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When hiking or backpacking you want a lightweight breathable pant and the Arcteryx Gamma LT Pant for men delivers exactly that with comfort and style. An articulated fit allows these tactical pants an improved range of motion to move naturally and maintain amazing comfort while a soft brush lined waist and integrated webbing belt ensure a consistent comfortable fit. With a moisture resistant DRW (durable water repellant) finish to the Foritus durable four way stretch fabric you’ll stay comfortable and dry even when the weather turns an ugly face. Laminated water resistant zippers on the hip and thigh pockets help keep you and your gear from getting wet. Whether you’re climbing, guiding, backpacking or just hiking through the wilderness, the Gamma LT softshell pants will keep you warm dry and comfortable through all your outdoor adventures.


  • Fabric: Fortius 1.0™ durable weather resistant 84% nylon, 14% spandex
  • Four way stretch
  • DWR (Durable Water Repellant) finish
  • Gender specific articulated pattern
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Front fly with snap closure
  • Laminated front pocket zippers
  • Thigh pocket with laminated zipper
  • Integrated adjustable webbing belt
  • Brushed lined waist
  • Laminated cuffs
  • Adjustable cuff draw cord
  • Reflective logo

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

35 Reviews

  • Great design: 9
  • Build quality: 8
  • Performance: 7
  • Ease of use: 4

  • Cost: 4
  • more adjustments for the waste and rear pockets: 1
Comfort: 4.9 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Durability: 4.7 / 5
Fit: 2.9 / 5
Water Protection: 2.8 / 5
Warmth: 2.7 / 5

35 Ratings & Reviews

Very nice!
May 22, 2006

It's very nice summer pants, I think.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5

from St. Louis
25-34 yrs

A wonderful softshell pant for the high mountains
January 14, 2011

I bought these pants mainly for hiking and climbing up mountains in the snow and windy cold because I wanted something that could protect me from the wind, but also breath really well when I sweating up a storm in 20-30 degree weather while going up the mountain! By far these pants have gone above and beyond in doing that...they are absolutely amazing! They have a slight trim fit to them, but you can still put a base layer underneath them for the extra warmth you need in the mountains! As for the DWR, that wears out of every item on the market which is way we Nikwax who sells a tec wash to clean your pants without taking the DWR off as fast, and they sell DWR that you spray on your garment after you have washed. Very easy and it keeps your pants going! Highly recommend to all!!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5

55-64 yrs

Great pants but room for improvement
April 02, 2012

The Arcteryx Gama pants have a nice slim fit and great feel. Water just runs of the pants and they are nice and cool while hiking. The pants would be better if they had a back pocket (or two) and Velcro side adjustment straps to allow for better adjustment at the waste.

Pros: Great design, Performance, great feel, Cons: Cost, more adjustments for the waste and rear pockets

Best pants ever.
May 05, 2003

Arc'teryx is the company all other companies are chasing. Their products are by far the most durable, comfortable, and useful. I bought these pants for climbing, but wear them everywhere. Feels like nothing on.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

35-44 yrs

July 27, 2011

Lightweight and easy to wear clothes in the summer Hopefully waterproof feel much the same material is a different product Arcteryx brings mountain readiness to the Gamma LT pants excellent!!


Great pants
April 19, 2010

The built quality is just fantastic, very comfortable and true to size. Very slim looking, I am in love.

Great hiking pant
February 08, 2004

These are great pants for hiking. They are tough and breathable. They truly are a four season pant.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

25-34 yrs

Great pant
June 14, 2011

these are a great pair of soft shell pants they are alittle pricy but really nice. i thaught they would be alittle thicker then they are but for the trail on a warmer day these are perfect. they are very water repellent. Overall great pant.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
from Beijing
35-44 yrs

Very Good choice
February 16, 2011

I bought this item for my friend. My friend is same as me:5'9'', 180lbs, we chose L, black for him. He liked it very much, it fit very well. He usually do hiking 1-2 times every week. This is for him to use in mountain at spring. It's feel soft and very light. Also the DWR has some function to anti repell water. Not so strong like Gore TEx but enough for him to use in Mountain. Also it's very easy to clean. I will like to recommend to other friends.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5
from Cleveland, OH
35-44 yrs

Wonderful product by Arcteryx
November 17, 2010

I received these pants last week and I couldn't be happier. I am not a small guy, 6'2" and 240 lbs, but I would say the XL fits me just right. As can be seen in the picture, they are somewhat trim fitting, but they also have very large amount of tretch in the fabric. They are super comfortable and stylish, as referenced by other reviewers. I am very excited to wear these out for some winter hikes and break them in. As far as value goes, everyone knows that Arcteryx isn't the cheapest brand out there, but their quality is second to none.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value

