Alpine Pant


Alpine Pant
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Alpine Pant
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By bbense
Page Type Sep 27, 2003 / Jan 17, 2007
Object ID 824
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Lightweight, comfortable, wind-resistant and quick-drying. You really couldn’t ask more from pants specifically designed for backcountry activities. The secret behind our Alpine Pants is stretchy Schoeller Dynamic fabric — this stuff sheds wind and water and stretches in four (yes, four) directions. Articulated knees, two front pockets, elastic cuffs and a reinforced rear add functionality, while Durastretch stuff patches protect the hems from errant ski edges. We promise that once you try our Alpine Pants, you’ll never turn back.

Colors: Black or Khaki
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Weight: 540 g (1 lb 3 oz), medium



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Bronco - Oct 1, 2003 1:12 pm - Voted 5/5

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I've worn these pants for a couple seasons now with some piling noticable, but, have held up to crampon points and rocks snagging very well.

The main reason I chose these pants over others is - I am short and have a big butt and thighs. These pants are pleated and have a short inseam so they fit my girth without having a big bunch of fabric around my ankles.

Another nice feature is the gripper cuff, it works well with mountaineering boots and I can often get by in the spring and summer without gaitors.

bbense - Oct 1, 2003 3:18 pm - Voted 5/5

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These are my "do everything" gear. I've had a pair for 4 years now and they work great for everything from trail running, Sierra Storm skiing, rock climbing, ice climbing to lounging on the couch.

Mostly, the utility of these pants comes from the fabric. It's just the right weight of Schoeller to be used year round. The other thing that sets these pants apart is the "crampon patch" and the lack of a zipper on the ankles. The reason I like the lack of a zipper is that it allows you to just pull up the pants and use them like knickers ( or plus 4's in Britain). Not having a zipper does make them harder
to put on over boots, but I haven't found that to be a problem. Other than some slight fading of the color, I've
had zero wear issues with 4 years of pretty constant use.

ktnbs - Nov 15, 2003 12:24 am - Voted 4/5

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On Orizaba with several hours of howling wind, I had these over a pair of silk longjohns and midweight longjohns and was very comfortable and could move freely.

These are my all mountain pants. Even speed walking around this cool, rainy town I live in.

I got the Large and have a 35 waist but they seem to slide down-off me....more so with pack and harness. I use "side-winder" suspenders to keep them up in a comfortable position.

ktnbs - Jul 20, 2004 2:03 am - Voted 4/5

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Further comments after more use.

Agree with these being just the right weight of fabric for year round use.

Drooping issue was getting anoying. Doing some major slogs in New Zealand my suspenders popped off and I was always hiking the pants up. Going to sew or punch bachelor buttons to secure the suspenders instead of aligator clips.

Haliku - Feb 4, 2005 11:07 pm - Voted 5/5

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It took a while to actually buy a pair of pant for so much money. I am glad I did. I've worn them out around Colorado and lived in them for a week in Mexico. They are comfortable and durable. The fabric lets just a little wind in to help keep the legs cool. Due to my waist size I fit better in the medium than my normal large. I think they run large on the size. They are a great addition to my outdoor gear.

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