• Price: £175
  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • Waterproofing: 15,000mm
  • Breathability: 10,000g

Sometimes only a good old-fashioned pair of cargo pants will do. Outerwear specialists 686 know this, and that’s why they produce the 686 Authentic SMARTY Cargo snowboard pants.

This sits in 686’s ‘Authentic’ line, which is all about classic styles decked out with all mod cons. Its above-average waterproof rating is achieved using ‘Infinidry’, a material exclusive to 686. Combined with fully taped seams, this makes the Smarty Cargo a fine choice for more the more adventurous rider.

"The cargo pockets aren't too bulky, so you’ll be able to pack the essentials without looking like a commando on manoeuvres"

What really sets this apart, however, is the detachable lining. Made from uber-cosy fleece that stretches to fit, this keeps you toasty in the height of winter but can be easily removed when springtime comes (at which point you’ll also be thankful for the mesh-lined vents). It’s also ideal for slobbing around the apartment after a long day on the hill. Essentially, it’s three quality products in one.

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As well as the usual elastic hem and lace hook, the gaiters also have a small window for a Boa coiler. If you favour a boot that uses the wire system, adjustments can be made quickly and easily without having to pull up the gaiter. Use the ‘ghetto slit’ on the outer shell to adjust the fit around your boot, or attach it to the popper to prevent your cuffs dragging while you walk. It’s no big deal if you forget, though, thanks to the Cordura reinforcement.

Naturally the 686 Authentic SMARTY Cargo pants have extra pockets down each leg, but they’re not too bulky, so you’ll be able to pack the essentials without looking like a commando on manoeuvres. If you’re a smarty pants yourself, you’ll be sure to take a closer look at these.

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Trade Secrets

Stephane Grenet - European Brand Manager, 686

Since its inception in 1995, the Smarty technology has set the detachable-layering standard for the outerwear industry, and the Smarty Cargo quickly became the undisputed best-seller in the 686 collection.

Now part of the Authentic line, it embodies the reinterpretation of tried-and-true styles, with our own unique modern twist. As well as being so packed with features that it can take months for proud owners to figure all of them out, these pants provide the ultimate experience and value.