Following on from his review of the Patagonia Untracked Jacket, Kev tests out the Untracked Pants.
Patagonia say: “With a highly articulated fit and a soft brushed tricot backer, the Untracked Pants offer freedom of movement and low-bulk warmth while freeriding or hiking. Built with 3-layer GORE-TEX fabric for durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.”
The Untracked Pants compliment the Untracked Jacket perfectly, they are designed to be worn as a system and under most circumstances Iíve worn them together. However there have been some days when Iíve been ski touring in warmer weather and opted for a soft-shell jacket instead.
Good knee articulation and a great cut all round. Note the large thigh cargo pockets.
In terms of fabric and lining, the Untracked Pants use the same 3 layer Gore-Tex fabric with brushed tricot backer that is used on the jacket. I love the fit of these trousers. The cut is once again relaxed and feels perfect for skiing. The legs are articulated with a flexed pattern at the knees giving great freedom of movement whether skiing aggressively downhill or skinning/booting up. The cuffs are wide and sit easily over the cuffs of your ski boots. The internal snow gaiters are elasticated and provide a secure seal over the top of your ski or snowboard boots although this would be too loose to work over a mountaineering boot I think. That said, they are ski trousers.
The lower legs have huge burly scuff guards to help protect them from getting sliced by ski edges and crampon points and this has done a brilliant job of protecting them so far.
The waist belt adjusts with an in internal tab system which is simple and effective but you need to set it up when you put them on as it is a bit harder to adjust once you are on the hill. That said, there are also standard belt loops should you wish to add a belt yourself.
The Untracked Pants have lots of pocket options (5 in total) meaning you can keep things like snacks, map, compass etc close to hand. They all close securely with zippers so things donít disappear mysteriously!
Zippered vents for those uphill efforts.
I really liked the Untracked Pants for touring in and skinning up hill. The zippered vents meant I never got too warm and on warmer days I could wear them without long johns underneath as the brushed liner made them comfortable next to the skin. As the vents are meshed I never got too much snow in there even if they were open.
Like the Jacket, the Untracked Pants are highly fit for purpose! I love the fit and cut, the venting and the pocket options as well as the superb weather protection. Not a pant to be technical climbing in but definitely can handle the up as well as the down.
Overall rating: ★★★★★
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Patagonia Untracked Pants Features:
- 3 layer Gore-Tex
- Soft fabric lined waist with 2 snap closure
- Articulated patterning
- Mesh lined thigh vents
- Scuff guards and in built gaiters
- 2 hand warmer pockets, 2 thigh pockets and a rear pocket, all zippered
- Concealed Recco reflector
Colour: Navy Blue