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Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby Dark Helmet » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:37 pm

My wife has tasked me with finding her a pair of convertible pants for hiking and general outdoor use...

fit, construction, and durability are the only real things she cares about...

she's a mom with HIPS (4 kids!) at ~5'8" ~130lbs (and falling, #4 is pretty recent still)... usually wears a size 6 or 8 depending on the store.





rather not spend a ton of money, but not interested in buying junk either.

Don't need a lot of pockets, don't need insulation, don't need much other than PANTS that will survive on the trail and out chasing the kids around.

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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby smrcka » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:51 pm

I recently bought my wife a pair of KUHL Liberator convertible pants - she loves them. A little pricey at $89, but I think well worth it.
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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby TravelingMatt » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:10 pm

I go through two or three pairs a year and just buy whatever's cheapest. You can rip $150 pants just as easily as $30 pants.

I'd never skimp on "mission critical" gear such as tents or helmets, but my experience is that pants are pants.
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby jsdratm » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:18 pm

I get the REI ones and usually destroy a pair within 6 months lol. Like others have said, it probably isn't worth buying very expensive ones.

Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby MonGoose » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:20 pm

This season I've been hiking in GoLite Siskiyou pants:
http://www.golite.com/Ms-Siskiyou-Hiking-Pant-P916.aspx

Here is the women's equivalent:
http://www.golite.com/Ws-Siskiyou-Convertible-Pant-P923.aspx

They're very light and comfortable but they tear pretty easily so I would recommend them for hiking but not for climbing. The company is out of Boulder and they have a few stores around the state. They are also very reasonably priced and look great in dance videos.

Store Locator:
http://www.golite.com/StoreLocator/

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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby sandy » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:21 pm

I like REI I've had a couple of pair that have lasted me 2 or 3 years and they were pretty cheap when I bought them.

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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby sandy » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:23 pm

MonGoose wrote:This season I've been hiking in GoLite Siskiyou pants:
http://www.golite.com/Ms-Siskiyou-Hiking-Pant-P916.aspx

Here is the women's equivalent:
http://www.golite.com/Ws-Siskiyou-Convertible-Pant-P923.aspx

They're very light and comfortable but they tear pretty easily so I would recommend them for hiking but not for climbing. The company is out of Boulder and they have a few stores around the state. They are also very reasonably priced and look great in dance videos.

Store Locator:
http://www.golite.com/StoreLocator/


Cute Pants.

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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby Dark Helmet » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:37 pm

wow... thanks for the replies!

I'll check out those GoLites... they might be the ticket... REI didn't have anything less than $90 in the right sizes last I looked, unfortunately. Otherwise I'd have just gone that route.

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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby ryanmicj » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:34 pm

I can't speak to the women's pants, but I just bought a pair of Prana convertible pants that I love. I'm tall (6'4") and the 34" inseam fit with plenty of length. They are a little stretchy, have good pockets, are extremely comfortable, but best of all, the integral belt does not go over the button (don't know why I love that, but I do). My only complaint is that when converted to shorts, the leg extends a bit over my kneecap, and I wish they were about and inch shorter. Still, I loved them and plan on getting a pair or two of the non-convertible pants as well.

I think I paid $55 at Amazon. I think they are $80 normally.

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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby skiwall » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:41 pm

Ohhhh! Good topic, as I'm in need of some new ones as well!

I had the North Face Paramount convertibles. Well, I still have them. I've worn them for the last 5 years. There's a hole in the butt that I patched, but that's what I get for wearing them canyoneering. I think if you just wore them hiking, they'd be fine.

What I do like: I lost some weight, and they have a draw cord, so they still fit. They look reasonably style-y when the legs are zipped off. I can sleep in them, and the zippers don't bother me. They keep water off somewhat.

What I don't like: They shrunk in the dryer the first time I washed them. The don't have zips at the ankles for taking off over boots. In fact, I've never seem women's convertible pants that have that. I'm looking for those!
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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby skiwall » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:44 pm

MonGoose wrote:This season I've been hiking in GoLite Siskiyou pants:
http://www.golite.com/Ms-Siskiyou-Hiking-Pant-P916.aspx

Here is the women's equivalent:
http://www.golite.com/Ws-Siskiyou-Convertible-Pant-P923.aspx

They're very light and comfortable but they tear pretty easily so I would recommend them for hiking but not for climbing. The company is out of Boulder and they have a few stores around the state. They are also very reasonably priced and look great in dance videos.

Store Locator:
http://www.golite.com/StoreLocator/


Wow, that's a good sale. I love that blue, too!
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Re: Wife needs recco on "Convertible" pants...

Postby GBH64 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:42 pm

REI's Labor Day sale starts tomorrow. I don't know what all will be on sale, but their on-line sale brochure shows the prAna Monarch Convertible pants at $53 (normally $79)

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