|Jacket to Pant Interface||Yes|
|Layer Count||2 Layer|
|Company Waterproof Rating||Proprietary|
|Company Breathability Rating||Proprietary|
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Burton AK 2L Swash 2018 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton AK 2L Swash Pant replaced the Stagger Pant which has been around for many years. It’s not a real big change and the pant looks and has the same tech as the discontinued stagger line. It just has a different name. For 2017 and 2018 the Stagger got rid of the fleece in the butt and knees. I miss that but it’s still a really great pant.
Weight: 185 lbs,
Upper Thigh 23.25” Circumference
Middle Thigh 21.5” Circumference
The 2017 Swash Pant does not have fleece in the Butt and knees which is a pretty big disappointment. It’s still a great pant but now it’s more of a tossup between this and the Cyclic Pant.
Weight: 200 lbs,
Upper Thigh 24.5”
Middle Thigh 22”
2016 Burton AK Swash Pant Review
2015 Burton AK 2L Swash Pant Review
Size Tried: Medium
Weight: 195 lbs,
Upper Thigh 24.5”
Middle Thigh 22”
Turn On’s: Size M pants that fit well around my thighs, Riding with Friends, Open Roads, new gear and especially my wife.
Turn Off’s: M Pants that I can’t get up over my thighs, traffic and people who can’t park inside the lines.
Fit: The fit of the Swash changed a little bit. The pant articulates to the natural flex of your legs this year and it makes it much more comfortable. The material is thinner and lighter this year too. Last year (2014) was the first year I didn’t wear the Stagger pant because the fit was just too tight around my somewhat bigger thighs. I like the tighter fit put out these days but I still want to feel like I have range of movement and my keys won’t rack my balls. The 2015 Burton AK Swash Pant is just as tight (not skin tight) as last year but it fits much better around your leg and has nice articulation at the knees.
Construction: There are two types of pant materials here. There is a thicker material that feels like Gore-Tex mated with denim and a thinner material that feels a little more like the Burton AK Cyclic Pant with mapped fleece and more pockets. All models are very well made and I’m all giddey to have these pants again this year. Most people with medium to larger legs will for sure enjoy the new cut of the Swash vs. the older version called the Stagger. I will say that the thinner material had a little more wear after 1 season of riding but both fared pretty well. I wouldn’t jib too much with these pants though as it would be a real shame to burn through the material if you stack n Slide.
Insulation/Warmth: The Burton AK Swash is also one of the only high end Gore-Tex pants with a little extra micro-fleece warmth in the butt and knees which always makes this a favorite for our crew for resort riding.It’s just better riding the chair with the fleece and it keeps you just a little bit more warm than your average shell pant while still being very breathable in the areas without the fleece. The thicker denim like materials are almost as warm as some lightly insulated pants and the thinner material pants like you see in the video of the black ones above is still pretty warm.
Waterproofing: Very waterproof only a little behind 3 layer AK pants.
Breathability: The Burton AK Swash Pant doesn’t feel that breathable compared to other AK pants but that might be because of the thicker material and fleece. I really appreciate the extra warmth so I’m ok with that.
Overall: The Burton AK Swash Pant s is one of our top choices for mountain riders that want upper tier waterproofing but also want some low profile warmth.
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Burton AK 2L Swash User Reviews
34 waist - 32 inseam, size medium fits me perfect.
These are my first pair or really good pants. I can tell you Gore-tex is the where it's at. I wore these in Tahoe on a really wet day, practically raining. By lunch my buddies were soaked and I was totally and compleatly dry.
Love the fleece in the knees and butt, its warm where you need it and cool where you need it. The best feature is the venting system. I run hot so these big vents in the crotch really help let the hot air escape.
The pull cord at on the calf works but it feels like plastic cord lock is too strong, it can be hard to pull the back of the pants back out. Also there are some signs of ware and tear on the fabric cover over the plastic cod lock. I have only rode 6 days on them...worries me a little as to the hardiness of the material throughout the pant. Currently its not a curtail area tho so Im not sweating it too much.