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Dawn Patrol Softshell Pant

Wake up at the crack of dawn, pull on the Men's 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 you want reliable water resistance and weather protection without sacrificing breathability. Stretch-woven softshell material keeps vapor from building up around your legs, and mesh-backed vents help dump heat when you're pushing your limits on the ascent.

The Dawn Patrol also has articulated knees to keep you moving comfortably when you're  hop turning down steeps, gusseted cuffs with zips and drawcords to keep snow out of your boots, and Keprotec kick patches to prevent crampons and ski edges from poking holes in your shiny new pants. Throw in two zippered thigh pockets, belt loops with a removable waist belt, and key clip, and the Dawn Patrol will be ready to get after it before you are.

  • 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
Material
63% nylon, 26% polyester, 11% elastane, DWR finish
Fit
regular
Pockets
2 zip thigh, 1 key clip
Venting
offset mesh-backed
Waist
belt loops with removable belt
Side Zips
yes, boot access
Gaiters
yes
Claimed Weight
1 lb 8.7 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 3

Odd fit for ski pants

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 2"
Weight
170 lbs

These pants have one fatal flaw, they don't fit over large ski boots. While they are perfect for cross country skiing, or general winter outdoor activities (sledding with the kiddos), the lower leg/gaiter simply does not fit over my ski boot. Granted, I'm using large Black Diamond Push telemark boots, so I could be on the far end of that spectrum, but be forewarned to check on fit before purchasing or taking them on a ski trip without checking the fit over your boot.

>Rating: 4

Love them

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 0"
Weight
170 lbs

I've used these for snowboarding and love them. Comfortable, flexible, and fit great. Repels water/rain excellently and the vents and gaiters have worked perfectly for me. Some have complained about the gaiter being too small but they fit comfortably around my snowboard boots. I love the look and the performance. I highly recommend them with these warnings: Have a good base layer. They are not insulated and I found that in my mid-weight base, I would get cold on the lift when it was below freezing and windy. Also, if you sit in a small puddle or in soft snow for longer than a few moments, it will soak through.

>Rating: 4

Good, but could be better

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 1"
Weight
190 lbs

Good softshell pants for ski touring, but could be much better. The Good: Breathable, lightweight, gaiters, 2 vents per leg (one mesh thigh, one open calf), great hand/beacon pockets, integrated belt The Bad: The lower vents are odd - they should have mesh backing and have 2 zippers (not just 1). The vents only open from the bottom, which lets in lots of snow if you're in deep powder. Gaiters - they barely fit over my Scarpa Freedom SL ski boots and the pants leg does not fit. Very lightweight overall, they block wind to a certain extent, not are very breathable. If you sit down in the snow or let show/ice collect in the folds of the pants, they'll soak through. Sizing: I wear 34x34 jeans and the medium pants fit well - size large are much too large (both waist and length).

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol LT Softshell Jacket and Dawn Patrol LT Climbing Softshell Pant (the Schoeller NanoSphere® one) was my favourite gear kit since 2014 and I still use it and love it despite of DRW (which was not a durable one at all and started to leak in a month to two) and claims one oil and stain repellence which are just laughable (it was getting stained not less than any other fabric even more LOL), plastic clips which parted with the fabric on day 5, velcro thy pocket etc. But I love the feel of the fabric and the lightness and breathability of it with an excellent wind protection. So overall feel is fantastic and I get this new kit as replacement. So far my first impressions of this new pant is a very favourable, proper metal clips, back zip pocket. Looks promsing lets see how DRW will hold up :-)

>Rating: 4

Super...

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 1"
Weight
180 lbs

...touring pant. Stretchy fabric moves in all directions without binding, great technical pant for the skin track and summit. Super ventilation as well. However be sure to wear an adequate baselayer, particularly if the wind is howling as the pant is not insulated.

>Rating: 5

great softshell ski pant

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
small
Height
5` 7"
Weight
150 lbs

this is a great all around softshell ski pant.

>Rating: 5

Wonderful Piece of Gear

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

Black Diamond did an amazing job with this soft shell. Stretchy material makes for full range of motion and makes for a breathable pant. It keeps the warmth in when you need it and gets rid of it when there's too much. All around perfect pant for anyone backcountry skiing or ski mountaineering.

>Rating: 5

Chic, tres superb, wunderbar!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Weight
135 lbs

Just took these pants out on the skintrack, and Im already in love! Breathable, modular, nice colors, great fit, and super stretch! What more can you as for from touring pants?

