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The North Face Paramount Peak Convertible Pant - Women's - 2010 BCS
If you\\222re soaked with sweat halfway up the mountain wearing The North Face Women\\222s Paramount Peak Convertible Pant, zip the bottoms off and secure them with your back belt loops. This versatile pant comes with elastic belt loops in the back so you won\\222t forget your pant legs next to the river and remember them at the top of the gorge. The Paramount Peak is made of durable nylon with a DWR finish to keep your ankles dry in the morning dew. Not only will they resist abrasions, but the longer short design will also protect your thighs from the sun. Fast-drying fabric makes it easy to say yes to a dip in the river.
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September 22, 2012
The fit of these is definitely...off. I typically wear a size 10-12 but these ended up fitting the best in a 16! They are larger in the waist but the seat/legs are much more comfortable than the 14. The drawstring should help for the waist issue-there's also belt loops. I am a big fan of the material. These are heavier duty than a summer hiking pant, they should work out well for cooler weather hiking. There's also an internal button system to roll these up instead of going to just the short option. These should do the trick for the upcoming fall color hike!
Tough Fabric but not such a great cut
July 31, 2010
The fabric is tough! I took a good fall that left a bruise the size of a dinner plate on the back of my leg...the skin was scraped off my leg right through the pants...but there was zero damage to the pants themselves.
The fit was horrible. I am 6 ft tall and weigh 170 that is pretty darn thin...(I wear a 10 long) but there was zero room for my thighs and bum. I was showing plumbers crack by the end of the first day as the pants streched out and if I tied the little draw string to hold them up my pack rode on the waist band causing uncomfortable rubbing on my hips. When I converted them to shorts they bagged down so low on my legs I couldn't lift my leg up to jump across a stream or climb up a steep slope without yanking the fabric up my thigh...I was wishing for safety pins the modify the darn things. Solution was to roll the waistband down below my hips... I spent 3 days in these pants and was miserable. I tried not to kevitch too mush and drive my packing partner crazy!
I wish the fit was better. I dream of a day I find good convertible pants for tall women.
what is the difference btwn these and the paramount valley convt
what is the difference btwn these and the paramount valley convt pants? longer inseam when using as shorts?
January 12, 2011
It looks to me like the shorts are much shorter on the Vally pants.
By: DeeDee G.
April 14, 2011
Decent pant, but tight fit
July 18, 2011
These pants are OK. I am roughly 145 lbs and 5'6.5", and a size 8 seemed like the right size. However, I ended up returning these because they were tight in the thighs as well as around the butt/waist. There is a snap and an internal small drawstring, but this combo was terrible for me - the snap would come undone when I sat down, then the drawstring would be the only thing holding it together. A bigger size might have been better, but I didn't want them baggy (and I didn't like the snap/drawstring).
Not cut for a real woman
June 6, 2011
These are not cut for the average woman, let alone the average size 16. They are cut way to narrow, almost run small. I am currently between size 14 and 16 and couldn't get into either. I sucessfully wear columbia woman's convertible pants. I just couldn't find gray. Unless you have the shape of a 9 year old boy, Steer clear.
How do these compare to the Paramount Porter pants in fit and
How do these compare to the Paramount Porter pants in fit and fabric?
May 31, 2010
Great pants, bought 2 pairs!
May 18, 2011
I have been so happy with these pants that I bought a second pair. The heavier-weight fabric works well from fall to winter to spring. Thank you The North Face for offering pants in petite sizes; at 5'3", it is a lifesaver for me to avoid getting pants hemmed at the tailor! Just great pants overall.
Order A Size Up
May 21, 2012
I wear a size 6 and sometimes a size 8 in pants. I ordered the 10 regular and they fit perfectly. They are GREAT pants....I can hike in them in different temperatures. I think these would be great for climbing also. The fabric is sturdy and water resistant. I got these on sale and feel like I struck gold.
April 23, 2012
Following the advice of others, I got these in a size larger than my usual pant size. It just fit odd overall. While the fit in the legs was ok, it sits below the waist - somewhere near my hips and the size 8 was way too loose but I can see that a 6 would have been too tight. Returned them and now i'm looking for a different pair.
Are these pants a thicker (more durable) fabric than the North
Are these pants a thicker (more durable) fabric than the North Face Horizon zip off pants?
By: m - 2207330
April 15, 2010
Yes they are.
113 g/m³ vs 177g/m³ nylon; the Paramount Peak's fabric is 57% heavier.
By: Cory Guru
April 15, 2010
Not for curvy chicks
April 18, 2012
Cute pants, but runs way too small in the butt and thighs.
March 26, 2012
i just got these pants LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!want them in every color. i've tried on Columbia and EMS trail pants and the crotch is a mile long these fit perfect, i normally wear a 2 but after reading the reviews i ordered a 4 and was very happy!!!
March 25, 2012
I should have listened to the other reviews. These pants do run small, especially through the thighs and butt! These pants are cute and may work for other body types, but not for a curvy size 10 like myself. I will be returning them.
