- Price: £260
- Sizes: XS-XXL
- Waterproofing: 2L Gore-Tex
- Breathability: 2L Gore-Tex
A natural companion to the jacket of the same name, the Burton [ak] Swash 2L snowboard pants boast a functional fit that prioritises movement and performance above all else. As luck would have it, they look pretty tidy as well.
The Burton [ak] Swash 2L snowboard pants have a simple shell structure, without any built-in insulation. Not that that’s a problem – legs don’t tend to get as cold as torsos – but if you run a little on the cool side, just chuck on a pair of thermals underneath and you’re all set.
"you’re about as likely to get wet in these as a Jacob’s cracker in the Sahara desert"
As for that shell, it’s made of two-layer Gore-Tex which is still the industry standard for high-end waterproofing and breathability. It also has fully taped seams, so you’re about as likely to get wet in these as a Jacob’s cracker in the Sahara desert.
An elastic pull at the bottom of each pant leg allows you to prevent damage to the cuffs while walking, and the venting system is pretty clever too. Unlike most pants that have individual zips on the inside of each leg, the brilliantly-named ‘Test-I-Cool’ vent goes right across the crotch from one knee to the other. When you think about where you actually sweat the most during a day’s riding, that makes a lot of sense.
Two subtle pockets sit across the lower thighs, and the one on the right even has a special area for stashing a board tool. Cargo pants aren’t just for ‘90s gangstas; when you spot an issue with your bindings just before dropping into a gnarly culoir, you’ll be glad you channeled your inner Boy Scout and came prepared.
If you’re in the market for something strong and sturdy that can withstand a hurricane, the Burton [ak] Swash 2L snowboard pants tick all the boxes - including, we’re happy to report, the one marked ‘lifetime warranty’.
Marko Grilc - Team Rider, Burton
The [ak] Swash Jacket and [ak] Swash Pant are the best of the best when it comes to snowboarding.
I have worn both through all sorts of conditions, from perfect pow days in Italy to rain in Australia, from ice-cold streets in Poland to spring laps in California. I was never too cold or too warm, but always perfect.
If you snowboard 200+ days a year, you really have to choose the right outerwear, and have got to be able to rely on it. When I take off my [ak] Swash Jacket and [ak] Swash Pant after a long day of shredding, I’m still dry and can chill in front of a fireplace in my first layers.