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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
  • Item #BLD002V

Tech Specs

Schoeller (91% nylon, 9% elastane), NanoSphere coating
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered cargo
full-length side zips
adjustable and removable suspenders, belt loops
Side Zips
yes, full-length
yes, with gripper elastic and boot hooks
Claimed Weight
1 lb 11 oz
Recommended Use
ski touring
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Ideal for touring, issue w/ suspenders

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pants are ideal for touring in warm weather (I've used them a lot in the Sierras in California) with leg zips significant enough to let in quick blasts of air to dry out and cool off. They hold up alright against light precip, shedding a little, and slide well under a rain layer. They also dry pretty quickly when in sun. The reinforced pads between ankles seem super durable - I've all but tried to poke holes in them with ski poles, edges, etc, and they've resisted admirably. The fit is also awesome - loose enough to fit around boots, but slim enough not to flap or catch on branches, etc.

I do have one major issue with the attachments of the suspenders (though the suspenders themselves are great - stretchy and adjustable). When touring, I tend to bend over regularly and because I keep the suspenders pretty tight, the metal attachments between them and the pants stretch out and disconnect. They're aluminum, I think, and pretty pliable. Then I'm stuck having a friend reach under all my layers to pull them back down (they retract up my back), bend the metal back into shape, and reattach, or taking off all my layers to do it myself. The issue is significantly worsened when wearing a backpack.


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

I'm pretty persnickety about my ski pants. Too confining and I can't move. Too baggy and they're in my way. These pants are perfect! I'm 5'10" and 190 lbs. I have a 32" waist and 30" inseam so a medium short fits great except a bit roomy in the waist. I had my wife put a couple of darts in the waist and now they're perfect. If you're used to traditional ski pants, they are going to be a bit more fitted than you're used to. Perhaps a European fit would be a better representation. I wear them with a light to medium baselayer and I've never gotten cold in them. I really like the suspenders as it keeps them in one spot and they don't give me Plummer butt like a lot of ski pants do. I find they are my favorite ski pants for touring or even resort lapping. Last year I spent a week in BC heliskiing and they were great. Hands down the most comfortable ski pants I've ever had. BD durability is obvious here. I've put them through the ringer and they hardly have a scuff or stain. The only thing I would say be careful about is that they do run a bit narrow in the quad. If you have muscular thick quads, they may be a bit snug. They are very stretchy so I can live with that. Just be aware. Otherwise they are bomber and I love them so much I bought a second pair!

BD Gear is the Best

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

I wouldn't say these pants run small (I bought a large and they fit appropriately), but they do fit more like pants than they do ski pants. In other words, they are more form fitting than what one is likely used to for snow pants. I have had them described as a bit "Euro" and have taken a little bit of flack for stepping out of traditional ski-pant mold. So, if that's an issue, I would look elsewhere.

Aesthetics aside, though, functionally, they are excellent. They breath well, move well, have kept me dry and provide sufficient warmth for (likely) all but the coldest days (I can't say I've put them to the test in serious sub-zero conditions, though I have yet to be cold in them. I usually wear a pair of patagonia mid-weight thermals underneath). The full-length side zips are awesome for ventilation; the gaiters work well when I'm in footwear other than ski boots; and my stance on pockets is: more=better, so I am satisfied with the three. Other than that, this is yet another piece added to my prodigious Black Diamond gear family and I have yet to be anything but satisfied. I give them the thumbs up.

Great pants for spring skiing!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Size Bought: 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]]

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.

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.

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.

I'm a 31x31 and the only size available is a small/long. looking at the sizing chart, that could be perfect fit. how much length is added by getting long?

Best Answer


These do tend to fit a bit small, being that you are a 31x31 , they might be the right fit for you. The waist is 30 - 31.5 & the regular inseam is about 31.5" and the long is about 2 inches longer measuring in at 33.5".

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