Patagonia Alpine Guide Pants - Men's


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The best all-around soft shell pant in a mid-weight, the new Patagonia Alpine Guide Pants for men is perfect for forays onto mountain spires and backcountry skiing serpentines. These utility cover-ups are designed in durable stretch-woven polyester that is water and wind resistant. When putting in a big effort, these highly breathable pants maintain comfort with a brushed interior and fitting belt loops. Multiple front slash, thigh and back hip pockets keep essentials close at hand, while a gusseted zipper cuff repels the snow with snap and tie-down loops. Treated with DWR (durable water repellent) finish, the Alpine Guide fashion in 47% recycled material that is recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.


  • Fabric: 7.6 oz., 90-denier 92% polyester (47% recycled), 8% spandex with DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • Durable stretch-woven polyester is water and wing resistant and highly breathable
  • Brushed interior for next-to-skin comfort
  • Belt loops
  • Microfleece-lined waistband with elastic on back
  • 2-way zippered fly
  • External pockets: two front slash, two glued-on thigh, one back hip
  • DWR coated pocket zippers
  • Gusseted zippered cuff with two-position snaps and tie-down loops
  • Regular fit
  • Weight: 20.7 oz. (587 g.)

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

11 Reviews

  • Great design: 7
  • Build quality: 6
  • Performance: 6
  • Ease of use: 3

  • Cost: 1
  • customer support from patagonia: 1
  • lacks provision for use with suspenders: 1
Quality: 4.9 / 5
Comfort: 4.8 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Warmth: 3.5 / 5
Water Protection: 2.8 / 5
Fit: 2.8 / 5

11 Ratings & Reviews

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

Great choice for a heavier softshell
July 05, 2011

I recently picked up a pair of these pants for hiking and climbing in less than favorable conditions. The quality is what you'd expect from Patagonia. For a heavier softshell, I'd definitely recommend it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
from Bay Area, CA

Great mountain pants!
February 26, 2012

This is a great 3-season mountain pants! I won't recommend using it in winter but if you want to use it in winter, leave some size allowance for your insulation because these are trim-fitting pants specially in the thigh. The advantage of the fit though is that it doesn't have that baggy fit style which are cumbersome if you put on crampons or if you are wearing gaiters. Take note too that this isn't a waterproof shell but unless it's a downpour, these repel rain nicely. They're also built tough and they stretch. If you want waterproof pants, just still use this and buy a cheap lightweight waterproof shell. Most of the time, if not all the time, those waterproof shell will just stay in your pack. They can be a little long but you can contact Patagonia and they can repair the length for a minimal fee. I'm 5'8 and weigh 150lbs and the size 32 fit me just fine although my waist is just 31. I can use the extra inch for mid-layer just in case. The only things I'd wish these pants had are provisions to attach a suspender and if Patagonia made them in odd sizes (e.g. size 29, 31, 33, etc). Overall, great pants and worth your money.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, stretch, Cons: lacks provision for use with suspenders
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
from Los Angeles, CA
25-34 yrs

Excellent pants for travel
March 28, 2012

I wore a pair of these pants several times a week in LA for 2 years, then took them traveling through Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Italy for 3 months in the fall/winter. I slept in them. I spilled food and wine on them. Some jerk squirted brown paint all over them while trying and failing to rob me. I hiked/walked/ran 100 miles, rode on planes/rails/wheels, was comfortable in wind, snow, rain, and sun, on trails, in bars, in museums and restaurants. The pants still look fine. Pros: -- extremely versatile through diverse weather conditions -- 5 convenient zippered pockets (2 cargo, 2 hand, 1 back) -- durable, stretchy material -- belt loops Cons: -- heavy -- takes up significant space in a pack -- I have no use for the double zipper on the fly Highly recommended!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, versatile
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5

from ny
45-54 yrs

durable resistant all around mountain pant
January 19, 2012

Utilitarian alpine pant. Wear over cap 4 and you are ready for most anything in the lower 48. Great fit, long lasting. Rock climbing, mixed routes, skiing couch-sitting works great for all.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5

from Alaska
45-54 yrs

January 24, 2011

Patagonia Alpine Guide Pants - These are my go to do everything mountaineering pants, bomb proof. The material seems to be Patagonia's version of something like Schoeller® Dryskin fabric, comparable to Mammut Champ Pants. The sizing seems to be true, but kind of skinny in the thigh area. To me it's a mid weight pant, in the fall I'll carry some poly long john's and I'm fine. They breath good, but nothing breaths like 3sp (sporthill). They have a great water resistant finish and dry fast if you manage to get them wet, I have up here in Alaska. These pants are tough and stylish, when I come down I'll dust them off, put a new shirt on, then off for a steak dinner.

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

Da' Bomb!
June 13, 2010

Bought these pants as a back up to my Arc'Teryx lined hiking pants, and they have proved just as durable for less than half the price. They have good water resistant properties and are moderately insulated for cool weather hikes/ascents. Highly recommended for hiking or other outdoor activities.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Berkeley CA

December 03, 2010

Patagonia hit the right balance of elements with moderate weight, solid material and finish durability overall, and details that feel and work right (e.g., the exterior finish on the waistband snap, the waistband lining). Comfort knocked down to 4 stars because interior seams down the legs are surprisingly high and rough.


ideal pants
May 15, 2010

Fabric is very water resistant plus has decent stretch. They don't tear or rip on sharp rocks either. Very well made. Zippers all work perfectly.

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

balance of arts
January 25, 2011

these pants are balance of arts. i wear these pants almost all the time and love them. they look great, water resistant (well just less than waterproof) , light&soft, warm in cold days, ventilating in hot days. in short, balance of outdoor activity and routine day life.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use

35-44 yrs

Comfy, comfy!!
January 09, 2012

Got a pair of these for hikes in colder weather. I've only used them once but they worked great. Used them on a snowshoe / snow shelter trip. The weather was a little warm for building snow shelters, but the melty snow just ran right off these pants so I was kept nice and dry. They were also breathing really well so I didn't get hot & sweaty while I was digging in the snow. My highlights: they fit really well (not too baggy or too tight), breath great & keep me dry. Really happy I got these and can't wait to use them some more.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5

from Northern CA
45-54 yrs

Favorite softshells depsite gimmicks
February 11, 2012

I now have three pair because I seem to wear them all the time. The 2011 model improved greatly over the prior year because they added another leg pocket and sewed the pockets instead of gluing them down. "Welded construction" = glue and glue comes apart with use. Period. I wrote the company a scathing letter after having a pair put back together by a tailor. I got zilch from Patagonia - not even a pencil-whipped apology but they changed the pants. The fit is euro-slender as indicated. I am 5,11" 180 with a 31" waist and I wear a 34" in these. Muscle types like me take notice. The belt loops (6) are wide enough and sturdy. The fabric is heavier and good in breezy, cool weather. These are equally good for ice climbing or summer bouldering. The leg cuffs are very nicely finished and adjust perfectly for boots. As to water repellancy, DWR goes away in the washing machine so keep spraying them down with the renewer stuff and the rain will bead up.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: customer support from patagonia

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Black, Forge Grey and Graphite Navy.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 28, size 30, size 32, size 34, size 36 and size 38: 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38.

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