Expert Review: Burton Women's Gloria Pants

Published on 11/10/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the pants, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2020.
Lindsay Donahue, Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Lindsay Donahue

Belleayre Run Spring Slush. All photos by Lindsay Donahue

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the pants, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2020.

My take

The Burton Women's Gloria Pants are super comfortable and versatile. Anyone of any skill level will love these pants because they perform well in lots of different weather conditions.

Spring time at Gore

About the pants I own

  • Brand: Burton
  • Model: Women’s Gloria Pants
  • Size Fit: True to size

About me

  • Height: 5’1”
  • Weight: 195lbs
  • Pant size: XXL
  • Experience: 13 years of snowboarding, 2 years of instructing

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: December 2020
  • Days used: 75
  • Where I’ve used them: East Coast—mostly in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and Vermont
  • Weather conditions used in: I’ve used them in all different conditions: rain, snow, the rare East Coast pow day, spring 70 degree days, and even negative temperatures

How they perform

Breathability
5/5
Comfort
5/5
Ease of Movement
5/5
Waterproofing
5/5
Warmth
4/5
Durability
3/5

What I was looking for

I purchased these pants when I became an instructor. I needed a more versatile and waterproof pair of snow pants. I was previously wearing a basic pair of North Face snow pants that didn’t have much waterproofing. Teaching happens even if it’s raining, so I wanted to be dry and comfortable.

Why I chose this gear

I wanted a pair of pants that was GORE-TEX, highly waterproof, and available in short length, and these fit my requirements. I had a Burton snowboard coat and mittens previously that I was happy with.

What I love about them

  • Warmth: These aren’t super warm pants because they are a shell, but that’s what I need because I want pants that will work in warmer weather for early season and spring. However, I pair them with a warm base layer and use them on colder days and stay warm.
  • Waterproofing: These pants are GORE-TEX, so they are waterproof and work pretty well. I stay pretty dry even on rainy days. I still stay dry when riding lift or a quick sit to strap in.
  • Breathability: The breathability is great on warmer days, too. Paired with a light base layer and opening the leg vents make them comfortable even on 70 degree spring slush days.
  • Weight: These pants are made from a lightweight material, so they don’t feel bulky or take up much space in my gear bag.
  • Ease of movement, fit, and comfort: I’m a short, curvy, muscular girl, and I also have a knee brace for an ACL tear. I needed a pair of pants that would accommodate all that. These pants fit really well. I have room to move and I’m super comfortable in them all day. The short length fits me perfectly. They have a velcro cinch at the waist that makes them easy to adjust so they do not fall down.
  • Quality: The overall quality of the pants is good. They have held up well over two full seasons of riding and wearing them almost daily. No major issues and they aren’t showing much wear. Most of the wear is around the bottom of the pant leg where it ends up dragging on the ground.
  • Special Features: These pants have plenty of room for all the stuff I carry around in my pockets every day; and that’s a lot of stuff. The zippers on the pockets stay zipped and keep my stuff safe. There’s lots of storage space in these pants.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Durability: I haven’t had any major issues with these pants. But I had the stitches separate on a seam. Though it stitched back together easily with needle and thread, and I didn’t have any other issues.

Value for the money vs. other options

I do have insulated Freedom Bibs from The North Face that are better quality as they showed a bit less wear and I also haven’t had any stitching come apart. I do feel like these pants are a good value and the quality is in line with price. Though I do find The North Face to hold up better and to be of higher quality.

Final verdict

Overall, I would definitely recommend this pair of pants. I’ve been very happy with them. I’ll be using them again this season. Along with my North Face bibs.

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