Not for curvy body types
March 25, 2012
I bought these at a size 14, which fit (at the time) in the waist, calf, and hip. However, as the other comments have mentioned, it had little room in the bum and thigh, and seemed to poof a bit in the crotch, which looked odd. Yes, if you bend over and have any sort of butt, you will a) show crack, and b) open your velcro'd pockets. I wish they would start including a thigh measurement!
As far as technical usage, the color-coding was a lifesaver after stumbling into camp exhausted in the dark. The material was great, held up well, dried very quickly, and really felt comfortable. It is a bit heavier than some materials, but I've beaten them up consistently for a year and they still look new. I'm 5'7", 158 lbs, and the length on them was perfect. Too bad they don't fit anymore.
March 21, 2012
Arrgh too small, Usually a 10 but so small, would have loved them nice soft fabric easy fit and style..
March 19, 2012
I am not a "heavy" gal, but I do wear a size 16/long...tall and athletic with muscular legs. These pants are for very slim, tall chicks who want fashion instead of function. The rise was very low and the legs were super tight around thighs. Must return them.
Pretty good but runs small
March 13, 2012
I got 2 pairs of these pants for a trip to Belize I will be going on soon. I first want to say that the shipping is super fast. I had to order these pants 2 times because the first time I ordered they were too small. Both times I got got the pants within 3 business days even though the shipping I selected was 5-7 days. I also want to say these pants run small. I usually wear a 13/14 in jeans. I first ordered a 14 and they were so small. I returned them and ordered a size 18. These fit perfect. So when you are ordering I really suggest ordering a size or 2 up because they run super small. I am also short (5'1") and the short length is perfect for me.
March 13, 2012
These pants do run quite small, as others have mentioned, but I love them! (I got a size larger than I would usually wear) I love pockets, and these have plenty. I also like the length of the shorts, I hate really short zip off pants that have short shorts, because they always ride up awkwardly.
Great pair of pants!
March 5, 2012
The quality of these are great, I thought they would be light and flimsy but they aren't. They have a good feel to them and I love the option of either buttoning up the bottom like a capri or zipping them off to make shorts. I expect to get a lot of use out of these with my ladies hiking club.
Fast drying, loose fitting, comfortable pants
January 1, 2012
I bought these pants in petite for a trip to Costa Rica. After reading the reviews I bought my usual size (4P) and one size larger since some said they run tight in the thigh and hips. I didn't find this to be the case and I don't have skinny thighs. I found the pants to be loose fitting and to look almost like pajama bottoms. This was ok with me since I value comfort over style, but after hiking in them, I think that they are a bit too loose fitting. Even though they were petite, I still had to hem them about 2 inches, but I do have short legs, I think the inseam was about 29 to 30 before I hemmed them. It rained daily on my trip and they are somewhat water resistant but did get wet under the constant downpour. Other hikers had pants that were actually waterproof. They do dry quickly though. They zip off easily, but the shorts are almost knee length. I like the heavy weight of the fabric and they seem well made. On the whole I was pretty happy and comfortable in them.
December 31, 2011
These are good pants and I would recommend them. However, they seem to run a bit small so I would get the next size up.
Great fit for proportionate sizes
November 30, 2011
These pants are for women whose body shape from waist to ankles is proportionate, and less so for today's average size woman.
I personally love the fit, a far cry from the previous boxy shaped pants, (many by Columbia), that were shaped more like a man's body with a "one size fits all" approach. It's about time!!
Great breathability, comfort and style, and dries quickly. My only complaints are the elastic strips in the belt loops on the back seem to always come apart from the fabric when washed. It would also be very nice to have ankle zippers for easy removal of pants without having to remove hiking boots!
Overall, I definitely recommend for active outdoor women.
Looks Good, Quality, but doesn't fit
November 15, 2011
I am usually a size 6 Short in Gap size. I am 5'5" and 140 pounds. The lenght I bought in size 8 short was perfect. But there is no room in the seat of the pants and thighs. I don't consider myself unproportional but this pants was not designed for the normal American woman. The fabric and craftsman ship was quality, but the cut was not. I returned both items. I wish they were my size.
October 29, 2011
best pants in my closet! I love the fit of these pants, and they are so warm. Could use for climbing or hiking. Love them!
October 4, 2011
I've purchased several different pairs of convertible pants and like these best. First, I like that the fabric is a little heavier (not much heavier). They wash and dry without puckering. Second, these pants fit me well. I'm 5'10 1/2 inches and 148 lbs. I'm also long-waisted. These pants did not rise above my waist to my bust line as so many of the convertible pants tend to do. These sit about an inch below my waist (comfortable for me) and I was able to cinch the waist with the draw string to ensure they did not ride down in the back when I bend over. I recommend these pants.
Don't order size up...
September 29, 2011
These pants are very nice and not tight at all. In fact, I took someone's advice and ordered one size up because people claimed that the sizing was off, but that was a big mistake. I returned the pair I received, and ordered my original size. They are really comfortable and attractive!
