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Patagonia Baby Micro D Bottoms

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Patagonia Baby Micro D Bottoms fleece pant

A straightforward, no-frills pair of fleece pants that served my daughter well as an outerlayer in the shoulder seasons and a baselayer in the snowy winter.

Pros

  • Well made
  • Elastic waistband - easy on/off
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • A tad short
  • Expensive for basic pants

Conditions

My 3-year-old adventurer has worn the Patagonia Baby Micro D Bottoms for almost 6 months during the fall and winter. She’s worn them as both an outer layer in fall and as a baselayer in the winter, beneath snow pants. 

 

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Front

 

 

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Rear

 

Fit and Layering:

The pants are listed as a 4T size, and are on the verge of running a little small in length, compared to other 4T pants my daughter wears. They aren’t excessively small, but she’ll be outgrowing them sooner than many of her other 4T pants, based on the length. The waist size is true to most other brands. 

If these were adult-sized pants, I’d probably call them an athletic cut/fit, since they aren’t baggy but they aren’t skinny fit either. This fit means they can easily be layered underneath a baggier pair of pants or snow pants in the cold month, which is what my daughter did on numerous occasions. But they can also be worn just as a simple pair of sweatpants by themselves. 

 

 

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Micro D Bottoms on a cool autumn day. 

  

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The Micro D Bottoms are under there somewhere. 

 

Comfort: 

As for comfort, my daughter seems to like the pants and calls them her soft pants, so I think that speaks to the comfort. 

 

Construction and Durability:

The Micro D Bottoms are pretty straightforward in their design, with a simple elastic waistband. No pockets or any other notable features.  

Like many other Patagonia products, these pants are constructed pretty well, exceeding that of most other children’s clothing brands. These pants have been worn regularly for 5 months and show no signs of wear, fraying, etc.  

 

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Elastic waistband

 

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Cuffs at ankles.

 

Cost/Value:

I am very familiar with the premium price for many Patagonia products, I myself have paid that premium many times to support their business model and acquire a high-quality piece of gear. I rarely comment on cost as either a pro or con when reviewing gear, because in most cases, it is relative to income and attitude. However, there are times where I believe the cost of an item, relative to similar items on the market, is either a good/bad value. Because these are very basic in their design and material, I don't believe that current MSRP of $39USD is a great value for a basic pair of toddler's fleece pants. A similar pair from a different brand was purchased for my daughter for less than $8 and are almost identical. 

Background

My 3-year-old daughter enjoys being outside daily, regardless of weather conditions. She's worn a variety of pants to keep warm in the cooler months and enjoys wearing fleece pants around the house.

Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps

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Specs

Price MSRP: $35.00
Current Retail: $15.99-$39.00
Historic Range: $9.73-$207.96
Weight 5.5 oz / 156 g
Fabric 4.6 oz Microdenier 100% Polyester Fleece, 87% Recycled
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