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If typical winter days find you up in the backwoods carving turns, then Patagonia designed the Backcountry Guide Softshell Pant for you. Mobility proves key when you're taking face shots and navigating your way through trees, and Polartec Power Shield fabric allows unprecedented movement thanks to four-way stretch. Naturally breathable and resistant to wind and moisture, the Backcountry Guide Softshell Pant is your go-to garment when you skip the lift lines and go straight for the peaks.

  • Deluge DWR treatment helps to slough moisture
  • Reinforced cuffs withstand the wear and tear brought on by ski edges for added longevity
  • Integrated webbing belt helps you achieve the optimal fit and support for long, active days
  • Front pockets and side zip pocket store snacks, a camera, a map, and other necessities
  • Gaiters help keep out updrafts of pow and complete a seal between you and the cold

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Versatile and Comfortable

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

Tried several different pants before choosing these. Comfortable, wind blocking, and versatile. I wear these for downhill and backcountry skiing, and works well for both.


Beware of size

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

I wear jeans size 36 and my other 2 ski pants are sizes 36 and 52(European = 36) so obviously I ordered size 36 . They are too big and too long (my length is 33) .it's a major inconvenience because I'm leaving to the arctic circle in 2 days so no time to replace them

its always a good idea to buy stuff you need two days before going to the arctic circle ...

Also, you shouldn't give something 1 star if you have never used it. Even if the sizing is an issue.

So Wilbo Baggins is the authority on online rating protocol ! Thanks but keep your comment to yourself


Ski specific..

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

I'm not a big fan of gaiters or vents. But if you must have them this is a well designed BC or in the area ski pant with both. Love the material even on big storm days if it is even reasonably dry snow. Not so much in the rain. Fit is exceptional imo

I assume that the backcountry guide pants...

I assume that the backcountry guide pants have a more relaxed fit than the alpine guide pants but the only difference I can find is that there are internal gaiters on the backcountry guide pants. If anyone has used both and could comment on the differences I would greatly appreciate it.

Hey Vince, I haven't personally tried these, but the Backcountry Pant does feature 2 zippered thigh vents which the alpine pant does not have. The Backcountry pants are also quite a bit heavier at 808 grams versus the weight of the Alpine pant which is only 558grams.

Just the gaiter and extra leg zips added.

Why did they remove the suspenders?

Why did they remove the suspenders?

Best Answer

Hey Karl,not sure why they did. But I found out something awesome. You can just get some suspender's from Patagonia and put them on there. If you call Patagonia they might even send a free pair. The # for Patagonia is, 1.800.638.6464, or and just shoot them an e-mail.

Do these zip all the way up the side leg...

Do these zip all the way up the side leg for getting on/off over boots & crampons?

Best Answer

This pant does not have side zips, just vents.

Venst are nice however. Short and sweet.

im a 30/30 in pants. do they come in a...

im a 30/30 in pants. do they come in a short inseam? and should i be ok with a 30 waist?

Best Answer

The 30 waist is actually 32 waist size. I'm 32 waist and I had to go with the 30, the 32 was just too big, unless you wanna layer something like a fleece pants under the 30 might be too big, I would try first or order 2 sizes to make sure. The length is good, I'm 30 inseam and the 30 fits good specially because it has to cover ski boots a little

Marcel, thanks so much for the tip! I usually wear a 30/30 as well, I'm about 5'9", 155 lbs, and went with the 28 waist. They fit perfectly (both waist, and length) and I should be able to layer them with my usual base layer. Thanks again.



  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

If you like to play in the snow, you want these pants.

These pants are warm, comfortable, snow shedding, breathable, and incredibly versatile. I took them out for an alpine climb today . On the approach, they were the perfect mix of wind resistant and breathable to keep me comfortable for the 6 miles (mostly above tree line) to the climb. While climbing, the warmth and durability of these pants allowed me to focus on other things while not even noticing that I had been standing in waste deep snow for 15+ minutes. I moved between ice, packed snow, loose snow, and rock and the pants had no trouble standing up to it all while keeping me comfortable the entire time. Lastly, and possible the most impressive thing about these pants, is how well they can vent when you need them too. The vents on the back don't do much, but when you open up the front pockets as well, then air flows right through them. The front pockets are also deep enough that you can still carry items in them while they are open and venting, so long as you stay upright. The venting worked so well that I managed to run the last two miles back to the trailhead in these pants and found it to be nearly 50 degrees when I got there. I would recommend this product to everybody.

One warning; I'm usually between a size 32 and 34, so I got the 34's to be safe. They only stay on when I tighten the built-in belt as far as it will go. So plan on them being a little big.

Does the size refer to waist or inseam?

Does the size refer to waist or inseam?

Hi, it refers to the waist size. The inseam is generally about 32 but may be 1/2 to an inch longer in bigger sizes. I'm generally a 34x34 and own these in a size 34 and the length is great for me.

waist and it is pretty accurate from my perspective