These pants are hardwearing, versatile, and have several great features all offered at a bargain. They are the least expensive convertible pants AND the least expensive non-convertible pants we tested. Made from a thicker material than the other pants we reviewed, these hiking pants are more durable and provide excellent rain and wind resistance. We think they work great for hiking (their intended purpose) and are also an excellent choice for extended backpacking trips.
This model also provides perhaps the most comfortable fit for someone with a more substantial frame. The thicker material (100 percent nylon) holds up well against tears and provides more warmth than the competition. While this means they can be a bit hot in warmer weather, they also have an excellent conversion feature that includes vertical zips at the cuffs for easy removal of the lower leg without removing footwear. These are $25 cheaper than their main competitor Prana Stretch Zion Convertible, making them a natural choice for our Best Buy Award. If you want a stretchier material to give more mobility, The North Face offers the similarly-designed Paramount 3.0 Convertible for another $20. However, if you're going to spend that kind of money, we would go with the Stretch Zion.