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Praise the pants.
From "approachy" objectives in the North Cascades to ice climbing in the San Juans, Patagonia's Triolet Men's Pants are do-it-all britches for all things alpine. Being the workhorse in Patagaonia's hardshell lineup, the Triolets are built from a burly three-layer Gore-Tex shell with fully taped seams and a water-shedding DWR finish. The stout double cuffs are reinforced along the inner legs to repel wear from ice, snow, crampon straps, and ski boot buckles.
The separating internal gaiter forms a water-tight seal around everything from ski boots to mountaineering boots and remains in place thanks to gripper elastic and tie-down loops. When brushy approaches through mountain hemlock and scrub oak brings warm temps and threatens to leave you with sweaty layers, open up the full-length side zips to let cool air through, or zip them up tight and stay dry behind their PU-coated design when high-elevation winds bring a cascade of spindrift down on your half way through your ascent.
- Hardshell pants for ice climbing, mountaineering, and ski touring
- Three-layer Gore-Tex shell is waterproof and breathable
- Fully taped seams and DWR finish ensure waterproof protection
- Side zips allow pants to be put on without taking boots off
- Double-cuff design with scuff guard resists tearing
- Articulated design with gusseted inseam added mobility
- Q & A
Great Burly Ski Pant
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This pant is not lightweight but it is tough and the full length zippers make it reasonable for the backcountry. Too heavy for the big tours but great for days with questionable weather. Side zips can also be used as vents. Good cuff guards to prevent cuts from ski edges and great articulation in the knee. Solid rubberized elastic on the inner gator with a tightening strap. These are a really nice pant for the resort or day tours. Blue color looks great! Gore Tex performance shell works fine but isn't as good as pro shell. I'm a 33 waist, 32 length and the M fits very well. Quite form fitting, no steez here. Waist is not elastic but belt works really well. Pockets are not very big. Cant fit much besides your phone and your pass...
Like them so far.
Just used them for the first time in the Catskills on Friday Mt. Friday is a bushwhack peak, and these held up like a champ. These pants are super burly, and VERY easy to get on and off. The full side zips are absolutely necessary especially when wearing crampons or snowshoes. They fit me well, (I'm a 32x36) and wear a large. Only thing I didn't like was the zipper pulls on the lower section were nonexistent, which makes the bottom zippers (necessary for splitting the pants in half to put on over crampons) extremely hard to maneuver with liner gloves on. I made zipper pulls for these, and things are golden. They kept me SUPER dry, even in fresh powder snow, and getting covered because of dropping snow on me from the spruce trees.
If Only One Shell Pants
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
If you're in the market for W/B Shell pants that will do it all, these are it. I love em. The fabric is tough, but not heavy or burly, they pack fairly easily. Gore Tex is hands down the most waterproof / breathable membrane in the market.. would have been nice if they were Gore PRO rather than Performance since its more waterproof and breathable, but not a big deal.. its still Gore Tex. I have used these for downhill, backpacking, climbing, camping and even clearing the driveway; perfect all around pants.
The weight and durability is just right for just about any outdoor activity. They are primarily for backcountry and alpine use... but as others have stated can be used for skiing as well. Full size zips mean boots, crampons, skis never have to be removed; and partially lowered side zips allow for drop seat.. when nature calls in winter, its great to keep pants on. Internal gaiters are low volume and do the job.
Only hang up is that I wish they had removable light weight suspenders to keep pants up. I am 5'10", 200lbs with a 36" waist and 31" inseam.. the large fit great but are a tad long at 32" inseam. Earlier problems with snaps have been fixed, now they are beefed up and backed up with velcro. You can't beat the price for this quality, brand and versatility.
Love them except for one problem.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I have not had a chance to use these yet, but they fit great, look awesome, and seem really tough. I am 6' 230 and got the XL.
My only beef is that the snaps around the waist pop loose WAY too easy. Patagonia said they would fix them for me and that new stock has been fixed already.
They work as expected
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Super burly face fabric, smooth interior to slide over base layers. Sheds water as expected, sitting on a wet lift chair is no issue. All seams appear to be well done and reinforcements where needed. Went flying over rough patches with no apparent harm to the pants. Full side zips work ok, two zippers that work in either direction. I love the built in belt for waist adjustments, and the fact that it is offset makes it even more comfortable.
The mediums fit me just fine in Height and Waist, but across the hips and front of thighs there was no way I would get a base layer on. I went up the large size and the length is a touch long, but the added room across the hips was perfect. I have the waist cinched down all the way most of the time, but it fits nicely. I primarily use these for skiing and its a tight tight fit around the boots. Forgot about the 2 pockets, very small, with how tight the pants are on me across the hips it makes it uncomfortable to put my keys in the pockets.
I highly recommend these for 3 season use if you are looking for a quiver of one pant that you can layer under.
Totally bomb-proof. I use them 20 to 25 days this past winter for both skiing and playing in the snow. I really can't see these every wearing out at my rate of use. High value pants. Expensive but worth it. Fit is more slender than other pants by patagonia. easy to glide them on and off. they seal out the snow and cold. Best feature is that they breathe extremely well even in very warm spring days. I questioned the light gray when buying but it works well with most any color.
Good but not perfect
I got a pair of these to use for backcountry skiiing. I really like how they're a slimmer fit than so many other pants that seem tailored towards snowboard style. The 3 ply GoreTex worked really well in the wet snow we had last year. My only complaints are that the boot cuff is very snug around my Black Diamond Factor boots, and the snaps at the waist can come undone, especially when wearing a backpack with a hip belt.
The Primo of Touring/Mountaineering
Anyone familiar with Patagonia's Primo Pants, or at least their reputation, know that they are pretty freakin' durable. These pants are the mountaineering/touring equivalent of the Primos, and are really quite similar. The stark differences are the fit, the Triolets being much narrower, the full sealed side zips that allow you to take off the pants without taking off your boots in place of the vents, and the elastic waistband with a built-in belt. I love the way these fit as I can't stand hiking backcounty with baggy fitting pants, but a huge disclaimer, they fit super tight in the cuff if you're wearing pure alpine ski boots and not touring or tele boots. Most of the fabrics are identical to the Primo, except the pants are sectioned such that the calf & quad quarters of the pant are a slightly lighter weight fabric than the shin and the butt/hamstring. The kick patch are made out of the same material as the Primo, but lack the inch-high cuff.