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I am not sure what pants those other reviews are talking about. I read these reviews after i got the pants and was agonizing about using or returning them.
After about 25 days in them I am thrilled. Spent a few days in 45 degrees in wet snow. Everything on my outside was soaked and these pants kept me totaly dry. Other days were around 0 deg and again toasty warm and dry.
The fit is not bad, I bought a size a bit larger than I might have bought in other pants and then the boa keeps them snug.
All in all I am very happy with these and would recommend them.
These pants are awesome!
I got these pants just before the holidays for a trip up to Purgatory in Durango Co. and I'm glad I did.
These pants are well made and super comfortable. First day on the mountain was around 30deg. and sunny and the pants where perfect, they kept me dry as shook the rust off lol....
Took a day off and then hit it again. WOW, storm blew in and things were different! This time temps were closer to zero and the snow was coming down. But the 686 Plexus pants kept me warm with only a level 3 base layer under them...
I would have no problem recommending these pants to anyone...
These pants truly are a waste of money. I got all of one season out of these. By the end of my first week the lining was pulled apart and rips and tears were all over. I had a nice big tear across my arse from getting snagged on the chair lift.
Won't be waste my money on 686 pants again!
Weid fit and weak 20k material
I liked a lot about this pant like the boa waist dial, the big cargo pockets, welded seams, and just some nice 686 quality and details...but as soon as I put them on it was a pretty safe bet I would never wear these. These pants fit me like I was wearing a fat girl's pair of tight flare jeans. I guess due to the articulated, slimmer fit the butt of the pant is baggy, the leg down through the knee is fairly tight and constricting, and then around the boot they flare out a bit. Alot of other reviews online agree, a very awkward and weird looking fit.
Maybe more important is 686's 20k material is questionable. It looks cool, kind of silky and shiny, but as I found out from other online reviews and my own experience with the 20k Smarty pants (same material I think but its 2.5 ply, looks and feels the same), it frays from wear quickly and snags easily. If you like riding in the woods or even on the side of trails you are probably going to snag or even rip these pants on twigs and bushes.