Patagonia Guidewater Pants

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Patagonia Guidewater Pants
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The Men's Guidewater Pants by Patagonia. Bomber, fast-drying nylon pants with 50+ UPF sun protection and a partial stretch waist for exceptional fit and comfort.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Guidewater Pants.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Guidewater Pants.


  • Constructed waist with two stretch sections and zip fly provide all-day comfort
  • 4.3-oz 100% woven nylon with DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF protection. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • Lightweight woven nylon is durable and quick-drying, and it features a DWR treatment to shed moisture and stains


  • Regular fit

Size and Dimensions:

  • 32" inseam, size M


  • Front pockets, zippered side-leg and rear pocket all have mesh drainage
  • Two front pockets, zippered cargo pocket, and rear zip pocket lined with self-draining mesh
  • Waist features zip fly, belt loops, and two side elastic panels for exceptional comfort


  • Made in Vietnam.


  • Offers UPF 50+ sun protection for long days on the water

Long hours of patient waiting for a nibble mean you're getting a lot of exposure to the elements; protect yourself and stay comfortable in the Patagonia Men's Guidewater Pant. Super-lightweight, fast-drying, and loaded with plenty of handy, self-draining pockets, the Guidewater Pant is geared for on-water performance. Its classic design and comfortable fit, though, make it an excellent choice as well for anything else from summertime hikes to travels in tropical climates.

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0:345 g (12.2 oz)
Fabric:4.3-oz 100% recyclable nylon with DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF sun protection
Fit:32" inseam
Material:100% nylon with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and UPF 50+ sun protection
Pockets:Two front; one zippered side-leg pocket; one rear; all with mesh drainage
Weight:12.2 oz / 346 g
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Patagonia Guidewater Pants Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Product But..

I needed a good looking pair of light weight, all-purpose, easy care, pants with a side-of-leg pocket and these met the bill, almost exactly. They're light enough for hot summer days, comfortable and robust for hiking or sitting on a rock, and quick drying for what ever comes at you. The only problem is when going from camp to corp. Before being washed, the pants looked great; good enough to wear to the office or out to dinner with a jacket. But after being washed, the seams, especially those running down the outside of the legs, got all puckery causing the pants to shorten up by the ankle. This really messes with the refined look that they have. The Continentals don't have this problem but these are lighter and more comfortable. I would buy the Guidewater Pants again, and recommend them to friends - with a caveat. Hopefully Patagonia will improve the seams.
Buster16 at Patagonia on 05/21/2010

Right Material

Back in the 90s I purchased two pairs of Baggies pants made out of this same 4.3 oz supplex material. They are my main back packing pants and the fabric is still going strong although I've had to replace the waist band elastic and re-stitch some seams. I'm purchasing my third pair of the Guidewaters in case Patagonia goes back to just selling the 3.8 oz nylon pants like their G pants. I've used the two pairs I have for several months now and they make great travel pants, light weight but sturdy. I know they will last a long time. For backpacking, I prefer the simplicity of the Baggies pants. Please Patagonia, do another run of Baggies, its been nearly 20 years and mine won't last forever. For everything else the Guidewaters should do fine. Cheers.
Jeffrey at Patagonia on 08/29/2010

Confusing sizes

Incredible pants to wear! I use them from my son's football practice, mountain hiking and anywhere around town. They are light and don't wrinkle. They are also durable and fantastic for summer use. I ordered the mediums and i had 3-4" of gap in the waste. The mediums were also dragging on the ground. I'm 6' and a 29" waste only 140lbs. I ended up sending medium back and getting the smalls. I kept them and love them, but they are a little tight and short. I can't imagine why the two sizes are so far away from each other. It is literally like a Large to an extra small in comparison. Wish there was something in between and i would have a few more pairs...
stocktontherunner at Patagonia on 10/13/2013

Hope to add other rear pocket on the left

These pants are very very good, and these pants for me were the first time to know Patagonia when I bought one in an outdoor store in 2010. And later I keep buying these pants in 2011 , 2012 and 2013, so I know there are something changed a little bit, for example, the waist become 1 inch bigger for each size after 2012, and somewhere goes double sutures , and Belt-loop goes double thick,and more. It is very very good. But just one more hope , now it just has a single rear pocket on the right, so for a everyday useful style, to add another rear pocket on the left , then it will be perfect.
zkukofeiwu at Patagonia on 05/23/2013

Working pants that just look great all day!

