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Patagonia has earned a reputation for durable outerwear that will last for years, even in the most abusive relationships. So, when Patagonia calls a pant its 'most bombproof,' you know it can hold up to some serious hardship. That's the claim that Patagonia made for its Primo Pant. From its super-tough recycled nylon main body fabric to its 3-layer Gore Tex laminate, you know the Primo will be around for a while. And, as always, Gore Tex means guaranteed waterproof and guaranteed breathable, so you can handle anything that nature throws your way without feeling moist and clammy.

Patagonia didn't hold back when it designed the Primo pant. Gore-Tex 3-Layer represents the absolute best that the industry has to offer. The main body fabric is recycled nylon—known for its durability. Tough, reinforced kick patches at the ankles fight off attacks by sharp ski edges, so your cuffs won't fill up with snow after a run in the deep stuff.

The Untracked pant's fit is Progressive, which is Patagonia-speak for loose. The highly articulated fit moves with you while you hike or ski and feels comfortable and natural, and the articulated knees and gusseted crotch add to this feel. Zippered thigh vents make it easy to dump heat when you need to. Patagonia finished the pant off with a Recco reflector, which aids in search and rescue should you become involved in an in-bounds avalanche.

  • Tough recycled nylon face fabric with Gore-Tex 3-Layer membrane and DWR
  • Progressive (loose) fit
  • External mesh-lined thigh vents
  • Coated, watertight Slim Zips
  • Adjustable elastic waist tabs
  • Loop on rear yoke to attach any Patagonia Snow jacket
  • Durable, reinforced scuff guards
  • 2 hand pockets, 2 back pockets

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2 5

snowboarder pants

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 155 lbs
    Size Purchased: medium

I had an old pair of primos that were light and much slimmer fitting than these. They were great for backcountry. These new Primos are so loose they've almost lost b/c functionality. I have caught the bellbottom cuffs on ski brakes while side-stepping/shuffling around the mountain, and always listen to them swishing as I walk - annoying. Worst affect of the flappy cuffs is that they cut easily since they're dangling loose. I have new pants, worn half a season, that look like they went through a meat slicer. I am 5'-8"/155# and had 2.5" wear 30" inseam jeans, so I taken off the length to minimize the cuff pile-up. Still too much material waving around down there. Should have had another inch or two removed. One plus: the angled thigh vent is well-designed. It seems to have mostly overcome the gathering that occurs with straight side-zip pants when walking, unzipped. Waist is fairly well sized, but the pants fan out from there like a flamenco skirt.

5 5

Bomb-proof awesomeness

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 149 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

They may run a little large but that's ok with someone that likes a little baggy-ness so he could move around. I love these pants. They are bomb-proof pants, looks rad, totally water-proof, and worth it. Great pair of pants that last my two season, 150+ day a year riding sessions. I have put so much abuse to them but they are like the best thing for out there. Totally worth getting.

2 5

Patagonia size inflation

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

Great color and bombproof-feeling fabric. Unfortunately, Patagonia seems to make their products wider by the season and these pants are huge. I'm 5'10" 155 lbs and the medium seems to be designed for someone twice my weight.

5 5

Instant classis

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

These pants are aces. Bombproof materials, great design, good cut, huge vents. It's worth noting that they're baggy. I use different pants when I ice climb or go xc-skiing, but for lift-service and backcountry touring with the buds, these are perfect.

Primo Pant video review

Patagonia Ambassador Josh Dirksen talks through the Primo Jacket and Primo Pant.

5 5

Primo Pant

Marcus Caston in the Primo Pant laying down an early morning slash at Snowbird. (photo Mike Schirf)
The Primo Pant is Patagonia most burly and durable pant from the Snow line. Heavy duty Gore 3 layer fabric, reinforced cuffs, and nice big outer thigh vents for dumping heat when you need to.

Primo Pant

How to stay warm? Layer under this shell...

How to stay warm? Layer under this shell or get a lined ski pants?
I got this product last night from It surprised me (prolly my problem). The shell is super thin, light and strong which is great for a shell. They look great for hiking or mountaineering but I'm not sure they are great for skiing. I'd like to ask for some advice how others use this shell for skiing. What do you wear under the shell to keep warm. My current ski pants are layered and quite warm on a windy chair lift. These will not keep one warm. So my question is how do you keep warm under this shell?

Do you think it's a good ski product or would you tend to go with a lined shell for skiing?

Best Answer

Hey there, thanks for the question.

So sorry for any disappointment, these pants are just a waterproof breathable shell. They are intended to be paired with baselayers to achieve the proper warmth.

Something like this would be perfect underneath:

For more suggestions, feel free to chat or call in and speak wiht our gearheads!

great question. The Primo pants are definitely designed to be high performance and light(er)weight non insulated pant. Patagonia does offer similar pants with more insulation, like the Powder Bowl and Insulated Powder Bowl. In addition to the Capilene 3 bottom Lexi suggested, there's also a heavier weight option in Capilene 4 which is Patagonia's expedition weight.