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Gear Review: Patagonia Alpine Guide Pants

Softshell pants built for years of abuse.
patagonia alpine pants 445x260Patagonia Alpine Pants (Courtesy Photo)

VERDICT
From the metal buckle on the integrated belt to the armor-like scuff guards on the ankle cuffs to the reinforced Polartec Hardface* fabric on the knees, these softshell pants are built for years of abuse. Good thing, because with the combination of weather-resistant/breathable Polartec Power Shield and low-profile looks, I found myself wearing the Alpine Guides more than any other pants last spring. The DWR-treated fabric is nearly waterproof—one tester used them for two weeks straight on a hike-paddle-climb journey in soggy Chilean Patagonia, and says, “They never wet out even after after three days of rain and crashing waves.” Articulated knees and a nonbinding fit allowed excellent mobility while skiing, snowboarding, and high-stepping. $229; 1 lb. 4 oz. (32); 28-38; patagonia.com

Best For: Hikers/climbers/skiers who want one pair of versatile pants for all of their pursuits   

Tester Data
» Dennis Lewon (other testers: Shannon Davis, Steve Howe)
» Duration Feb. to May
» Locales/conditions UT, WY, Patagonia; 20°F to 70°F; rain, snow, wind
» “Metal snap closures at the ankle accommodate big boots, and they won’t ever snag or break like zippers.”

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