Dakine: Men’s Barlow Insulated Pant Review

Dakine: Men’s Barlow Insulated Pant Review

The retro inspired design of the Barlow pant nods to the early days of snowboarding, where durable construction meets individualistic style.

Fit: Standard fit – Dakine’s traditional fit for comfort and mobility, this pant features a relaxed hip and thigh with a straight leg.

DETAILS

  • Color: Peat camo/black
  • 10Kgm2 breathability 10Kmm waterproof
  • Snap-adjustable hems with gussets
  • Mesh-lined inner leg vents
  • Articulated knees
  • Double-layer hems (extends the life of your pants)
  • Boot gaiters
  • Brushed tricot-lined waistband
  • 40g PrimaLoft® BLACK ECO seat and knee insulation keeps you warm where you need it
  • 2-year limited warranty

Review Date: October 2016- December 2016
Pant Reviewed: Dakine Barlow insulated pant, peat camo/black
Rider specs: 5’9″ pant size: medium (32-34″)
Intended Use: Snowboarding, snow sports

Review:
dakine barlow insulated pant reviewI’ve been wearing the Barlow Insulated Pant from Dakine for a few months now, and I’m really happy with this 10K waterproofing/breathability pant. It’s a different option from my slimmer-fit Gore-Tex® pant. The Barlow gives me a bit of extra room in the hip and the thigh, and because the straight leg isn’t baggy, it’s a nice standard fit. The insulation is ideal for most days, and even on the coldest of days, these could work well with appropriate layering. When it’s warm out, the thigh vents work great for dumping extra heat and provide good ventilation while riding. Besides being exceptionally comfortable, the reinforced knee and seat keep you protected from the cold when you’re sitting or kneeling. The throwback colorway is appealing, in my opinion, and I really like this pant. With that said, there are a few things I will point out that I think could be improved. The front pockets don’t have zippers, only Velcro® closure, so they are not secure for keys (there is no key loop to secure your keys, which I feel should be standard these days); additionally, the front pockets are not very deep. This isn’t a deal breaker, though, as the side cargo pocket provides enough space for keys/wallet without weighing it down. There is no adjustable waist, but the sizing is spot on as the medium 32-34″ waist fit me perfectly, I just prefer an adjustable waist cuff. The closure of the pant is a two-button system, which is different from most snap closures, and a bit different than most other pants I’ve been wearing. All in all, for a 10K pant coming in at $175, this is a great option with lots of style and comfort. The Barlow will not disappoint.

dakine barlow insulated pant front

Pros

  • Looks and feels great; standard fit is not too baggy and not too slim
  • Solid construction
  • Great for layering and using in most conditions
  • Knee and seat have added insulation — for where it counts!
  • Cost

Cons

  • Front pocket closure does not have zippers, only Velcro closures
  • No adjustable waist
Price: (4.8 / 5)
Performance: (4.8 / 5)
Design: (4.3 / 5)
Overall: (4.6 / 5)

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