REI Sahara Convertible Pants
Weight: 11.4 oz
Fabric/Durability/UPF: 100% nylon / durable / 50+ UPF
Pockets: seven; two cargo; two zippered back; two hand pockets; one zippered security
SIZING: The waist on these runs true to size to a bit small, inseam is true to size, but you may need to size up if you have muscular legs and want full mobility.
BEST USE: hiking, backpacking, traveling
The REI Sahara Convertible pants are a trail zip-off classic and have been one of our favorite trail pants for over a decade. However, we are not as impressed with the current version pants as we have been with previous models. Compared to some of the competition, 100% nylon fabric does not offer much stretch, and they’re trimmer in cut this year — particularly in the mid-thigh and butt they seem a bit snug which could impede mobility if you have muscular legs — we had to size up to get full movement. Compared to the Kuhl Renegades they lack ankle/calf zips so you’ll need to take your shoes off to remove the lower leg and convert the pants to shorts. The pants are reinforced on the back of the cuffs to protect against abrasion from hiking boots, and there are also plenty of pockets. Still, these pants are a good choice if you want a brand name with a one-year warranty.
AVAILABLE SIZES: 30 – 42 waist; 28 – 36 inseam
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