Climberism Magazine

Gear Review: Patagonia Knifeblade Pants

David Crothers February 4, 2014 Gear Talk


If “perfection is achieved, not when there is more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away,” (Antoine de Saint-Expery), then these one-pound, minimalist pants are perfect. There are scuff-guards at the ankles, one thigh pocket, adjustable ankle openings and not much else. The short bib does away with belts and belt loops, and gives the pants a high and flat waist, which makes them very comfortable under a harness. They are made from Polartec Power Shield Pro, which has the stretch, breathability and durability of a soft shell but also the weather-resistance of a hard shell. They have survived my crampons, glissades and kept me dry when ice climbs have turned into waterfalls. These have a single downside—the price (MSRP $299.00). But, because of the quality of the materials used, these pants will outlast bargain-priced pants and may end up being cheaper in the long run.



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1 Comment

  1. Matt February 5, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve got a pair of these and they’re awfully baggy around the bottom of the leg, from the knee downwards. I could understand a little bit of bag around the ankle/calf area to accomodate climbing/ski boots. However the fit around my thights and stomach is excellent. Also the hight waist means you won’t get a cold back at all. I’ve been using them in Scotland this winter and they’re amazing. If the legs were a bit better they’d be 100% perfect.

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