ExOfficio Amphi Pant
Price Paid: $50
These pants met all my initial criteria for backpacking pants - comfortable even when sitting Indian-style on the ground, a good fit and quick-drying synthetic fabric. They also performed well on numerous camping and backpacking trips. They stay wrinkle-free and pack down small, water beads up on the surface (though the Teflon finish will eventually wash out) and the peached fabric is super comfortable, even on someone who can get pretty sweaty while backpacking.
I only wish Ex Officio made a women's long model, though the length is fine when I wear them with mid-cut hiking boots. Tabs for rolling them up and converting them into capri pants would be nice, too (a North Face pant has that feature). They performed well for hiking, backpacking, and kayaking and look good enough to wear around town, too. The utility loop at the right front pocket is great for hooking on a carabiner for keys, camping tools, etc.
Price Paid: $35
I love these pants. I use them for water sports mostly, kayaking in particular, but I use them all the time. I prefer the regular pants to the convertibles. They dry quickly and are comfortable and the built in belt is a good idea. The best feature is the built in mesh brief. Nothing worse than walking around with wet underwear and like I said these dry quickly-- EVERYWHERE.
The thing that upsets me is that I think the company has discontinued them--Bad Idea. I own 6 pairs, I wish I owned more.
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When you have every intention of going both ways around, just to explore, check out Ex Officio's Amphi Pants. Constructed with an integrated mesh brief, Teflon stain protection, and all the little features that make your day that much easier, you'll want to stuff an extra one of these in your duffel.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
You need clothing as versatile as you are. With the built in brief, these pants are like swim trunks, you can wear out to dinner. Now that's versatile. Fast-drying, lightweight Nycott - 100% Nylon, treated with Teflon for wrinkle, water, and stain resistance.Wrinkle resistant with built-in Airomesh brief & nylon belt for simple comfort.Indestructible button system and security zippered thigh pocket for peace of mind5 pockets including a security zippered thigh pocket.Ankle cinch at hem helps you easily pop in and out of the water.Full inseam gusset, back elastic waistband, and venting at knee for enhanced agility.Floating pocket loop inside right hand pocket to keep your travel essentials safe.32" inseam.
- Campmor refers to the men's version
The Ex Officio Men's Amphi Pants will bring out your amphibious nature. Ex Officio made these pants with fast-drying Nycott because sometimes you just can't resist a jump in the lake after a long hike. The Amphi Pants have a built-in brief and belt for simple, straightforward comfort. They're very lightweight and wrinkle-resistant so you can stuff them in your pack without a second thought. And the best part is that you can leave your underwear at home.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
Perfect for adventure travel or rural wanderings, these lightweight pants have built-in action features and updated styling for a fresh look. Made from cottony-soft, quick-drying Nycott™ nylon that’s treated with Teflon® for excellent wrinkle- and stain-resistance. Fabric has a UPF 30+ rating, offeing excellent UV protection. Built-in Airomesh™ mesh brief offers support and breathable, quick-drying comfort. Loose-fitting pants feature pleats and an inseam gusset for easy-striding, hiking comfort. Covered mesh mobility panels at knees enhance range of motion and ventilation; adjustable ankle cinch cuffs keep debris out. Side-seam pockets with separate key and coin catcher inner pockets, zippered back pocket and zippered cargo pocket give plenty of storage space. Partial elastic-back, lined waistband for a trim, comfortable fit; IBS™ shank button and separating belt.
- REI refers to the men's version