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Just like the pros.

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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Mixed Guide Pant video review

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Patagonia designer Christian shares his thoughts on the Mixed Guide Pant.

3 5

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.

5 5

Nice pant

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

Not my mixed pant of choice but makes a awesome nasty weather or good BC ski pant.

3 5

Great Cold/Bad Weather Ski Touring Pant

  • Gender: Male
  • 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
5 5

These pants are SWEET!

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

2 5

Not what I expected from Patagonia

  • Gender: Male
  • 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!

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Which size did you end up with?

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these fit me true to pant size

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I purchased the size 32. The pants fit like a dream. Not baggy in the lower legs, and nice all-around shape in the hips/ass.

4 5


  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

5 5

initial thoughts and sizing info

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

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

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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.