Good fit, but a bit heavy
September 16, 2011
Unlike many of the other reviewers for these pants, I found they fit me well. I appreciate the color-coded zippers on the legs, which my previous pair of convertible pants did not have. It makes it easier to zip the legs back on quickly. However, the pants are rather heavy in comparison to other pants I have. I realize part of it is that they are convertible, but they still seem unnecessarily so.
just didnt fit right
September 5, 2011
North Face designs their hiking pants all just a little bit differently from year to year. I have a pair from three years ago that are a size 8 and fit a little big in the waist but are very comfortable. These hit my waist most uncomfortably.I am usually a size 6 except for North Face. The length was perfect, the length of the shorts good. I am 5'5", 130 pounds. I love that North Face has a short lenght option and as really hoping these would work for me. Sadly, I have to send them back.
Good fit, a bit heavy
September 1, 2011
These pants fit me very well, though I have seen from other reviews, that that is not true for everyone. My only complaint with them is that they are a bit heavy overall. A lighter feel would be nice.
Not For Curvy Shapes - Bummer!
August 13, 2011
I wish I could give a good review - I'd really hoped they would fit the bill. My husband loves his North Face Men's version of these pants. However, it was "no way" for my regular size 12, and the cut was so weird that I didn't even opt to exchange for a larger size to try. Figured it was a waste of shipping money. Afterwards I read a review that said, "If you don't have the shape of a 9 year old boy, forget these pants." I second that emotion.
August 4, 2011
I had a different experience than some other reviewers - different body type I guess. For me, these pants are actually too large through the hip and thigh (or either too small in the waist). I'm an apple shape so I'm used to having pants that fit in the waist but are big in the hip and thigh. They are not saggy in the butt though, which is a problem I sometimes have. I guess that goes along with the other reviewers that said the butt is small. My only complaints are that the velcro closure on the back pockets comes undone when I bend over or kneel down and that they are a bit poufy/roomy in the groin between the belly and the crotch. But I can deal with the pockets and I generally wear longer fitted tops that hold down the poufiness. I need a pair of pants that zip off into shorts and my favorite pant, the Horizon Tempest pant, doesn't zip off into shorts, so these will have to do.
August 1, 2011
I searched high and low for a size zero pair of convertible pants and found these (on sale no less). I couldn't have been more pleased with them. The fit was perfect, including the length (short). At 5'3" I fall between petite and regular length with petite often being too short. These were just right! I put them to the test on our trip to Peru to hike the Andes and they were great. Also appreciate the drawstring in the waste to cinch them up.
Great fit. Very comfortable
June 13, 2011
Perfect for my rim to rim Grand Canyon hike. Bought them a size larger than I usually wear to be sure that they would be comfortable, and was glad that I did. You can tighten them using the drawstring, but when you are retaining water from the consumption of so much salt, they are still comfortable.
April 15, 2011
Bought these in the smallest size possible and they were still too big in the waist. I'm 5'3'', about 110. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I just don't like having to wear a belt while trekking. I went with the Horizon instead. Lighter weight, but much better fit.
No Room in the Pockets?
April 14, 2011
I am a Wildlife Photographer and loved last years pants. Looks like they have changed the pockets this year so they don't expand. This means that I put a water bottle in the pocket and it will pull on my whole leg.
Also, I cannot find any back side pics this year. The whole pant looks like a tighter fit which will be uncomfortable when hiking around. Bummer!
No room for movement
April 11, 2011
Order 2 sizes up! I'm 5 ft 4 and normally wear a 4 - 6 petite, and I would have to go up one more size in these, but I suspect it wouldn't be worth it. Fabric is not stretchy; I was hoping to wear these for hikes, but there is no room for movement in these pants. Waist is very tight. You're better off trying these on in the store and then decide; do a few squats in them. EMS sells their own line of pants like this, but with better fabric that allows for movement.
Long? not so much
January 16, 2011
I'm 5'10", wear a size 4 or 6 usually and have a 34" inseam. I had bought Columbia Longs before and they were barely long enough in flats but after one washing they shrunk. I knew North Face made longs and figured I'd try a pair of their hiking pants. Unfortunately, same result. I even bought a size 8 in hopes that if it was a little big, it would hang on my hips and be longer so I could actually wear hiking boots! It's hard to understand why the makers of hiking apparel is the last to recognize tall people :(
December 5, 2010
REALLY LIKE THE PANTS. COOL IN FLORIDA WEATHER, YET KEEP OUT THE COLD WHEN WE DO HAVE COOLER TEMPS. AND YES, IT DOES GET COLD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. EXPECTING UPPER 20'S NEXT WEEK.
zip detachable legs before washing
November 1, 2010
I had problems with these shifting down; a somewhat higher waistband would have kept them in place better. I liked the fabric, but the first time I washed them I had the leg bottoms zipped off. The zipper pull came off in the washer, and didn't show up for days. I ended up returning them, as I need long term durability in hiking pants!
- nylon with DWR coating
- (small) 30 in, (medium) 32 in, (large) 34 in, (short) 10 in
- belt loops, internal drawstring
- 2 front, 2 back, 2 side cargo
- UPF Rating:
- Recommended Use:
- hiking, spring clothes
- Manufacturer Warranty: