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Why wait for the sun to rise?

Everyone has a favorite pair of jeans, but that doesn't mean you should wear them when you're out chasing powder and tearing up steep lines. Besides, Black Diamond's Dawn Patrol Men's Touring Softshell Pants look just as good and are way more functional when things get steep, deep, damp, and cold. Schoeller stretch-woven softshell is extra-flexible and breathable for easy movement and moisture management, and it's been treated with Nanosphere technology to repel water and dirt when you're skinning through the early-morning fog and waist-deep cold smoke. With articulated knees and removable suspenders, the Dawn Patrol makes it easy to kick turn, refine your French technique, and shred like a champ, while full-length side zips help you stay cool when you're working hard to get the goods.

Black Diamond also hooked the Dawn Patrol up with plenty of useful backcountry features like zippered hand and thigh pockets to keep gear close, Keprotec scuff guards to prevent edge cuts and crampon holes, and a harness-compatible zip fly so you can answer nature's call when you're roped up. There's even an integrated Recco reflector, which gives you some safety backup in the case of a backcountry or resort accident.

  • Schoeller stretch-woven softshell with Nanosphere technology
  • Adjustable and removable suspenders
  • Zippered hand pockets and thigh pocket
  • Full-length side zips
  • Articulated knees
  • Keprotec scuff guards
  • Drawcord cuffs with elastic ankle gaiters and lace hooks
  • Integrated Recco technology
  • Harness-compatible zip fly

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5 5

Great pants for spring skiing!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Height: 5' 6"
    Weight: 150 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium Short

On warm days I wear them with just 3/4 thin tights underneath. I have a 33in waist and the medium fits very well, but I doubt it would fit over much thicker layers. They are available in lenghts, I got a short directly from BD.

[[Off topic: why are men's 3/4 ski tights hard to find in US? The few that are available: NF, Swix, etc are full length and heavy. A thin 3/4 is better, no need to bunch them or double them over socks. Falke is very good, and easy to find in Europe but not here]]

5 5

Great for the tour

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

Bought these pants for touring and couldn't be happier with their performance from breath-ability to side zippers these pants have everything you want/need for touring, My only complaint would be that they do run a little big in the waist I'm 6'4" 210lbs and the xl runs large in the waist but the inseam on the large is too small for me, if I could get these in a Large/Long I think they'd be the absolute perfect fit. In comparison my roommate is 6'3" 180 with a 32" waist and purchased a medium/long which fit him perfect.

5 5

Love 'em

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I'm coming from OR Trailbreaker pants (previous generation), which I loved apart from the thin gaitors that my ski boots cut up and the short inseams. I found the BDs in a 'long' length and they're awesome. If you're tall with longer legs, these are your ticket. The Schoeller material is dense and heavy; similar to OR's Ventia fabric. I really like the minimalist gaitors because they're less likely to be shredded by my boots. The Recco reflector is a nice touch, too, which the Trailbreakers lacked. For what it's worth, I have a 32" waist and BD's 32" seems a bit on the "vanity size," if you know what I mean. So far, I've used these inbounds, for a half-day tour, and for messing around on tele skis...kept me dry and comfortable throughout. The Trailbreakers did have better vsntilation, though. I'll give them that.

3 5

Good, but fit seemed alittle off.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

I bought several pairs of snowpants to try on and compare so that I could decide on which pair to get this season. I overheat really easily when I tour so ventilation and breathability are very important to me. My first impressions are that these seem like they would breath very well and that the side zips are awesome. I love that they included the Recco sensor and the included suspenders. I thought that the fit was alittle weird for me. I am 5"10, 160 lbs and I tried on a medium and a large. The medium was way too tight. The the large fit in the waist but the they were too tight in the thighs. I guess i just have too much thigh meat. I prefer to have a little looser/comfort fit. If you are into the skinny/jean tight fit scene these will work great for you.

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I'm looking at these pants and we are the same height/weight. Wondering what your waist pant size is if the mediums were too tight?

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I'm a 34 waist. I could get into the pants ok. They were just tighter in the waist, hips, and thighs than I liked. They are more of a "performance fit", and I like more of a comfort fit in my snowpants.