Gear Review: Patagonia Knifeblade Pants


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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  • Matt says:

    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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