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Travel to the dark side.
- Wa ter-resistant Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric provides protection from wet weather and extreme mountain winds and provides great stretch for making the next big move
- The grid design of the Regulator R4 fleece provides warmth and wicks
- Sonic welded seam construction with reinforced stitching eliminates bulky seams
- Slimmer lower leg profile with scuff guard won’t interfere with your crampons
- Internal tie-down loops are compatible with your ice climbing boots to keep the pant legs down (or up) when you go for a big move
- Articulated seat and knees move easily move with you through mountainous terrain
- Drop seat configuration so you can take care of your business
- Recyclable through Patagonia’s Common Threads Garment recycling program
Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Used these on Denali. I had a set of Mountain Hardware Absolute Zero down pants in my bag, but never used them once. I wore these with mid-weight long underwear underneath in temps commonly as low as 0F and sometimes as low as -20F and never got seriously cold. These pants allow for great range of movement and are very comfortable. A bit expensive, but they were worth the price for me.
One note - I wasn't aware that there is a "slim" size when I ordered these. I will say that the "slim" size fit better at the end of the expedition that at the beginning.
Are these pant also used for back country...
Are these pant also used for back country skiing?
Yes, these pants would work well for backcountry skiing too as long as the temperatures were cold enough. In more mild temperatures you would likely overheat while touring uphill, since the vents on the upper thigh can only dump so much heat and the fleece lining is quite warm. In colder temps though, these pants would be great. For touring in most conditions though, I generally prefer the Patagonia Backcountry Guide as they are a bit lighter and more water-repellent.
Warm, but re-designed poorly
I really wanted to like the Northwall pants. Patagonia small generally fits me very well; 5'9" 145 lbs. But unfortunately, the inseam on these were too short when paired with a pair of ice boots, in addition to being a bit baggier than I like when swinging a pair of crampons. The grid fleece lining is very warm, something I appreciate for frigid days of ice cragging. The design is similar to the predecessor, the MixMaster, with the 6 inch side zip for a drop-seat or venting and a reinforced instep. The grommets on the bottom are unfortunately positioned poorly though, so it twists the instep towards the front of the boot when a bungee cord is used to hold the pant leg down. Overall, these pants have some small flaws in the design that are annoying for such an expensive pant, but it seems durable, is very comfortable, and remarkably warm.