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Arc'teryx Gamma LT Softshell Pant - Men's

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    Stretchy breathability for alpine performance.

    Arc’teryx designed the Men’s Gamma LT Softshell Pant for maximum mobility and breathability while hiking, backpacking, and climbing. With four-way stretch and an articulated construction, the Gamma LT Pant gives you full mobility while resisting wind and light moisture in alpine conditions. A soft, chamois-lined waistband and gusseted crotch provide the utmost comfort with or without a harness.
    • Item #ARC0772

    Tech Specs

    84% nylon, 16% spandex
    2 hand, 1 thigh
    Claimed Weight
    11.2 oz
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Swishy Pants

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

    Very good pants, fit is great even for a bigger guy. Slight stretch to the material. These are light pants, perfect for a spring hike or early fall outdoors activity. Would not wear if the temp is below 40 degrees. Personally wish I would have gotten the AR version, because these are so light weight. However, they are built with very good quality construction and materials. No back pocket. Only major con I can think of is that the pants make a fairly pronounced swishing sound when walking.

    Good softshell pants to get the job done

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL Tall
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    These pants fit just as expected and very consistently with other arcteryx garments. I purchased an XL tall because I like a baggy fit. XL normal would work great if you have similar "dimensions" as me but don't like baggy clothes.

    These pants do exactly what they should. They keep me warm and dry when I bike or disc golf in the fall. I would not recommend them for a downpour or moist snow. If you wear softshell in a downpour, you're gonna have a bad time. They are much heavier than I expected them to be. They are more like snowpants than expected. I hiked isle royale in them which is chillier, I would not recommend for a warmer climate.

    The look:
    These pants get the job done, there is nothing special about their look. I own 3 arcteryx jackets, a wind breaker, and 3 pairs of their pants; their jackets are so colorful and flashy but their pants are so boring. Add some color to the legs!!!

    The price:
    Worth it. They will last forever. If they don't, they have a lifetime warranty.

    If I think the environment will be harsh and likely to get me very wet I pull these out of the closet. If the chance of getting wet is lower I grab my norronas. They look better and have color!

    4 stars because I need my colors!

    Typical 5 stars for arc

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium/tall
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    At 6'4 195 I bought a medium tall and have 32 waist. Tailored fit, fabulous for any activity or lazy pursuit-sheds medium to light rain-would recommend!


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    I bought these for snowshoeing. They work perfect. Looked around a long time trying to find the perfect pants and found them here. I am 6'4' and had trouble finding 34 inseam.

    Wore snowshoeing in 15 degree temps with a base layer and was fine. Wind proof as described. There is an elastic cuff that can be tightened, they were long enough to tighten around my boot and not wear gators!!

    I liked the fit, plenty of space in the legs for a base layer but not baggy.

    Waist 34-36 and large worked perfectly.

    Great pants for cool windy conditions

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

    A lot of reviews for these pants, most has probably been said.

    The fabric is very nice. It has a soft, silk-like feel to it, with quite a sheen. I got mine in Anvil Grey. Their wind resistance makes them great for windy and a little cool conditions. Not cold without a base layer, as there is no insulation here. The pants are great for the conditions they were designed for. Depending on where you live that may a bit constrained.

    Fit is good, the integrated belt makes the pants stay in place. Note that there are no back pockets.

    One very small design flaw for me is the direction of the zipper on the leg pocket. When closed the zipper is towards the inner of your leg. This makes my hand sweep across it every now and then and after a while I find my leg pocket being half unzipped. This is a very, very minor point, but the Norrona pants have the zipper go in the opposite direction.

    Note that the care instructions says not to tumble dry and hang dry instead. When these are soaked it takes a while to dry them out.

    Great pants for Fall, Winter, and Spring

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

    I ordered these pants to serve in mixed conditions, something to stand up on windy, snowy, long days.

    I was expecting these to be similar to the Gamma LT Jacket, but they aren't really the same. The fabric is a lot thinner. The LT Jacket has sort of a plush inside. The pants are single layer, and more slippery and stretchy. The pants would be too warm for my in summer conditions (50 deg+), but by themselves they are fine for hiking in 30-50 degrees. Below that I wear a baselayer, or even Montbell UL Down Pants. Overall, these have turned out to be exactly what a softshell should be - extremely versatile.

    The pants are extremely sleek and high performance. I am 6'2" and I got the medium-tall. The waist is perfect. There is an integrated webbing belt that works very well and never comes undone until you want it to. There are two zippered hand pockets that are lined with mesh for breathability. There is a side zippered pocket on the right thigh that is also lined with mesh. There are no back pockets. The crotch is gusseted, increasing the flexibility of these pants. I have had no problem pulling off any move in the climbing gym or outside with these pants. The bottom cuff has an easy to use draw cord if you encounter more snowy conditions.

    I have not used them in rain, but I've used them in very deep powder. The slick fabic sheds snow easily -- snow will NOT stick to it at all, which means I never got wet after hours of hiking in deep snow and crashing into powder while backcountry sledding (backcountry sledding is serious business).


