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Vents put a damper on good pants

  • Gender: Male

These are decent snowboard pants, with good construction and plenty of features and amenities. However, there is one design quirk y'all should know about before buying. As you're aware, these are "slim" fitting pants, with less room in the knee and thigh area, which is fine. It doesn't constrict movement in any significant way, even for freestyle. The problem is the location of the leg vents. The location of the vent runs directly over the knees on the bottom end, which means the zipper, mesh, and related thicker vent materials, in addition to the fact that the pants are cut slimmer,the vents are constantly rubbing against your knees, especially since your knees are bent when riding which is most of the time. To specify, the vents rub right over the "inner" half of my knee caps. It would be awesome if Volcom stopped the vent right above the knee area, but nope, the vents run right over them. Whether the feeling of vent rub is uncomfortable is up to the wearer, but it's definitely something to consider. I personally find it somewhat annoying. Basic fabric running a little tighter in that region is perfectly fine. However, something thicker and more rigid in rubbing in that area is not desirable.