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You don't need to have a wall of framed guide certifications to use the same gear that the outdoor pros use, as evidenced by the Patagonia Mixed Guide Softshell Pant. This alpine workhorse combines proprietary fabric technologies for a combination of fit, feel, and function that accommodates even the most acrobatic vertical sequence or pow field tumbles. Moisture poses no threat to the Mixed Guide as you carve, huck, and generally enjoy gravity in your mountain environment.

  • Polartec Power Shield stretch-woven fabric allows for four-way stretch while waterproof H2No fabric panels in high-exposure areas adds storm protection and breathability
  • Cuff reinforcements stand up to crampons and ski edges to add longevity to the Mixed Guide
  • Integrated webbing belt helps you achieve just the right fit and support for all-day activity
  • Hand pockets store extra heating packets, maps, or snacks
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Mr Fancy Pants

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: 38

Very cool pants! I can see what some of the other reviewers said about form and functionality but personally I think these pants are pretty badass. I would consider these technical pants for a wide range of different outdoor activities. I'm mainly going to use them for hiking and mountain exploring. I would feel very well geared for going to the grocery store, climbing small hills, or a quick doggy walk as well. I used these to get the mail on day 1 because A. I didn't want to get the mail naked and B. I wanted to be prepared for anything that could happen out there. It's really all about being prepared!! Can definitely feel the quality of the materials once you put them on. If I could change one or two things on them I would NOT use Velcro for the frontal waist closure and I would slim the materials a bit more near the knees. These tend to be baggy but ANY range of motion is well covered. I feel like I finally own a pair of fancy pants! Can check that off the bucket list.

Classic Patagonia Fit

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

I got these pants for backcountry touring, and have been really impressed. They breath well, have a good amount of stretch, and seem to be durable. I would recommend these to anyone looking for an all around backcountry/winter ridge hopping pant.

Classic Patagonia Fit

Size was wrong

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 32

Patagonia makes great stuff, but their sizing is vexing. 34 has been too big, 32 too small. I don't mind ordering the larger size, however the belt system never has worked well for me. Send these back

Could be better.....

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

I was excited to buy these pants for Backcountry skiing and snowshoeing and I am disappointed now. They are cold, wind cuts through them much more than than it should. Pockets are useless due to only Velcro closure only, wouldn't trust anything of value to stay put. Fit is good if you only wear one pair of heavy long underware but since they are so stupid cold you'll want to wear more. I am only keeping them for spring skiing and fall bushwhacking.

not quite right

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

The concept is great, but the execution leaves much to be desired. The mixed materials bunch at the top of the knee with every step. The pockets are a tad small, and make the bunching worse. One size up may slightly ease that particular discomfort but will leave me baggy at the waist. Personally, i find a 2-way zipper on pants a bit of an odd thing, but its just me. The materials are doubt cutting edge, with good workmanship to boot.

Great Cold/Bad Weather Ski Touring Pant

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

Title says it all. They're also good on nice days at the resort. The leg is a bit baggy and fabrics a bit restrictive for climbing. The top of the leg being softshell material is great, allowing your large muscles to breath, but if you're riding the chair in bad weather, they will wet out. The fabrics are great and quite weather resistant but at the cost of breathability. Thus, they are a great cold or bad weather touring pant...and they look good too! I'm 6' 180# 33" waist 32" inseam and I got the 32. The 34 may have worked but I hate pants that sag at the end of the day. Lastly, it should be noted that the two pockets on the thighs are the only pockets on the pant and they are not zippered. The flap and stitching design makes them quite hard to loose stuff out of, however and bellows means you can shove a bunch of stuff in them. Personally, I like to have zippered hand pockets and thigh pockets.

Great Cold/Bad Weather Ski Touring Pant

These pants are SWEET!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

First, get the Red ones. Chicks WILL dig them. They photograph well on the glass too. Comfortable, warm..just wish I picked up some gaiters as I put a nice gash in them with my crampons the second day out. Rookie move.

Not what I expected from Patagonia

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

Be careful of the integrated belt. The belt is an awesome idea, but on my second trip wearing these pants, I went to re-tighten the belt and the internal stitching snapped, rendering me wearing my pants like I was on the block. Not cool.

The fit on these pants is awesome (when the damn belt works!) I'm 5'10" and 168 pounds. Wish they had hand pockets for when your not wearing a harness and gloves just don't take away the sting! Be careful when wearing!


  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These are definitely my favourite pants. They stretchy enough to climb in and waterproof enough to handle British Columbia waterfall ice which tends to be as much waterfall as it is ice.

Only a few problems: First, I got a cut in the crampon patch after a few days of use. I repaired them and it's been fine since. Second, I really wish the pant bottoms were less baggy. As it is I'm worried about catching a crampon on the fabric and going for a tumble.

initial thoughts and sizing info

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

I picked these up for an ice climbing/splitboarding trip coming end of November in AK so function/durability-wise, we'll see.

Wanted to add some sizing info though since that is always hard to decide if you can't try them on. I'm 6' and 145 lbs. I tried on both the 30 and the 32 and ended up with the 32 mainly for the extra length (I think they are an inch longer). However, I could have easily gotten the 30 as well. The way Patagonia designed these with the waist belt is perfect. The 30 and 32 both would have allowed for proper layering and fit perfect but I usually have problems finding pants long enough that fit my waist which is why I opted for the 32. I think it's safe to say if you have problems with pants not being long enough, you should be able to size up (for length) and still have them fit ok.

I have the Arc'teryx Beta AR hard shell pants but wanted something a little more specific to what I'd be doing. I think these will hold up excellent though!

Lastly, they seem to fit over all my mountaineering and snowboarding boots just fine.

Unanswered Question

Any opinions on how these would do as both...

Any opinions on how these would do as both an ice climbing / backcountry splitboarding pant? Looking for a good pant that would work well for both.