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prAna Stretch Zion Convertible Pant - Men's - 2011 BCS
Whether you're traveling up a sheer rock face, through a desert gulch, or between Delhi and Kathmandu, wear the prAna Men's Stretch Zion Convertible Pants for lightweight, non-restrictive comfort. The flexible nylon fabric moves with you pitch after pitch, and it dries quickly after a stream-bed slog. prAna designed these pants with a ventilated, gusseted inseam for A/C in balmy weather and zip-off legs for shorts without the striptease.
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best I've found since the old TNF paramount peak
October 11, 2012
ever since purchasing 2 pairs of TNF paramount peak convertible pants about 10 years ago(the old style with deep functional pockets & a belt clasp that actually functions) I've been looking for replacements since I've worn the TNF about 2000 times each(no joke, 2000 plus times from everything from climbing, hiking, bush whacking, construction, yardwork, spring skiing. just recently ripped one pair on a screw while crawling in the attic & the other pair got a rip on a sharp stick on a steep snow covered hill at moderate high speed with no stab gouge into my thigh. I've seen them both & bet they'll last 1000 more uses. the new TNF are worthless, clasp comes undone, the belt twists into a rope & the pockets are shallow. the stretch Zion are lighter & the front pockets could be a couple inches deeper & the range of motion is a bit restricted but not too much that I wouldn't mind getting another pair. I am 6'2" 190lbs with 24 inch thighs & a 34 inch waist & the XL fits about perfect.
June 1, 2011
Firstly sizing. If you normally wear a 31 or smaller waist pant, buy size small. Medium, even though recommended, proved way too big. That said these are beautifully made pants, they ride well, don't restrict movement, shrug off dirt, don't catch on scratchy bushes and are surprisingly warm for their superlight weight.
I need to return these pants... please advise
I need to return these pants... please advise
June 16, 2012
You are awesome!
June 17, 2012
Go to https://www.backcountry.com/store/order_history.html and select this item, then hit "Return." Print out a UPS label and slap it on a box with clear packaging tape and send it off from any UPS store. More info: https://sales.liveperson.net/hc/s-9551721/cmd/kbresource/kb-
By: Thomas Ogasawara
June 17, 2012
Pants are pants
August 14, 2012
These are very comfortable and offer great pocket features. The zip-offs work well and even comes with a great belt built right in there.
The downside is that I prefer slim fitting clothing and these are pretty darn baggy. Be warned.
excellent pants for tall people
August 16, 2012
I am 6'3" and got the medium, perfect lenght in both the shorts mode and pants mode. I love these pants, I put them on Friday after work and they keep me going all weekend.
Are there zippers at the bottom of the legs to convert them into
Are there zippers at the bottom of the legs to convert them into shorts easily without taking off your shoes?
November 19, 2011
No there are only the zippers to convert them.
By: Jeremy Hensel
November 25, 2011
Great zip offs
July 16, 2012
I got these after being frustrated over wearing pants to a climb and finding that it's too hot for pants, wishing I'd worn shorts. Not a problem anymore!
I'm 6'2" and have really long legs, usually with zip off pants, the zipper is right on my knee, causing discomfort over long hikes in. These fall just below my knee and the zipper is super slim and comfortable, I don't even notice it.
Great Pants- just get 'em
July 14, 2012
purchased these here and they are true to the reviews- comfortable, just the right amount of stretch, and the water repellent fabric is really nice. They are a little heavy, but perfect if temps outside are not too hot. belt/drawstring seemed like it was a bit weak but didn't break and they didn't fall down...a good buy.
How deep are the front pockets? Are they easy to get your hand
How deep are the front pockets? Are they easy to get your hand in?
By: Dan Stroup
June 26, 2011
Hey Dan, yes they are very easy to get your hands in. Not like the old pair of Exofficio's I have that are nearly impossible to reach in and out of because they are so tight. Using a ruler at an angle, the pocket depth is about 8" even.
By: Eli Hauschild
June 26, 2011
The Grumpy Sailor
July 4, 2012
I spent ages going through reviews of different convertible pants and finally settled on these. I am usually a size 34 waist so i bought a medium and it fits perfectly without the need for a belt. The built in belt works fine if you don't need to tighten TOO much, a little cinch and she holds beaut. The shorts are the perfect length at just past the knee. They stretch well and move well with me. They are not too heavy, nor too light. I got the green ones and they're RAD!! I was lucky enough to score the last size medium.....stoked, but now I want more and there aren't any left! Thanks Backcountry for putting these on sale. Awesome.
Great Zip-off pants
July 2, 2012
These pants are VERY comfortable with their stretchiness and the shorts are actually long enough to wear in town. My only complaint is that they are a bit heavy.
June 21, 2012
waist is good, but way baggy and too long. shorts go below my knees. should have expected, usually wear a 38X30
Baggier than the non-convertible
June 21, 2012
I love my Prana Stretch Zion pants, I have two pairs and decided to try out this convertible version as well. As usual, the pants are super comfortable and stretchy and great for active sports. An understated feature about the Zion pants is the 3M coating that is applied to the fabric that really keeps stains off. I've spilled soup and other stuff on myself and it just beads off, pretty amazing.
