The Burton AK 3L Freebird Bib Pant is one of those pants that offers everything to a rider you might want but most don’t really need it. This is mainly for the backcountry rider who is always in a lot of powder and wet weather. My only real complaint about this ultra tech 3 layer pant is how tight it is.
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: These pants fit pretty well but feel a bit on the snug side. They feel fine around the mid leg but pretty tight between my upper thighs and hips. I don’t feel like I could layer up much if I was out in really cold conditions and that’s a bit of a shame. It would be the deal breaker for me based on my specs. I’m not a fan of this new super thin trend with Burton and I wish they had a wide leg option for people like me and I’ve heard other complaints from readers of the site as well that returned these pants based on how tight they were.
Construction: This is really good construction and I like the way the pant is put together. It’s super thin but still has a sturdy look to it. I’m not much of a bib kind of guy but if I lived somewhere that can see 1,000 inches a year often I’d probably want something like this. The bib is pretty self explanatory and does a much better job than a pow skirt with a jacket to pant interface.
Insulation/Warmth: None really to speak of.
Waterproofing: Pretty bombproof. It uses the best Gore-Tex and has really solid material.
Breathability: Felt really breathable and more so than many other gore-tex pants I tried.
Overall: This is really pricey but if you are someone who spends a ton of time time in the backcountry and have thinner legs then these are some seriously technical pants.