Patagonia Simple Guide Pants
Fabric: thin soft shell
Price Paid: GBP 90
I've marked these down due to the poor waistband design.
I've just come back from a climbing weekend in Snowdon, north Wales (UK).
Whenever the going got tough, these pants began to slide down my backside and show off my underpants. Not only irritating as I was constantly hutching the pants back up, but quite embarrassing too!
In my opinion the waist needs a bungy style chord, not the non stretchy shoelace they come with. As soon as you exert yourself the weak toggle fastener doesn't grip and the waist chord slides through. The elastic in the waist band isn't strong enough to keep them up and hey presto, down slide the pants. Every time!
For hiking and walking they are fine, great fabric, very comfy and they breathe and dry perfectly well. But anything remotely strenuous involving clambering, bouldering or climbing and down they come.
I'm going to customise with a new stretchy bungy chord and a much stronger toggle. Patagonia should have done the same (quite remiss by their normal high standards) and should also add gripper strips to the waistband.
Fabric: stretch-woven nylon with water repellant
Price Paid: $70
Not much to dislike about these pants - except for me: the fit.
Other than that, these are excellent climbing/hiking pants.
Materials are top-notch. They are made of a lighter weight stretch nylon. Note, Patagonia offers a similar pant with a heavier weight of stretch nylon called the 'Guide Pant' that is geared more towards winter activities (ice climbing/skiing). This lighter weight nylon in these 'Simple Guide' pants is comfortable spring, summer and fall. I'd say it's similar to a Schoeller Dynamic fabric (for comparison's sake).
They offer good protection against abrasion, wind, and light rain. At the same time, they breath very well and are not going to be too hot. The nylon is quite stretchy. The pants offer a decent selection of pockets. The waist band just has a simple cinch cord. But the pants also have a full fly. Pretty nice. Just what you need but not a lot more.
My only problem is the cut of the pants. And this just might be me... But I find them too tight up high and too loose down low. I am of pretty average build. I don't have massive thighs or anything like that. But these pants are just too tight in the thighs and seat (they are fine up at the waistband though.)
And, conversely, they are too loose down around the ankles. There's much too much fabric down there. Especially for climbing. When I look down I want to be able to see precisely where I'm putting my foot/toe. I don't want to look at a whole bunch of pant fabric.
Perhaps Patagonia decided to style these pants more like a pair of modern jeans... that's great for posing around town, but that's definitely not what I'm looking for in pants that I'm actually going to wear in the backcountry.
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A staple for alpine rock, light and fast mixed climbing, ski touring and all things mountain, the soft-shell Simple Guide Pants deliver in every condition They're the lightest stretch-woven alpine climbing pants The polyester (100% recycled)/spandex double-weave blend stretches with your every stride, stays durable but lightweight, moves sweat, is now more breathable and still resists weather with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish The styling features an updated, more technical tapered fit in the lower legs, a 2-way zippered fly and a partially elasticized waistband Other details include articulated knees and a gusseted crotch for mobility, and DWR-treated reverse-coil zippers on the pockets: two front, one thigh and one rear hip
Cool weather rock climbing and technical alpine routes demand lightweight weather protection and unrestricted movement, making the Patagonia Men's Simple Guide Softshell Pant the perfect choice for your next vertical adventure. The technical tapered fit gives you a clear view for delicate foot work and the four-way stretch soft shell fabric allows you to high step, stem, and heel hook with ease.
Description of Patagonia Mens Simple Guide PantsPatagonias tried-and-true boxer-brief style now available in Capilene 1 with moisture-wicking performance and Gladiodor odor protection for the garment.A staple for rock, ice and mixed climbing, ski touring and all things mountain, our soft-shell Simple Guides deliver in every condition. Theyre our lightest stretch-woven alpine pants, and the polyester 100 recycledspandex double-weave blend stretches with your every stride, stays durable while remaining lightweight, moves sweat, breathes, and resists weather. The styling features straight lower legs, a zippered fly and a partially elasticized waistband. Other details include articulated knees and a gusseted crotch to help you stay limber, and Deluge DWR durable water repellent treated reverse-coil zippers on the pockets two front, one thigh and one rear hip. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.FeaturesLightweight, abrasion-resistant, stretch-woven recycled polyester fabric is treated with a Deluge DWR durable water repellent finish, wicks moisture, breathes and dries quicklySeparating, partially elasticized waistband with zippered flyPockets handwarmers, cargo, and back all reverse-coil zippers treated with a Deluge DWR finishGusseted crotch, articulated knees for full mobility6.2-oz 91 all-recycled polyester9 spandex double weave with a Deluge DWR durable water repellent finish. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program337 g 11.9 ozMade in Vietnam
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On Sale. Free Shipping. Patagonia Men's Simple Guide Pant FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Simple Guide Pant Lightweight, breathable, wind- and abrasion-resistant stretch-woven soft-shell fabric, treated with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish, wicks moisture and dries quickly Separating, partially elasticized waistband with sturdy metal bar-button, 2-way zippered fly and belt loops Pockets: Two handwarmers, right thigh cargo, and right rear; all with reverse coil zippers treated with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish Articulated knees and gussetted crotch for optimal mobility Tapered lower leg SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Simple Guide Pant Weight: 15.2 oz / 431 g Slim fit 6.2-oz 91% all-recycled polyester / 9% spandex double weave, with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.