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Black Diamond
Dawn Patrol Softshell Pant - Men's

4.6976744186046515 out of 5 stars
86 Reviews
Current price: $172.50 Original price: $230.00
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Color:Dark Curry


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Why We Like The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Softshell Pant

We wake up at the crack of dawn, pull on the Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Softshell Pant, and hustle up the skin track to catch the rising sun light up the mountains and get some fresh turns on the way down. This DWR-treated pant is perfect for rugged rock and ice climbs, hardcore ski mountaineering, and alpine expeditions where we need reliable water resistance and weather protection without sacrificing breathability. Stretch-woven softshell material keeps vapor from building up around the legs, and mesh-backed vents help dump heat when you're pushing your limits on the ascent.


  • Burly and breathable pant for backcountry skiing
  • Four-way stretch woven softshell moves and breathes with you
  • DWR treatment provides reliable water resistance
  • Brushed interior is soft against skin
  • Articulated knees keep you moving naturally
  • Offset mesh-backed vents dump excess heat
  • Gaiters with boot-access zippers keep snow out
  • Item #BLD00JP
Responsible Collection
Bluesign Approved
63% nylon, 26% polyester, 11% elastane, DWR finish
critical seams sealed
[x-small, small] 31.5in, [medium] 32.5in, [large, x-large] 33.5in
2 zip thigh, 1 key clip
offset mesh-backed
belt loops with removable belt
Side Zips
yes, boot access
Cuff Closure
zippered, snap
Claimed Weight
1lb 8.7oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
backcountry touring, hiking, climbing

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 86 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 3 reviews
4 Stars - 16 reviews
5 Stars - 66 reviews

Fits True To Size

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4 out of 5 stars

March 4, 2024

Love em

My go to touring pants. I toured in goretex bibs for years and it wasn’t till I gave these a whirl that I realized how much more efficient stretchy, soft shell pants are. I ended up cutting the mesh out of the vents for more airflow which I do not regret. They hold up in anything from stormy PNW mid winter tours to warm, vert heavy spring days. I would give them 5 stars if they had an inner set of thigh vents but oh well. I’m 5’7 with a 32 waist and medium's fit great.

Stew s.

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

February 25, 2024

Initial impression

Pretty excited about the fit on these pants and I think they are mostly going to work great. There are however a few major things that I would personally change if I could. First is an anchor point in the right thigh pocket for a beacon. I personally have never been a fan of the padded Pieps pockets for touring, but a simple loop would be lovely. Second is an issue with how the seams come together around the vent zip at the knee. It feel like it's created a ton of material in that one spot and I'm mildly concerned that they are going to rub and become uncomfortable on longer warm day tours with just boxers on underneath. All in all a great pant so far, and I don't even feel like the suspenders are necessary.

Zachary N.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 22, 2024

Perfect for Back Country!!

Light weight, breathable, stretchable. I love back country skiing, cycling, and playing hockey. So let's just say that I have a big can. These pants fit perfectly and move with me. The built in suspenders are a must and they work flawlessly. Hands down, the best pair of ski pants that I have ever owned (40+ years of trials to reference). Thanks BD!

Michael H.

Originally reviewed on

3 out of 5 stars

February 5, 2024

Awesome fit, function and Breathable, durability seems below average

Using these pants was awesome, the fit is great pockets are well placed. They move well, made skinning and skiing and skiing a breeze. Breathable and stayed dry. The only major knock is the material didn't hold up well to use. After one day of skiing found several small cuts and blemishes in the material.

Kenny M.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 2, 2024

Great pants

Just used for a few days, but they fit me so well, warm, durable and flexible. Good pairs to use on colder days.

Ricky A.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 22, 2024

Great for back country

Haven’t used them too much, but have loved the initial feeling. Most comfortable snow pants I’ve ever owned. Plenty of pocket space. I’m not too sure on the durability as I haven’t used them too much.

Jacob L.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 28, 2023

Great for touring AND lift served mussions

Very well done pant. The DWR water shedding fabric is soft and stretchy and very quiet, unlike the gore stuff that makes a lot of noise. Pockets are zippered, way better than Velcro. Has boot zips and hip vents. I do like full side zips, but they are hard to find. All in all great gear and great value.

Craig P.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 4, 2023

Perfect for me

These are perfect touring pants. Love the vents with mesh and the pockets are nice and big. Fit is slender and sporty. Love the built in belt. My go to pant for touring.

Britton B.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 1, 2023

Great fitting pants!

First impressions are fantastic! Professional guide in Alaska. I am 6’2” 190 typically 34” W 34-35” inseam. Fit is great in a L enough room for layers underneath yet not baggy. Loving the stretch. I cannot wait to get them on the mountain!

Jeff P.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

November 24, 2023

Good so far!

This is my fourth pair of Dawn Patrol pants. They are my go-to pant for ski patrolling on warmer (say 20F and up) days. The fit in the waist and seat is the same as previous pairs, though cut a little looser in the leg. The fabric is slightly different to the previous pair (2016?) but seems just as strong, warm and flexible.

Neil D.

Originally reviewed on