Black Diamond Men’s Mission Pant ReviewNovember 3, 2016
- Comfortable & warm
- Ample storage
- Integrated PIEPS beacon pocket
- Small thigh vents
- Legs may run long
The Black Diamond Mission pant is loaded with features and built to take on the harshest conditions the mountain can throw at you. The pant is highly durable and comfortable and has a full set of features. It does run heavy compared to other pants in this test.
The Mission Pant is made from 70 denier 3-layer GORE-TEX fabric with a nylon plain-weave and brushed backer. DWR finish rounds out the pant’s waterproofing capabilities.
The Mission pant features a soft brushed backer interior and articulated knees. They are one of the most comfortable pants in this test.
The pant is highly breathable and features side thigh vents while also maintaining a thick and warm feel during cold winter days. The thigh vents could be larger and the pant tends to run warm on hot spring days.
Here is where the Mission pant stands out. A removable clasp belt helps to dial in waist fit if needed, and ankle zips make boot adjustment a breeze. The pant features four pockets including a dedicated PIEPS avy beacon pocket with an internal harness and clip. A RECCO reflector is also embedded into the pant leg.
The Mission was designed for technical layering options and so the pant runs a little large/baggy compared to other pants in this test. The legs also seem to run a little long. Consider sizing down as necessary to achieve the proper fit.
Skier, runner, and author Ben Conners has been exploring the Rockies since he was a kid. Growing up in the Vail Valley, Ben spent his winters carving turns and summers backpacking in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Ben authored a guidebook on ski mountaineering Colorado’s high peaks and lives with his wife in south-Denver.