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When you’re squeezing the last few days out of your climbing or skiing season, the Patagonia Men’s Alpine Guide Pant is you uniform of choice. Perfect for alpine rock routes or spring corn runs, this softshell pant features a durable, stretch-woven polyester shell that resists wind and water. The brushed lining stays comfortable next to your skin, and the gusseted, zippered cuffs come with tie-down loops. When you’ve put this pant through the ringer, send it back to Patagonia to be recycled through the Common Threads Recycling Program.

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Very worthwhile, No support from the company

    I now have three pair because I seem to wear them all the time. The 2011 model improved greatly over the prior year because they added another leg pocket and, they no-kidding sewed the pockets instead of just gluing them on. Yes, "Welded construction" = nothing more sophisticated than glue which comes apart with use. Period. I wrote the company a scathing letter after having a pair put back together by a tailor. I got zilch from Patagonia - no offer to replace and not even a pencil-whipped apology but they changed the pants. The fit is euro-slender. I am 5,11" 180 with a 31" waist and I wear a 34" in these. Muscle types like me take notice. The belt loops (6) are wide enough and sturdy. The fabric is heavier and good in breezy, cool weather. These are equally good for ice climbing or summer bouldering up high. The leg cuffs are very nicely finished and adjust perfectly for boots. As to water repellancy, DWR is a joke so keep spraying them down with the renewer stuff if you care. Bottom line: these are great pants and Patagonia could care less aout your experence with them.

    Patagonia has always stayed true to their iron clad guarantee in my years of experience with them. Sorry your's wasn't so good. I've gotta say this makes me a little skeptical of your story. I will agree with you about these pants though, great for cold weather pursuits, easy to layer under, hold up well to rougher rock, as long as I'm moving light rain is fine. They are my go to for days in the the fifties to minus zero with an under layer. They even have a two way zipper for relief while wearing a harness. I am a 31 inch wast and use a belt for a better fit while on the move. Inseam would satisfy up to 33 inches. Worth every penny and Patagonia will stand up to their reputation. No questions asked.

    Robust and comfy

      I sized these the same as all of my other Patagonia stuff and they fit perfectly (I'm 5'10, 155#, 28ish waist). I went with the size 30 for layering and mobility. They have held up fine hiking around, climbing on all types of rock (granite, limestone, sandstone, etc.) and they still look brand new. They give me great range of motion and fit cleanly under my harness.

      All Around Pant

        Needed to buy a slightly lighter weight pant than my winter softshell. These fit the bill perfectly. Wore them on a climb up to longs peak,co in April with midweight underwear. Very comfortable and perfect for what I needed them for. Not too slim fit like other softshell pants. Great 3 season pant.Highly recommended.

        Essential pants for ski adventuring

          As a ski mountaineer and avid back country skier, I am delighted with the Patagonia Soft Shell pants. They are tough, they wick and shed snow and water. On most climbs they are the only layer needed. Their design offers maximum freedom of movement and minimum drag, a great benefit when climbing.

          Gerry VanderBeek
          Glenwood Springs

          Bomber !

            These come as close to everything you could want in a back country pant as possible. They block wind, repel water, they're warm, they stretch and they wear like iron. The only drawback to these pants is the price tag. Luckily Patagonia and BackCountry stand behind them and it should be a one time purchase, making them worth the price for a lifetime pant that has this many attributes.

            I normally wear a 33 waist and 32 length and went with the medium. They fit well with room to layer underneath.

            Comfy, comfy!!

              Got a pair of these for hikes in colder weather. I've only used them once but they worked great. Used them on a snowshoe / snow shelter trip. The weather was a little warm for building snow shelters, but the melty snow just ran right off these pants so I was kept nice and dry. They were also breathing really well so I didn't get hot & sweaty while I was digging in the snow. Once the sun set and the temperature dropped I added some long johns and stayed nice and toasty.

              My highlights: they fit really well (not too baggy or too tight), breath great & keep me dry. Really happy I got these and can't wait to use them some more.

              Great all purpose pant

                Good pants for all around usage. I wear them mountain biking on cool days, cragging, hiking (again on cool days), and skiing. My only suggestion to Patagonia would be some sort of ventilation preferably on the sides, but inner thigh ala mt. hardwear. would work too. The DWR coating is amazingly h20 repellent, on my last tour I sloshed a little water out of my water bottle and watched the droplets literally BOUNCE off of the fabric.Water repellent and breathable, they fit great too. Mine have been fairly durable as well since I once gouged my quad with a whippet pick but it didn't pierce the fabric of the pant.

