Expert Review: Burton Men's GORE‑TEX Cyclic Pants

Published on 12/19/2022 · 3 min read This review is my honest opinion of the pants, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2022.
Andrew Trager, Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Andrew Trager

All photos courtesy of Andrew T.

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the pants, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2022.

My take

The Burton Men’s GORE-TEX Cyclic Pants are light, comfortable pants that will keep their wearer dry and happy.

About the pants I own

  • Brand: Burton
  • Model: GORE-TEX Cyclic Pants
  • Size Fit: True-to-size

About me

  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 185lbs
  • Pant size: Large (tall)
  • Experience: 15+ years of snowboarding

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: November 2022
  • Days used: 4
  • Where I’ve used them: Vermont and New York
  • Weather conditions used in: Cold and snowy days

How they perform

Ease of Movement

What I was looking for

I was looking for new snow pants that would keep me drier than my old, non–GORE-TEX pants. I was also looking for snow pants that would allow me to layer base layers underneath comfortably, so something that wasn't too tight against my legs.

Why I chose this gear

I chose these pants because they are GORE-TEX, and I like the durability and quality of Burton products. I also considered the Volcom Men’s L GORE-TEX Pants. I picked the Burton option because I knew the quality I would be getting.

What I love about them

  • Fit: The Cyclic pants are a loose fit but not baggy. They are loose enough to layer up accordingly.
  • Comfort: These pants are very comfortable and even have some stretch due to the fabric Burton uses. They have enough room in them to comfortably layer underneath when desired.
  • Waterproofing: The GORE-TEX waterproofing keeps me dry, even in wet conditions. The water beads up and brushes right off.
  • Breathability: The Cyclic pants have mesh vents on the inner thighs to allow for airflow when needed.
  • Durability: The Cyclic pants appear very durable, with well-constructed zippers. There is no loose fabric that can get caught, either.
  • Weight: These pants are light, and I do not feel they are dragging me down. They are a shell construction, so there is no added weight from extra insulation or padding.
  • Ease of movement: The Cyclic pants are loose and do not restrict movement.
  • Quality: The Cyclic pants are high quality and do not feel cheaply made. I am not concerned about these lasting for years to come. The seams are sturdy and reinforced, and the material feels thick enough to prevent easy tears or rips.
  • Special Features: I purchased the tall fit for these pants and am happy I did. The pants do not ride up off my boot when I sit down, and I would highly recommend anyone over 6’ to get the tall fit as well.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Warmth: These pants are not warm, so one should layer up underneath for colder days. These pants are more of a shell construction and not adequately insulated to wear on their own in colder temperatures.

Favorite moment with this gear

My favorite moment with these pants was when I had a dry bottom after sitting on a wet chairlift. My old pants would get soggy and hold moisture. It was very comforting to stay dry and not worry about wiping any loose snow or water off the chair lift before sitting down.

Value for the money vs. other options

The Burton GORE-TEX Cyclic Pants are on the expensive side, but they are worth the money. The Cyclic pants also have added drawstrings to tighten the legs, preventing snow from entering from the bottom. The Burton Ballast GORE-TEX Pants are another viable option if one is looking for a better value. However, the Ballast pants do not have as many pockets for storage.

Final verdict

The Cyclic pants are a fantastic option for anyone who wants to stay dry and comfortable on the slopes. They are good for warmer days without a base layer and great for colder days with an additional base layer. The shell style allows them to be versatile for any weather conditions the mountain throws at the wearer.

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