Burton Gore-Tex Highland 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The 2L Gore-Tex Highland Pant is an affordable, well built, well-waterproofed pant in the Burton line. It’s a great price for a Gore-Tex pant and it’s a got a little more warmth than a typical shell with lining. Also, it’s pretty sturdy too.
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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: So usually every year I usually get a pair of medium Burton AK 2L Stagger pants but this year Burton make the pants a lot more snug and they were too tight around my thicker thighs. Instead bought the Burton 2L Gore-Tex Highland Pant and they fit well. They were still on the snug side around the thighs/pockets but I could get my hand in without always pulling out the pockets. Some friends that have the same waist and inseam wore these and found the fit more open because they had thinner thighs. The front pockets also make it easy to pull stuff out on the chair due to their angle. The Highland pant fit’s like the Burton AK Stagger Pant from 2011 which is great for people who have bigger thighs. It’s not baggy but just a normal fit.
Insulation/Warmth: The thick outer layer gives it a lot more warmth than your typical 2-layer Gore-Tex Pant with lining. It almost feels like a lightly insulated pant and it makes for a great all mountain all-weather pant.
Waterproofing: We have had this in some really wet storms and a little rain. Other than being a little wet on the outside it never got all the way through.
Breathability: Pretty good breathability but it doesn’t feel like many of the higher end
Overall: This is a great pant and should make a wide variety of 100 days all mountain to even park riders very happy. It’s a very functional and sturdy pant that handles abuse very well. I’ve worn this many days this year and found this to be one of my favorite pants from Burton this year that I rode. It’s now in Peters destructive hands and it’s still holding up well.
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