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Arc'teryx Palisade Pant - Women's Review

Arc'teryx Palisade Pant
Price:  $159 List | $118.73 at REI
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Pros:  Soft, quick-drying, easy to move in, lined waist with integrated belt, 2 zippered thigh pockets, articulated knees and gusseted crotch.
Cons:  Not very durable material, no UPF rating or convertible features.
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Weight:  9.5 oz
Inseam (from crotch to cuff):  32 in
Fabric:  TerraTex™—Nylon/Spandex blend
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx

Our Verdict

The Arc'teryx Palisade Pant is cleverly designed and well thought out. The useful and comfort-adding features of the pant such as a chamois-lined waist, integrated webbing belt, and two zippered thigh pockets make them a top notch contender in this review. They are made of a nylon-spandex blend fabric that moves easily and dries quickly, but unfortunately it also tears easily. After two weeks of rugged testing, our reviewer ended up with two holes large enough to make the pants unwearable.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
McKenzie Long

Last Updated:
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June 22, 2014

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A lightweight, functional, and comfortable pair, the Palisade Pant is not convertible, but is a quick-drying pant for hiking in climates and environments where long pants are preferable.

Performance Comparison


Wearing Arc'teryx Palisade Pant on a snowy day-hike. The TerraTex™—Nylon/Spandex blend of the pants is water resistant  quick-drying and comfortable  but not very durable.
Wearing Arc'teryx Palisade Pant on a snowy day-hike. The TerraTex™—Nylon/Spandex blend of the pants is water resistant, quick-drying and comfortable, but not very durable.

Duplicate Product Name Alert: both Marmot and Outdoor Research also make women's pants called the Palisade.

Comfort and Fit


As one of the lightest weight pairs tested, the features on the Palisade Pant don't add much weight while they do add comfort, such as the chamois lining on the waistband. This can be an uncomfortable spot on many hiking pants, particularly if your pack rubs on the waistband of your pants, but these feel soft against your skin at all times and do not chafe. The integrated webbing belt is a huge plus, as it helps to tailor the fit over multiple days of wear in a row, such as on a backpacking trip. It is easy to adjust, unlike the fit options on the Byway pant or the drawstring on the Paramount II pant.

The soft material on the waistline of the Arc'teryx Palisade Pant make these pants comfortable  and the integrated belt allows the fit to be customized on repeated days of wear while backpacking.
The soft material on the waistline of the Arc'teryx Palisade Pant make these pants comfortable and the integrated belt allows the fit to be customized on repeated days of wear while backpacking.

Breathability


The lightweight nylon of the Palisade Pant is comfortably breathable, second only to the even lighter nylon of the ExOfficio Nomad Roll-Up Pant - Women's. It is also very quick to dry from sweat or outside moisture.

Weather Resistance


The Palisade Pant does not have added UPF protection or DWR treatment, but the TerraTex™—Nylon/Spandex blend fabric that makes up the pants is quick-drying and fairly water-resistant to begin with. We tested this pant on a hike through snow and it held up extremely well, hardly absorbing any moisture at all.

Features


At the first wearing, we were extremely excited about the Arc'teryx Palisade Pant. Though this pair does not have any convertible features for the long-distance hiker, the combination of features it does have makes them a very desirable and useful garment for hiking and climbing. It has a soft, chamois-lined waist, an integrated clip belt, and two large zippered pockets on the thighs, all while keeping the weight under 9.5 ounces. It is sewn with features such as articulated knees to enhance movement, making the pant comfortable and functional. The downside is that this pant ended up being the least durable pair we reviewed. After only two weeks of wear, two large holes ripped in the material.

Mobilty


The gusseted crotch and articulated knees allow the Palisade Pant to move very well with the wearer while hiking, and the spandex blend fabric lets it stretch along with your legs. The fit is tailored for an active individual and is not restrictive in any way. The pant moves well enough to climb in, but since the fabric lacks abrasion resistance, we don't recommend making this your dedicated climbing pant. Keep this pair on the trail, and it will serve you well.

Climbing the Nutcracker in Yosemite Valley in the Arc'teryx Palisade Pant. While these pants are excellent for hiking  the material rips easily when it comes in contact with granite  making them not a great choice for climbing.
Climbing the Nutcracker in Yosemite Valley in the Arc'teryx Palisade Pant. While these pants are excellent for hiking, the material rips easily when it comes in contact with granite, making them not a great choice for climbing.

Best Application


The Palisade Pant is an excellent option for hiking in the desert or in dry, sunny climates where long pants are preferred to shorts. This pair does not have any convertible features, so the most modification that can be made to regulate temperature is to roll up the cuffs, though they can not be secured like on our Editors' choice winner, the Marmot Lobo's Convertible Pant- Women's. For hot, humid hiking, a pair that can zip off, like the Lobo's, might be more comfortable.

At first, this pant seemed like an amazing choice for alpine climbing. Similar to the Patagonia Simple Guide - Women's, it has features that are conducive to climbing as well as hiking: a gusseted crotch, articulated knees, zippered pockets on the thigh, and part spandex material. However, after only two weeks of wearing these pants, two large holes appeared in the fabric, one on the rear and one on the thigh. To be fair, we were using the pants hard on long hiking days in every kind of weather from snow to sun and on long granite ridge climbs. But still, we expected better performance from the most expensive pair of pants in this review. If you plan on using this pant only for hiking or for some light climbing, they will work very well, but for long alpine objectives go with something more durable like the Patagonia Simple Guide.

Value


For $139, purchasing these pants is a commitment. On one hand, this pant has a great combination of features, but on the other hand the nylon/spandex blend fabric does not resist abrasion very well. for this high price, you may wish to invest in a garment that would last longer than these.

Other Versions


Arc'teryx Palisade Pant
  • Cost - $140
  • Men's Version of this Pant
  • Stretchy nylon fabric
  • Quick Drying
McKenzie Long

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