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SHORT: Some pants are available in short sizes, which generally means an inseam that is 2.5 inches shorter than regular sizes.
TALL: Some pants, shirts, jackets and parkas are available in tall sizes, which generally means an inseam that is 3 inches longer and a rise that is 1 inch longer, a shirt or jacket body that is 2 inches longer, a parka body that is 2.5 inches longer and sleeves that are 2.5 inches longer than regular sizes.


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Previous version was much better The material on the old version of these was harder/stiffer/smoother and cooler. The material on this current version feels "soft" and fuzzy and lighter weight. It doesn't hold up as well, isn't as comfortable and doesn't look as good. I have some issues with the changes to the design as well...but the biggest factor for me is the material. These are my every-day pants. I have like 8 pairs a mix of the old and new version. Sadly I really prefer the old version but they are getting worn out (holes). There is nothing technically wrong with these pants...but the old version in comparison was a much better product in my opinion. Please bring it back!
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from REI Sahara Convertible Pants w/ No-Sit Zips The design and fit of these pants have changed since last I purchased them a year ago. The rear pockets now have a larger flap, and the front cargo pockets lack the small outside pocket. Also, the pants no longer come with a belt. The most significant change, however, is the overall fit of the pants. The sizing runs much smaller and the cut is much tighter in the seat and legs. I returned the M-32 size that I have worn for years, as it was way too tight and constricting. The previous version of the REI Sahara Convertible Pants w/ No-Sit Zips have been my favorite go-to pants for years due to their fit, looks, and versatility. I hope REI brings them back. I already miss them.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Goodbye To My Favorite REI Item I want to echo other reviews: the old design was superior and I will not buy this version of the Sahara No-Sit zips. I 5-star reviewed these pants 2 years ago, declaring these the best hiking pants for the price. Why? Same as the others have said: better button at waist, 1 zip-pocket in back (essential for securing keys/id when you're really climbing around), small-pocket on right hip above side-pocket, wider cargo pockets than competing brands, and lastly, better material that truly traveled well between rougher day-hikes, weekend errands, and airports. You had a good thing, REI. You listened before and offered more colors; let's hope you go back to the old design of about 2 years ago. For now, I'm (sadly) shopping elsewhere.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stitching failed I originally loved these convertibles. They were comfortable and really easy to change from pants to shorts and then back to pants. On this last backpacking trip, the stitching simply failed in the crotch. What's worse, the way it is stitched, once it begins to fail it keeps going (no interlocking stitches). I was lucky in that a member of my party carried a needle and thread, but the pants are shot and while I have not gone back to REI I am assuming I will hear, "Sorry, we wont exchange the pants as it is simply wear and tear..."
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Good At All Tried these on at the store and they fit well. However trying them out hiking was a different story. 1. If you have muscular thighs with a smaller waist, these aren't for you. Once you start going uphill there isn't enough room for your legs to move and the pants will pull tight on your thighs. 2. Button is poorly sewed on and looks like it will pop off 3. The crotch is dropped about 1-2 inches too low, resulting in a lot of bunching and an uncomfortable wedgie when only using them as shorts
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from New design is bad I agree with ATM's review. Although the change in fabric is not too bad, the changes to a poorly sewn button waist closure and pocket redesign was a big step back. I have several pairs of the old design and wear them for everything...around the house, hiking, running shorts, swim shorts, etc...a totally versatile, go anywhere/do anything, pair of pants/shorts. The new design is not nearly as rugged. They may look a little nicer, but that is not nearly as important as their function.
Date published: 2014-09-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I miss the old design I went to REI this weekend to buy a few more pair of my favorite weekend pants. I completely agree with every issue pointed out by atm. Go back to the old material! I also noticed the deletion of the inner pocket on the left side. It was the perfect size for most phones. Bring this back and size it snugly for an iPhone 6 plus. Also the coin pocket on the right side up by the belt was perfect for a small set of keys when running.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bored Designers Ruin a Great Pair of Hiking Pants REI Sahara pants were my long-time favorite hiking pants, but their recent fabric and design changes have me looking for a new brand. Here are the three big reasons I won't buy REI's new Sahara pants. 1. REI now uses a "brushed nylon" fabric to make these pants. This gives them a soft and slightly fuzzy feel. To me, the fabric just feels gross. I don't want soft, fuzzy hiking pants. 2. They also replaced the front snap with a button, and the button doesn't look like it was sewn on very well. I don't want to have to sew a button back on in the backcountry. 3. The old pockets used to close with either a zipper or a Velcro flap. Now a couple of the pockets close with a zipper and a Velcro flap on top of that. How many ways do you need to keep one pocket closed? REI's new answer to that question is, apparently, two. They also did away with that little zippered coin pocket that held my Mini Bic lighter, Victorinox Classic knife, and Ferro rod so perfectly. I'll miss that little guy. Not sure why they decided to change you so much, but . . . . Well, anyway, we had a good run, Saharas.
Date published: 2014-09-02
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Questions & Answers

How much do all the sizes weigh?

Asked by: Mojo
​Size medium weighs 13 ounces. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide weights for all sizes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-18

What is the actual weight of these pants?. Not packaged weight. Thanks

Asked by: tacodog
A men's medium weighs about 13 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-21

Are the Black coming back in XXL

Asked by: Trickie23
As of May 2017, we are out of stock of XXL black and do not know when it will become available again.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-04

What happened to the “No Sit Zips”?????   

Asked by: Sixty Something
​These pants have no-sit zippers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-02

REI Sahara convertible pants: Loaded with pockets for essentials, many with secure zip closures and/or secure rip-and-stick closures.  I'm not clairvoyant. How many pockets and which have zips and which have rip & stick?

Asked by: 8 Ball
There are seven pockets total including two front hand pockets opening from just below the waist (no zipper or rip-and-stick), a left cargo pocket with a rip-and-stick flap over a zippered pocket, a right cargo pocket with a rip-and-stick flap only, and a smaller rip-and-stick pocket that that is sewn above the right cargo pocket. In addition, there is a rear left pocket with rip-and-stick flap only, and a rear right pocket with a rip-and-stick flap covering a zippered pocket. Left and right are given from the perspective of the wearer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-21

Shorts in-seam is stated as 8.5" in the spec. That's too short!. Could you please verify?

Asked by: Mohan
We double-checked and the shorts inseam does measure 8.5".
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-28

When will these be available in green again?

Asked by: GeneO
As of September 2016, we have no plans to restock the dark olive (green) color.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-30

Considering the common question, will REI ever go back to the original that so many preferred? What changed that created such a different opinion from the original pant? Was looking forward to No-sit zip. Thanks, Dr Alan

Asked by: Dr Alan
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