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.
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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: For me and my thick thighs it’s just a little too tight for my taste. Mid fit to me is a tight fit.
Construction: Pretty solid construction.
Insulation/Warmth: Not much warmth here.
Waterproofing: Three layers are 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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