Product: DC Banshee
Recommended Retail Price: $129 (USD)
Rating Score: 79/100
Hello and welcome to my review of the DC Banshee snowboard pants.
Let’s take a look at some of the details of the Banshees.
The single most important part of any snow pants is waterproofing, which is broken down into two parts.
Waterproofness of Material
The Banshees have a fabric waterproofness rating of 10,000mm. This isn’t top of the range but it’s also a reasonable amount and should keep you dry in most conditions.
Fabric Waterproofness score = 4/5
How well the seams seal is also an important consideration for pants. The Banshees are only critically taped rather than fully taped. This is definitely better than no seam sealing at all but I try to look for fully taped when I can.
Seam Sealing Score = 2.5/5
The Banshees have a fabric breathability rating of 10,000g. Again this level of breathability should be very comfortable in most conditions. Maybe when it’s really hot you might be more comfortable with more breathability but you’ll definitely be o.k. with this level.
Fabric Breathability Score = 4/5
Jacket to Pant Interface
The Banshees have a jacket to pant interface. This isn’t a highly technical thing or a must-have but it is nice to have and will help keep snow out of your pants and also help to keep your pants from slipping down and your jacket from riding up.
Jacket/Pant Interface = 5/5
Gaiters are attached to the inner bottom part of the pants and wrap around the boot. They help to keep snow from getting in from the bottom and also help to keep things warmer in colder conditions.
The Banshees have these so all good there.
Gaiter Score – 5/5
Another important consideration, for when those legs are generating a lot of heat, is venting.
The banshees have zippable inner thigh vents so you can let more air in when it’s hot and zip up when it’s cold.
Venting Score – 5/5
The Banshees have 6 pockets in total – 2 cargo pockets, 2 hand pockets and 2 back pockets. That’s more than enough pocket space – you don’t want too much stuff in there anyway while you’re riding!
Pocket’s score = 5/5
Some other features for the Banshees below:
- Taffeta lining
- Internal waist adjuster
- Leg gussets
- Lift pass holder
Final Score for the Banshees
You can check out the score breakdown in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|Waterproofing (seams sealed):||2.5||10/20|
|Jacket to Pants Interface:||5.0||5/5|
Value for Money
To put the score above into perspective, I analyzed over 100 pairs of non-insulated snowboard pants and:
- The average score was 82/100
- The average price was $197
So whilst the Banshees were a little bit under the average score, they are well under the average price. So with that in mind I would say these are definitely value for money. If you are on a tight budget you are getting pretty decent quality for a way lower than average price.
My biggest issue with them is the critical taping as opposed to being fully taped. But for this price you can’t expect that.
More info, current price and user reviews
- DC Banshee at the-house.com
- DC Banshee at evo.com
- DC Banshee at backcountry.com
- DC Banshee at empire (Canada)
Thanks for Reading
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