Ghostwrote a review of Patagonia Backcountry Guide Softshell Pant - Men's on May 1, 2011
These pants rock. The attached suspenders mean I don't need to use a belt if I don't want to (great if I'm wearing a harness). The fabric is relatively soft and warm on the inside with a fleecy waist band, but slides over thermals easily. I wore them ice climbing alone in 40 degree temps. The ice was wet, but these kept me warm and dry. Twice I spiked myself with my crampons, and though I have a gash on my leg, you'd never know from looking at the pants. I literally cannot see any damage in the pants from stabbing myself with steel crampons. I'm sure there are a lot of great soft shell pants out there (a bit crowded market at the moment), but you won't be disappointed if you go with these. I'm 6'1"/32" waist and they fit true to size and well in length. They are "slim" fitting as advertized, think "euro" fit. I'm a relatively skinny guy so I appreciate it.