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Cool weather rock climbing and technical alpine routes demand lightweight weather protection and unrestricted movement, making the Patagonia Men's Simple Guide Softshell Pant the perfect choice for your next vertical adventure. The technical tapered fit gives you a clear view for delicate foot work and the four-way stretch soft shell fabric allows you to high step, stem, and heel hook with ease.

  • Recycled polyester and spandex weave soft shell fabric is breathable, quick-drying, and treated with a Deluge DWR finish for water resistance
  • Technical tapered fit is ideal for cool weather climbing
  • Four-way stretch fabric, articulated knees, and a gusseted crotch provide complete freedom of movement
  • Partially elasticized waist band ensures a snug fit
  • Zipped hand pockets, rear pocket, and cargo pocket keep items securely stowed

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5 5

Winter Gym/ Cardio

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

The fit on these pants are amazing. Wear them indoor/outdoor during Winter workouts.
They seem to be out of stock in 30 short on both here and Patagonia's website. Usually can only find black, which I love but would like one of the other colors as well.

5 5

Great for Climbing/Hiking

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

hese pants are really nice and simple. Breathable and flexible, I use them all the time for hiking, climbing or just lounging around the house. Double really nicely as dress pants if you’re going out to dinner after a climbing session. Have put countless hours on these and they can’t seem to rip regardless of how high I high-step!

4 5

just great

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

Really lightweight and comfortable pant. Used it for several times, including as hiking pant for my 5 day trip in Caucasian mountains, was pretty immune to short rains, even used it as skiing pant and was really worm in snow, also used it for general outdoor activities like filming and to my surprise it is breathable and cool during hot days out there. Seems quite durable so far, but softness of material may rise some questions. Again so far nothing to complain about.

Loved about it: weight, versatility, flexibility, side pocket
Hated about it: lack of leg zippers

4 5

great pant

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

reallt great pant, only thing, not as durable as you would think. on the other hand it is really lightweight and really breathable.
used climbing in patagonia argentina and worked excellent

4 5

Best buy!

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

One of the best buys is a soft shell climbing pant you can use all 4 seasons.

5 5


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

I used these pants for our summit push on Kilimanjaro. They provided the perfect amount of flexibility while keeping me warm enough but keeping me from sweating at the same time. On the way back down they proved durable enough for sliding down with the shale.

4 5

Nice pants

Really enjoy these. I enjoy Patagonia's softshells and these are no different. I found the DWR worked great in rainy conditions. However, they do run a bit big. I have a pair of old Patagonia Alpine Guide Pants and I wear a 32 in them....I ordered a 32 of the Simple Guide's and wish I would have ordered a 30. I'm 5'8, 155 lbs. Other than that, really like them..

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Thanks for the comment on sizing. I too have observed that they run large. In my opinion, they are not quite the quality of the Patagonia Guide pants that I already own.

4 5

Tough Pants for Cooler Weather

I bought these pants for a trip to Zion for some climbing. They held up against rain, snow, and serious abuse on the rock. I am 5'11'' about 150 pounds and the 30in waist was spot on.

The one thing I didn't like was the two way zipper on the crotch. I was never sure if it was up or down . . . .