Hold off on that Lycra suit.
Short of donning a full Lycra suit and changing your name to Hans, the Black Diamond Men's Dawn Patrol LT Touring Pant is the best way to shave some grams from your touring kit. Weighing just under a pound and made with a Schoeller stretch softshell, it's ideal for those high-aerobic tours where breathability trumps waterproof protection. Since traveling in snow-covered mountains will inevitably bring you in contact with moisture, the pants are treated with a NanoSphere water-resistant finish, which not only repels moisture from snow and water, but also dirt, oil, and whiskey. Since the Schoeller softshell is breathable enough as is, BD did away with vents to save on weight, but you will find two-way zips at the cuff, allowing for easy adjustments to boots during transitions. Keprotec instep patches keep the cuffs from easily tearing in this high-wear zone, so you can save your duct tape for your worn-out leather gloves you've touring in since Bush was in the white house.
- Schoeller stretch-woven nylon
- NanoSphere technology
- Regular fit
- Articulated knees
- Two-way, boot-access side zips
- Internal snow gaiter
- Keprotec kick patches
- Item #BLD00CT
- Q & A
Good fit for me
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: medium
Just picked these up, and tried on several different softshell pants in the price range. I usually wear waist 33" or 34" jeans with a 34" inseam. Size medium in this pant is the perfect fit.
They're slim but stretchy. Monster quads may find them too slim.
The cuff flares out and also has a zip, so I expect them to fit fine over my boots. We'll see about the gaiter. That might get cut off. Regardless, there are very few similar pants in this price range that have a zippered cuff designed for ski boots. At least this pant is trying.
Great potential, poor execution
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Small
I purchased these pants for a two-week tour through the Tetons and ended up returning them for various reasons, but definitely saw a lot of potential in them. I purchased the Patagucci KnifeRidge pants in their place.
Fabric: The fabric on these pants is awesome. It's super stretchy, just warm enough, and the NanoSphere treatment made them practically waterproof. It is really perfect for touring and probably my favorite aspect of the pants. Schoeller really hit the nail on the head in this respect.
Fit: This is a definite shortcoming of the pant. Super skinny and super long. The skinny fit wasn't that much of a problem because of the stretchy fabric, but it had a vintage Euro look to it that I didn't really appreciate. The pants were also super long and bunched up around my knees/boots. Additionally, they were too narrow around the cuff and were pretty tight around my boot. I was using Black Diamond Quadrants and even when tightened all the way down it was a battle to get them around my boots; the internal gaiters were even worse in this aspect. The waist was also on the large side.
Features: The double zipper on the crotch was awesome. Most other things were not so hot. The waist buttons were super hard to close and the thigh pocket was constantly falling down and led to me losing some earbuds and a ski strap. The suspender system also sucked. The suspender holes were lined with a microfiber-like fabric that tore and so it was impossible to get the suspenders to run all the way through. They then proceeded to fall out all the time which made the pants pretty much unwearable. On the other hand, the full length leg zipper was an awesome feature I really made use of.
I would definitely be willing to purchase an updated version of these pants next year.