These are my first board pants, so I have nothing to compare them to.
I'm impressed by the quality and construction. I've ridden in them about 30 days and they're holding up well. I love the way they look and fit - the styling is phat...the absolute definition of "cargo".
Gaiters work perfectly even in deeep powder days.
On the con side: These are the lower end Sessions and only have a 5k water repellent rating...o.k. on usual sunny west coast days, but not that great on wetter, snowing days. 8k breathability can get chilly on stormy days, too.
These don't have the loop seen on other brands that attaches to back of your jacket, but I guess you could just sew your own in. They do, however, have crotch venting, which is totally welcome in spring.
Definitely a good choice for a beginner snowboard pant and/or a spring session pant. I 'm going to move up to the 10k series and keep these as a backup (BTW I have a 34 waist and wear a medium in these pants).