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Conquer the great outdoors while you’re wearing the rugged, DWR-coated Arc’teryx Gamma SK Pant. Arc’teryx made these quick-drying ski and climbing pants water resistant so you won’t have to worry about wet legs when you take on a challenge. Grit your teeth in determination and test the tough-as-nails face of the double-weave textile material while you enjoy a rugged alpine climb or earn your turns skinning into the backcountry.

  • Adjustable webbing belt allows you to dial in the fit of the waist
  • Burly instep patches keep the bottom of your pants tatter-free so they last season after season
  • Drawcord cinches at the bottom cuffs help to lock out the snow, water, or dirt
  • A gusseted crotch means you have plenty of mobility to reach a high foothold or easily glide while skinning
  • Removable suspenders give you the option to add or remove support as you see fit
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Durable Versatile Softshell Pants

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

I got these for skiing, but find myself using them whenever I need durable bottoms. Use these for downhill, bushwacking, climbing, alpine... even shoveling the driveway. Fabric weight is not too heavy, so they are somewhat packable. Nice low profile suspenders with stretch. No unnecessary bells and whistles. Clean simple pants, with nice big cargo pockets. I have half a dozen softshell pants, and these are my fav, next to the old Backcountry Guides and BD Dawn Patrol hybrid bibs.

Love the straight fit, not too loose, just enough room to layer under. I am 5'10", 200 lbs, with 36 waist / 31 inseam and the XLarge Regular fits me loosely with room to layer. The size chart says length/inseam is 31.5 inches on the XL Regular, but its more like 33 inches. I think an XL Short would have been spot on, but there are no more to be found anywhere. Expect these to provide lifetime of service for a variety of uses.

Good pant, but not my favorite.

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size

This pant is built well, but I preferred the fit and feel of the Arc'teryx Fury Pant more. And i really like that the Fury has good side sips. Even in a softshell pant that breathes well, it is nice to have access to some zips that will dump heat fast while working up a sweat. That is one thing I wish this pant had. It's pretty cool that the suspenders are removable.

Great choice for both resort and touring

    I've used these pants both for resort skiing on both mild and cold days (with a base layer) and for ski touring (most recently, the Haute Route in April, without the base layer). Very breathable pants; I never felt clammy in these even skinning uphill all day in the sun. The lack of side zips didn't both me. The lower front pockets on the legs are perfect for storing glove liners or a handkerchief. Excellent choice for both inbounds and out.

    Great choice for both resort and touring

    best softshell

      most water resistant softshell pants i have owned. typical arcteryx durability - as bomber as you can get with a softshell. fit is perfect - not baggy and no excess fabric, but not super tight either.

      love the kevlar crampon instep patch. really dig the suspenders - they obviate the need for a belt - (hate having to wear belts - especially if I have to wear climbing harness over it - whole setup becomes so bulky), and they keep pants where they should be - on my hips.

      fit is on the slim side. I have 32'' waist and 30'' inseam and, suprisingly, I needed a size SMALL, SHORT. that's kinda par for the course for arcteryx - all thier stuff seems to run on the slim side and long

      Too Warm For Me

        These pants were very comfortable, I loved the suspenders, and I liked the khaki color, but for skinning they were too hot. Climbing in these pants felt clammy, similar to what I remember from wearing goretex pants while skinning. I run warm and need something more breathable than these pants.

        Perfect PNW Dry Touring / shredding pant

          I really love these pants. They fit great. They are not tight in the thighs like the Patagonia soft shell pants have been. The exterior has good dwr coating to resist water and they dry really quick. The suspenders are comfortable but also easily removable. I prefer wearing mine with a web belt instead. My favorite thing about these pants outside of performing amazing, is that the interior of the pant is soft and comfortable if you prefer to only wear boxers or briefs beneath. Comfortable to be in all day wether on the mountain, or on a long drive home.

          Other have mentioned this pant is a bit warmer, I didn't think so. Works perfect for me in the Cascades.

          Great Sunny Ski Pant

            When the sun is shinning and the temp is up you can't beat this pant. Breathes well and makes skinning and hiking easy as pie. I have been caught in some snow at the resort and still no issues but my thighs did start to wet out a bit on the lift rides. Great pant especially if you are active in the snow.

            Gamma SK Rawhide Pants

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            Gamma SK Rawhide Pants

            Hay shack rest in the SK's

            Love these pants, got the medium short, unfortunately only in black. Great breathability on the way up, warm enough for the way down, for all but the coldest/ windiest days. Buy these as a second pant, gore-tex has a wider range of uses. I use the Betha AR for cold/ windy days.

            Hay shack rest in the SK's

            Awesome Pants

              These pants definitely rock. Super wind resistant and so comfortable I cannot stand it. Wore them all day in 10 degrees with just a pair of 15 year old worn out fleece pants as a layer and plent warm. These pants fit like a glove and let you move in comfort. My wife has them too in calamata color and she just got back from 2 days in VT single digits with just a patagonia capilene 3 layer and she was toasty as well - and believe me that is saying something - for under $200 you cannot beat these for comfort, performance and style (rawhide!!!).

