User Review: REI Men's Sahara Convertible Pants
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $24.99
Comfortable, light, dries fast, and it turns into shorts!
- Dries fast
- No snag zips
- Packs small
- Incorporated belt
- Tons of pockets
- Small zippers on cargo pockets fail with heavy use
- Belt loosens, requires multiple adjustments on long hikes
When looking for a good pair of hiking pants, there are many options. I chose to purchase the REI Sahara Convertibles because of the discount I received and the construction, fit, and build.
The fit is great in my opinion and it almost feels like you're not wearing anything since it felt so light. It was baggy enough for me and I didn't find any issues with when hiking in terrain that requires you to stretch or bend your legs when going over rocks, climbing over downed trees, etc.
It's comfortable to wear even on long hikes, when wet, the fabric dries fast even when there is no breeze. On cold months, I would layer a pair of long johns underneath to give you extra warmth. On warm months, you can zip the bottom halfway or completely remove the bottom half cool your legs. It's a great option to turn your pants into shorts.
One of two issues I have had so far with these pants are the zippers on the pockets. I had to break off the zipper on one of the cargo pockets because it refused to open. Second issue is with the belt system. When doing long miles, the belt can get loose and requires you to adjust and tighten them from time to time.
Overall, these are a great pair of hiking pants and the price is fairly competitive.
REI Sahara Convertible (Shorts Mode)
Fabric Type: Nylon/Nylon Blend
Moisture Wicking: No
Quick Drying: Yes
Side Cargo Pockets: Yes