The 686 Smarty Original Cargo Pant is what makes 686 686. They are one of the only companies out there that have a whole line of system pants that can give you a integrated ystem without having to shop. You pay more for the liner but some will really enjoy it on the hill or just around the house after.
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: This also comes in short, normal and longer lengths. There are also numerous colors so it will fit a wide variety of tastes. I wore the Normal and it worked great for me.
Construction: 686 does a good job with construction for this price range and their pants I’ve owned lasted a long time.
Insulation/Warmth: The integrated system makes for a very versatile pant for all kinds of weather. With the thick liner in you are ready for very cold days and for me I could never come across a day cold enough to justify wearing it. I tried it here and there on cold days in the sierras but I run warm and found myself doing a car change after a few runs. On normal to warm days it feels just like any old pant with a liner.
Waterproofing: We have found that 686’s waterproof rating is more like a 10k instead of 15k but it’s about what you pay for other pants in the price range.
Breathability: Breathability is nothing special but without the thick liner in it breathes well.
Overall: This is a good solution for those that ride 10-20 days a year and like a little extra insulation on the colder days.