Patagonia Roving Zip-Off Pants

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Lightweight and dries fast when wet. However, like…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50

Summary

Lightweight and dries fast when wet. However, like most convertible pants out there, these are cut very loosely. When used as shorts, the shorts went below the knee which effected performance during ascents of high elevations. Furthermore, the button seems to come undone when stooped or bent over.

Pros

  • Good construction
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Fast drying

Cons

  • Loose pant leg cut
  • Waist is slightly large (I'm 6' 150 with a size 30 waist)
  • No attached belt/waist adjuster
  • Price (if paid full price)
  • Button becomes easily undone

As aforementioned, this review is for the zip-off/convertible version of the Patagonia Roving Pant. I purchased the black version of these pants on sale through sunnysports.com. I recently wore these pants for an overnight while hiking up Mt. San Jacinto near Palm Springs.  

As expected, Patagonia's construction of these pants are great, in which they held up well in rocky terrain after scrapes and abrasions. The pants are made of nylon material, which allows these pants to be breathable and fast drying. The pockets are made from a mesh material, which also assists in the drying process when wet. There are two cargo pockets, two side pockets, and one back pocket.

I thought the sizing of these pants were somewhat large. I ordered a size 30 (I'm 6' 150), and found the waist size to be slightly large compared to other pants that I own in the same size. Furthermore, since there is no attached belt/waist adjustment system, I require a belt for the correct sizing of these pants. I used a $1.99 football belt I bought from a local sporting goods store for a relatively lightweight option.

Also, like most zip-off/convertible belts out there, the pant leg cut is quite loose... especially for those with slimmer builds. Even with a base layer, the pant legs are still too loose for my build. For me, the fit and comfort of the pant would improve if slimmer cuts were offered.

EDIT 7/22/13:

I have noticed that the button to these pants will come undone after stooping over.  Because of the use of a belt, it hasn't been too much of a problem, but the button failure has changed my overall review of these pants.

Furthermore, as I previously mentioned, the loose cut of these pants, as well as the length of the shorts past the knee, effect the fit and overall performance to these pants, especially during climbs of substantial elevation.

Enclosed are some photos taken by my friend while wearing these pants with both pant legs attached and unattached:

 

(I'm the one nearest to the camera wearing the "shorts" version of the Patagonia Zip Off.  Photo taken by my friend Ryan Lopez during our ascent of Mt. Langley.)  
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(I'm the one standing on the right in the picture wearing the "pants" version of the Patagonia Roving Zip Off.  Photo by Ryan Lopez)

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EDIT (8/8/13): I recently noticed that the button of the pant becomes easier and easier to unbutton when bent over at the waist.  While this issue can be mitigated with a belt, I would expect more from a company like Patagonia.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Patagonia Roving Zip Off Pants for Men 28 RockwallThe Patagonia Roving Zip Off Pants for Men 28 Rockwall are tough, practical zip-off pants made of 5. 4-oz 100% nylon canvas with 50+ UPF sun protections in a wearable textured nylon canvas, and 11 inch inseam (shorts). The Roving Zip off pants have belt loops, zip fly with metal snap, and double-needle stitching details, two front slash pockets and welted right rear drop-in pocket; all with breathable mesh pocket bags; cargo pockets on thighs secure with hidden metal button, gusseted crotch and articulated knees for better mobility. Pants convert to shorts with unobtrusive zip-off legs that have color-coded zippers for easy on/off. The Patagonia Roving Zip Off Pants for Men 28 Rockwall have a mid-rise waistband and straight legs. This Patagonia roving pant is perfect for daily use, you can go to work, and afterward take a hike back to your home.

- SunnySports

Tough, practical zip-off pants made of 5.4-oz 100% nylon canvas with 50+ UPF sun protection in a wearable textured nylon canvas, with 50+UPF sun protection; 11" inseam (shorts).

- CampSaver.com

On Sale. Free Shipping. Patagonia Men's Roving Zip-Off Pant DECENT FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Roving Zip-Off Pant Light-wearing, durable nylon canvas has 50+ UPF sun protection Zip-off pants have belt loops, zip fly with metal snap, and double-needle stitching details Two front slash pockets and welted right rear drop-in pocket All with breathable mesh pocket bags Cargo pockets on thighs secure with hidden metal button Gusseted crotch and articulated knees for increased mobility Pants convert to shorts with unobtrusive zip-off legs that have color-coded zippers for easy on/off The SPECS Regular fit Weight: 15.3 oz / 433 g Inseam: pant: 32in., short: 11in. 5.4-oz 100% nylon canvas with 50+ UPF sun protection This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

For the self-proclaimed 'roamer' of woodlands, deserts, and urban oases, Patagonia crafted the rugged Men's Roving Zip-Off Pant. A simple zip-off design lets you to take in the cool air at sunrise with your lower legs covered and take advantage of moving air while you hike back to base camp during rising midday temps. Durable nylon material means that the Roving pant won't sag when wet and dries rather quickly.

- Backcountry.com

Tough cargo pants that can take on the challenges of any adventure. The Roving Zip Off Pant from Patagonia is made from rugged nylon canvas, giving it great resistance to abrasion and sharp edges with zippers built-in just above the knee allowing you to go from pants to shorts whenever you see fit. The cargo style pockets give you plenty of space to store maps, snacks, and other trail essentials so you don't always have to dig through your pack.

- Mountain Gear

Patagonia Roving Zip-Off Pants

previously retailed for:
$44.50 - $89.00

The Patagonia Roving Zip-Off Pants is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 16, 2014 at SunnySports.

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