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  • Soft-shell fabric has a smooth, durable nylon exterior that layers easily and resists rain and wind
  • Integral belt with daisy chain adjustment; zip fly with snap closure
  • Zip pockets offer secure storage
  • Articulated knees and a center gusset provides an extended range of movement
  • Bonded hems resist abrasion


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Best Use Hiking
Fabric 46% nylon/39% polyester/15% spandex
Sun-Protective Fabric Yes
Quick Drying Yes
Pant Rise Mid
Inseam (in.) 32 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 4 out of 5 by from "Jack of All" I bought these REI men's soft cell activator and they are perfect for scrambling, climbing, hiking, or camping. Just like any soft shell layer they are good at everything, but not great at any one particular thing. They have great stretch and are thin enough for three seasons, and possibly winter if a base layer is underneath...They do not have any reinforcement material on the knees or back. The waste has a great feature where the belt adjusts to different for a perfect fit. So, these are a wind resistant, water resistant, durable stretch sof shell pant with 4 pockets, 2 being zipper closure, with adjustable belt attached. Im very happy with this purchase as it hits all the features needed for a perfect hiking pant.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightweight softshell pant These are a sturdy and lightweight pair of shoftshell pants. I've only used them in winter/spring weather for alpine touring and snowshoeing so far, and I'm happy with their performance. They breath easily on long uphill climbs, and resist wind and wet snow as advertised. The belt loop closure works fine for me, and doesn't interfere with my pack hip belt. They stretch well for easy mobility, and have room enough for an avalanche beacon in the zippered pockets.
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for many activities I got these pants and used them on a trip to the PAC NW for a variety of different activities. XC Skiing, hiking in Olympic Nat'l Park, running around in the snow, etc. These pants fit great, very nice and slim cut compared to other weather proof pants. I wore some Nike running tights underneath and I was perfectly warm in every activity, and it was in the 20's - 40's for all parts of our trip. These pants are "water resistant" not "water proof" and that's the reason I gave them 4 stars instead of 5. Water didn't always bead off the pants, especially when we were up in Hoh Rainforest in Olympic Nat'l Park. Rain is obviously a given when you're in a rainforest, and I would have liked to see these pants wick water off for longer. I did know they weren't fully water proof, so this was to be expected, but I'm considering getting other pants that will be fully water proof.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Comfortable but baggy Bought these for moderate wind and water resistants. Did the job there but the fit is odd and kinda baggy. The built in belt and hook buckle is awful. For 100 bucks I'd expect a better fit. Should have went with the North Face convertables.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Difficult to use belt closure in the real world I wore these pants once, and found that the closure was a royal pain, and there seemed to be no easy way to tighten the pseudo-belt. Serious disappointment! Maybe provide a user's guide? Not sure if I'll wear them again, or give them away. Maybe I'll give another try.
Date published: 2016-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value Was looking for a cheaper alternative to water proof hiking pants for a light rain/muddy hike and these were a great choice. Great fit, pockets zip, built in belt, comfortable flexible material
Date published: 2016-03-26
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Are you planning on making 34" or even 36" inseam versions of this pant?

Asked by: cschaaf
We do have plans for the Activator Softshell Pants in a 34 inseam. Please check back later for more details.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-28

Does this material make noise when you walk?

Asked by: MimikokoXI
The Activator Softshell Pants make a small amount of noise when walking.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-08

I need to shorten the length of the 30" activator pant and it appears there is a hem tape used on the pant that is 1/2" wide. Can you tell me what brand of hem tape was used so that I can replicate the hem? Most hem tapes are 5/8" to 1"

Asked by: ShortiePants
​I'm sorry, that information is not available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07

Are the Activator pants designed to be worn over your everyday hiking pants/shorts, or are they meant to be worn in place of them?

Asked by: Hiker985
​The Activator pants are not meant to be worn over another pair of pants.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-01

The 30" inseam is a little too short and the 32" inseam is a bit too long. Do you think it would be okay to have the 32" inseam sized hemmed after purchase?

Asked by: Majah Flavah
The 32 inch inseam pants could be hemmed to get the proper inseam.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-30

How much do these pants weigh?

Asked by: Trematode
​These pants weigh 15 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-03

How cold does it need to be for these pants to be comfortable?  They look too heavy for summer backpacking, trying to determine what temp range these will perform in (w/out base layer).  Thanks!

Asked by: TXBackpacker77
We do not provide temperature ratings on clothing because warmth depends on so many different variables including activity level, metabolism, perspiration as well as the other clothing layers you are wearing.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-21
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