A few differences between the convertible pants and regular stretch Zion Pants:
The convertible pants have two zip cargo pockets, while the regular pants only have one. Also, the convertible pants are much baggier than the regular version, I'm not sure why this is, I kind of like the fit of the regular pants better. The convertible also does not have the snaps to keep them rolled up.
The final thing is that I noticed a few comments about the inseam being pretty long. This is true, but an easy fix since there is no zipper at the ankle, you can just bring them to a place to have them hemmed to the correct length. You can't do that if there is a zipper at the bottom of the pant leg.
Best Convertibles Out There
June 14, 2012
The only pair I could find that don't look like boyscout shorts when unzipped. Super comfortable semi strectch fabric and feel very well made. The only thing is these are not super light nylon like hiking pants and may get warm, so perfect for cold early morning starts and warm days. For hot weather you may want to go lighter.
March 28, 2012
These are great pants. The stretch is super comfortable. I would call the fabric "mid-weight", perfect for early spring/fall weather, they might be a bit heavy for a really hot day (but you can make them shorts so not a big deal). when zipped off the shorts have a nice longer length. The integrated "belt" helps a bit but the belt loops fit a regular belt. All around great all-purpose pants
Best convertible pants I have
March 12, 2012
I should say, "Best pants...period!...that I have."
These are great pants. I usually wear a 34x34 or 36x34 in pants, and I ordered the XL x 32 in these pants and they fit well. A little baggy, but still comfortable to hike in. I have a pair of L x 34 pants on the way and I'll review those when they get here.
(I'm not sure why you can order different inseams at the Prana website and only 32 inch inseam at Backcountry???)
The material, the feel, the fit...everything about these pants works for me. I also like that when I remove the legs the shorts are long enough to cover my knees. I like the look and feel of shorts that extend just past my knee, which these do.
The ventilation is great. And the stretch is awesome. I've run, hiked, played ultimate frisbee, even played basketball in these pants. I would wear them all day if my job would let me!
Comfy, Stretchy. Zip em' off.
March 1, 2012
I bought these because I was tired of my friends calling me names in the climbing gym for always wearing my Nemesis Knickers. They still call me names. Pants are Prana, so they're bomber, what would you expect? Zipper doesn't get in the way of movement climbing unless you're Chris Sharma, which you're not, and if you get too hot you won't have to impress the ladies with some white upper-thigh because the shorts are a bit longer than the other North Face / Patagonia variety. I wear these for pretty much every activity I do that falls in line with being outdoors in mild temps, and I even can pull them off in the cubicle at work (though this is not recommended if your boss is a douche). I'm 5'11, 160, and I went with a medium. They fit fine.
Not the best...
January 18, 2012
The zipper to remove the leg sits right at my knee and doesn't stretch like the rest of the pant. I find this constricts my movement a bit when climbing. Its also a bit scratchy around the seam where that zipper is as well. Other than that they look good, breath well, and fit pretty true to size. I usually buy pants with a 32" inseam and didn't find these too long like other reviewers.
These pants rock
November 23, 2011
These are one step up from the non-convertible pair I already own. They have plenty of mobility and are my go to climbing and travel pants. The non abrading material and general ability to stay clean continues to impress. And to top it off, the zip off legs don't leave you baring some awkward upper thigh...nice.
Comfortable, versatile, recommended
November 22, 2011
I use these for hiking. They are very comfortable. I got the medium and they fit me perfect except that the waist is just a touch large (I have a 31" waist and a 34" inseam).
November 2, 2011
Bought these pants and they arrived just days before I was to solo The Knife Edge and Katahdin. Wore them for the hike and loved them! Comfortable, stretchy (but not too stretchy), and tough enough to survive scrambling across the knife edge in high wind. True to size and would purchase again.
Nathan B Henson
September 27, 2011
The pants fit great zipper does not get in the way at all. The stretch to the pants make a world of difference also had some close encounters with the rock and the pants held strong. Will continue to buy and will recommend to friends.
August 21, 2011
I wore these pants on a 4 day backpacking trip and they were super awesome! They are comfortable, stretchy when climbing, and also look great when you get back into town! Highly recommend!
May 14, 2011
It took a while to get a pair of these that fit right. I'm 71" and 155lbs. Most pants I have are 34" waist, so initially I went with the Large/32" inseam. They were a little too wide in the waist and too long. I ended up finding them at a local outfitter in Minneapolis and the Medium/30" inseam fit perfect. While I was there I tried on the Mountain Hardware Mesa convertible and a pair of Exofficio's. These felt the most comfortable and fit me the best. The price is hard to swallow, but after wearing these on 2 different 5 mile hikes, I'm very happy with the investment. Excellent stitching and durable fabric. It will be hard not to wear these everyday.