User Review: REI Men's Sahara Convertible Pants
Price Paid: On Sale $36
I wore the REI Sahara on three different hikes in varying terrain.
The first was a 10-mile hike where the morning starting temperature was 32 and warmed to 50. I wore a light baselayer underneath. Had plenty of freedom of movement and felt no restriction in the knee and thigh area. My perspiration was being wicked away as described. I never felt hot nor cold in them. But felt comfortable and this hike had 20 mph winds.
My second hike was in the 20's and I wore a mid weight baselayer still plenty of movement and freedom and no restriction in the knee and thigh area. I felt of you went to a higher weight than mid you would need to order a size larger. Because you would feel restriction.
My final hike was a light rain in the 30 degree tempature range. The REI Sahara's are 100% nylon and do get wet.They did dry quickly the longer I hiked or got to a shelter to Build a fire. My baselayer was a little damp but I was warm.
As for the Left and Right pockets they measure 7X6 plenty of room for a small map and compass I found. The left pocket's separate cell phone pocket is large enough to hold a 3g phone for you techy's. The right pocket is the secure pocket with a zipper closure and Rip and stick closure. Rear pocket and Left thigh pocket both only have Rip and stick closure. As for the UPF 50 protection. I tested these this past winter. weight is 10.oz
front pockets are not deep enough to protect valuables or keys
Easy movement, non restricting