The Burton Expedition Zip Mid Layer is something I’ve owned in various forms and names over the years and for the most part it served me well. I’m much more into the AK Grid Half Zip but this isn’t bad at all for the price.
Size Tried: Large
Weight: 195 lbs,
Upper Body-:44” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 19.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body: 33” Waist, 42” Hips, 30” Inseam, 24.5” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size L Jackets that fit well around my chest, size M pants that fit well around my thighs so I can get in and out of my pockets, open roads, Surfy Powder Turns, Riding with Friends, new gear and especially my super-hot super smart super funny wife.
Turn Off’s: Size L Jackets that don’t fit well around my chest, super tight Size M Pants that I can’t get up over my thighs, traffic and people who can’t park inside the lines.
Fit: Felt snug but not spray painted on and it worked pretty well. However I didn’t’ like layering up with this as much as I did with the smooth outer layer on the AK Grid Half Zip. If you are wearing multiple layers this doesn’t work well with another layer if it’s fleece like on the inside. It can bunch up and be a little annoying.
Construction: I have found that over time all fleece mid layers like this can loose the fleece on the outside in areas like the elbows. That’s not really a criticism to Burton but instead more a complaint about this design in general with all companies.
Insulation/Warmth: Pretty warm and fuzzy but still just a thin mid layer. For me this keeps me really warm with a shell where I ride in the sierras but I run warm and I ride in warmer areas.
Breathability: Not bad breath-ability but not at the top of the industry.
Overall: The Burton Expedition 1/4 Zip Mid Layer isn’t a bad mid layer but if you can swing the AK Grid Half Zip that’s the better call.