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      REI Sahara Convertible Pants with No-Sit Zips - Men's 32" Inseam

      REI Sahara Convertible Pants with No-Sit Zips - Men's 32" Inseam

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      • Side zippers run the full length of the lower legs; together with thigh zippers they allow quick conversions without requiring wearer to sit down
      • They also preclude the need to slip lower legs sections over messy boots when converting from pants to shorts along a muddy trail
      • Color-coded thigh zippers help you easily tell the right leg from the left leg when converting back to pants
      • Lightweight nylon fabric dries quickly, resists pilling and is easy to pack away in a backpack
      • With a UPF 50+ rating, fabric provides excellent protection against harmful ultraviolet rays
      • Fabric is treated with a durable water repellent finish to repel moisture and stains
      • Side cargo pockets offer ample space for trail items; also includes front hand pockets, zip coin/security pocket, 1 rear zippered pocket and 1 rear rip-and-stick pocket
      • Mesh pockets bags enhance ventilation and allow water to drain
      • Gusseted crotch facilitates freedom of movement for increased comfort
      • Included webbing belt can be completely removed if desired
      • Elastic waist helps secure the fit


      REI Sahara Convertible Pants with No-Sit Zips - Men's 32" Inseam

      Specification Description
      Best use Hiking
      Fabric Nylon
      Sun-protective fabric Yes
      Waterproof No
      Moisture wicking No
      Quick drying Yes
      Convertible Yes
      Side cargo pockets Yes
      Inseam (in.) 32 inches
      Shorts inseam (in.) 8.5 inches
      Gender Men's

      REI Sahara Convertible Pants with No-Sit Zips - Men's 32" Inseam

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      Rated 1out of5
      by fromBad stitching The stitching on these is terrible. The main rear center seam blew apart after 3 uses. It blew probably because of insufficient stitches per inch and not a heavy enough thread. The main rear center seam stitch count is 7 stitches per inch. Compare this to Columbia Titanium pants which have 12 stitches per inch on the same seam. What was even more troublesome was the stitching on the rear pockets. While the main rear center seam was at least lock stitched, the pockets were "potato sack" stitched...that is...if one stitch got cut the whole seam opened up. I had the interior seams on both rear pockets zip open after only two uses.
      Date published: 2010-09-17
      Rated 1out of5
      by fromDurability? These pants had the potential to be great. The side zip down the leg is a nice feature. The problem with them is the durability. After a few casual wears around town I took them on a 6 day backpacking trip and the rear seam completely came apart! This also made the back pockets useless as they are sown into the rear seam. Also the fabric showed considerable wear after the trip. I really wanted to like these pants, but the poor build quality makes them unusable.
      Date published: 2010-11-21
      Rated 1out of5
      by fromWhat went wrong? I bought 3 pairs of these pants in 2007 and I still use them today. However I recieved 3 new pair as a christmas gift in 2010. One pair ripped the first day I wore them. REI replaced these since they were brand new. Since then all three of the newer pairs have become useless. Zippers have come and stitched and fabric has shredded. I admit I'm hard on clothing however the 4 yr old pairs are still going strong. I don't know what their doing different now but it needs to be re looked.
      Date published: 2011-06-24
      Rated 1out of5
      by fromnice pants, poor construction These pants fit great, and are very comfortable, but I have gone through 2 pair very quickly due to the stitching. After a couple of uses, the stitching on both pair has come apart on all of the seams. I spend most of my time in the mountains scrambling, and with the weak thread, the seams have come apart on both pair after 3-4 trips. I figured the first pair was a fluke since REI tends to brand really solid gear, but thats not the case with these.
      Date published: 2011-07-25
      Rated 1out of5
      by fromMuch too thin for an extended backpack. I bought these pants for an extended backpacking trip but I found that these are poor backpacking pants. I wore the pants on two short trips and they wore out in the seat. The pants are so thin that they provide no protection from brush or twigs when sitting on the ground. When the evening gets cool they provide little warmth. I recommend a heaver material for a backpacking pant. These pants would be fine for day hiking and travel.
      Date published: 2012-05-20
      Rated 1out of5
      by fromNot so great First pair unraveled at the crotch, then the butt and finally the rear pockets came apart. I tried a second pair, they are performing just like the first. Don't waste your money on these.
      Date published: 2012-08-27
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromOdd cut The crotch seemed to be too low limiting flexibility and the material made me sweaty...
      Date published: 2013-10-21
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromRuinous "upgrade" I just need to "chime in" -- maybe REI will listen. I almost never have problems with REI products. But occasionally, there is a "lemon" like these. I still 5 pairs of the earlier version Saharas. Wear them constantly, nearly everyday, through 3 seasons, for everyday use as well as hiking and outdoor sports. Amazingly, the old gunmetal grey color was good-looking enough to "pass" at work and other "nice casual" occasions when traveling. I started buying 2 pair at a time, same color, so the legs would be interchangeable (they get lost in the wash easily). Then somebody at REI decided this product needed an "upgrade." What a disaster! 1) the grey is now greenish -- besides ugly, it's no longer wearable at work. 2) the size and cut has changed; sizing is problematic, and of course nothing is interchangeable with the old style. 3) TO me, added full length zipper on the lower legs is worth the added bulk, weight, cost and "zipper hassle." 4) The reviews about the zippers are very discouraging. Tiny zippers are always a problem; adding more, makes it worse. I'll probably wait until REI tries again. Maybe they'll go back to the earlier design. Take away for REI: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
      Date published: 2011-07-18

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