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The Stoic Men's Bertol Guide Softshell Pant offers uncompromising durability, and that's what makes it truly great for alpine pursuits. This pant was inspired by the rugged and sometimes unpredictable route to the Bertol Hut in the Swiss mountains, so the pant is simple, tough, and versatile. Fire up a skin track during the winter or haul yourself through rocky boulders in early spring, and this pant will shrug off  your abusive trekking with ease.

  • Schoeller Dryskin softshell material is quiet and highly durable, and it includes a touch of spandex for flexibility and ultimate range of motion
  • 3-D Ergonomic Fit means this pant hangs straight and provides a streamlined, close-to-body fit while still allowing room underneath for layering
  • Gusseted crotch and formed legs make it comfortable for climbing, bouldering, or scrambling through scree fields when you're weighed down with gear
  • Calf-height side zips make it easy to pull this pant on and off over your boots and access buckles or straps underneath
  • Backcountry.com is the exclusive US distributor for Stoic products
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Fairly disappointed

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

Had these pants about a year now and have probably gotten 25-30 uses out of them, with only 4-5 being long treks and the rest just lighter hikes and camping. I am 6'3" 185lb with a 32x36 pant and I got the large fearing the medium would be too short. Unfortunately they fit too big in the waist and I wish I had a medium. Didn't take long for the pocket zipper to start breaking. It's not long enough in the first place and when you try getting things in and out of it, the zipper comes right off. The button also came out rather easily and now I have to wear a belt to keep them on. I have tended to really like Stoic and the Welder Lo is my absolute favorite winter jacket, but for a $150 pant you can do better.

Beautiful Pant, Too Heavy For Me

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size

Picked these up as a climbing and ski touring pant. I find that I run rather hot and I dont really want anything heavier than my current pants (patagonia alpine guide for climbing and rab exedus for skiing, both have taken a beating). The fit and features of this pant are exactly what you want for skiing and climbing. Really, everything about the pant (even the color!) is perfect EXCEPT the weight of the fabric. It's quite heavy with a significant fleecy backing. Way too hot for me. Oh well, I bet they'll make a lighter weight one....

Good fit. Stretchy fabric. Bad Zipper

    I use these pants, in Colorado mountains, for backcountry and alpine skiing and spring hiking. Size large provides a casual clothing fit for my 6' 0" 200lb athletic frame. Stretchy fabric eases athletic movement. Over a base layer these pants cover a wide temperature (0 - 50F) range during modest to heavy exercise. They are not warm enough for stationary activity below 20F. Water resistant fabric works well in light Colorado snow. In wet snow or rain they do NOT shed moisture. You will need to bring additional waterproof gear for rain protection or extended direct contact with snow. Fabric is breathable enough to keep you feeling feeling dry during heavy up hill exercise. Pockets provide modest carry storage but are not a substitute for a daypack. Pocket zipper broke on the first day because the stop at the zipper end, when open, was either not adequate or missing. I repaired mine rather than return them by forcing the zipper teeth together and sowing a stop into the zipper to prevent over opening.

    Good pants

      1st day zipper came off. This was easily fixed with a bit of stitching to keep it from running off its track. Wish i would of paid attention to the "water-resistant" thing, def not waterproof. If I ride my bike in the rain I get soggy underpants. Otherwise great pair of pants. Kept me warm in temps of -30 F.

      Great product despite zipper defect

        These pants rock! The fabric has the perfect amount of stretch for climbing. The fleece lining makes them very suitable for cold temps. I've also had them out in very wet snow and had zero issues with water getting in. I'm a bit on the tall and lanky side (6'4, 205lbs, 33x34 pant) and the large fits perfectly.



        Like other reviewers, I had the zipper on the lower pocket blow out after a single use. This does appear to be a defect. There's nothing stopping the zipper from running off the track. Fortunately it is possible to put it back together. I'll probably end up doing some stitching over the end of the zipper to prevent further issues.

        Excellent pants for a great price

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        Stoic is quickly becoming a reliable brand for anyone comfortable enough in his/her own skin to sport something that doesn't flash an "elite" (e.g., Arc'teryx, TNF, MHW, Patagonia) label for others to envy. Stoic is top quality gear at a price point appropriate for the amateur.

        I have struggled with some fit issues on other stoic products. They tend to be a little elongated (extra long sleeves, or inseem). Normally, i struggle with getting a product that is actually long enough. My gorilla arms and long legs are often exposed to the elements and to my friends' jeers on other brands. But Stoic has proven even too long on occasion. Not with these softshells. I can pull them down over my boots, crouch and stand up straight maintaining full coverage and don't have massive amounts of material piling up for a crampon to catch.

