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Is it bad if your pants are smarter than you?

Ignore what your girlfriend says—you're not an idiot, and rocking the 686 Smarty Original Men's Cargo 3-in-1 Pant proves, to people in the know, that you're actually a pretty intelligent dude. Would an idiot sport pants that boast a 15K waterproof rating and fully taped seams? And would he ride in super-warm comfort, thanks to 260g removable fleece liner pants? We think not. He also probably wouldn't have a plethora of pockets, inner thigh vents, or BOA-lace-compatible leg gaiters to keep him organized, comfortable, and shredding with minimum fuss. So next time she questions the things you do, just remind her that you wear the Smarty 3-in-1. Can't argue with that.

  • InfiDry 15K waterproof membrane
  • Removable 260f fleece liner pants
  • Fully taped seams
  • Inner thigh vents
  • BOA-compatible leg gaiters
  • Expandable lower-leg opening
  • Gusseted crotch and articulated elbows

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I bought these pants, they fit and look awesome, but there is a very scary label inside:

Warning: This product may contain lead, phthalates or chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive toxicity or harm.

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4 5

Great pants, don't love the chili color

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These pants are comfortable and fit really well. I love that they are nice and dry and super warm and if I need less insulation on a warm day I can take out the liner. Tons of pockets and stuff for storing things too.

Only complaint is the "chili" color I got looks much more red on the website but is actually kind of orange-red in reality. I wanted a nice deep red like they appear on the website. Not orangeish. It's not horrible just a bit of a bummer. Hope they go with a more vibrant red in the future and wish the pictures on the website reflected the true color better.

Unanswered Question

Are the liners from the CARGO smarty pants...

Are the liners from the CARGO smarty pants the exact same of the the SLIM smarty? And what are the combination of colors (shell / liners)? Tks and keep up the great work!

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I have thick legs and was looking for a pant that would fit me comfortably on the slopes without being too tight in the upper thighs. This pant definitely fit the bill. I'm 5'8" and about 170 pounds with a 31" waist. I purchased a medium and there is plenty of room in the legs. The length is slightly too long for me, which means that the pant scrapes the ground when I'm wearing street shoes. The waist has about 1-2 inches to give, so I need a belt, but I like pants a little baggy. If you wanted a snug fit, I would go with a small.

Pros: good looking pant with lots of pockets, well-constructed seams, good ventilation, waterproof and breathable. The inner liner is really warm. The material feels really solid and I tested it hard on the slopes (hit a tree, scraped a bunch of stuff in the parking lot etc., no tears or even scuffs on the outer shell).

Cons: the bottom of the pant is secured with a single pop-button clasp which often comes undone. Not a problem when riding, but will be annoying when changing into street shoes. The medium is baggy on me, so if you are a similar size maybe go a little smaller for a more fitted look. The side pockets have zippers (nice feature for security) but also flaps which makes the pant better looking, but harder to access stuff in your pockets. On the bright side, you will never lose your stuff. One weird side note: there is a tiny pocket with a flip-top velcro latch on one of the front belt loops. It is extremely secretive and very tiny, not sure what that is all about.

5 5

Best Snow Pants I've Ever Owned

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

At the beginning of this season I bought a pair of Armada pants which ended up ripping after only three uses. Luckily I was able to return those and after searching for a replacement I settled on these and could not be happier. From first impressions it was clear that these were made of a tougher material than the Armada pants. This past week I finally got the chance to test them out in Maine and they performed amazingly. From the 40 degree day (which I didn't use the liner) to the 5 degree day when we got over a foot of snow these pants were awesome. They kept me warm and completely dry but I never felt hot and sweaty.

As a skier on of my favorite aspects of these pants was the way they were cut in the heel because I did not need to worry about them getting caught in the bindings like I have with pants in the past. The only negatives I can think of are that having flaps on most of the pockets made accessing them a little annoying and I am not a huge fan of wearing them with the liner actually zipped into the pants because of the way they sit on my waist. That being said though wearing the liner separate solved that problem. The liner by the way is great and very comfortable for the ride up to the mountain.

I would definitely recommend these to a friend.

