face makes good pants too....

I personally have a set of Burton Cyclic ak pants. best ive had...and ive gone through a lot of em
This is my problem being on Long Island. Not many stores have the gear I'm looking for, which is kind of why im stuck in the internet world of shopping.
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I'm from the New York Downstate area of Long Island too. I've got quite a few pairs of 686 pants, from just basic to the Smarty Cargos. Best quality and value for your bucks. The Smarty Cargos are very warm, have a zip out liner, and can take a brutal beating from the parking lots around here at the local areas. I suggest them highly. PM me if you're looking for a few places local to try em on. I know a few, I shop a lot on the Internet too so I know what your talking about. But any 686 pants have never let me down before.
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I hate to say this but my favourite pants at the moment are some $40 firefly pants I got last year end of season. I think they're regularly $100 or something. I've been thrilled with them! I ride with long johns under them and that's it, no issues...
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you can pick up a pretty cheap pair of last year's Oakley gear at oakleyvault.com

I grabbed a pair of the 20k/20k chief pants last year for 65 bucks. Hard to beat that.
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At least 10k/10K rated. welded>fully taped>critically taped seams. None of my gear is insulated. I use shells and layer up according to temp. Much comfier during the spring, too. 686 makes solid gear. No experience with Volcom anything. You've got a LOT of options if you have a little cheddar to drop.
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