Marmot Scree Softshell Pants for Men and Women

Marmot Scree Softshell Pants for Men and Women

Marmot Scree Pants are softshell pants available in men’s and women’s sizes that are good for winter hiking and snowsports. They’re highly breathable and wind-resistant with a good amount of built-in stretch for added comfort and fit. They’re also roomy enough to wear over a base layer without being baggy, something that is increasingly rare in men’s and women’s softshell pants, especially women’s pants.

Specs at a Glance

  • Gender: Men’s and Women’s
  • Material: Softshell Double Weave 90% Nylon, 10% Elastane Stretch
  • Pockets: 3
  • DWR: Yes
  • Men’s Sizing: 28″-40″ waist; 30″ and 32″ inseam
  • Women’s Sizing: sizes 2-14; 32″ inseam

The Marmot Scree pants have three pockets, all on the front with no back pockets. There is a zippered thigh pocket and two front pockets made with mesh lining that lay flat and don’t bulk up. After that, there are some major differences in the sizes available and styling between the men’s and women’s models. The men’s pants have much deeper pockets than the women’s pants, which are quite small. The men’s pants also have articulated legs, but not the women’s, despite what the marmot website says. The belt loops are also configured differently.

Men’s Marmot Scree Pant
Men’s Marmot Scree Pant

I like the comfortable fabric they’re made with and the cut of the women’s version. They are not tight like some other brands that fit more like leggings and are not too loose or baggy. The Scree Pants have good wind resistance and are surprisingly durable, holding up to off-trail use. They also come with a DWR coating for water resistance which is pretty standard on softshell pants and a great feature for winter use.

Women's Marmot Scree Pant
Women’s Marmot Scree Pant

I think my favorite feature on the women’s model is a wide back belt “loop” that is really low profile, making it comfortable to use under a backpack hip-belt, not a hard lump that and grinds into my spine. That’s definitely a win. I’ve been known to “move” poorly positioned belt loops in other pairs of pants to make them more comfortable for carrying a backpack.

Wanda in her Marmot Scree Pants on Mt Isolation
Wanda in her Marmot Scree Pants on Mt Isolation

Recommendation

These softshell Marmot Scree Pants are a great option for winter hiking. While I’m not 100% happy with all of their features, I like the comfortable softshell fabric they’re made with and the cut of the women’s version. They are not tight like some other brands that fit more like leggings and are not too loose or baggy. The Scree Pants have good wind resistance and are surprisingly durable, holding up to off-trail use. While the women’s pockets would be better if they matched the men’s, I’ve decided comfort is more important than perfect pockets. If you are looking for some softshell pants for winter hiking and cold weather use, I would definitely recommend taking a closer look at the Marmot Scree softshell pants.

Disclosure: The author purchased these products.

About the author

Wanda Rice has been backpacking since the late 1980’s. She has climbed the New Hampshire 48, the New Hampshire 48 in winter, the New England 67, the New England Hundred Highest, and the Four-Season 48. Wanda also teaches for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Mountain Leadership School, the AMC New Hampshire Chapter Spring and Winter Schools as well as the AMC NH Winter Hiking Series. She leads day and overnight trips for AMC NH year-round and loves mentoring new leaders. She is a gear junkie, a self-proclaimed Queen of Gear Hacks, and loves sharing her tips and tricks with others. Wanda lives in southern NH and is looking forward to moving closer to the mountains in the next few years.

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4 comments

  1. I really don’t like “soft-shell” fabric. It’s heavy and not all that warm, IMHO.
    For winter I prefer my Duluth Trading Dry on the Fly fleece lined nylon cargo pants. Windproof, tough and warm but relatively light.

    • Seems rash to clump all softshell pants together given that there are so many different weights and pant designs available. Heck people use softshell in summer (Or Ferrossi and all of Kuhl pants) I can’t hike in fleece-lined pants. Simply too warm.

  2. CAPT Gary Andres USN ret

    I agree with Philip’s assessment on soft shell pants in winter. I recently completed a section hike of the CT AT. Temps ranged from high 20s at night to high 30s daytime….maybe touching low 40s for an hour or so. I did it in my Patagonia Qundary Zip Offs. I carried a pair of Smartwool thermals, but only wore those at night. My only concern was the wind and cold getting through the material….but I had no problem (and I run cold!). Still, I came across many hikers dressed in heavier pants. To each his own…Philip, can you address the baggy nature of the mens version of the Marmot Screes?

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