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Arc'teryx Sabria Pant Review

Well suited on their own in warmer weather, and best paired with a good base for colder gusty conditions.
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Price:  $125 List | $74.98 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Durable, versatile, flattering
Cons:  Just 2 small pockets, tighter fit
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Kathleen Sheehan ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 9, 2019
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RANKED
#7 of 11
  • Comfort and Mobility - 30% 7
  • Versatility - 15% 6
  • Durability - 15% 8
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 7
  • Features - 15% 4
  • Breathability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Arc'teryx Sabria Pant is a solid pair of pants. Durable stretch material and a simple design allow you to scramble, climb, and trek in comfort. Lightweight material and a trim cut allow for effective air ventilation in warm temperatures. Pair them with a base layer in cold and gusty conditions. The low-rise waist and internal adjuster make them perfect for rock climbing, as they sit comfortably under a harness. Whether it's pushing limits on rocks, exploring the backcountry, or cruising the streets, these pants are stylish and functional.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Sabria pants come in size 0-14 in the Regular inseam (31"), as well as 0-8 in short and 4-14 in Tall inseams. Arc'teryx doesn't specify what length the short and tall inseams are.

Fit notes
We purchased these pants in our usual size 6 and it was snug, but not enough to exchange them. The waistband was tightest when initially trying the pants on but quickly stretched with wear. Other consumers complained of the pants starting off 2 sizes too small and soon becoming 2 sizes too big. While we did notice some stretching, it was not as drastic as the four size difference mentioned. The pants have since kept their form, and are still on the snug side due to the trim cut and tapered leg. If you want these on the loose side to layer underneath, you may want to go up a size, but slipping them over a base is easier then you'd expect. Also, note that this pant has a discreet drawstring loop in the waistband for cinching.

Performance Comparison


The Sabrias allow a good amount of stretch.
The Sabrias allow a good amount of stretch.

Comfort and Mobility


The material blend of these pants is 87% nylon and 13% elastane. The Sabrias provide a good amount of stretch and comfort for semi-technical pants. They are comfortable enough to sleep in, strong but discreet enough to climb in, and low key enough to wear on the streets. These pants are built tough and create some noise with movement, making them less desirable for the yoga mat or a plane ride.

They're cut trimly, with tapered legs, which might be alarming when it comes to outdoor pants where you want to scramble, climb, and high step with ease. These pants allowed for just that. Their articulated cut knees, gusseted crotch, and four-way stretch textile provide max mobility for all kinds of activities.

Our testers have no qualms with the comfort of the Sabria pants  although they are noisier than some models we tested.
Our testers have no qualms with the comfort of the Sabria pants, although they are noisier than some models we tested.

Versatility


The Sabria pants are versatile in the sense that they can be worn comfortably, for all kinds of adventuring. Discreet function and durability make them great for technical hiking, climbing, and streetwear. These pants were tested during fall in the Sierra Nevada's where sunrise temperatures are freezing but over the course of the day climb high enough to feel hot. During cold mornings they offer ample warmth while moving, but at a standstill or in a gust of wind we can feel the chill. Luckily these pants are easy to layer, and with the right base, you can easily create an unstoppable combination. Strong water resistance makes them good pants for wet weather or even a light flurry. Thanks to the tapered leg and lightweight material these pants do a great job of keeping things cool in hotter temperatures.

Breathability


Lightweight, four-way stretch material and an air-permeable design keep everything inside these pants cool. Due to the tapered leg cut of these pants, rolling them up from the ankle more then a couple of inches is virtually impossible. If you hike in these pants in hot temperatures, the light material, and trim cut will help keep you cool and vent your perspiration. The pockets are also mesh-lined so you can unzip them for further heat ventilation.

The pockets are mesh-lined so you can unzip them for further heat ventilation.
The pockets are mesh-lined so you can unzip them for further heat ventilation.

Durability


This pair receives one of our highest scores for durability, making them great for climbing and scrambling. The four-way stretch material is abrasion-resistant and the seams are all double stitched. We have absolutely no issues to report from our durability testing.

The Sabrias are some of the most durable pants we tested and we have faith in them to last for years of adventuring.
The Sabrias are some of the most durable pants we tested and we have faith in them to last for years of adventuring.

Weather Resistance


Arc'teryx calls this material "water-resistant." On the whole, the Sabria tops the charts in this review for weather resistance. These pants feature a DWR finish, that does the trick repelling water, and it takes a lot to soak them through. Once soaked all the way through they still only took 20 minutes to dry in the sun. The DWR finish and water-resistance of the Sabria is likely quite impressive, though it is slightly lacking when it comes to wind resistance.

These pants have a DWR finish  that does a great job repelling water.
These pants have a DWR finish, that does a great job repelling water.

Features


The feature set on the Sabria is minimal. Theses pants have identical, zipper secured pockets, on the thighs. The pockets are small; a tight fit for a large iPhone. The internal waist adjuster is discreet to the point of invisible.

The pockets are small  a tight fit for an I-phone (not a terrible thing if you aretrying to unplug)
Thick. Soft. Waistband
The internal waist adjuster is discreet. Hard to say how effective this cinching mechanism is. The thick waistband and tapered leg keep the pants up so there wasn't a direct need for the feature during testing. However  there is no way to secure the cinch which causes us to wonder how effective this would be in holding up pants if they were baggier.

Value


The Sabria is one of the priciest pairs in this review. They don't come with all the bells and whistles of some other models, but they are built tough and are made to last a good long while.

The Sabria pants accompanied us on many day hikes in the Sierras  and did just fine.
The Sabria pants accompanied us on many day hikes in the Sierras, and did just fine.

Conclusion


The Arc'teryx Sabrias are versatile hiking pants. Their trim cut and smooth, stretchy material make for a flattering fit and functional choice for a wide variety of activities. These pants are best suited on their own in the heat or paired with a base layer in moderate weather.


Kathleen Sheehan