Another pant bites the dust

07 Jan, 2008

So this summer I picked up the 686 Mannual Pants for pretty cheap at the Christy tent sale. Well they lasted about 30 days into snowboarding and now are totally torn up. I knew when I got them that since they are super baggy on me that the bottoms would tear up and be like my last current pants.

Here’s a picture of them perfectly brand new

So I had to retire them. I took some pictures of how they look now. The first thing to go was the bottom seam around the base, once that went…then the side seam broke on the pants and basically looked like hippie flared pants now.

The right pant leg. You can see the seam is completely splitting.

The left pant leg. Doing a lot better because it’s still holding at the bottom but once the last seam breaks it’ll completely break the seam going up the pant leg.
Since these pants were gone and snow getting in the pant was an issue. I am keeping them around for spring riding and i’ll probably duct tape the bottom so it lasts a bit longer.

I did replace the pants with 686 Smarty Original Cargo Snowboard Pants which I’ve been rocking the last couple weeks and are totally awesome. Loving the inner liner and the awesome amount of pockets. Plus they are boa compatible so that’s really fun to rock. I’ll post up pictures and reviews once I get more days on the snow in the pants.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 08, 2008

    Its a manufacturing defect send them back, seams are supposed to be reinforced.

  2. I Love Fruit Loops
    January 10, 2008

    What do you mean “boa compatible?” Are the legs on some pants so tight that you can’t wear boa-equipped boots with them?

  3. Shayboarder
    January 10, 2008

    Hi Fruit loops! Thanks for the comment, I actually posted up a blog post to respond to your question since it doesn’t seem to have many answers throughout the internet. Check it out here

  4. Shayboarder
    January 10, 2008

    Also an update on my 686 Mannual Pants. I am sending them in for warranty so i’ll definitely keep updated on how that is and getting them back