Volcom Stretch GORE-TEX® Pant Review

Volcom Stretch GORE-TEX® pant (2015-2016) Review:

Pant Reviewed: Vintage Black Volcom Stretch GORE-TEX® pant
Rider specs: 5’9″ pant size: Medium
Intended Use: Snowboarding, Snow Sports

Recommended for:
Anyone looking for a shell pant for any conditions, or especially in areas where wet and cold may be a factor in everyday riding conditions

Product Details:
Volcom Collection: GPT (Guide Proven Technology) Perform under the most critical conditions
Waterproofing: GORE-TEX® Stretch 2-layer laminate (dryness with added stretch to increase mobility)
Shell Outerwear ( built for layering when needed)
V-Science breathable lining system
Modern Articulated Fit (slimmer fit)
Volcom Zip Tech jacket to pant interface
Fully sealed seams
Mesh-lined thigh vents
Triple-reinforced rise
Adjustable waist tabs

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Review Date: October 2015- January 2016

Review:

I’ve gone between the Volcom Stretch GORE-TEX® pant and my 686 authentic pant most of the season, for the most part I’m using the Volcom pant everytime I ride and I’m very happy with how they perform in any condition. Early in the season I tried the Wooderson Pant by Thirtytwo to compare what a slimmer fit pant would feel like. The Wooderson was a bit too slim for my taste.

volcom-stretch-gore-tex-frontThe Volcom Stretch GORE-TEX® incorporates their Modern Articulated Fit — which is a slimmer fit  — into their GORE-TEX® line up, The stretch material feels good, something you’ll notice right away when you put these pants on. It bridges the gap for me where a normal fit pant wasn’t really what I was looking for; I wanted a shell pant that would hold its own in any snow condition. I rode with these pants during a 2-ft. dump where it was puking wet snow, and not once did I get wet. I was charging really hard, and sweating a lot, so the moisture on the outside was visible while I was cooling down on the chairlift; as you would expect, the GORE-TEX® did its job and kept the moisture out.
volcom-stretch-gore-tex-backLike I said, the fit is slimmer, but not too slim, as you can see from the pictures and video. The stretch material really allows for freedom of movement, so you really won’t notice too much of a difference from a normal fit pant. The mesh-lined inner thigh vents (which are standard), reinforced pant cuffs, and really durable butt patch sections are my favorite components of these pants. The only element I’m not to hyped about are the front pockets; the way they are designed, if you’re not careful, you could pretty easily lose whatever you put in them. With that said, they do provide a remarkable amount of space to stash keys, phone, snacks and other essentials. Being that these are GORE-TEX®, they are on the more expensive side. I expect these pants to last for several years, and think they will be a good addition to your gear if you are looking for something to use in the backcountry, especially if you are riding in areas like the Northwest where you need GORE-TEX® to stay dry.

 

Pros

  • Look and feel great
  • Superior construction
  • Great for layering and using in most conditions (they are becoming my favorite go-to pant this season)

Cons

  • Front pocket design may lead to lost items if not zipped up properly
  • Cost
Price: (3.8 / 5)
Performance: (4.8 / 5)
Design: (4.3 / 5)
Overall: (4.3 / 5)

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