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  • Stretch fabric with center gusset provides comfort, allows you to move freely with a full range of motion
  • Color-coded thigh zippers help you easily tell the right leg from the left leg when converting back to pants
  • Lightweight nylon fabric dries fast and has a durable water repellent finish; low-bulk fabric with flat seams prevents chafing, also allowing pants to pack down small
  • UPF 50+ rating provides excellent protection against harmful UV rays
  • Multiple pockets provide storage for essentials; many pockets have secure zip closures and all pockets have mesh or eyelets to allow drainage
  • Reinforced cuff backs stand up to abrasion from boots


View all REI Co-op Women's Convertible Pants

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Best Use Travel, Hiking
Fabric Nylon
Sun-Protective Fabric Yes
UPF Rating 50
Quick Drying Yes
Convertible Yes
Side Cargo Pockets Yes
Pant Rise Mid
Inseam (in.) 32 inches
Shorts Inseam (in.) 7 inches
Gender Women's

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Sizing notes

Some women's pants are available in petite and tall sizes. Typically petite sizes fit women 4'11" to 5'3". Regular sizes fit women 5'4" to 5'8". Tall sizes fit women 5'9" to 5'11". PETITE: Generally, as compared to regular sizes, petite sizes are 2.5 inches shorter in inseam and ¾ inch shorter in total rise. TALL: tall sizes are 3 inches longer in inseam and 1 inch longer in total rise.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the slimmer fit!! I own 3 pair of the REI Classic Sahara Convertible pants. I love them and especially the elastic waistband. I was hesitant about what size to order because of the previous review. I definitely wanted a SLIMMER LEG AND FIT! BINGO! Way to go REI!!!! You nailed this one! Great fit and look!! My ADVICE for shoppers is order 1 SIZE UP to balance out these pants not having an elastic waistband. I wear a 4 all day in the Classic fit and a size 6 in this WONDERFUL trial version is PERFECT!!! REI - DEFINITELY BRING THIS STYLE TO ALL STORES and MAKE MORE COLORS IN THIS SLIMMER FIT!!! The BEST ENHANCEMENT would be to add the elastic waistband to the slimmer fitting style. THANK YOU REI!!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from waistband too tight, but slimmer leg is nice I tried these on at store, but waist was super-tight. I prefer the elastic waistband of the old style. But the slimmer leg is nice. I understand from the sales clerk that this new style is a trial--if so, I suggest REI go with the elastic waist AND the slimmer leg. I bought the old-style kahki sahara pant instaed because of the fit of the waistband.
Date published: 2016-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new faves I've been hiking in the Classic Sahara pant for years and love the new design and slimmer leg. The new pant has a very nice adjustable waistband that sits slightly lower than the old style. Same great zippered pockets I couldn't live without. I bought my normal size and would love to see more colors!
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from REI convertible pants too baggy These pants fit very baggy and the waist band is too high for my preference. Loved the color and length but they run large and the legs are very baggy.
Date published: 2017-04-19
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Size 4 fits fine, but I'm hesitant to purchase this size because this model doesn't have elastic waist band, and review said the were slim in the waist. Should these reasons should I order a size 6? Is there going to be the color Steel Grey?

Asked by: Farah
If a size 4 fits, then that is the size we recommend. If you are concerned about the fit you may want to try the Classic versions which still have the elastic in the back side of the waist band:​
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-18

I am in search of a good pair of quick-dry pants as I go kayaking fairly often. How well do these hold up to say me jumping in a lake and then going hiking afterwards?

Asked by: Jimena
These pants are quick drying, made of a durable fabric and will work for hiking after getting wet.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-15

Is there elastic in the waist band? Or a drawstring? Or belt loops?

Asked by: LindaSLP
​There is an attached belt and belt loops. No elastic or draw cord.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-13

What do the color names mean? (You have no photos of quiet shade or beachwood.)

Asked by: KatieCA
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Quiet shade is a light gray color and beachwood is light tan color with a hint of red in it.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-07
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