The North Face Meridian Convertible Pant
Fabric: Nylon with water-resistant treatment and SPF 15
Price Paid: $59
A lightweight, packable pant that you can wear in the market in a foreign country, or scrambling across rocks in a state forest.
Sure, the cargo pocket's a joke (no bellows), the zippered pocket's only easy to access when you're kneeling or sitting, and the back left pocket is closed by Velcro (which means it's never closed at all — if you've ever had a Velcro pocket like this, you'll know what I mean). But this is a great pair of pants.
Let's start with the lengths. In one pair of pants you have pants, shorts, and clam-diggers, for when you're crossing that stream, or when you've donned your rain pants and don't want the cuffs underneath to get wet.
Let's continue with the back right pocket. Why more clothing doesn't stuff into itself, I will never know. But the Meridian does. Stuff the whole banana in it's own pocket, zip, and there you go: perfectly packed pants.
They're light, and dry fast, with just the right blend of nylon. They don't come with a crappy, good-for-nothing faux-belt (hallelujah, and are you paying attention, Paramount Pant?)
Unfortunately, they also seem to be out of stock (or season), so get 'em while you can. I know I am.
I'm a tall guy, but the regular length suits me just fine. And the shorts aren't an embarrassing Boy Scout length when you zip off the legs.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Men's Meridian Convertible Pants are the ultimate for traveling. The fabric resists water and abrasion, and protects you from damaging UV rays. Zip-off the pants legs above the knees to quickly convert them to shorts. Abrasion-resistant 100% nylon Meridian fabric. Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 30+ protects your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays. Quick drying fabric is perfect for any adventure. Lightweight and packable. 3/4 elastic waist with belt loops and drawstring cord. Crotch gusset. Roll-up cuff feature lets you customize your pants and control your temperature. Two side cargo pockets with Velcro closures hold your things securely. Rear utility pocket provides extra storage. Inner secret pocket keeps small items safe. Rear zipper stow pocket gives you extra room for a wallet. Two slash pockets with mesh lining provide room for your hands but don't weigh you down. Shorts inseam 9".
- Campmor refers to the men's version
Excellent for hiking, climbing, backpacking and adventure traveling through transitional weather, The North Face Meridian Convertible Pant features water-resistant DWR for liquid sunshine and a Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of 30+ for the real thing. This weather versatility makes The North Face Meridian Convertible Pant an excellent choice for extended summer trips where climate changes vary significantly. Unlike the web-belted versions of The North Face unfitted Paramount shorts and pants, the Meridian Convertible Pant features an internal drawcord with a 3/4-length elastic waist for more sizing options and a little less pack weight. Long-haul backpackers appreciate this adaptable sizing feature when they're burning thrice the daily calories that they eat in the backcountry (and it's worse if the cook is bad). Travel-savvy features include a hidden internal security pocket and a practical 9-in. short inseam that won't have the kids laughing and pointing at you when you visit their village (although sometimes that's inevitable no matter what you wear).
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
Description of The North Face Meridian Convertible PantsThe Meridian Convertible Pant features an Abrasion-resistant nylon fabric. Features:Fabric : Meridian-100% nylonUPF Protection - Offers protection against damaging UV rays during prolonged sun exposure. Abrasion-resistant nylon fabric Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 30+ Three-quarter elastic waistband with internal drawcord, zip fly and belt loops Front slash pockets Rear stow pocket Utility side pockets Pant legs zip off at mid-thigh Quick drying Lightweight and packable Patch pocket with zipper Roll-up cuff feature Crotch gusset
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version
The North Face Mens Meridian Convertible Pants convert to shorts for optimum versatility. The stretchy yet abrasion-resistant nylon fabric is virtually bombproof. The sanded finish provides a soft cotton-like feel, and the elastic waist with drawcord creates a secure, individualized fit. The Meridian Convertible Pant packs into its own right rear zip pocket for packing ease.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version