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Siggy Chaloupka
know of short inseam softshell pants??...let me know! on 05/06/2011 10:14:08 MDT Print View

hi guys,

just wondering if any of you know of any softshell pants in a 28" inseam.

i need them for winter climbing, so any warmer fabrics or fleece backed fabrics would be ideal.
As Im 166cm tall with a 30" waist, its a bloody pain trying to find even a "small" where the legs arnt too long. 30" inseams are just simply too long. I end up with the articulated knees a few inches too low.

are there any custom manufacturers, or makers who are willing to alter their patterns slightly??

any advice is greatly appreciated folks!



Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Short inseam on 05/06/2011 10:17:14 MDT Print View

Despite being 5'11 I have a 30" inseam and a lot of brands don't make pants in a short length anymore. As long as they don't have an ankle zipper, I just take a regular 32" or 34" inseam pair to the local tailor and have them altered for less than $5. That way you can actually get the pants you want.


Siggy Chaloupka
short inseam softshells on 05/06/2011 10:22:25 MDT Print View


unfortunately its a necessity to have zips. I need them as a technical alpine pant.
its a total shame. i could use a 30" inseam, but it gets so annoying.
I heard Wild Things Gear can do some custom work...i dont know the truth behind that though.

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: know of short inseam softshell pants??...let me know! on 05/06/2011 10:46:49 MDT Print View

Consider trying women's petite sizes. Petite inseams are usually 28" or 29". A 30" waist would be about a size 10 or 12.

And before you scoff at the idea, lots of outerwear are pretty unisex these days in terms of color and style. I have a pair of REI Taku softshell pants and also a pair of REI Mistrals (both petite lengths) that are black and gray, respectively. You'd be hard-pressed to identify either as being a "women's" pant without looking at the tag.

Ginger Allman
(gindavall) - F

Locale: Ozarks
Re: know of short inseam softshell pants??...let me know! on 05/06/2011 11:08:28 MDT Print View

I'd echo the comments about trying women's gear. The cut's not that different with current fashion of lower waistlines. Should work just fine. Except for the hot pink lining. (kidding)

But any competent seamstress can shorten pants with a zipper at the hem. Not maintain waterproofness...most don't have a clue about seam taping. But that's not much of an issue at the hem anyway. Though it should cost a lot more than $5. Conservatively, I'd expect $10-$15 without a zipper and at least $20 with one. It's a skill, after all, and we should pay our support team well. ;-)

Edited by gindavall on 05/06/2011 11:11:29 MDT.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
dead bird on 05/06/2011 11:17:25 MDT Print View

dead bird though it will cost ya ....

Chad Lorenz
(ChadL) - MLife

Locale: Teton Valley, Wydaho
Beyond Clothing on 05/06/2011 11:24:59 MDT Print View

These guys have been around for awhile and seem to have a good reputation: they do lots of custom work. They offer a few different weights of softshell pants, make sure to look under the "classic" tab. (not affiliated in any way, nor have I purchased from them...)


Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
No need for custom or crazy expensive--Marmots got what you need on 05/06/2011 11:25:19 MDT Print View

Hey Siggy, Marmot makes their softshells in 3 different lengths, including short

I love my Scree's. G' luck!

Edited by Konrad1013 on 05/06/2011 11:28:13 MDT.

William Johnsen
(sixoclocknews) - F
Re: pants on 05/06/2011 11:33:49 MDT Print View

Hi Siggy,
I have a pair of Patagonia French Roast pants, which I believe are 30 waist and a tad short so I never end up wearing them. I can measure the inseam if you're interested. Otherwise, I've heard good things about Beyond Fleece getting sizing right.

Stephan Doyle
Re: know of short inseam softshell pants??...let me know! on 05/06/2011 12:51:43 MDT Print View

I have size small dead bird gamma LT's.

Not optimal, but not too bad either. The extra length is not a problem for me – they bunch just enough at my shoes/boots to not come over the heel and get stepped on.

I'm a ~27/28 and they work for me.

Siggy Chaloupka
thanks! short length pants were found!!! on 05/09/2011 17:10:41 MDT Print View

Hi guys,

youse have been fantastic and your comments were heaps appreciated.

Basically in the end i went with a pair of Beyond Clothing pants. Geez, i had no idea just how customizable they were. I ended up getting ankle zips and gaiters and suspenders put on them.

Now...the 5 week wait until they dispatch the pants.