ExOfficio Insect Shield Convertible Pant

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Used for the entire duration of my Appalachian Trail…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40


Used for the entire duration of my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2012. Developed a hole in the crotch after, but hey... hiking ain't a beauty contest.


  • Extremely durable
  • Convertible
  • Comfortable
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Insect Shield?


  • Developed hole after about 1700 miles

I had these pants from Springer to Katahdin, and couldn’t have been happier with my purchase of these. They survived butt-scooting down steep rock faces in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, constantly sitting on sharp rocks in Pennsylvania, countless rain storms, countless heat waves, gallons of sweat and only a single hole in the crotch after all that nonsense. Not a big deal though, thru-hiking ain't a beauty contest.

I loved being able to switch from pants to shorts whenever I wanted. Anytime you can keep your pack weight down to a minimum is a good thing, and so not having to carry an extra item of clothing is wonderful.

I'm not sure if the "Insect Shield" actually worked or not, but I don't really care either way. I didn’t really notice if this particular brand was popular with other hikers, but I sure enjoyed them.

Definitely get something of this type of fabric though, it’s very quick drying and ideal for thru-hiking.

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The ExOfficio Insect Shield Convertible Pant is the perfect pant for hiking, backpacking, camping, and traveling, especially when you can't always predict the weather. Wear them as pants in the chilly morning and zip them off into shorts when the sun comes out. Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings. ExOfficio clothing field-tested and approved by the African Wildlife Foundation. Repels mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, midges, no-see-ums, ants and other annoying and potentially threatening insects Provides 30+ UPF protection Partial elastic waist, security zip pocket, key pocket and cargo/hand pockets Partial inseam gusset Convertible legs 2 hook & loop back pockets

- OMCgear

Mother Nature made some beautiful sunsets and some wonderful fishing, but in the process she made mosquitoes the size of Volkswagens. The BUZZ OFF Insect Shield Insect Apparel line from Ex Officio presents an elegant solution to the problem of the little bloodsuckers by offering clothing with an insect-repellent finish. The Men's BUZZ OFF Convertible Pant is, at heart, a pair of unassuming nylon technical pants, with partially gusseted legs and the ability to transform from pants to shorts at will. In addition to being bug repellent, the BUZZ OFF Convertible pant is UV resistant and quick drying, making it perfect for any outdoor activity you can think of in bug country.

- Backcountry Outlet

CLOSEOUTS . Bug spray has nothing on ExOfficio's Insect Shield(R) convertible pants, treated with an odorless insect repellent that keeps ants, flies, mosquitoes and more away. Quick-drying and wrinkle-resistant pants zip off to shorts at the knee, and are treated to provide UPF 30+ sun protection. Back elastic waist insert Deep quarter-top hand pockets Touch-fasten back flap pockets Ankle zips: 8-3_4" Inseam: Regular 32", Short 31", Long 33" (9" as shorts) Fabric: Nylon Care: Machine wash/dry Made in China U.S. shipments only Visit our Pant Fit Guide Available Colors: SAGE, LT KHAKI, CIGAR. Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL.

- Sierra Trading Post

The lightweight, travel-savvy Insect Shield(R) convertible pants by ExOfficio repel biting mosquitoes and burning solar rays. EPA-registered, odorless Insect Shield(R) Repellent Apparel helps keep biting and potentially disease-carrying insects at bay. Insect Shield is effective through 70 washes. Repel more than insects-also provides UPF 30+ protection from the sun. Lightweight nylon fabric with peach finish is quick drying and wrinkle resistant. Legs zip off to create shorts with 9 in. inseam; zippered cuffs allow legs to be taken off and put on over boots. Inseam gusset facilitates freedom of movement. Partial elastic-back, lined waistband offers a trim, comfortable fit. Front and rear pockets stow trail and travel essentials; rip-and-stick flap closures on rear pockets secure valuables. Machine washable for easy care. Closeout.


The perfect pant from Ex Officio for hiking, backpacking, camping, and traveling, especially when you can't predict the weather. PRODUCT FEATURES: Wear them as pants in the chilly morning and zip them off into shorts when the sun comes out Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings Ex Officio clothing is field tested and approved by the African Wildlife Foundation UPF 30+ sun guard keeps away harmful UV rays and uncomfortable sunburns Fabric: Ultra lightweight Nycott - 100% Nylon Best Uses: Backpacking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Insect Repellent, In-Transit, Lounging, Outdoor Work, Paddle Sports, Resort, Stay Dry, Sun Protection

- Appalachian Outdoors