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Schoeller StretchWoven fabric for touring.

Ski touring across powder-capped peaks requires more mobility than your regular ski pants. So slide on the Black Diamond Men's Dawn Patrol Touring Softshell Pant and flex, bend, twist, and glide up the skintrack. Surprisingly warm Schoeller StretchWoven fabric gives the freedom of movement you need to enjoy yourself, and it leaves the pant with incredible breathability for relief while you hike up. Black Diamond added its proprietary NanoSphere Technology to resist water, dirt, and oil better than most DWR coatings.

The slim fit pulls the Dawn Patrol close to your body to reduce bulk, and the gusseted construction offers even more mobility. The two-way side zippers double as a ventilation system to let out some steam while you hike. Suspenders keep the pant from slowly inching down, and you can remove the suspenders when you hike up with a pack on. Ankle gaiters prevent any snow from sliding down your boots, and kickpatches at the cuffs ensure long-lasting durability against sharp abrasions.   

  • Schoeller StretchWoven shell with NanoSphere Technology
  • Slim fit
  • Gusseted construction
  • Two-way side zippers
  • Removable suspenders
  • Snow gaiters
  • Kickpatches
  • Belt loops, drawcord at hem
  • Recco reflector

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5 5

Great Trousers

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

Well I'm a splitboarder, so I wasn't sure if I was allowed to wear these from the get-go. But then a buddy of mine bought a Patagonia jacket and he was not arrested, so I figured I'd go for it.

I've used them on about 7 tours now and in conditions from 55-degree cookers to wet spring snow to 10-degrees and nuking wind. Proper layering underneath is the key, but if you nail it - these trousers can do it all.

Super comfy, great fit, pretty slim but move with you superbly. They're water-resistant enough to shed snow nicely, but I did spill some backcountry soup on them and it wet-out a bit. Just keep control of your delicious chicken-n-stars and you should be fine.

I do sort of wish they had one back pocket, but I get that we're trying to simplify and minimize here, so no real complaint. If there was ever a maximum-featured version I'd say throw in some crotch vents and some back pockets and let's party.

My pack has a great tendency to simultaneously pants me and give me a wedgie like some junior-high bully, but the suspenders solved that. Take that pants!

On the fit - they are pretty slim, I ended up sizing-up the waist one step and they're great. The comfort factor is high on these. They just feel great.

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How is the water resistance? I'm wondering for sidecountry days in pretty dry snow where I'm half in-resort and half out of bounds. Thanks!

BD Dawn Patrol Touring Pant in Action

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Snowboarding like a boss with poles, Dan!
Looks like Spring Break 2014 didn't suck!

4 5

good alpine pant

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

bought these for splitboarding and alpine climbing. material and durability seems good so far. pants are cold, but then again they are a thin softshell material. I was able to use them in Canada during janurary but had to put a thick fleece pant underneath. fit is slighty weird. articulated knee gives them a weird bell bottom or circa 2007 zumiez skinny jean look. I dig the suspenders but end up riding with them down a lot. overall a nice pant, I would recommend them if you are looking for a slim alpine touring pant.

5 5

Solid ski pants

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

6' 3" 212 lbs and the size 38 Long fits great. Relatively warm and flexible/stretchy pants without looking like they were painted on. With medium weight long underwear they are perfect for 20-30 degree Colorado ski weather.

3 5

Skin tight

Tried these on at a local store. Figured I would check them out as Black Diamond is just getting in to softgoods. I could hardly get these pants on me. Im 6ft 180 and fit in the Medium. I do have fairly thicker legs, but nothing crazy. These are definitely a narrow fit. Too tight for me.

Will the ankle gaiter fit over a snowboard...

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Will the ankle gaiter fit over a snowboard boot or are they ski boot specific?

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Hey Nick,
they are designed to work with ski and mountianeering boots, but I have tried them on and I feel like you could get that gaiter over a snowboard boot.

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Yep, I've been wearing then with snowboard boots and they work great. Ankle gaiter fits all the way over the boot cuff as does the pant leg over both.