All the movement of a softshell with all the protection of a hardshell.
For years, alpinists have desired a pant that would move freely like a softshell and protect from the cold like a hardshell, and Patagonia answered that desire with the Men's Knifeblade Softshell Pants. Made with Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric, these pants will keep you moving up the mountain while remaining breathable and protecting you from the intense cold at the same time. To add to the awesomeness, suspenders will keep the bib waist from bunching up in your harness so you don't have to readjust every pitch; just keep on climbing comfortably.
- Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric blocks wind, breathes, and allows you to move freely while climbing
- Fabric also wicks moisture so you stay dry
- Mix of regular fit and fabric stretch ensures you don't get any restricted moments during a critical high-step
- Elastic suspenders keep the low-cut bib from bunching up under your harness for comfortable climbing
- Quarter-length zips on the sides offer restroom convenience (even with your harness on) without the weight of full-length zips
- Pants weigh in at a modest 17.7oz so nothing holds you back during your ascent
- Zippered cargo pocket holds essentials for the summit
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Awesome pants, minor tweaks needed
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I hate it when a harness, weighted with gear, drags your pants down with it.
The Knifeblades perfectly combat this problem with the high-waist and suspenders. Even compared to other pants I've had with suspenders, the Knifeblades climb the best under a harness.
So far I like the powershield pro and have been impressed with it's breathability and protection - although still not willing to commit to a jacket with this material quite yet.
The suspenders are poorly designed, at least for my body shape/size. To get them tight enough the "buckle" has to be all the way up by my shoulders where they sit under my pack straps and are extremely uncomfortable.
Also, the one and only pocket is just about useless as soon as you put a harness on as it sits directly under the leg loop.
Finally, as a pant that is billed as alpine climbing specific, I'm surprised that it has thinner and less reinforced material than the Alpine Guide pant, but I guess that's what Patagonia's incredible warranty is supposed to cover as far as replacement/repair (as long as the actually carry this line of pant for more than a season or two).
Overall, awesome pant but in need of a few tweaks, otherwise may be one of the best alpine pants available.
I've been eyeing these pants since September...
I've been eyeing these pants since September when they were released. I have high expectations for the Power Shield Pro. Has anyone out there used these pants yet? Thoughts?? I'm thinking either these, which I have yet to try on, or the new Black Diamond Dawn Approach pants, which I have tried on and which fit pretty damn good ... :-)
I've worn the Knifeblade Pullover extensively, and Power Shield Pro lives up to the hype. Haven't had it in full on rain, but some pretty nasty heavy snow conditions and it has performed incredibly well. The breathability is awesome, and it keeps me just about as dry as a hard shell.
(also, I'm not familiar with the dawn approach, but I might be inclined to buy a pant from a company who has been making technical clothing for several years over a first year brand?)
Did you mind not having hand pockets? I understand why Patagonia chose to eliminate them - to conserve weight & keep a clean, streamline approach, but I'm a big fan of pockets & using my body heat to take away the cold sting (barfies!)
Also, how is the fit in the lower leg area? I hate when manufacturers attempt to make pants fit mountaineering/ski boots at the same time. All that does for us climbers in leave crampon slashes in expensive fabric! What size do you wear?
Will these fit over my ski boots?
Will these fit over my ski boots?
Depends on the boot, the Knifeblade pants are designed as an alpine climbing pant and intended to fit over a mountaineering boot. Should fit some alpine touring boots though, might be a stretch for a full alpine boot.