A never ending pursuit.

Sinking deep turns into chest-deep, bottomless powder doesn't really get old—that's why you've made it your mission to spend every free moment of your winter hunting for that fluffy white stuff, wherever it may be falling. Patagonia designed their Men's Descensionist Pants for stoke-filled resort days and backside pow laps, so you can stay dry even when the snow is flying like confetti.

The three-layer shell is waterproof and breathable, fighting off harsh storms and letting moisture escape when you kick it into gear on the skinner. Fully taped seams and ankle gaiters seal you off from the elements when you're barreling through snorkel-deep conditions, and articulated patterning gives you unrestricted mobility for tricky maneuvers along the skin track. Back thigh vents dump heat quickly when the temps rise, and scuff guards along the bottom hems keep you from putting holes in your pants while you're kicking it around the parking lot post-shred.

  • Tough snow pants for ripping the frontside or the backside
  • Waterproof shell with fully sealed seams repels snow and rain
  • Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility
  • Thigh vents dump heat while you work up a sweat on the skin track
  • Gaiters seal out deep snow
  • Scuff guards protect the hems from damage
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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

All of my friends make fun of me. One of the many reasons is my Euro tight pants I wear splitboarding. I end up wearing a harness enough times a year splitboarding that I have adopted a pretty alpine/euro look. It doesn't help that I ride hardboots either. It's been years since I have found a touring pant that has all the features I want and have a "cool" looking fit. Enter the Descensionist.

Super breathable on the up and sheds moisture very well. Fit is relaxed enough that I can actually blend in at the resort on the few days that I ride chairs. Material is really comfortable, and few days last spring I just wore boxers underneath and was a perfect temperature all day.
If you have any questions on fit or want to see product photos, please let me know.

Ninja Kick You Way Into Every Pow Turn

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Nothing sucks worse than a pair of tight restricting pants on a steep skin track full of switchbacks. Being able to swiftly and with ease throw your legs around will make your touring day much more seamless. To have this mobility, but also be able to handle any weather and stay dry was once a myth.

No longer.

The Descensionist pant solves the age old problem of mobility versus waterproofing. Combining both - these things are a dream come true. They also achieve the perfect combo at a decent weight.

High and Dry - breaking trail, with ease.

If you have a larger behind like myself (damn those bootpacks) - these will run a little on the small side.