    - Very flexible and thus very comfortable

    - Fits me great

    - Slick fabic sheds snow very easily

    - Breathable enough for Fall/Winter/Spring

    - Extremely versatile.


    - I would not use these in very warm conditions if I was moving a lot, even though they are pretty thin. In black, they are very warm in the sun.

    Magical Fabric

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

    I don't know what wizardry was used at Arc'teryx to develop these pants, but they are amazing. The fabric is super lightweight, flexible, and soft. All the makings of a delicate piece of clothing. However, these pants are tough. I did a couple hikes through some less-travelled trails which meant that I was frequently getting various Texas scrub-foliage rubbing against my legs as I pushed through. Sometimes a branch would be sharp enough to scratch my leg and cause an abrasion under my pants, but the pants looked like nothing happened.

    They breathe well without being breezy, and do well in somewhat windy conditions. In cooler weather I might consider a long baselayer, but I have yet to need it.

    Great all around pants

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These pants are lightweight stretchy and nicely articulated. The fortius fabric is smooth and breathes quite well, it is tough enough to resist quite a bit of abrasion and sheds light precip. Design is quite simple- 2 zippered hand pockets and 1 zippered thigh cargo. Unfortunately no rear pocket which I prefer. built in waist belt is a bonus.

    I have a 32"waist with a 32" inseam and got a medium. They fit great through the waist and have a perfect length. The leg openings are small-ish and have a cinch cord to tighten at the cuff. I would have preferd at least another 1" of cuff opening (If i hake in low cut gore tex shoes they get caught in the rear opening which can be annoying.

    Overall well thought out pant. Perfect lightweight go-anywhere pant (over a variety of temperatures and conditions)

    Great all around pants


      I'm 6' 3" with a 31 inch waist and a 34" inseam. Arcteryx currently makes the only hard and softshell pants that seem to fit me well. These are well made, they have great next to skin feel, or you can beef them up for colder temps with a capeline or fleece baselayer. Stretchy enough to stem in while climbing.

      These Pants Rock!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought these pants for a trip to the Mexico volcanoes: wanted something light and breathable but that could also go the distance up high. Now they are my go-to pant, although I also use the Gamma AR for colder conditions and when real flexibility is not as critical. I wear the LT for morning walks, weekend hikes, climbing - and have even biked in them. They seem indestructible, as I have been sliding on my butt over rough surfaces in rock scrambles and have banged my knees a couple of times so hard that I broke the skin and bled - but not a thread was out of place. Almost weird, but wonderful. I'd buy another pair, but don't need them. I wear XL - a 36 pant (6'2", and 195 lb, with big legs) - about the only pants that really fit me.

      These are great at EVERYTHING

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      For a while I was using my Arcteryx Beta AR uninsulated hardshell pants for all things alpine. Saw these one day and figured I'd try them out. I never realized exactly how versitile they were.

      So fit specs first. I'm 6'2", 170lbs. 32" waist. Medium in these pants fits great for everything (supposedly M is 33" waist). Though on the fit chart they state the inseam as 30.5", but IMO it fits more like it has a 32-33" inseam based on my work slacks.

      Before this, for regular 3-seaon hiking I'd use my Mountain Hardwear hiking pants, which are pretty great. For alpine I'd layer my Smartwool long underwear with my Beta ARs. Gaiters on top and the Beta ARs unzipped on the sides as much as possible until things got too cold or windy.

      Now: I use these for three-season hiking unless shorts are called for. They're just so durable and breathable. And if it rains, they're really solid there, too.

      For alpine conditions, there is enough room to layer under the Smartwool long underwear and if the weather calls for it, the Smartwool and my REI Polartec fleece pants. Gaiters on top of these. I'll keep my Beta ARs in the pack and if things get too hairy, quickly layer those over everything.

      It's been great because these breathe much better than the Beta ARs, obviously. They're been extremely comfortable and so far pretty durable, though I've only used them a season so I can't speak to long-term durability. However, if they're like anything else Arcteryx, they'll last forever.

      The price is pretty high, but I think it's worth it, especially if you are planning on picking up a pair of softshell pants or a pair of nice hiking pants anytime soon as these would replace both of those and help offset some of the initial cost.

      Love em!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These things are a great softshell. They pack down to and weigh nothing, but still provide good wind block. Stretchy fabric makes for easy movement and waist band is super comfy. If you are looking for a sofshell pant and can afford these, then buy them!!!

      Where have you been all my life

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love these pants. I wore them on rainier with Cap 4 and never had an issue. Even with the 60+ winds at Muir. Wore them snow boarding because I didn't want to invest in another pant. Never an issue. Top it all off the they look great around town casual wear. Got a pair of the female version for my girlfriend. Immediately loved them. Articulating fabric gives you plenty of room to do your thing. Like the pocket placement.

      Where have you been all my life


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Small
      • Height: 5'4"
      • Weight: 145lbs

      Took these on a quick 20 mile 2-nighter near Mt. Whitney. We caught the tail end of the first snow of the season and these held up really well. I was warm, dry, and comfy with temps ranging from the low 30's to mid 40's and snow ranging from nothing to 3' of powder. Great fit and mobility even with multiple base layers. Zippered welded pockets were clutch when trekking through snow covered passes. Can't wait to get back out in these!
      *** Update - still rocking this same pair for 3.5 years now and they are still like new. Aside from a crampon puncture (my bad & easily taken care of with a gortex patch) these pants are still solid. Great mobilty on class 3&4 climbing approaches.

