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Holden 3L Burn 2018-2019 Snowboard Pants Review

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  • SIZES: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • WATERPROOFING: 20,000mm
  • BREATHABILITY: 20,000g
  • PRICE: €299

As outerwear collections move further into the high-spec, backcountry-focused market, bib pants tend to dominate (understandably so). However, not everyone wants the extra weight and expense that come with the dungarees look, and will gladly put their trust in their jacket’s powder skirt as they opt for a more traditional pair of breeks.

One of our favourites for this year are these, the Holden 3L Burn snowboard pants. A lightweight shell design that’s perfect for long hikes (more on which below), these are aimed at the adventurous rider but wouldn’t be considered overkill for resort use either.

“A tough, weatherproof protective layer that also gives your skin a chance to breathe when things warm up”

The 3L in the title refers to the triple-layered nature of the Japanese nylon fabric. The result is a tough, weatherproof protective layer that also gives your skin a chance to breathe when things warm up. When it gets really toasty, or the hike is getting the better of you, opening the large meshless vents allows air to pass through and cool you off.

Like all Holden pants and bibs, the 3L Burn pants come with fully taped seams. More durable and better performing than the critically-taped alternative, it’s a must-have feature for any backcountry focused pair.

Both cuffs are reinforced with Cordura, a hard-wearing material that protects against wear and tear when you’re walking. While it can be found all around the cuff, it’s concentrated at the back where damage is more likely to occur.

“These are aimed at the adventurous rider, but wouldn’t be considered overkill for resort use either”

A good pair of pants should feel anonymous most of the time you’re wearing them, and thanks to the build of the Holden 3L Burn pants, that’s definitely the case here. They’ve been built with your range of movement in mind, so they’ll sit right whether you’re trekking up the mountain or boosting back down.

We can’t recommend the Holden 3l Burn snowboard pants highly enough – and if you’re in the market for a complete outfit, then take a look at the Holden M-51 3L Fishtail jacket for a great-looking, great-performing combo.

Trade Secrets

Fredi Kalbermatten – Team Rider, Holden

“I recently took the Burn Pants with me to the Himalayas. The lightweight shell and venting was perfect for our multi-day approach hikes in the high mountains, and when a freak storm rolled into basecamp, the three-layer waterproofing kept me dry and comfortable.

I love how lightweight and super minimal it is, whilst still being highly technical. The long vents on the hips was something I worked on directly with the R&D and design teams at Holden; I wanted to dump heat fast when I am skinning up a mountain, or hiking in deep snow on an approach, so we built a meshless vent system that works very well.

It also doesn’t hurt that they are easy on the eyes, and the fit is perfect, but that’s what Holden has always been known for.”

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