                Nearly Perfect

                  Easily the best pair of softshell pants I've used. Plenty warm for even cold temps if you're active and layer right with a baselayer. Does fine in cool weather (ie summer alpine rock) but for a warm day, try the Simple Guides. Sheds snow/rain/ice drips like a champ. I use them for climbing/skiing/hiking/etc in CO and haven't broken out the hardshells in months. Fit is perfect (5'10" 140lbs) and the stretch makes you forget you're wearing them on high steps or hard turns. Durability has been great so far but I also haven't snagged an edge or crampon on them yet. The welded pockets are in good locations and a good size for things like a topo or gu pack. I've only found two possible issues with these. 1st, they do wet out fairly quick. The DWR on some other Patagonia stuff I have seems to be better than on these pants. However, if you're moving they dry exceptionally quick. 2nd, I would have liked some crampon guards on the insides of the legs. Even just a bit more reinforced fabric would be nice. Haven't caught them yet but I would imagine a sharp crampon point would go right through it. Just reinforces better footwork I guess!

                  Comfy Pant

                    I got these pants for late season hiking & snowshoeing. I am 5'10" 165, & normaly wear a 30 by 34. I went with the 32 waist cuz the 30's were too tight & too short. Overall fit is good. I wish the length were an inch longer, but they'll be ok, barely. The only other dislike is the funky low crotch?? The material is medium/light weight, & will require a baselayer when cool/cold out. First time out hiking, it was in the 10 to 20 deg range. I had on a light baselayer, & should have had a medium on. I was ok on the climb, a little cool on the descent. Love the pockets & the zippers! I also tried on the Stoic "Tour" softshell pant. Great fit, but I thought they might be a litle too warm. They probably will be good also, as this is what I bought for my wife, & she LOVES them!! Except for the missing front pockets.?? (womens)
                    UPDATE: Pants are holding up well going into their third season of use. They have tie loops on the leg openings that I use a nylon shoelace to tie under each boot to keep the pants from riding up while trekking thru deep snow and brush.

                    Comfy Pant

                    Super for mixed conditions

                      Boston cycle commuter. Every day. All year. In the dark, the rain, the snow. I don't ride below zero or if there is more than 4" of new snow.

                      Second pair of these pants, they shed light rain and snow, and dry very quickly. You can walk right into a meeting if you're running late and they'll look fine. I wear a very light pair of wool long johns underneath these down to zero degrees and they're fine for riding then.

                      Also great for spring skiing. Assume they'd work really well for mixed mountaineering, hiking, cold weather football games, raking the leaves (see prior reviews below).

                      Not ideal for downpours, get waxed cotton (Carradice) or Gore-Tex (zillions of makers).

                      Waterproofing eventually wears out even using the recommended Nikwax products; supposedly you can send back to Patagonia but I've not yet done.

                      The Schoeller fabric is very good, and the Patagonia prices are, for once, competitive with other designers'.

                      Highly recommened; only thing to fix is the long-term aspects of the waterproofing.

                      Quite Simply,

                        I purchased these pants several weeks ago for a fall hike that I since completed at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania. Did the well-known Falls Trail with them on, and they performed quite well. They are extremely comfortable, insulated, water resistant, and kept my legs warm. (I have a pair of comparable Arc'Teryx pants which I also really like, but these were almost half the price!) I wear a 35 waist, but the 36 proved too big (no half sizes), so I exchanged them for a 34, which worked just fine with the stretch waist. And Backcountry was great in exchanging them for me, no questions asked.Patagonia makes awesome gear, and these Alpine Guide Pants are no exception.

                        Amazing

                          Wow. These pants are great. Fits me well. Used it for rock climbing in -2 to -10 C temp with a mid weight base layer and they were comfortable on the move as well as while belaying. Also used for snowboarding in -23 temp with the same base layer and it was water and wind resistant. I did not get wet even after sitting in the snow a lot to strap on my bindings and did not get chilled on the lift. I did put a small hole on it though. Not sure how I got it (probably while knee jamming a crack) so durability could be a question mark. Other than that, these are amazing do most anything pants. Even wore it in my climate controlled office and still was comfortable in them. I most definitely recommend these pants.