I am 5'10" and 190 with a 35" measured waist and the medium fits me snug but without sacrificing mobility.

What color linear goes with the gunmetal,...

What color linear goes with the gunmetal, army and chocolate outer shell color?

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Hi Anthony,
The Gunmetal and Chocolate pants have a black liner. The Army color has a dark grey liner.

do these pants have a pant to jacket...

do these pants have a pant to jacket connect?

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Yes these pants do have a compatible interface with 686 jackets that also have a compatible interface.

5 5

You can't beat classic cargo

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I got these in green, they look great with my green/blue/white/black 686 epsilon jacket. They are quite the dynamic duo on hill. I've only worn them 3 1/2 on hill days in Mont Tremblant QC, but I'd say I've put them through the ringer. The first day was -25!!!! the second day a little warmer approaching the 0 mark and the third was around mid teens. I know -25 is way out the thermal range on these pants but I only wore "Chili" long johns underneath them and was ready to go! Maybe I'm a freak but my legs can definitely take more abuse then my torso, because I had about 5 layers underneath my jacket. The final half day was warmer still and a little rainy but I these kept me dry. They are super tough, super waterproof, super durable, warm, comfy. I think you get the idea. More pockets then I know what to do with, that are very secure by the way. Also the zip out liner, one of the coolest features I've ever seen. So far my one complaint is the button gaitors? at the bottom of the pants, they appear kinda loose, not sure if it was because it was so cold or what but they would often come undone. Not that this isn't a problem but more of an annoyance to me because I like them buttoned up (OCD? lol). Perhaps a zipper like another commenter said or even stronger buttons, not sure if that's a thing though haha. bottom line awesome stuff, props off 686 and thanks to backcountry for some quick shipping!

5 5

Gnarly Drawers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These are sick. They're tough as nails and fit multiple temperatures. They also fit baggy so you can carry some style to the mountain with you.

Thumbs up!

5 5

Pants that last forever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is my fourth pair of 686 original cargo 3 in 1 pants. They are awesome pants for all locations on the mountain in the woods, and any weather. They last forever and are worth every dime.

Responded on

Agreed. They're spendy but you can't get better pants for the money. Plus, they're invincible!

4 5

Fat Kid in Shorty's

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is my first pair of 3-1 686 Cargo snowboard pants.I previously had Four Square (now Burton) pants and they were pretty well equipped with features and I was very pleased. The 686 pants have a great "roomy" fit for us, we'll let's call it "husky sized" fellas. The quality of the pants seem pretty good and the zip in liner is a top notch feature and are great quality lounge pants for the lodge or for your sofa. Pants have plenty of pocket space and storage.Now the downside and this might just be my personal issue. Not sure if I got the "shorty" version of the pants since I bought them in the different green fabric but the pants are long on my short build and get caught under my boot when walking around the lodge/parking lot. Tried to have them taken in but was turned away due to the way there made. The Burton's have a nice feature in raising the leg through a drawstring located in the upper pockets. Keeps your pants from dragging the ground while not on the mountain. At this point, that is my only complaint but the fit, feel, quality and comfort supersede that issue. I would definitely buy another pair but in the "shorty" version. Great pants for the cost.

4 5

Dummy rockin Smarties

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Only used these pants a handful of time but they've stood up to some harsh conditions. Rode with them a couple days ago in freezing rain and never got wet and stayed nice and warm wearing just the pants with the liner and my boxers!
Only Downside to these pants is the button up gator's. A zipper would have been preferable. In all fairness though I knew before I bought these that I wouldn't be a fan of that aspect.
Worth the money!

5 5

Best pant for anything!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I first got a pair of these 5 years ago as a uniform pant to work at Steamboat. I must have put 200 days on them in just 2 seasons from working & shredding in them everyday!! Then I gave them to a buddy & they kept him dry for a season.. Now I get a fresh new pair of Smarty cargo's every other season!! They are super Warm with that liner, I wear the liner in the car on the way to the hill, and around the house, walking the dog, etc.. The shell is super wind & water proof for all conditions!! I use these pants on the Snow machines a lot too, it's nice having lots of pockets in the backcountry!! These are a must have pant!!