Top Brands SaleTop Brands Sale


Keep it Simple in the mountains.

Simplicity rules in the mountains, so Patagonia designed the lightweight Men’s Simple Guide Softshell Pant with a clean, functional design that handles everything from an alpine rock route to a spring ski tour. The stretchy weather-resistant shell pairs with the gusseted crotch and articulated knees to give you full mobility in nearly and conditions.

Share your thoughts

Review Summary
4 4
4 3
0 2
1 1

What do you think of the

Patagonia Simple Guide Softshell Pant - Men's

? Share a...

Write a review

No file chosen

Rather attach a photo from another website?

Rather attach a photo from your computer?

  • Product review:
  • Share a video
  • Share a photo

How familiar are you with the product?(Optional)

How does this product fit?(Optional)

Only jpg, jpeg, png, gif or bmp files please.


Here's what others have to say...

5 5

Most versatile soft shell pants

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

block winds. stretchy, good fit, many pockets. pockets with zipper. very versatile. can't go wrong with this. I wear it from November to March in northeast. When temperature falls below 20Fs, I add a baselayer pants. Get it when on sale for $50 or less.

5 5

Nothing Better Than These...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

From the first time I slipped my legs into them I knew these were well perfectly built and will last. Good looking, sizing right on, and enough "play" in the waist that even I could snap 'em on easily. They are thee MOST comfortable and forgiving pant I've ever had the pleasure of wearing. They are not ski pants...but they are anything short of that. I am totally happy with the purchase, and with Backcountry, the only outdoors company I trust. Thank you for your terrific service and great prices. Color me happy and satisfied.! these are my new "go to " pants.

5 5

Timeless Classic

The Patagonia Simple Guide pants (used to be the Rock Guide) have been the most incredible pants for rock climbing. They use a rad lightweight softshell-type polyester/spandex blend that's so light and stretchy you hardly realize you're wearing them.

I purchased my first pair about three seasons ago and am still using them. They're in great shape (minus the accidental crampon hole) despite seeing me up several long alpine rock routes and big walls on California granite, plus TONS of cragging in the Creek, Valley and prickly Wyoming limestone that's traditionally ripped holes in pants.

Can't say enough about these things. I love them so much I bought another pair of them on sale as a backup in case the 'guch stops making them. Not that this seems likely- they seem to be approaching timeless classic status like the R1 Hoody.

I have a size 30 waist and a 33-34 inch...

Posted on

I have a size 30 waist and a 33-34 inch inseam, what size would work for me?

Responded on

You would need a pant with a long inseam for a 30/34 but these do not come in that size. A 30/34 will be a tough pant to find.

Responded on

I'd give a medium a shot - you might need a belt, but I think the length will be ok.

4 5

Great pants. Good fit.

Love them for alpine climbing or rock climbing in cool weather. Will even wear them for ice/mixed climbing in dry conditions.
I use a medium size for most everything and these pants fit perfectly, not too snug not too loose, right length.
Pockets will accept small/flat objects only.

4 5

Love them, true to size

I wear 32X32 jeans and I find the Mediums fit perfect, like a 33 or 34in waist jean and are cut exactly like a nice pair of jeans. I can fit a baselayer under if cold. They are a thin fabric so cold winter activities I'd wear the base, but for high activity and mild temps (25 F ish) I'd go sans baselayer with these.

They are a slender cut though. I use these for backcountry skiing and they barely stretch over my boots. At first I found this a pain, but now I like it since there are no drafts and they seemed to have stretched a tiny amount and go over more easily. The attached photo shows how they go over boots. And with the thin cut they don't feel too floppy and baggy for going out on nordic gear, so now I use this pant for all types of human-powered skiing where i generate the heat and I need something light but snug.

Love them, true to size

what is the meaning of Seams: not taped?...

Posted on

what is the meaning of Seams: not taped? Does this mean the length can be adjusted or is the length fixed? please help?

Responded on

Taping basically means that the seams have added protection against moisture. Or, in other words, more water resistant/proof.

Responded on

seam taping is typically present on fully waterproof garments. The Simple Guide's here are water resistant, but not fully waterproof, so there's no need for the seams to be reinforced. The pant leg could definitely be hemmed if you wanted to shorten the length.

2 5

To Long . . .

These seem really too long

5 5

Nice pants

I use these pants in all winter skiing conditions (I live in CO so it is dry than say the PNW) and alpine climbing. It is pretty amazing how breathable and comfortable these pants are. I would have liked the pockets to be larger to accomodate a notebook (since these are "guide pants") but this was not distracting. These pants don't fit quite as slim as some other patagonia stuff, but it sure ain't baggy. If you plan to use these for skiing, I would recommend buying the patagonia version of these that have reinforcements around the ankle. My skis are starting to cut my pants, but in light of these pants other amazing qualities, it is not distracting. This is an incredible pant for the price.

4 5

Nice Pant but Bean Polls Read This

Wonderful pant, well made, good material. Im 6"5 and 180 lbs (aka tall n' skinny, normal jeans ~32W/34L) and ordered a Large on account of the size chart. A bit big on the waist(would need a belt for sure), but length was great, maybe even a tad long. Going to get a Medium to see if I can get the best of both worlds, update then!

Responded on

hey how did the medium workout? i have the same build.

4 5

Nice soft shell

Really like these pants. Nice close cut, but not too tight on me. These are close to the marmot scree pants, maybe a little bit lighter, and slightly more loose, but the waist feels better (I had trouble with the size small scree being too small and the medium being too big). Has belt loops. Does not have the zip bottom like the scree pants, but no biggie for me. I dont think I would wear them for rock climbing, they are a bit too binding for really high leg move. Definitely for hiking, and alpine climbing, spring skiing, stuff like that. Good comparison to the MH talus and Chockstone pants, but more slim cut.