Built for mobility and storm-level protection with optimal breathability, Knifeblade Pants are pared-down, highly water-resistant soft-shell pants made with stretchy, lightweight Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric.
Stem between dripping pillars, hip-scum a granite corner, simulclimb névé runnels - our Knifeblade Pants keep alpinists protected and moving light. They're extremely weather-resistant and breathable soft shell pants for ice and alpine climbing, made with acclaimed Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric that truly bridges the gap between hard and soft shells in a 3-layer package. The tricot backing and minimalist features keep the pants light, and the pliable stretch fabric accommodates your most gymnastic moves. They have a high, flat waistline for harness-wearing comfort, adjustable elasticized suspenders, a 2-way zip fly with snap closure and partial side zips at the hips for drop-seat configuration. Other details: a right thigh pocket, articulated seat and knees and slim lower legs with alpine cuffs (scuff guards, internal elasticized drawcord openings, and sewn tie-down loops for attaching an under-the-heel cord).
Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric with a tricot backing combines high weather resistance and incredible breathability
High waistline, adjustable elasticized suspender system, 2-way zip fly with snap-tab closure and drop-seat configuration all work easily with a harness
Single right thigh pocket with reverse-coil zipper, with a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment sits clear of leg loops
Articulated seat and knees for optimal mobility
Slim lower-leg profile with scuff guard for use with crampons
Adjustable leg opening has internal elasticized cord with cord lock and sewn tie-down loops
5.8-oz Polartec® Power Shield® Pro 89% polyester/11% spandex
Designed to strike the optimal balance between weather protection and breathability, Polartec Power Shield Pro fabrics feature a smooth, tightly woven face for great abrasion resistance, and a polyester back for a high warmth-to-weight ratio. The membrane in the middle enables the fabric to block 99% of the wind. The remaining 1% circulates within the fabric which greatly enhances moisture vapor transmission, improving breathability and reducing the risk of heat stress buildup. Polartec Power Shield fabrics have the best breathability in the soft shell market. In fact, Polartec Power Shield Pro fabrics are 30-50% more breathable than windproof soft shells in dynamic or active conditions.
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