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The Patagonia Guide Softshell Pant takes the concept of conventional two-layer softshell technology and blends it into a single layer for optimal thermal efficiency and all-weather protection. Navigate that elusive alpine route in comfort knowing the Patagonia Guide Softshell has got you covered, complete with Polartec Power Shield fabric for unprecedented moisture management, both inside and out.

  • Stretch-woven fabric moves with you to accommodate full range of motion
  • Deluge DWR treatment sloughs moisture
  • Weighs just over one pound to help keep your overall gear load down
  • Dual front hand pockets keep your essentials nearby, or protect your fingers if you're at camp without gloves on
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great for damp weather

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

I use these pants for glisading, biking, hiking in the rain, and backpacking. They have taken me down multiple snow fields and protected my legs through heavy down pours. Alaska has it's fair share of crummy weather and these keep me comfortable. They're loose fitting in the legs so I don't get to hot when it warms up and the pockets are mesh so just opening the zippers lets the lower appendage breath. The waist is a little bit clumsy because I have a bigger rear-end and getting them on is tight but once there they fit perfectly. The ankles have additional protection so getting caught on a low snag won't ruin the lightweight material.

fire the designer

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

A total waste of a good material. Should be called the plumbers butt pant. Everything about this pant from the waist to the crotch is a total failure. Am discouraged that this ever made it out on the market. Shows Patagonia is losing it's focus.

Made for daily causal use

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

Bought this guy for it's lightweight simple design, and did not intend to wear it for serious stuff.

Used as layering pant when I go snowboarding, that I can walk into a Starbucks or Walmart without silly look/sound before or after I hit the slope, and I can put on my OR ski pant on top of it in seconds . It works great in that way throughout the season, stretchy and comfy, blocks wind as expected.

After snow season me and my bud went for a day hiking at the ski resort, on the way down we had some snow slide fun on pure spring snow ( no rocks or tree branches at all), 100m in total? On the way to where our cars parked, my butt can feel the breeze and my bud laughed so hard..... I literally got a approx 10cm butt-zip on this pant. Stitching got all ripped and I had to go to a tailor to fix it, and I also asked tailor to double the stitching for better strength.

PATAGONIA, it's a nice pant but please make it more robust like your other product. your 2 dollars increase in cost will save your customers priceless butt. THANK YOU.

Other than that, all good. If you just want a lightweight walk around spring pant, this is a OK choice.

Not so good

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

Got these to replace some worn and torn Lightweight Guide Pants and returned them after a couple climbs. Waist really needs elastic to stay on right, and the pant cuffs need some elastic or pull cord as well. Fabric is great but design is just really flawed. Their use is probably limited to alpine rock climbing only. Double-knee fabric on the Lightweight Guide Pants seem a thing of the past too, I guess...

Eh, ok..

    I like the material the thickness and the weight. The pants breath well and are highly water resistant. I am 5'8'' 165 and I have a 32 inch waist. I got the mediums and the waist was BIG. Id say around a 35-36 and I am not a fan of the gym-short type draw-string. Fortunately they fit over my ski boots, but i can see how that can cause an issue for some ski boots. Id go with another pair of pants.

    not the alpine guides

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I have been buying patagonia products for 20 years and still have and use everything i ever bought. These are pretty useless.

    The waist is lowcut or something and doesn't have an effective method to keep them up-just a shoestring tie that slipped through camlocks i tried adding. There aren't belt loops or loops for suspenders. My second day out in them I almost got frostbite on my waist.

    The cuffs don't have a snap or zipper to get them over boots.

    I'm not sure what they are for...going out to brunch in NYC?

    Bad doesn't begin to describe it...

      What the hell was Patagonia thinking?

      I ordered the pants and after they had shipped I realized I wanted the 'Alpine Guide pant'. I spoke to one of the salespeople at the downtown Seattle Patagonia store to see if they had both pants in stock in order to try them on. I had read a review somewhere else about the fact the 'Guide Pant' didn't have a front zipper or belt loops and I was seriously concerned about how they were going to fit. Well, I tried them on and let's just say... "They suck". Not the material, but the fit of a large was just weird. They do have a simple drawstring in the waist, but the crotch was MC Hammer'ish and the waist V's down in the front. Manscaping would be a must and they were uncomfortable when just raising up either leg through the crotch. So I tried a Medium and I couldn't get the waist of the pants past the height of my crotch, there is no way to open them up so they are what they are.

      I am a 33" waist and ended up getting a 32" 'Alpine Guide Pant' Which I am wearing while I type this. They fit and feel great. The 'Guide Pant' fricken sucks. As soon as they get here they are going back.

      Again, WTF was Patagonia thinking?

      Josh Warton reviews the new Patagonia Guide Pant


      I think the Guide Pant here is going to be a little burlier and heavy duty than the gamma lt. The Powershield fabric for the Guide is a nylon rich fabric, so you might not get the breathability of the gamma, but long term durability will be greater with the Guide.