                          Best pants I've ever owned

                            I got these on sale and was absolutely amazed at how well they performed. I lived in them for several weeks in Alaska, doing everything from salmon fishing, dogsledding, glacial travel, to drinking brews in the local bar. I'm sold on softshell pants, and am always happy with patagonia gear. And with patagonia's "ironclad" guarantee they are guaranteed for life. Also, patagonia is an environmentally responsible company and it's great to see a company that makes cutting edge performance wear and does it responsibly.

                            Just Right

                              Been wearing bibs for 14 years during the winter months when training up here on the Kenai...got a pair of these and can't believe it, swinging Koflachs at least four hours a weekend is so much easier in these. They are THE ticket.

                              great fit

                                The main reason I bought these pants is the fit. All the other brands I tried (Arc, MH, & OR) on fit me in the waist but were way too tight in the legs. These fit in the waist and legs pefectly. Compared to the other pants on the market they are a great value also.

                                Alpine guide pant sizing. I wear 33 X 30...

                                Alpine guide pant sizing.
                                I wear 33 X 30 or 34X30 for relaxed fit.
                                I am always between a 32" and 34" depending if they run big or small. How do these run.

                                I normally wear jeans 30-30, what size...

                                I normally wear jeans 30-30, what size should I get for this pants? Thanks!

                                could these be used for both snowboarding...

                                could these be used for both snowboarding and skiing?

                                do these pants work okay for skiing?

                                do these pants work okay for skiing?

                                They're great for backcountry skiing! If you layered well underneath them, I'm sure you could use them at a resort too, but I personally like the Backcountry Guide Softshell pant by Patagonia for that. These have a pretty good DWR on them and block the wind fairly well, however, if its really blowing or you're sitting on a wet chairlift a few times an hour, you'll probably end up a little wet.

                                Related to ed's question, (and hoping for some input from knanier), I am looking for a good multi-purpose soft shell pant for resort and bc skiing, snowshoe, etc. I want something that will work as an outer layer on dryer or warmer days and something that will also work comfortably layered under my hard shell or bib for days of extreme cold.

                                Hey there. How does the waist fit on these...

                                Hey there.
                                How does the waist fit on these pants?
                                I am a 35 in jeans. Should I get the 34 and bank on the stretch?
                                Do they go from 34"-36" if I buy the 34"s?
                                Thanks for the help.
                                Richard

                                How flexible are these pants? How would...

                                How flexible are these pants? How would they do in the rain?

                                I wear a 36 in jeans. How do these pants...

                                I wear a 36 in jeans. How do these pants fit? True to size or cut for tiny people? What is the inseam?

                                I wear a 34 waist and bought a large. They fit me perfectly with a lots of room to stretch (stretch waist). As far as the rest of the pant goes they are quite baggy and won't be an issue. Would not recommend over a hard shell pant for mountaineering, but they are great pants for hiking/ wet weather.

                                Does backcountry.com ever carry these in...

                                Does backcountry.com ever carry these in a 'long' size and if so when would they might be in??

                                Are they totaly wind proof? (Like hard...

                                Are they totaly wind proof? (Like hard shell ones)

                                Do these pants fit comfortably over an...

                                Do these pants fit comfortably over an alpine ski boot? I've tried other 'all around' soft-shell pants and they barely fit over the ski boot. Thanks!

                                Best Answer

                                Might be a little tight for the Alpine Guide Pant to go over an alpine ski boot. I wear a 28.0 Salomon, and the cuff fits over the boot, but fairly tightly. Check out the Backcountry Guide Pant though, it's a little more of a ski pant, but is still a great mid weight soft shell.

                                Will these pants be to warm for a summer...

                                Will these pants be to warm for a summer climb on Rainier in August since they're a midweight pant?

                                How adequete are softshell pants( any...

                                How adequete are softshell pants( any brand) fro skiing? Am I just going to get soaked if I ski in softshell material instead of ski pants? The reason I ask is because I'm a huge fan of the material, but I don't ski often and was just wondering.

                                Best Answer

                                The Alpine Guide Pants are designed as a backcountry ski and mountaineering pant. They breathe really well and still provide good protection against wind and water. They're a great ski pant for all but the wettest conditions.

                                How are these pants for cold weather heavy...

                                How are these pants for cold weather heavy aerobic activities? Say peakbagging in snowshoes at 0 to 10 degrees F? I hate overheating and am on a quest for the perfect pair of winter pants. I've got uninsulated TNF Freedom pants but find them too hot most of the time when I'm on the move. Do these pants breath well and make temp regulation easy without stripping or adding layers?