Ski Touring Pants
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Pants

$300, 19.5 oz./553g (men’s small)

Sizes: men’s S-XL, women’s XS-XL

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We all know the challenge of finding pants that keep you dry, warm, and comfortable when ski touring or riding in the backcountry: You need them to release heat and moisture when you sweat hard going uphill and repel snow and wind when moving through exposed terrain in stormy weather or charging hard downhill. On days of ski touring in Utah’s Wasatch Range that displayed all of winter’s multiple personalities—from temperatures in the teens with dumping snow and the wind blowing hard to warm March sunshine with the temps in the 20s, BD’s Dawn Patrol Hybrid Pants demonstrated why they’ve remained enduringly popular among backcountry users.

The first thing you notice when picking up these pants is how they feel lighter and softer than many backcountry touring pants—an appealing attribute that also hints at their excellent breathability. The “hybrid” in the Dawn Patrol pants’ name describes the combination of Black Diamond’s proprietary, two-way stretch, laminated BD.dry waterproof-breathable solution used in areas that need more protection from snow—the lower legs and seat—and a highly breathable and light, four-way stretch soft-shell fabric where your body produces a lot of heat and moisture, the thighs and front.

That combination of fabrics means the Dawn Patrol pants perform exceptionally well in all winter backcountry conditions. That performance begins with excellent breathability: My under-layers and even the waistband of the pants never got more than damp, despite how hard I sweated skinning uphill under a warm sun reflecting intensely off snow. I only had to open the deep, zippered side vents in the most intense sun of late morning and afternoon.


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