- Highly breathable, wind-resistant, Polartec Power Shield stretch woven nylon/polyester blend is durable and comfortable
- Brushed interior for next-to-skin comfort
- Internal waistband and belt with 2-way zippered fly
- Two handwarmer pockets, one thigh pocket; all have reverse coil zippers with a Deluge DWR finish
- Articulated knees provide optimal mobility
- Boot-compatible lower leg with external scuff guard
- Gusseted, zippered cuffs with two adjustment settings and tie-down loops
|Shell fabric||7.1-oz Polartec® Power Shield® stretch-woven 46% nylon/46% polyester/8% spandex|
|Weight||19.7 oz (558 g)|
I used these for a week of backcountry skiing in the Tetons.
They worked great. The materal is fantastic: durable, breaths, warm enough for loitering around during a break, and sheads snow. The ankle cuff never rode up even when booting. When the bellow is open the cuff fit over my ski boots and closed it should fit snug on a mountaineering boot.
The fit is ok. I got size 32 and my thighs are 24in around. They are tight on my thighs. The belt didn't work for me. My shirt rode up and pants sagged. I'm used to suspenders so I put suspender loops on and that solved the problem.
I bought these as my third pair of pants in the Patagonia Guide series. I already had and loved the Guide and Backcountry Guide pants, but wanted something in between. The Alpine Guide pants fill the bill perfectly! I use them for warmer weather and spring randonee skiing, as well as summer climbing when I want something a little more substantial than the Guide pants. The fit, construction and features are excellent.
"Good quality but weird features"
I am cheerfully using my new version of Patagonia's Guide Pants. They don't seem as windproof as my old ones but that is an uncertain and minor complaint. The design of the fly's zipper and attachment point are downright bizarre. When one unzips, the small circular velcro attachment point invariably comes loose, which is awkward in a cold wind. This will be fixed by sewing in a metal slot arrangement to secure the top of the pants when using the zipper, but customers should not have to pay to fix very expensive pants. Further, the belt design allows of no place to put the extra webbing after tightening.
I had the lightweight Guide Pants, my summer hiking and climbing pants, and the heavyweight Backcountry Guide Pants, my ski pants. I wanted something in between. Now, with these Alpine Guide Pants, I'm set for everything in the mountains, year round. I love the design, fabric and fit.