User Review: Patagonia Men's Alpine Guide Pants
Price Paid: 130GBP
Good pants, well made, durable and warm enough for normal winter in the UK (not Scottish/colder winters). Thankfully waist designs are getting back to normal and these have a high enough waistband.
Only problem is, in conformity to fashion, they have flat fronts; this makes the front hand pockets less useful and causes some knee drag if you have anything like muscular thighs. The lack of room also makes the shallow thigh pockets less useful. They should also come with a wide webbing belt but that seems to be the norm for most companies. Lowe Alpine make a wide-ish belt.
Expensive but you are paying for prestige and ethics and so not as much value for money as the Marmot softshell pants/trousers, for instance (which also have a more functional fit).
Update: February 3, 2012
The fabric is very good and shows no signs of wear. The two leg pockets are overkill — one larger bellows pocket would be better. The stupid "technical" fly with a double zip should be changed to a normal zip that reaches lower.
These issues, as well as the flat front design, stopped me getting another pair.