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Burton AK 3L Freebird Bib 2019 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton AK 3L Freebird Bib Pant is a light, thin yet bulletproof piece of super techy outerwear. It comes at a cost similar to a snowboard though and it’s not for everyone. However, if you see a lot of wet weather, a lot of deep powder and spend a lot of time in the Backcountry this is a great call.
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Size Tried: Medium
Weight: 185 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: The fit of the Burton AK 3L Freebird Bib Pant is not quite what we would call a regular fit but lives more on the tighter articulated side of regular. The tighter fit works well for my build. It’s tight enough to give an articulated almost tailored look but still has room for layering without getting too tight.
Construction: This is top notch construction and I like the way the pant is put together. It’s super thin but still has a sturdy look to it. All the seems are put together really well and on top of that Burton has a pretty great warranty/customer service dept that backs up their product.
Insulation/Warmth: None really to speak of. This is thin for even a shell but it will block all wind and more water than just about any other outer layer out there. So it’s all about getting the right layer on underneath.
Waterproofing: Pretty bombproof. It uses top end Gore-Tex 3 layer fabric and it makes for
Breathability: Felt really breathable and more so than many other gore-tex pants I tried. The breathability is unpublished but many estimate it to be at about 20gm and that is the general estimate for just about any Gore-Tex product. To me, the AK 3L Freebird Bib Pant is more breathable than many 2 layer Gore-Tex pants I’ve tried. Maybe it’s that there isn’t a liner that is brushing up against your skin or maybe it’s that the fabric allows steam quicker access out of the pant but whatever it is it does a great job. Also having 4 outer vents without any mesh makes this pant incredibly easy to regulate heat.
Packability: So thin and it takes up very little space in your bag if you are traveling somewhere.
Overall: This is really pricey but if you are someone who spends a ton of time in deep powder, hikes a lot and also sees a lot of wet weather it might be worth it.
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Pants lasts one season
So guys, these pants have very great water resistant. Except that these pants dont have any advantages. They are not very very thick. The first season I bought them, I accidently hit the rock and made a small cut on the back of the pants and my ass went wet after riding. After that I bring my pants to the service and they have repaired it. On the second day of the second season with these pants I made a huge whole on the back. I did not heat any kind of rocks these time.
So to summarize these pants doesnt cost the money you pay for them at all. Pants aren\'t very very thick and absolutely not durable at all. Made a whole in them on the second season.