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  • Lightweight nylon fabric packs small, dries fast and has a durable water repellent finish
  • UPF 50+ rating provides excellent protection against harmful ultraviolet rays
  • Loaded with pockets for essentials, including many with secure zip closures and/or secure hook-and-loop closures
  • Center gusset and elastic in back waist ease movement; soft waistband liner and flat seams increase comfort
  • Reinforced cuff backs stand up to abrasion from boots
  • Men's REI Sahara Cargo Pants with 30 in. inseam have a relaxed fit that generously allows for comfort and movement


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Best Use Hiking
Fabric Nylon
Sun-Protective Fabric Yes
UPF Rating 50
Quick Drying Yes
Side Cargo Pockets Yes
Inseam (in.) 30 inches
Gender Men's

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Sizing notes

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 2 out of 5 by from Sahara Pants have changed for the worse I have used REI Sahara pants for extensive hiking and backpacking for over a decade. I would rate the older style 5 stars and have used them for over 1,000 miles each year. But the current design has a fatal flaw and one annoying flaw. First, the fly zipper length has decreased by 25 mm (1 inch). So now I need to remove my backpack in order to urinate without pinching. This design change means that I will no longer use the Sahara pants when hiking or backpacking. Second, the pocket fold has increased by about 15 mm. This means that the pocket grabs onto protruding things at unexpected times, such as when bushwacking through the tundra in Denali National Park.
Date published: 2015-12-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from REI "Improves" Sahara pants to my disappointment I have had several pairs of Sahara pants purchased over the years and with each purchase, the quality of design of these pants goes down. First, they made the belt a loose belt instead of being integrated with the pants. So the belt would fall out of the loops when taking a rest stop on the trail if you did not hold on to the belt. Now this latest iteration drops the belt completely. What??. Then they drop the snap for a sewn button. That will last. Then the material is changed and does not breath as well as the previous pants. Then the zip off pant legs are gone. What was a perfect pant for my hiking needs has been "improved" to the point that I have purchased my last pair.
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Stitching Failed I have loved REI brand pants for years, especially the Sahara styles. I am an avid hiker/backpacker and have always been satisfied with the durability and performance of the pants. I recently have had 2 pair (1 1/2 year and 2 years old) where the stitching on the inside of the pockets failed. In each, I put my wallet in my back pocket only to have it fall out the bottom of my pants legs. The stitching also, failed on the side pockets. I repaired the first myself, but with this happening to the second pair, I will be trying to return them.
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Odd sized guy... I loved these pants, light, packable, quickdry, good pockets, summer or winter... BUT, as I've grown older, I suppose I'm lumpier and harder to fit. With a 35" waist and a 31" inseam, I found the mediums to be a bit tight, and while the large fits great up top, the "straddle" is TOO LONG to walk comfortably without pulling them up like chest waders... I would highly recommend these pants IF THEY FIT YOU WELL, so try them on first!
Date published: 2014-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fit, quick dry, comfortable Bought these pants for the hot and humid condition in Central America and they didn't disappoint. These are one of the few that fit me really well. The fabric is light and dry quickly. They are easy to pack. I wish they come in more colors like the convertible pants. These are becoming my favorite pants back in the States as well.
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trail comfort These slightly redesigned Sahara pants are a replacement for a well traveled pair that served me extremely well. The fit is now a little more relaxed and much better suited for a light base layer on cold trail starts. The pants have nice features such as the zippered left cargo pocket and the mini multi use pocket on the outside of the right cargo pocket. The nylon fabric has a soft touch to the skin, is comfortable and has a functional DWR finish. Great product!
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pants, run small I bought these to travel to an overseas desert location, and they are perfect. The cargo pocket is perfect for holding passport, wallet, bottle of water, etc. The material is a great weight and the fit is ok but size seems to run small. I am 32"-34" waist which says I should wear a medium by the size chart (and I typically do) but these pants required a large.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, But Runs Small These seem like the perfect hiking, travel pants for warm weather. They are lightweight and have lots of useful pockets. I am sure they would dry quickly. I first ordered a medium waste and found them to be equivalent to REI's and just about any other company's small. I just received an XL and they are more like a large. So I would recommend them with that caveat when ordering or purchasing.
Date published: 2014-06-05
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I'm confused about the colors. There are pictures of a greyish color (labeled "Quiet Shade") and a light brown color (labeled "Steel Grey"). Are these mixed up?

Asked by: Seattle C
The colors of the REI Sahara Cargo Pants are accurate, they are as shown in the photos.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-27

I usually take a 34 waist. I see the medium pants are designed for 32-34 waist. Is there any (elastic) stretch in the waist -- in cast the pants are tight on me?

Asked by: Art2
The REI Men's Sahara Cargo Pants feature a center gusset and elastic in the back waist. This provides a modicum of stretch, for comfort. The back view of the pants shows off this elastic section.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-25

Are the inseams small, like the waists? My husband is a 30" inseam. Will washing & drying make a difference?

Asked by: Ladybug300
These pants feature a 30" inseam. Drying the pants should not affect them as long as it is done on low heat.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-26

Re:  the Sahara cargo pants.  I tried a pair on in the store.  I am a 33 waist.  I tried the medium.  They were much too tight.   Was this simply a case of the pants being mismarked or do I need to try a large. 

Asked by: lar
This year's Sahara Pants are cut small. It would be best if you try a large.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-29

From reading the comments it looks like these are on sale because the current design is not a favorite In comparison to previous designs... I love the on line comments, I hate it when it sounds like new design items are changed for the worse.

Asked by: Looking for success
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