The Volcom Baldface Guide Pant is a well built bomber pant for those that see a shit ton of weather. Volcom does a good job with their technical outerwear and gives it a little bit of a park/show off kind of flair.
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: Love the fit of Volcom’s pants. They have tons of room for my moderately thick legs but also don’t feel super baggy either. Volcom seems to get it when it comes to flattering people of all shapes and sizes.
Construction: It’s more for the backcountry addict but someone who rides a ton in wet weather at the resort won’t mind having this pant as well. There is a nice feel to these pants that is a nice balance between quality and durability. Volcom has a patent on the zipper jacket to pant interface which sucks for other brands because they do enforce this but despite that the jacket to pant interface is the best in the industry.
Insulation/Warmth: None really to speak of. It’s a shell but it’s not the coldes shell I tried. What’s great is there is lot’s of room for layering.
Waterproofing/Breathability: Volcom uses a higher end Gore-Tex Insert with the Baldface Guide Pant. That combined with 3 layers makes for an exceptionally waterproof and rather high end breathability rating as well.
Overall: It’s really hard to go wrong with the fit and waterproofing of the pant. Volcom might have some wild designs for the higher end Gore-Tex outerwear industry but these 2 options are pretty conservative as far as Volcom goes.