        They stretch well, moving with me as I climb. Much better than the hardshells I used all of last season for ice. I wish I'd bought these sooner.

        My only issue is I bought the XL, going conservative on the size chart. That just means a belt is necessary and I can get fat if i want.

        Broken Zippers

        • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Unfortunately, both of the side pocket zippers broke on my pair of pants in the same day. It appears that Stoic might have forgot to sew some sort of stopper at the bottom to keep the zipper on the threads. The zipper pretty much just fell off the track and I was unable to repair.



        It's a shame because these are VERY nice pants. The soft-shell material is great and very impervious to the elements. The pants have a lot of flex and range of motion.



        I skii'd in single digits and mid teens with no base layer underneath and was perfectly toasty.



        Returned the pants but opted to purchase some bibs instead.



        These are great pants for the money; hope you have better zipper luck than I did.

        Just couldn't find a fit

        • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

        Not commenting on the fabric or performance. Just a heads up on the fit and a couple small gripes. I ended up returning because both the medium and the large were way off.



        I'm typically a 31x33 jean. 6'0 170 lbs so a medium should be perfect with these pants over my ice boots. But they're way tight in the waist despite claiming to fit 29.6-32.4 inch waist, even without any layering. The large on the other hand, were huge.



        Also, the outer waist button came undone way too easily and the front zipper seemed week.

        Great for snowshoeing

        • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        Gave these as a gift to a cold-weather adverse Texan visiting Utah during the winter. He wore them snowshoeing and hiking and they kept him warm and dry. Slim fit.

        size?

        • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

        i havent gotten a chance to try these babies out yet. but i got the wrong size. it might just be me. but im kinda a tall thin guy i ussualy wear like 32. and i got the medium and they were huge. about 4" too long in the legs and just a little large in the waste. i was surprised! but thanks to their awesome return policy ill just get a small :)

        Decent Softshell

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        Fit-

        Close cut to the leg, pretty tight around my AT boots.

        Build-

        Tough material with good edge protection around cuff. Side zipper blew out first use. DWR seemed decent. Nice and breathable but still blocked a good amount of wind.

        Seem well-built, but weird fit for me.

        • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

        Was pretty stoked to try these pants, but ended up returning them due to the weird overall fit, at least for me. I'm 6'2, 190lbs, and the size L were too short and yet far too big around in the waist, by at least 2". I'm tired of buying 'technical' gear that just doesn't fit right. These were pushing almost too tight on the legs, yet had too much room in the waist and were at least 2" too short???? Doesn't make sense to me, if they are supposed to be for athletic people. Most of us aren't fat. Disappointing.

        Fantastic, but zipper broke.

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        Love these pants. The only problem is the side pocket zipper broke, leaving me with a perma-open pocket. Luckily BC has an awesome return program and I've got another pair to try out. I've used these for backcountry skiing and ice climbing and they're phenomenal. I'm 5'10.5" and got the smalls which fit super snugly (good for ice climbing, a little retro looking for skiing..), but the material is so comfy and stretchy that they are not in the least bit constricting. I recommend. I haven't used them in super wet conditions here in Utah we've had a nice season so far with light, dry snow, but they've not gotten wet so far.

        No complaints

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        I use these for ice/mixed climbing and they're great. They are very water resistant for a soft shell, but still very flexible and stretchy. Very comfortable and fit well. I am pretty skinny, and they fit me great. Durable too. I have snagged my crampons on them and thought they might tear, but no holes yet! Great buy!

        nice pants

        • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        just got these, have yet to put them to the test, but initial impression is they will be durable, water resistant, and breathable. based on the description i thought these might be a little heavy weight for alpine climbing, but they're a good weight - the lining is just enough to make the inside of the pants soft against the skin - good for climbing in colder conditions. i'm a 32/33x34 in jeans, the mediums were a bit tight and form fitting - the larges fit pretty well, little bit of extra fabric in the butt - but with a light under layer they feel like the way to go - especially if you plan on tucking anything in. there are probably better pants out there, but for the price these will be hard to beat.

        Will these pants work well to ski in?

        Will these pants work well to ski in?

        is this really made from Schoeller Dryskin?...

        is this really made from Schoeller Dryskin? I saw the description of material Material: "[shell] Monolith softshell, [lining] microfleece" could you confirm it for me?

        bertol guide has same #`s as tour pants @93%nylon7%spandex,tour are labelled as monolith,bertol as schoeller,BUT I also have the tour se pants which are labelled (with tags )as schoeller 9%spandex 18%polyester 73%nylon.The bertols do feel more like the tour se than the tour pants do,they repel water very well are quieter than the tour pants,they also run small so size up ,I have to return mine for that reason.these do not have the schoeller tag.