- 100% Nylon
- Button closure
- All lengths unzip to a 10" short
- Exterior partial-elastic waistband
- One security zip pocket on right leg that fits credit card
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Comfort at Any Destination
A traveler's favorite pants.
Hip pockets and side thigh pockets give you plenty of room to stash your accessories.
No pack pockets means a smoother look and no bulk when sitting.
Zip off the legs in no time on those hotter adventure days, throw the legs in your pack, and you're on your way.
UPF 30+ Protection
Specialized fabric rated with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) absorbs and reflects harmful rays, preventing them from damaging your skin.
BugsAway Insect Repellent
BugsAway finish built in to fabric repels flies, ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, midges, and ants.
Fibers release moisture easily so garment dries rapidly.
Fabric moves moisture along the garment's surface away from the skin.
The BugsAway Convertible Ziwa Pant provides customizable sun protection with a UPF 30+ rating, dries quickly, and has security zip pockets to secure your things. The partial elastic waist moves with you when you're most active, and the convertibles zip off to 10" shorts. Permethrin, the active ingredient in Insect Shield, is invisible, odorless, and tightly bonded to the fabric fibers, and lasts the expected lifetime of the garment (70 washes). It repels mosquitoes (including those carrying West Nile virus and malaria), ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums).Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings.
- Department : Womens
- Manufacturer : ExOfficio
- Package Dimensions : 16.3 x 11.4 x 1.6 inches
- ASIN : B00LCL8W42
- Item model number : 2122-2467
- Date First Available : September 11, 2014
- Customer Reviews:
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- Pockets. Yes! It has a zip pocket. Nobody wants to return from a hike to find their car keys have bounced out, and other brands don't often provide this essential feature. Additionally there are two normal front hip pockets and a velcro pocket on the left leg. I keep my phone in the zip pocket, and my car keys in either the velcro pocket or the left hip pocket (it has a sturdy fabric loop along the side that I can tie the keys into). Kudos to Exofficio for understanding the importance of secure pockets.
- Convertible to shorts. This is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I love that the the zippers are stylishly hidden by extra fabric hems, and that they are color coded so it is very quick to re-attach the leg pieces to the "shorts". The downside for me is that my boots are too large to fit through the legs without removing my shoes. If the vertical zippers along the leg pieces were longer, then this would be solved. Those of you hiking in below-the-ankle shoes are probably okay, although longer zippers or full length zippers would make it possible for you to take off the leg pieces without getting dirt on them from the shoes.
- Quality. The fabric and stitching are good quality. These really hold up to the trail and to the washing machine. Although they cost more upfront then some other brands, they make up for it with longevity. Buy a pair - you will come out ahead.
- Quick dry. The product specs are accurate. I've gotten these soaked (creeks, torrential rain, and hail) and they do dry fast.
- Weight. 9.8oz on my postal scale. These pants are part of my backpacking gear.
- UPF. It works, I've taken these on dozen of hikes in full desert sun and have not gotten any trace of sun burn.
- Insect guard. It's hard to test this... but I've yet to get bit while wearing these pants, including while traipsing through wooded rivers, so I think that the permethrin does work.
- Style. Eh. The ExOfficio Kakura pants are more flattering. I wish they would copy the waist, button, and pocket design of the Kakuras and incorporate the color, insect guard, and convertible-ness of these Ziwas. That would be the ideal hiking pant. But for a convertible, it's still decent.
There seems to be quite a lot of discrepancy concerning fit in the reviews. And it can be so frustrating to try and figure that out when ordering online. A number of people are finding that these pants tend to run small. This was not the case for me. I am 5' 7" and weigh an athletic 144 pounds. My waist measurement is 30" and hips are 38". When I looked at the size chart I was at the high end of the hip measurement for a size 6 (my usual size). I went ahead and ordered size 6 (kind of holding my breath) expecting that I might need to exchange them for a size 8. I am an hour-glass shape...most pants gap at the waist in the back. Not these. I was amazed that the waist of the size 6 fits EXACTLY! In fact, I'm still not over the SHOCK of it! The pants are a wee bit snug across the bottom of my butt area...but not uncomfortably so. Through the hips, they fit nicely. A size 8 would have been too big all the way around.
For my 5' 7" tall frame, I would say that the length is pretty much perfect...maybe a weeeeeee bit long, but not dragging the ground at all. Hiking shoes will ensure that too.
I got the grey color. It is super neutral...a medium shade of gray that matches the web pic pretty closely.
I LOVE the length of the shorts when the lower pant legs are zipped off, which by the way is super easy to do even while the pants are on. They are Bermuda length...very nice for this 50-something girl.
The ankles of these pants are a wee bit loftier than what I like (a lot of extra material down there to accommodate hiking boots perhaps?). There are nice long zippers at the bottom for shoe removal...which is nice for those of us whom the length works out. If you are shorter than 5' 7" you will want to hem these and that could get dicey with that zipper feature at the bottom.
The fabric is soft. I has a little bit of give to it but not much stretch. In a perfect world I would like to see a bit more stretch in these to accommodate movement as I scramble up a steep trail. But it's not a deal breaker by any means.