Hello and welcome to my Quiksilver TR Stretch snowboard pants review.
I don’t usually review individual pants, but these ones I bought personally so I thought I’d publish what I thought of them after using them for the past 28 days on snow (at time of writing).
Jacket: Quiksilver TR Stretch Snowboard Pants 2019
Price: $289 (USD recommended retail)
Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Seams: Fully Taped
Rating Score: 94/100
Compared to other Men’s Snowboard Pants
Out of the 77 pants that I rated:
- The average price was $233 (USD)
- The average score was 80.4/100
- The highest score was 100/100
- The lowest score was 54/100
- The TR Stretch ranked 13th out of 77*
*unlike with other snowboarding gear, I don’t personally experience these pants (this one being the exception). This is just based on specs.
Overview of the TR Stretch’s Specs
Check out the tables for the TR Stretch’s specs and available sizes.
20,000mm and Fully Taped
Lining - Brushed Tricot and Stretch Mesh
Thigh zippered, mesh
Yes - with draw cords in hand pockets to lift up
Jacket to Pants Integration:
2 zippered hand pockets, 1 large thigh velcro pockets, 1 zippered thigh pocket, 1 back zippered pocket
Natural Waist (")
I went for an L, which fit my specs the best. They are a bit loose on the widest waist settings, but there is a waist cincher on it, so there is some adjustment there to fit a range.
Who are the TR Stretch Pants Most Suited To?
The TR Stretch are best for anyone looking for pants that have good waterproofing and breathability, with a medium budget, and want pants that give good stretch for unhindered range of motion.
Also anyone who wants plenty of usable pocket space too.
They're not Gore-Tex but still a high waterproofing rating.
The TR Stretch in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at the TR Stretch Pants and my experience with them.
So far on any wet, snowy or slushy days, I have been able to stay completely dry in the TR Stretch. Which is a nice change from my old pants, that were starting to seep water in just from sitting on a wet chair lift. Even if there was wettish snow on the chair I would have to wipe it off before sitting down and even then would sometimes get wet.
It’s a revelation to stay dry in any conditions now!
The TR Stretch have really good breathability. Especially when you open up the thigh vents. I was riding on a particularly hot day recently and was really feeling hot. Opening those vents makes a noticeable difference for sure.
But the material itself is quite breathable and light feeling too.
As basically any snowboard pants have, the TR Stretch have Gaitors. The interesting thing about the Gaitors on these pants, is that there are draw cords on the inside of the hand pockets that you can use to lift the Gaitors up. This is particularly handy when you’re walking around in your normal shoes/boots, and not snowboard boots – so that you’re not dragging the bottom of the pants on the ground.
However, after a while I did find I stopped using this, and just rolled them up instead when I needed to. Nice to have but not a must and a little confusing to use, IMO.
Jack to Pants Connections
I confess to never really using this, but it’s there if you need it. It basically just consists of 2 loops on the sides of the pants that connect to two domes on the jacket. Not like a full zip around or anything. Would fit with any Quiksilver Jacket and any other jacket with a similar system.
There is ample pocket space in these pants. Personally I don’t like to ride with anything in my pants pockets – prefer to keep everything in the jacket. But I do find these pockets handy, when not riding.
Hand pockets: There are two hand pockets, which are zippered. They are relatively deep, so you can fit a reasonable amount in there if you wanted to. If i have to carry anything extra I have used these pockets, but mostly don’t use them.
1 x Thigh Velcro pocket: This is quite a deep pocket, and I do use this one regularly. I find this a convenient place to put my gloves when I’m not wearing them, to keep them safe but out of the way.
1 x Thigh Zippered pocket: Don’t think I’ve ever used this, but if you like to keep more things in your pants than I do, then this would be useful. Could be somewhere to keep your goggles. Personally I just keep mine on the helmet, but that could be one use for it. I do like this as a design feature though. I think it looks good.
1 x zippered back pocket: Again, I’ve never used this one, but again, I do like it from an aesthetic perspective.
The pants come with waist cinchers on either side. So if the pants are just a little too big you can reduce the waist. With the Larges I use this feature. Also, it’s handy for when you’ve gone in and had a big lunch and you can let those cinchers off a bit to accommodate!
The material is really quite stretchy, but nothing crazy. But I like this aspect. It gives you extra freedom of movement, without having to go super baggy. The pants aren’t overly tight fitting anyway. But they’re not super baggy either. But with that stretch you get extra range of motion, which I like.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
rating (OUT OF 5)
contribution to final score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the TR Stretch perform exactly how I would want them to in terms of waterproofing and breathability. And they feel light weight and good quality. It's not gore-tex, but I haven't had any waterproofing issues with them so far.
I really like the feel of the stretch fabric for that extra freedom of movement, and the functionality is all there, even if I don't necessarily use all of it, personally.
And personally I like the look and fit of these pants. I went with the charcoal (Phantom) color for a better match to my jacket.
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