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    Default Best Convertible Pants.....?

    Hey guys,

    I'm looking for some good recommendations for convertible pants. Some obvious things that I am considering are pocket size, weight, durability and reliability (of material & zippers, etc.), etc. Any recommendations for me? Money isnt too much of a concern. I rather pay the extra cash if I can get a better product that will be lighter or more durable, etc.

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    Find the ones that fit your body best and disregard whatever the internets tell you.
    Just my $.02 as a guy that has worked at a gear shop for the last decade and puts people into clothing and gear so that they can wear it, touch it and compare it and not rely solely on whatever they have "learned" on the internets.
    What? Me worry??

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    I am very pleased with Columbia Brand - I bought 2 pair at Bass Pro in Macon on sale.

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    I have had a pair of REI Sahara's for 8 years. They have held up through a lot of bushwacking. I know that they cost $55, but I think that after 8 years and still going, I definitely got my money's worth out of them.

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    I'll second the Columbia convertibles I bought probably 7 years ago. At 11 ounces for a men's Medium they're the lightest I've found by far.
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    I'm going to follow up on what Redneckrye said and foremost make sure the pants fit. While the pants have a range of waist sizes, the inseam lengths are often fixed. Be careful if you are an odd size. You may need to hem them. Also, keep on eye on materials, I've seen quite a few of brands made with cotton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpettit View Post
    I have had a pair of REI Sahara's for 8 years. They have held up through a lot of bushwacking. I know that they cost $55, but I think that after 8 years and still going, I definitely got my money's worth out of them.

    I also wear the REI Saharas. Fit me well and dry extremely fast.
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    I have TNF, REI, campmor cheap model, campmor expensive model, Exofficio and Columbia.
    Definitely buy what fits and feels best to you. All of the above fit me fine but I really like the cheap campmor and the Columbia the best...don't know why...they just "feel" the best. All of them have held up very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Adams View Post
    I have TNF, REI, campmor cheap model, campmor expensive model, Exofficio and Columbia.
    Definitely buy what fits and feels best to you. All of the above fit me fine but I really like the cheap campmor and the Columbia the best...don't know why...they just "feel" the best. All of them have held up very good.

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    are those what you have used during your thru's??? i have to retire the old shorts i used both in 99 and 02!!

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    I'll give a third nod to the REI Saharas. In my experience, they fit true to size, the zippers work well, the pocket space is more than most folks need and they don't break the bank. But, recommendation aside, you're better off going to an outfitter and trying on pants to see what fits and works best. If you have an REI near you, I definitely give them a thumbs up.
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    I've personally had good experiences with Ex Officio's Amphi™ Convertible Pants. They are made of extremely fast-drying Nycott -- 100% Nylon, treated with Teflon® for water and stain resistance. They are very light 3oz/sq yrd and hold up well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedneckRye View Post
    Find the ones that fit your body best and disregard whatever the internets tell you.
    Just my $.02 as a guy that has worked at a gear shop for the last decade and puts people into clothing and gear so that they can wear it, touch it and compare it and not rely solely on whatever they have "learned" on the internets.
    I agree, and having said that the REI Sahara's fit me better than anything else I've tried (North Face and ExOfficio). They go on sale a few times each year for less than $40.

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    Don't most convertibles have a long inseam?

    I have always felt they might be cool, but do not tolerate stuff on the thigh well.

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    Unfortunately, I don't have an REI thats close to me so I'm going to have to shoot for an EMS and see what they have. If I don't like anything there I'll take a ride to an REI somewhere to try out the Saharas.

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    I'm a bit of an REI junkie but the pants I am using right now I bought from the Great Outdoor Provision company. They are "fly fishing pants" The legs zip off got great pockets, made of "swimsuit" like material dries real fast. Got them on clearance at the "end of season" right before a hike last fall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudhead View Post
    Don't most convertibles have a long inseam?

    I have always felt they might be cool, but do not tolerate stuff on the thigh well.
    The REI Sahara pants come in 28, 30 and 32 inch inseams. The extended sizes also come in 34 and 36 inch inseams.
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    Why on earth would you need pants?

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    Because its still pretty cold, especially during the night. And I would like to have them for next year also

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ 2005 View Post
    Why on earth would you need pants?
    Because hiking equipment and clothing is not a "one size fits all" endeavor. What works for you may not work for others. 'Nuff said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ 2005 View Post
    Why on earth would you need pants?
    When it's cold out, ticks, mosquitoes, etc? They're not just pants, they're also shorts.

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