I ordered a pair when I saw a saltwater flats fishing guide with them in the Bahamas. They looked as good at the end of the day as when he met us on the docks in the morning. After wearing mine numerous days on the flats, I can say they just feel great, they are very quick to dry after I jump in to wade, and mud and fish slime just don't stick. They look so great after a punishing day on the flats, that I could wear them to dinner. These pants are a must for the professional fishing guide or anyone else that works hard but wants a polished professional look all day.
HellsBay at Patagonia on 07/26/2009

Great pants

I am very pleased with these pants. I bought them because my job has taken me traveling quite a bit and I needed pants that would be comfortable, light, functional, quick-drying, and yet still look good. I found them. I love these pants for long trips. They breathe are quick drying (great for a quick wash and dry in the hotel) and hardly take up any space. I am thinking about buying another pair. In fact the only reason I did not give the product a perfect rating is because the pants are a little long for me.
Chas at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 08/08/2009

Bomber Pants!

I bought the Guidewater pants for wet wading with clients or just fun fishing. I am amazed at the comfort and durability. On a recent fishing trip to Honduras, I packed 3 pairs of pants. I ended up wearing only the guidewaters every day on the flats boat as well as out on the town. They remained cool in the hot, humid weather and protected me from the malaria-carrying mosquitoes. They dry in minutes so you can go from the water to the bar without changing. I highly recommend these pants. They are all I wear now.
PermitAddict at Patagonia on 08/13/2010

Guidewater Pants

I chose these pants to be my do everything pants. The nylon construction seems tough but supple. So far they have only been worn at work, but I doubt anyone has noticed they are water pants. Haven't gotten them wet yet, but they should dry easily. These pants will soon be used for camping and hiking. Other possibilities include fishing, kayaking, xc skiing. In other words, I don't see any practical limitations to these pants, other than they are not flame-proof or bullet-proof. The major drawback is price, but they are worth it.
Patagucciphile at Patagonia on 04/06/2013

I own a closet full!!!

Whether I'm stalking the flats in search of redfish on a 100% humidity Louisiana morning or dancing the night away to Calypso beats on a Caribbean Island, these pants help me do it with comfort and style!!! The 100% nylon construction makes these pants light, cool, and able to conform to my movements so freely that at times I forget I have them on!!! Couple this with zippered wallet and large leg pockets, and you have found the perfect pair of pants for the active person. Viva la Vida!!!
CaptShane at Patagonia on 10/01/2011

Best Fishing pants hands down!

I have 5 pairs of Guidewater Pants and love them! I got my first pair 3 years ago and still in use today. I'm not a weekend warrior,I'm a full time fishing Guide in SW Florida and use them every day. These Pants are so comferteble in all temps wether it's 98 and 100% humittity or 48 and 20knt wind. My only problem I have with these Pants is that, I'm not a tall man 5'10" and I have to get them hemmed at a tailor.
CaptNagy at Patagonia on 01/14/2012

Negative Reviews:

Regular or Relaxed Fit

I bought these pants based on the Regular Fit noted on the product listing. When the pants arrived the tag said Relaxed Fit and I confirmed after trying them on. Patagonia said they had an inventory mix-up and sent me a new pair. The new pair also was a Relaxed fit.
Finally, it was determined that this product is a Relaxed fit and that no Regular Fit product exist in inventory.
Web site still states: Regular Fit, BEWARE, it is a Relaxed Fit. Other than fit, pants are great.
Fisher2 at Patagonia on 07/26/2012

Hope you like static!

These pants are lightweight but a little like 220 grit sandpaper. They will create enough static electricity to attract all of the dog hair in my house and it will eventually all be on these pants. Fit great but the static electricity makes them stick to your legs as well.
jccolorado at Patagonia on 06/02/2011

Too short for my tall husband

My husband is 6'6" and has long legs. Unfortunately, these looked like capris on him, which is not a look he is going for. We ended up returning them.
lovecoldweathergear at Patagonia on 03/22/2013


Although I normally wear a medium in Patagonia pants the medium in these is too small for me. Definitly a slim fitting garment.
GWHayduke at Patagonia on 10/09/2011

Guidewater Pants-Mediocre

Patagonia has quality control issues on some products, including this item. The pants were (and are) substandard, poorly made, and ill-fitting.
starmike at Patagonia on 06/29/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Odd Fit or Odd Body?

I love the material these pants are made from. Amazing. The perfect weight for year round use. It is abrasion resistant, dries fast, breathes well, keeps the chill off... The fabric, the weight of it... It's perfect. My only complaint is that they if I get the size that fits me in the waist hey are too tight around this hips and bum. Really tight. Like tight enough that it looks weird and reveals too much if you get my drift. When I go up a size so that they fit properly in the hips, then I have an extra 2" in the waist. It drives me insane. I had to take the to a tailor to get them to fit properly.
petetothemax at Patagonia on 04/01/2013

too big or too small?

pants seemed to be of good quality. i had a problem with the fit. i wear a 31 waist and the mediums fell off and the smalls were to small.
thelorax at Patagonia on 04/01/2011