Quality &style
June 29, 2010

Love these pants and I am about to get a second pair. Plenty of pockets, very comfortable and very stylish. Well done Arc'teryx again.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
35-44 yrs

great pants
December 12, 2011

Wanted to get 2 of them but there was only one M size left (now they're back again). Super comfortable, light weight, just a bit long for me, which I believe is because my legs are short. This is nothing wrong about Arc'teryx, but if they provide regular, short, long options like patagonia does, it would be perfect for me. There's enough protection in little shower, haven't tested in heavy rain but I wont' expect too much for water proof, after all they're not designed for it. May get another pair later, love them so much.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost

March 09, 2007

The Gamma LT delivers on all fronts; much softer all-around, more relaxed fit, a zip fly

Love Pants
April 05, 2010

My wife commented "enough pockets"?(normally I have to wear a jacket just to tote keys,wallet,change,whatever)so aside from looking and feeling great the pants are practical.

comfy pant
May 25, 2010

This pant is very suitable for warm weather, I feel so comfortable with this pant on May weather,Moreover, There is enough pockets on it, so convenient to put something into these pockets.

Arc'teryx Way To Go
July 07, 2006

If you are looking for the best pant look no farther. These Gamma LT pant block the wind,and at the same time keep you cool when it's hot. I hike and climb alot,and they stretch very well on every climb i've done. Highly recommed product.

Great softshell pant
January 05, 2010

Very light and stretchy.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Northern CA
45-54 yrs

Excellent light soft shell; dismiss the hype
June 25, 2012

I had a pair of these that were 12 years old when I handed them down to a youngster and he's still climbing in them. Admittedly these are not going to hold up if you are scraping around on JT granite but for general mountain use they hold up suprisingly well. Just a word about the retail myth of "water repellancy" in these and other soft shell pants #not waterproof breathable laminates#. Woven nylon fabric ArcTeryx or otherwise, absorbs water VERY efficiently and that quality is hardly mitigated much less overcome by sprayed-on waterproofing. If we're talking about a small enough amount of H2O so as to not matter anyway, #light mist, drops from your Camelbak hose, salesperson demonstration# then yes it will bead up provided you have not been thrashing around enough to wear off the "Durable Water Repellancy." Softshells without a laminate have no inherent water resistance. The opposite is true. Fit: these are slimmer than the Gamma MX. I went up one size to a large. I am 5'11" 185 with a 32" waist. Weight: these are light enough to use all-around i.e., run, lift, climb, snowshoe with the same pants.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Super High always
June 22, 2004

Arc'teryx super quality, always the best material, best fitting, best looking product one can buy.

Good buy
April 27, 2004

Overall a great pant. The only downside is the back pocket is under my hip belt and they don’t shed water indefinitely. So far they have replaced my convertible pack pants b/c they breathe so well.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5

from Santaquin, Utah
25-34 yrs

Everyone was right, great pants!
December 16, 2011

As I've read review on different softshell pants, I noticed the Gamma lt pant was always at the top of everyone's list. Well after using them for a few months I'm happy to report that everone was right, I love these pants. The design is very simple; 2 front zip pockets and one on the side, drawstrings at the bottom to adjust fit, and that's about it. But the best part for me is the fabric. It is called Fortius and I love the feel. It is very stretchy and breathable and the finish of the material almost has a waxy type finish which add to the look and comfort of the pant. The stitching is very clean and just about every seam has been double stitched for durability. I would guess the gamma lt pants block about 70% of the wind and are water resistant. I hope in years to come Arcteryx makes some other colors of this pant like maybe a deep dusk or a navy blue. I'm gonna start saving up cause I want another pair

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost

Will not lose water shedding abilities if properly washed...
May 01, 2009

The best pants for hiking, climbing and spring skiing. Lightweight and stylish. Too bad thet are now made in China... As for all high quality softshell, they will not lose water shedding abilities if properly washed. Use Nikwax Tech Wash for cleaning and Nikwax Softshell Wash for maintaining waterproofing and breathability.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from Los Angeles, CA
25-34 yrs

