Patagonia Backcountry Guide Pants - Men's


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For the tireless backcountry skier and hardcore mountaineer, the Men's Patagonia Backcountry Guide Pants are equipped and ready, and as stubborn as you are, to make all your first ascent dreams and untouched lines come absolutely true. Constructed to endure using Polartec® Power Shield® brushed, stretch-woven fabric throughout, these men's backcountry guiding pants are superior when it comes to resisting wind and water, as well as highly breathable and warm in all the right places, for all the right reasons. For all your upcoming out-of-bounds adventures, pull on the Patagonia Backcountry Guide Pants for men and experience the difference each and every boot-packed step of the way.


  • Fabric: 9.5 oz Polartec® Power Shield® brushed, stretch-woven (57% polyester, 36% nylon, 7% Spandex)
  • Hardface® Technology
  • Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Brushed interior for next-to-skin comfort
  • Wind-resistant
  • Water-resistant
  • Durable
  • Highly breathable
  • Interior waistbelt lies flat under a harness or backpack
  • 2-way zippered fly
  • Thigh vents with mesh for easy temperature regulation
  • One thigh and two handwarmer pockets with reverse-coil DWR-treated zippers
  • Gusseted, zippered cuffs with 2-position snaps, edge guards and internal mini-gaiters
  • Weight: 807 g, 28.5 oz

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

4 Reviews

  • Build quality: 2
  • Great design: 2
  • Great value: 2
  • Ease of use: 1

  • Cost: 1
Quality: 5 / 5
Comfort: 4.3 / 5
Durability: 4.3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Water Protection: 3.5 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

4 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Upstate NY
45-54 yrs

Nice pants
February 08, 2011

Comfortable, very nicely made. I bought them to use skiing and telemarking. They are perfect for temperate days, but I am not sure they would be my first choice for subzero cold. Nice fit, true to size. I am not really sure how they will do in the brambles in the woods...

Pros: Build quality, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
from Denver
25-34 yrs

Great Pants!
August 21, 2011

Awesome pants, very well constructed and allow for a great range of motion. While I haven't been skiing in them yet, they work well for glissades and snow climbs. While not quite waterproof, they're pretty water resistant. A definite recommendation!

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

Great all purpose mountain pants
August 19, 2010

Overall, this is a great pair of pants. I used mine as my primary skiing and winter mountaineering pants last year (20+ days on the slopes and 12+ peakbagging). I initially balked at the price of the pants, but have found them to be worth every penny. They are comfortable, stretch well, breathe, and are durable. I was nervous that the softshell would not be water-resistant enough for long days in the snow, but it kept me dry in all sorts of conditions including sitting on the chairlift covered in wet snow. The vents are great, although I hardly ever used them as the pants breath very well. Nitpick: small awkward pocket, I'd prefer something larger; at this price they should include a belt.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
from Japan
25-34 yrs

Very good for backcountry snowbording
December 12, 2010

The Backcountry Guide Pant is the best pant I've found for backcountry skiing. A perfect mid-weight soft shell, with waterproof panels on the butt and knees to keep you dry while sitting down for lunch or kneeling to rip skins. Fits over even an alpine boot easily with the minimalist style gators. Huge side vents help dump heat, and the whole pant breathes well. Slimmer fitting than a traditional ski pant from Patagonia, but not tight by any means. Great in a variety of temps, and still good nasty weather protection w/ the DWR on the soft shell.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value

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Black and Forge Grey.

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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