Gear Review: Patagonia Simple Guide Pants

Posted on 10 September 2010

Finding the right pants is a real big problem for me. Last year I have tried several pants from different companies. Not everyone was a lightweight one. I have tried to find a pant that fits well, but the search wasn’t rewarded. Some were not stretchy enough, the other not very breathable and so on. But then I read a Gear Review of the Patagonia Traverse Pants from Joe Newton and the impressions of this pant sound really interesting. After that I visited a local dealer and had a first touch at one of these Patagonia pants. Wow the fabric was great. But why I have not followed this company before. I tested several pants but not one from Patagonia. Then I have logged in with the store of my trust.  I didn’t find the Traverse Pants, but the Patagonia Simple Guide Pants and she looked very good at the first sight. The pants arrived after a few days and I was ready for testing this one at my Vosges trip.

First let’s start with some words about the Patagonia Simple Guide Pants.  The pant look very simple has four pockets with a zipper and articulated knees. It is made with a very light and stretchy soft-shell and treated with a Deluge  DWR finish. This protects you from wind, wicks moisture and dries very quickly. All pockets have a mesh interior and they support the breathability if they are open. The Simple Guide Pants has a weight of 406g on my scale in size L. Furthermore another very important point is that this pant is only made with recycled polyester. Patagonia has a great environment protection, what it makes my first choice.

After some details here are my impressions. I’ve the Patagonia Simple Guide Pants since Easter. The pant is really perfect and fits like a second skin. I have used them on several trips even in everyday life. The stretchy soft-shell adapts to every move and you never have the feeling that the pants restrict you. The pockets deliver enough space for small parts without applying largely. I used them only for my knife, my firesteel or even some cereal bars. Furthermore the DWR finish of the soft-shell is fantastic. It protects you excellent from wind. I would say it protects you too good from wind. At my trip in the Vosges it was really hot and I opened all pockets for better ventilation. The Patagonia Simple Guide Pants is an excellent 3-season pant, but not really good for hiking in hot summers. I would take this trouser for trips to 15°C.
Furthermore the abrasion resistence is splendid. The pant shows only small signs of wear after a hard use and some falls. Meanwhile the pant protects you also really good from short rain showers. And if the pant gets wet once, it dries very quickly.

Last but not least I ‚m happy that I have found this fantastic pant. It is so comfortable and I would never change it against another one. Unfortunately, the Patagonia Simple Guide Pants is not exactly cheap, but you can find these pants as Hot Offer at the Bergzeit Outdoorshop.

6 responses to Gear Review: Patagonia Simple Guide Pants

  • I have both the Traverse and the Simple Guide. I bought the Traverse first and even though they’re a slightly lighter version of basically the same fabric, I prefer the Simple Guide. The Traverse is slightly less featured (no cargo pocket and no fly) and IMO, the waist band isn’t as comfy. These are mostly a Winter pant here in the SE US and I find they excel in it.

  • Very similar to the Marmot Scree pants (I think).

  • Richard sagt:

    I recently bought the swedish firesteel army model and I think it’s a must have in any survival-kit.

  • Joe sagt:


    I’m glad you liked the Patagonia pants. Like Chris I own the Traverse and Simple Guides but unlike Chris I prefer the simplicity and waistband of the Traverse! The Simple Guides are great though, I use them as my cross country skiing and winter hiking pants. Great fit and material and just enough features. I’m not a fan of too many pockets on pants. The holes in the leg hem take a lightweight elasticated cord as an under-the-heel strap that keeps the worst of the snow out too.

    It’s good to find ‚your‘ brand of something. Patagonia pants fit me like a glove (unlike their jackets) so maybe I’ll treat myself to some Backcountry Guides for deep winter in the mountains.

  • hrxxlight sagt:


    I really like them and the Simple Guide Pants isn’t my last one. Still want to buy a second one and I want to test a lighter pants from Patagonia.

  • […] Eryx Pants For a long time I used my Patagonia Simple Guide Pants for winter trips, but this pants has no Keprotec protection on the inside and after some snowshoe […]

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