Price US $399

Burton Bionic 3L 2014 Review by The Good Ride

The Burton Bionic Pant is kind of unique.  It’s got some good and some bad in it but I like the concept and would like to see it continue.  So the pant is made to be more eco friendly and it seems that because of this they are charging a premium for the materials or the materials at this point in time cost them a premium.

Size Tried: Medium
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”,
Weight: 195 lbs,
Waist 33”
Hips 42”
Inseam 30”
Upper Thigh 24.5”
Middle Thigh 22”
Calves 17”
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: For me and my thick thighs it’s just a little too tight for my taste.  Mid fit to me is tight fit.

Construction: Pretty solid construction.

Insulation/Warmth: Not much warmth here.

Waterproofing: Three layers is very welcome too but at 10k waterproofing and 10k breathability that really is on the very low side of this price point.  You are paying premium Gore-Tex 3 layer prices for a pant that has only 30% the waterproofing of Goretex.  The pant will be durable and will provide better waterproofing than most 10k pants because of the extra layer but it’s still 10k.

Breathability: 10K Breathability is kind of surprising for a 3 layer pant. At this price point it’s usually 20k/20k so it’s pretty low for breathability.

Overall: I’m all for eco friendly so I like this idea.  So if the pants appeal to you then go for them because they will be sturdy and you will be investing in the future of eco friendly tech but also know that they aren’t going to be in the same category as competitors like the Burton AK Hover Pant.  They do feel better than the Hover Pant. They feel thicker and sturdier and just a bit warmer even though both are shells. I wish the Bionic would have better waterproofing and it would be much more recommendable.

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Type

Shell

Waterproofing

Insulation Type

Insulation Fill

Liner Type

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Bib

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Layer Count

3 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

Company Breathability Rating

Manufactured in

China

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Poor