Are the Patagonia Descencionist pants up to scratch? Find out in our review 

Patagonia Descensionist pants RRP £320

I used the Descensionist for two-days of quite demanding (for me!) ski touring above Chamonix at the end of last season, and found them pretty impossible to fault – light (516g), comfortable and good looking, they did an admirable job of both skinning up and hooning back down (unlike the wearer…).
The outers are made from three-layer shell fabric with a winning combination of great stretch, excellent breathability and good wicking, and articulated patterning means you can move easily going both up and down the mountain.

You have a choice of using the built-in belt or your own belt as the Descensionist also comes with belt loops, and zippered vents on the outside of the thighs help you control your body heat. There are just three zippered pockets – one smallish hand pocket and two large thigh pockets – and the pants are rounded off with the usual snow gaiters and scuff guards.
The fit is relatively slim, but not so much you can’t easily layer up underneath the pants, and perhaps the only minor criticism of the Descensionist may be that it only comes in two quite plain colours (glades green and navy blue) so it won’t appeal to skiers who like their gear to be loud and shouty.

FOR Extremely comfortable whatever you’re doing on the mountain
AGAINST Lack of colourways 


Patagonia say:

Outstanding breathability in a waterproof shell, the Descensionist Pants deliver up and down performance for the freeride backcountry specialist. The 3-layer hard shell delivers exceptional stretch, unprecedented breathability and a moisture-managing knit backer. Waist details: soft self-fabric lining repels moisture; grown-on belt loops and built-in belt; two-snap closure and zip fly; webbing loop on rear yoke attaches pants to the powder skirt on any Patagonia® Snow jacket.Vents at back of thigh have watertight, coated zippers with slim zip installation to reduce bulk and weight.
Articulated patterning complements generous stretch for exceptional mobility while stepping or sliding.Two front pockets and two large thigh pockets with watertight zippers. Gaiters seal out snow; tough scuff guards protect inside of leg and bottom hem. Concealed RECCO® reflector