      Fantastic pant

        So other than wearing around the house, the first real test was on the Exum ridge of the Grand last week. These pants performed very well. It was cool enough to wear a lightweight knicker long john underneath...and they layered better than I thought. The pants had just enough stretch, but still felt durable and did not snag or catch on any features. The cinching cord at the cuff came in handy when the wind started blowing high on the ridge. They breathed well enough not to overheat on the descent. I thought these would be a strictly summer only pant, but I am sure they will be good into the low 30's. I have a 32/33 waist and the mediums fit best...better than the medium of the gamma hybrid pant which was way too "slim fitting"....

        Im interested in these pants. Do they fit...

        Im interested in these pants. Do they fit like the Gamma SV or MX? The SV are way to tight.

        Are these pants suitable for cross-country...

        Are these pants suitable for cross-country skiing?

        How resistant are the pants to abrasion?...

        How resistant are the pants to abrasion? How do they compare to schoeller dryskin extreme abrasion wise?

        I have a pair of these pants and absolutely...

        I have a pair of these pants and absolutely love them. I live in Santaquin, Utah does anyone know of a place locally or otherwise to send a pant like these to be altered? Mine are a couple inches too long. Thanks

        Arc'teryx customer service referred me to a company called Rainy Pass ( in Seattle - they do alterations and warranty service for a lot of the outdoor gear makers. I have the same issue - need a shorter length. Rainy Pass said the alteration would run $80-$110.

        You should be able to get it altered professionally for $10-20. It'd be sewn rather than welded/laminated and you'd lose the drawstring at the ankles. Looks like there are a handful of places within 15 miles of Santaquin- any tailor or alteration shop could handle it just fine.

        Otherwise, you'll be paying $100 at Rainy Pass. I hear that Rainy Pass does good work, but personally there's no way I'm spending $100 to have a pair of $150 pants altered.

        Anyone can do an alteration to a non-seam-sealed nylon pant. Should run you like $5-10 bucks at most for length. $10 to let out the waste (if extra fabric allows, but the nylon will have tiny micro holes if you let it out). And under $20 to make the pants more slim. I'm basing this btw on big city pricing, it's probably cheaper in smaller towns. The only time I'd be hesitant to have alterations done, is on a seam-sealed pant.

        Do these have a built in gaiter?

        Do these have a built in gaiter?

        I am 6' 175 lbs with an athletic build....

        I am 6' 175 lbs with an athletic build. 32" waist and 33-34" inseam in pants. I have several pieces of Arcteryx( all jackets and vests- which i love). Want to buy a 3 or 4 season pants for hiking , snowshoeing, climbing. Torn between Gamma MX and Gamma LT. significant price difference . I know LT with layering is an option. Any suggestions based on use? Would I be a medium or medium /long in pants? Thanks

        Best Answer

        I'd suggest going for the Gamma LT for a four season pant. The Gamma MX is great for cold weather but it's got a fleece backed fabric and would overheat you when temps are above freezing. I'm basically your same size and the medium-regular is what I'd suggest.

        I'm looking for a soft-shell pant that's...

        I'm looking for a soft-shell pant that's optimal for trekking (lightweight and packable), but I would also like to use the same pair of pants for XC skiing and nordic touring. Which would be a better fit: this or Gamma MX?

        The Gamma LT are a great pant for trekking, backpacking etc. THey are lightweight and breathable and packable. I prefer other pants for XC skiing (The discontinued arcteryx Seeker are my faves- great for hiking too). But if you cant find them - go the gamma SK pants.

        I'm 6', 175lbs, with 32" waist. Will a...

        I'm 6', 175lbs, with 32" waist. Will a Medium Regular length work or do I need tall?

        It will depend on your inseam and how you like them to fit. They are a an athletic fit So for a 32 they are very close fit. If you have longer than a 32" inseamyou may find these a tad short. I find the gamma lt pant is one that you should try on before you buy.

        I wear a 32 or 31 waist for my jeans. I...

        I wear a 32 or 31 waist for my jeans. I usually wear a 34 inseam that is just a tad long but drapes better and fits better than a normal 32 inseam. Should I get the small or medium?

        How do these pants compare to something...

        How do these pants compare to something like the Marmot scree pants? What are some other pants with similar qualities? I really liked the marmot scree pants, but they were a bit too snug for comfort so I'm shopping around. Love arcteryx gear, but sometimes its hard to stomach the price.

        Best Answer

        The Gamma LT is a fairly trim fit pant, but you should check out the Candidate, which uses the same fabric but is urban styled; or the Gamma SK which is super breathable and tough, but a looser technical pant. The Gamma SK is designed as a ski pant, but I think it would be great for summer use as well.

        How waterproof are these pants? I am...

        How waterproof are these pants? I am looking for a good spring/summer ski touring pant.