>Rating: 4

Nice Pant

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 9"
Weight
181 lbs

Got these for ski touring and I have been very happy with them. I like the gator zipper feature. It is nice to just zip or unzip to tighten my boot instead of adjusting the gator every time.

>Rating: 5

Great touring pant

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 0"
Weight
170 lbs

Mine are slightly older/look a little different then the ones pictured but here is my review: I’ve used these while it’s been puking snow and on warm spring days, and never felt damp, cold or too hot with a light base layer underneath. Really amazed at the versatility of these things. The stretch is perfect, and never feel restrictive during my ugly ass tick-turns or making long strides. I’m personally not a fan of the suspenders while wearing a pack, but they are quick and easy to take on and off and the pants stay put with just a belt. Pockets are great and fit all my snacks, iPhone big size, and other random stuff with out me noticing it’s there, although I’ve never used the little pocket on the thigh. Only thing keeping these from being 5 stars is the gators are a little small, and I have to work a little to get them over my snowboard boots (splitboarder) so I’d imagine guys with large ski boots would find them a pain to deal with. Otherwise great pant for fooling around in the mountains.

>Rating: 5

Excellent touring pant

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
large
Height
5` 11"
Weight
205 lbs

I am really enjoying this pant for ski touring. Pros: Quality seems high, but time will tell. Fit is spot on; not too baggy, but fits my larger legs well. I like the pocket size and location; comfortable while walking and skiing. I am fine with the leg zips; I can adjust my boots thru the opening (scarpa maestrale RS). The suspenders are great and stay up. The material is nice and stretchy and breathes pretty well. It repels snow and light precip well. Cons: nothing really, except it would be nice to have a D-ring in one of the pockets to attach a beacon. All-in-all a great pant.

>Rating: 4

Love them, but strange gator zipper

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
155 lbs

Bought these for my husband, he says "I love how comfortable these are, by far the best touring pants I have ever had. I really like the built in belt, I took the suspenders off right away but I am sure they work fine. There is a zipper on the outer lower leg above the gator that is supposed to give you access to adjusting boots, but it doesnt open wide enough for me to actually buckle my boot, get to my power strap or adjust the walk mode, it opens on the side of the boot in between all of these. I have to just pull the gator up over the boot so I can get to everything and then pull it down. The overlap of the gator and the pant is not long enough to just leave the gator over the top of the boot leaving easy access to my buckles, power strap and walk mode switch like I do with my pants that I use in-bounds. Also would be nice to have a dedicated beacon pocket, or at least a loop in one of the pockets that I can clip my beacon to. The two front pockets are huge and stretchy which is great. The vents are fine. These fit a bit tighter than the ski pants I am used to but I like the look. If the gator, zip access thing wasnt so strange (I have salomon mtn labs btw, these might work better with different boots) I would give them 5*."

Gaiters keep snow out of your pants while you measure your gait/stride. Gators live in swamps...

>Rating: 5

Best pants ever

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I bought these pants in the men's version because the women's fit me strange. These pants have been through hell and back with me, and held up outstandingly. They've withheld 60+ days of snowboarding, backcountry skiing, white water rafting (in March, very cold), kayaking, backpacking, and day hikes. I've never been so impressed with a pair of soft shell pants. They withhold all the scraping, falling, and wetness that I can think of. I love that I can even turn the bottoms into gators with the drawstring and shoelace clip. I will never own another pair of pants, because these are literally the greatest!!!

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Gaiters keep snow out of your pants while you measure your gait/stride. Gators live in swamps...

>Rating: 5

Stretch Stretch and More Stretch

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

They aren't called Dawn Patrol for no reason. These are the perfect pant for touring as the stretch allows for maximum movement, while protecting against the white stuff. The fabric is really durable, and I have found myself using these for not only skiing, but snowshoeing and hiking as well. They fit true to size, however the pant is a slimmer fit than most. If skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking aren't up your alley, throw these on, grab the kids and be the coolest looking dad on the sled hill. 5 stars

>Rating:

Is this the updated version? Black Diamond says on their website they have addressed the cuff issue on their newest version of this pant. Is this THAT version?

Yep, these are the newest 2020 model!

>Rating:

How dark is a pair of the smoke color pants? I am looking for a black ski pant but can't tell if these would be considered black or not. Thanks

They are a medium/dark grey, I wouldn't consider them black.