Columbia Mens Silver Ridge Convertible Pant, Breathable, UPF 50 Sun Protection
- 100% Nylon
- ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Columbia's Silver Ridge Convertible Pant features Omni-Shade UPF 50 fabric for maxium protection against the sun and Omni-Wick technology that pulls moisture away to keep you cool and dry.
- HANDY FEATURES: This men's durable convertible pant features one zip-closure security pocket, side pockets with hook and loop closure, and mesh pocket bags for ultimate convenience and efficiency.
- ADJUSTABLE FEATURES: This men's convertible pant features a partial elastic waist, gusset detail, and zip-off legs for the ultimate comfortability.
- CLASSIC FIT: This pant is crafted of a classic fit for ultimate comfortability while active days outside.
- Columbia's men's Silver Ridge Covertible Pant features sun protection and quick-wicking fabric with multiple pockets and zip-off legs making them the perfect pant for active days in the sun.
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One minute you’re tackling a ridge, the next minute you’re running a river. These convertible pants are the ideal solution for both multi-sport outings and unpredictable weather conditions.
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Pants have a slimmer cut to them through the butt and thighs (if you are muscular or have a bubble bum- you WILL have problems). Waist size was about 1 size off (wear 34, need a 36). Due to the cut of the bum and upper legs, wearing a base layer or longer underwear (I had lightweight Merino underneath) was uncomfortable and did not leave enough play in gusset and stitching that I would be comfortable kneeling, stooping and moving around in them as desired.
Overall, if you are a "normal" or "thin" build, these pants for sizing should be great. If you consider yourself "muscular" or on the heavier side, order a full size up than what you need. These pants were not designed for us bigger more athletic guys.
In extreme heat, they do wick the moisture away. In Qatar I found that after travelling 200 ft from an air conditioned bunker across the desert (and it's a wet moisture due to the Persian Gulf), you were completely drenched in sweat. That heat is just a few degrees away from being the maximum that people can endure due to the moisture in the air. The paints would dry quickly once inside again, and protect you from the sun. They are a very light cloth that doesn't feel uncomfortable in extreme heat.
I would say the durability is pretty good, I've had one of the forward pocket in one of my paints fail due to the stitching, and some of the material is now starting to look thread bear.
For those doing things on the water, I've found these shorts travelling in a rigid inflatable boat in salt water will again dry pretty quickly after being dosed by a bow wave, cotton underwear will be your down fall! Salt absorbs water, and in and of itself can quickly lead to rashes, this fabric absorbs no saltwater per say, so will dry especially if you splash down with a bit of fresh water shortly after you've landed. In sum, they are very effective pants to wear while boating.
They pack very light, and do not show wrinkles. You can pack them down in a backpack and they weight almost nothing and take up very little room. The bottoms are compact enough you can remove them and put them in the front pockets.
The belt isn't very fancy, but I haven't had any fail, and I've found they are the ideal size for emergency tourniquets (tie it, don't use the buckle), which I've had to do. It's probably not everyone's list of reasons to buy a belt, but unlike leather and dress belts, this can be used to synch something down. I've also used it to synch down loads backpacking when I couldn't find anything else and SUV roof racks.
The color works well, and unlike everything else I have, has never born out a stain. Again, that's a nice feature of polyester, the dye is permanent, everything else washes away like engine grease, blood, mustard, dirt. When wet they don't look obviously wet with the color unlike the lighter versions. They don't fade, or pile, but will eventually start to wear, like everything else.
In appearance, they aren't formal wear, but from casual dining in Doha to Annapolis, they fit the bill. Of course, they don't look out of place on a military base or a camping trip. They aren't so GI that they scream "search me for hidden weapons and cans of chewing tobacco".
Overall I say they deserve around 4.5 stars, with the sole objection being a bit better stitching for the pants pockets, though I have carried probably fairly heavy things in them, so they were under a bit of load.
Since I can't choose 4.5 stars, I choose 5.
Why would you take pants meant for hiking, or at least being outdoors, and design them with a tapered thigh section so narrow they pull against people's thighs with every step? Specifically, think of going up stairs (or climbing a hilly incline) when you have to lift your feet higher in order to ascend vertically.. these are the steps when the fabric of any pant will rub and catch most on your moist, sweaty legs.. in the context of a day-long hiking, it makes each step that much more tiring when you have to fight against your pants; in the context of these pants that problem is even worse as they get so thigh-narrow they maximize that pull... and I have normal-dude thighs.. I haven't seen leg day in the gym for years...
Moving on, you figure one design flaw is enough, yea? Oh wait, how about those front pockets, lets make those smaller, because no one takes front pockets seriously anyways, yea? I stuck a ruler in the front pockets and couldn't find any way to put it deeper than 4 and 1/2". I can still see my wrist when I put my hands in those pockets.. why.... would they do that?
..if you can get over the tight thighs (I couldn't) then perhaps the only merit to these pants is how light the nylon is compared to other convertible pants.. so maybe they'll stay cooler in hot climates.. just too uncomfortable for me to try and find out
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I've been a big fan of Columbia since my spell living stateside and while they don't always get it right, their trekker pants and 3-in-1 coats are in my opinion better quality and value than North Face.
These pants mark a departure from my prior favourites (their Titanium line) in a good way. The older Titanium clothes were built extremely solidly, but could be unforgiving on you with respect to seams, and stiffness of fabric. If you were wearing a baselayer, then it wouldn't matter.
These are lighter and exhibit none of those problems. Indeed, the material is light, soft yet tough, with other benefits, such as quicker drying time. They are also cut a little more generously to give better freedom of movement, without you looking like a sailboat in the wind.
Perfect for warmer conditions - wouldn't rely on these if walking in below zero temps
La calidad y el corte excelentes, el único problema es que me quedó chico. Tómenlo en cuenta. Mi talla en casi todas las marcas es 30x30. En el caso de este pantalón tendré que esperar a que haya existencia del 32x30 en ese color.
I love them!
They are light, breathable, easily dry if get wet, very comfortable and easily convertible even without removing your shoes.
The included belt is useful.
Cannot recommend more for non-winter hiking!