              The pant to have

                I absolutely love these pants, so much so that I just picked up a second pair (smaller size, lost a bunch of weight). I've got dozens of days in them, and the only damage is a tiny, easily repaired hole where I crashed straight into a small, sharp branch. I've used them on stormy winter ridgelines with a light baselayer, hot spring 14ers without, ordinary run of the mill touring, and for about two weeks straight while climbing in Alaska last summer (including while sleeping).

                They breathe like crazy, stretch and move with you well, the ankle patches fend off ski edges and crampon points, the cargo pockets can be over-stuffed without affecting comfort, they come with suspenders, and are available in not-black. They're perfect.

                Definitely cardio based

                  Really nice fit and good construction, just too minimalist for what I was seeking. Bought them as s ski pant, but they are really an ice climbing or warm day backcountry pant. Returned in favor of something burlier.

                  Worth the price for a name?

                    I've read lots of good reviews for Arc'teryx gear so I was stoked these shell pants were on sale and got was a big let down when I actually got them....they are really just a thin shell pant and don't have much to them...for the money you can buy several other manuf's pants that offer more for skiing. The fit was okay and the pants look good, but for almost $200.00, ON SALE, you should look elsewhere, unless you really just have to provide free advertising for the brand.

                    The Gamma SK are not "shell" pants. These pants place the emphasis on breathability, not warmth or weatherproofness; they're "designed for high-output touring."

                    I've used the Gamma SK on hundreds of ski touring days - they are my go-to pant for anything that will work up a sweat. If you're looking for a warm, waterproof pant for a resort day, choose something else.

                    Well-rounded softshell pants for skiing

                      I've had these pants for a few weeks and have 10 backcountry days on them and 1 resort day -- these are an excellent blend of breathability, toughness and stretch.

                      + Nice lightweight internal gaiters
                      + hip pockets are unobtrusive and large
                      + Easily-removable suspenders, and a great webbing belt keep you from sagging.

                      - I could not find these in a short length -- the inseam is insanely long for a small. I had them shortened, which solved the problem.
                      - These fit much larger than typical -- I am usually a medium and had to buy these in a small.

                      Agreed on the size thing, I had to look high and low to find a small short. I am not usually that small or that short. Anyway, the small short's fit perfectly for me and I am 5'9" and about 150 lbs with a 30 inch inseam. The fit is perfect, looks forward to lots of back country days and spring resort skiing.

                      warm and dry for a softshell

                        i was surprised at how warm these are keeping me in northern vermont temperatures. they are also mostly water resistant. i haven't had any issues but i also haven't sat in wet snow in these yet. they are very flexible to board in and the material seems rugged. i put them to the test in the thick woods where branches are whipping my legs often. great buy and great price!

                        comfort and quality.

                          I agree with ananda that these are a little warmer than the seekers but they are the bomb for touring in warmer temperatures. I enjoy the cargo pockets because I have a bunch of stuff that I always need to put somewhere handy. Be it a map, gu or gloves the pockets are handy.

                          Suspenders are great, dorky but usefull and can be removed if your too cool. Gusseted crotch is great for ease of movement.

                          Not breathable enough

                            I have the Arcteryx Seekers which are the most perfect backcountry ski pant except they're black. I was hoping these would be similar to the Seekers but available in a light color. The Gamma SK fabric is much thicker and much less breathable than the Seekers. For me skinning in the backcountry requires highly breathable shells not "burly".

                            What is the pant legs length (crotch to...

                            What is the pant legs length (crotch to pant cuff ) in the size Reg XL and Short XL ?

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                            Do the drawcords at the cuffs stay fixed...

                            Do the drawcords at the cuffs stay fixed at the adjusted tightness , or do they become loose easily like the ones on my Arc'teryx Kappa AR Puffy pants .

                            ( Had to tie a knot to keep them from loosening on their own.)

                            Also - are there snow gaitors on the inside of the cuffs?

                            Do they have gripper rubber threads to help them stay put around hiking boots and tele-boots?


                            I'm trying to find a nice pair of softshell...

                            I'm trying to find a nice pair of softshell pants for this season at Mt. Baker. I am a snowboarder, and need a pair of pants for those days when 3L Pro Shell isn't needed. I am looking for a quite breathable, yet still wind and weather resistant pair of pants for hiking, skinning, spring conditions, etc. What is my best option? I'm lost with the differences in fabrics and such. Hopefully they won't cost more than $300, but if its worth the price I'm willing to pay. Thanks for any insight into my dilemma .

                            Best Answer

                            The Gamma SK is a great softshell pant. Fit is great and just the right amount of features. The burly double weave fabric breathes quite well and is wind resistant. It will meet your criteria without breaking the bank. The Gamma MX uses a better fabric (polartec powersheild pro) but is more expensive. It is a bit more windproof and apparent breathes better. The last choice are the arcteryx seeker pants. THey are not made anymore but are made from Schoeller dynamic and breathe amazing well and can sometimes be found for a great deal.
                            Good luck

                            How warm are these pants, are they fleece...

                            How warm are these pants, are they fleece lined and how are the cuff closure systems? I am a heavy sweater and the patagonia backcountry guide pants are too tight around the thighs for me and looking for another option.

                            I'd like to buy these for snowboarding....

                            I'd like to buy these for snowboarding. Will that be just fine or is this only good for skiing? Thanks.

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                            This is more of a question for Do you guys have this available in Medium/Tall? Cheers.