David B.wrote a review of Patagonia Knifeblade Softshell Pant - Men's on November 12, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
I hate it when a harness, weighted with gear, drags your pants down with it.
The Knifeblades perfectly combat this problem with the high-waist and suspenders. Even compared to other pants I've had with suspenders, the Knifeblades climb the best under a harness.
So far I like the powershield pro and have been impressed with it's breathability and protection - although still not willing to commit to a jacket with this material quite yet.
The suspenders are poorly designed, at least for my body shape/size. To get them tight enough the "buckle" has to be all the way up by my shoulders where they sit under my pack straps and are extremely uncomfortable.
Also, the one and only pocket is just about useless as soon as you put a harness on as it sits directly under the leg loop.
Finally, as a pant that is billed as alpine climbing specific, I'm surprised that it has thinner and less reinforced material than the Alpine Guide pant, but I guess that's what Patagonia's incredible warranty is supposed to cover as far as replacement/repair (as long as the actually carry this line of pant for more than a season or two).
Overall, awesome pant but in need of a few tweaks, otherwise may be one of the best alpine pants available.