Comfort and Sizing
January 13, 2011

This review only covers comfort and sizing for the Men's Gamma LT Pant ('09). The pants just arrived and I have not tried them outdoors yet, therefore cannot comment on warmth and durability. I am 6'0" and 185 lbs; the Large fit fine in the legs (like relaxed fit jeans), but the waist was a bit big. To keep them from sliding down while wearing a pack I would have to tighten the included web belt such that the waist band has a kink in it, which probably will not be very comfortable. Also, the butt section seems a little baggy. The inseam in Regular is just the right length. I will order the Medium size to compare the fit and decide which one to keep. Expensive pants. Hope they are warm enough as a layer under gortex pants while snowboarding, as well as cool enough for higher altitude summer hiking in California.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: Cost

Great Hiking Wind Pant
September 19, 2003

I would have given these pants five stars, but the thing holding that back is the DWR coating. When I first got these pants there water shedding ability was amazing. After about five washes, it has lost some of its water shedding abilitys. They are very comfortable, and they fit perfectly. Also they are great in the wind, but breathe extremly well. I highly recomend these pants, just don't wash them as often.

nice, lightweight
July 09, 2006

nice, lightweight

Buy two... You'll have to wash them sometime...
January 15, 2003

Buy two... You'll have to wash them sometime...

Good buy
April 27, 2004

Overall a great pant. The only downside is the back pocket is under my hip belt and they dont shed water indefinitely. So far they have replaced my convertible pack pants b/c they breathe so well.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
from Newton, MA
55-64 yrs

just what I was looking for
December 28, 2011

These were an x-mas present to myself and I've been using them for the past week for my seven-mile bike commute in eastern Massachusetts. They have been very comfortable in temps ranging from about 30 to the mid 40's. At 30 degrees, without any other layer, they start out feeling a little cool but after a little vigorous pedaling my legs feel just right. I would imagine they will be fine by themselves down to the mid 20's. Below that I'd probably want to wear some long underwear too. They do a nice job of cutting the wind I've encountered, which has been gusts to about 30 mph. Riding in a light rain was no problem either--the rain drops just beaded up. At 6'2' and 145 lbs I got a very good fit with the tall medium, with no gap at the ankle for cold air to enter. (My jean size is usually 30x34.) Really I am very glad I spent the money on these. They are very thoughtfully designed and well made and I expect I'll get a lot of good use out of them for biking and hiking in all seasons.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

less bells and whistles
March 02, 2008

x-country skiing, hiking and biking in the Catskill Mts. of upstate NY I love capilene, softshell, and windbloc fleece...but, I've held off on purchasing Arc'teryx gear due to the hefty price tag. When the gamma lites went on sale I took my shot. The fabric is lightweight and flexible and they're certainly serviceable for hiking or x-country skiing in moderate conditions etc. however, the OR Exos, REI mistrals and Koch cross country pants I own blow the gamma lites away in functionality and features for less $$ even w the gamma lites on sale...

Nice pants!
June 02, 2006

It is breathable enough. very nice...!!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
from park city, utah
55-64 yrs

perfect for hiking & biking
June 17, 2011

I have had these durable pants for almost a year and they are perfect for hiking and mountain biking when the temperature is moderate to very warm. Light rain is no problem. They have a drawstring at the bottom of the inseam I can tighten when I go biking and a zipped side pocket for a phone. I am 6', 160 lbs. and the medium fits perfectly even with cycling pads underneath. They machine wash and dry easily and look the same as when I got them.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance

I wish every pant in my wardrobe was like this!
March 12, 2006

I have the Arc'teryx Switcback which is the cut down version of these pants and its only one ounce lighter. I would rate this pants the best pants in the world! They look stylish for street wear, but its really their technical stuff that sets them apart from any other pants. They are very water resistant, breathe amazingly well and are really really durable. When I fell on my knee while boulder hopping, I thought my skin was a goner and so was the pants. To my surprise the pants only got white from the "chalk" and have also withstood several butt slides without tearing. They are also very comfortable in a wide range of temps and I will try skiing with them soon since they are great for snow and are pretty much windproof. The switchbacks are paper thin and did all of the above like a champ. I'm sure the Gamma LT's will do better since they are heavier than my Switchbacks and when it comes time to buy another do all, all-around pants I will look for another Switchback or Gamma LT.


incredibly comfortable
September 30, 2009

I don't wear anything else...There is simply not a better pair of pants out there for cycling, walking, going out... Comfortable, nicely fitted, Great pants.

very light pants
February 05, 2007

very light pants

great pants
November 08, 2004

Used as casual wear and techinical wear, Arcteryx is always in style and functions well. Made in Canada and it shows in the incredible build quality

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