The 686 Plexus Plasma is a good low cost shell with pretty good waterproofing. Its a good pair of pants with one unique thing that some might or might not like. It has an extra waist gaiter to allow you to get saggy or have more protection on a powder day.
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: I’m personally a big fan of 686’s fit and found that their pants always accommodate my body type as well as many others really well. There is always room for layering and even though these are a little on the tighter side of normal there is still room.
Construction: 686 makes clothes that last a while. I’ve owned pants of theirs for 2 80+ day seasons and they always held up without the seems coming off.
Waterproofing: We have always found 686’s waterproof rating to be a little exaggerated but it doesn’t mean it’s. With all 686 pants I’ve owned I felt like I had to re-waterproof the outer layer a little more than other outerwear I owned but not by too much more. Seems like it will be fine for wet snow but not really a bomb proof solution for people that see a lot of really wet snow to rainy weather.
Breathability: Felt like normal breathability. Nothing bad and nothing great. You know just normal.
Overall: Not a bad pant for the price.