Rated5out of5byCremlinfromDefinitely Waterproof~Waterproofness~
I've just started learning how to snowboard (wearing these pants) and this is how I've spent a majority of my time:
- On my butt
- Falling backwards, head over heels, eventually landing on my butt (or prone, face flat in the snow)
- Sitting in the snow after rolling over (to catch my breath)
- In tree wells (deep pockets of fluffy snow at the base of trees) digging myself out
- Flat on my stomach (while getting up)
- Rolling sideways down more than a few steep slopes (always wear a helmet)
Long story short, all sides of these pants have seen more than their fair share of wet snow and general abuse. So far (1 season) they've held together remarkably well. Being a rough & tumble beginner w/epic wipeouts has ensured that I (and these pants) have been completely covered in (wet & dry) snow consistently, multiple times a day, sometimes for several minutes at a time (it takes a long time to dig yourself out of a tree well when your feet are strapped to a snowboard). I can say with confidence that the only way to get wet in these pants is to have snow go up your powder skirt and all the way down your back (even w/the thigh vents open). You stay dry even when sitting in the snow for long periods (15+ min) waiting for friends. Friends of mine who also have 15K waterproof pants have actually ended up w/wet posteriors sooner than I have.
- 5 total: 1 zippered & velcroed cargo, 2 zippered front hip (+1 mini velrco sealed pocket inside R hip pocket), 2 zippered back pockets
- Deep: 9" hip, 5" cargo, 5" back, 3.5" mini
This is such a big "Pro" it deserves its own section. I don't use the cargo or back pockets, but the hip pockets carry my wallet, cell phone & lip balm. A few times, I've forgotten to zip my pockets back up after checking my cell phone, which with most pants is a sure-fire way to lose your phone. Not with these pants. The way the deep Bonfire hip pockets are designed puts the items right on top/side of your thigh, which not only helps prevent the accidental push-out when you sit down on the lift, but also allows for easy checking to make sure your items are still where you put them (hand on the lap and you can feel if your wallet's still in there). Both the cargo & back pockets are big enough to accommodate a wallet, maps, lift tickets, and all but the largest of cell phones (my Galaxy S3 is a really tight fit, which is why it goes in the front hip pocket). The mini velcro pocket inside the R hip pocket is a good place for your car key (or anything else you aren't going to have to pull out all-day); the velcro takes a good amount of work to get open.
I've only ever worn a lightweight wool baselayer under these pants and I've never gotten cold.
- Durable: Important for beginners because you are going to be smacking yourself (& your gear) around
while you learn to turn & stay upright. So far, these pants don't show any signs of wear.
- Good Articulation: I've never felt constricted wearing these pants, which is super-important for beginners.
- Color: Flame is a gorgeous bright red color, not at all orangeish like I feared. Very visible on the mountain.
Date published: 2013-02-18
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