The Aphrodite 2.0 is made with a 95% Nylon / 5% Elastane blend and TNF's "FlashDry" technology, which is supposed to wick moisture and increase drying time. These pants are available in XS to XXL sizes and Short (30") and Regular (32") inseams. However, we measured the regular pair that we tested and it was more like a 31-inch inseam.
This comfortable pair is soft and cozy, and has a sleek look to them thanks to the rushing on the side and slimmer fit. However, the soft material snags and pills easily, making them less durable in the long run.
Comfort & Mobility
The Aphrodite received the highest rating for comfort and mobility, tying with the Mountain Hardwear Dynama. They are both made of a soft material, with ample stretch and a supple feel. We climbed and scrambled in both pairs and never felt like the pants were getting in our way. The waist on the Aphrodite is a wide panel with some elastic in it as well as a drawstring, which is nice for when you have a backpack on and don't want any belt loops digging into you. The Dynama does not have a drawstring, so keep that in mind if you want a soft pair but need something extra to hold your pants up.
We scrambled around in this pair and the fabric stretched with us well. The flat waistband also fits nicely under a hip belt or harness.
The Aphrodite 2.0 isn't the most versatile pair in the test group. They can't convert to shorts or capris, and the lack of water resistance makes them a poor choice for water sports or rainy days.
TNF states that this material is "extremely durable," but we'd have to disagree based on our experience with these pants. Online user reviews for this pair are full of mentions of snagging and pilling, and it didn't take too long for us to get some snags as well while out hiking. Because the material is so soft, a sharp twig or rock can catch on it and pull at the threads a little. One or two here or there is no big deal, but once you have a bunch all in a row, the pants look a little shabby. We tested this pair in a pretty rugged desert environment, so if your favorite hiking locale is a little mellower, this may not be too much of an issue for you. Otherwise, consider a sturdier pair like the Outdoor Research Ferrosi Convertible.
Because the material is so soft this pair snags easily. One or two didn't seem too bad, but when we got a lot all in the same spot, it made them look worn out after only a few weeks of use.
This pair doesn't offer too much in the way of weather resistance. There is no DWR coating on the fabric, and moisture soaks right through. There's no SPF rating either, and the material is so thin that it doesn't do much to block the wind either. The pants did dry fairly quickly (40 minutes in full sun), though the waist was still a little damp as it's a thicker layer. All in all, this is not the pair for any inclement weather. Look to the REI Sahara for a quick-drying pair that also sheds water well, and our Top Pick for Wet Climates, the Arc'teryx Gamma LT if you need something for drizzly days.
When we sprayed these pants with water, the moisture soaked right in. The pant legs were quick to dry, though the waist took a bit longer.
The Aphrodite 2.0 pants don't have too much going on in the way of features. There are two hand pockets and one small zippered pocket inside the right pocket for those items you don't want to lose. There's the drawstring at the waist, and there is a cinch cord on either ankle. This feature didn't help us secure the leg any higher though, and we prefer to roll the cuff when we want a shorter length.
The best feature about this pair is the comfortable waistband with a drawstring. It lies flat and there's nothing that can create a pressure point under a hip belt or climbing harness. There's also a small pocket with a zipper just inside the right side hand pocket.
The material on this pair is lightweight, and they are one of the lightest models in this review. The Aphrodite has some of the best breathability as a result and is on par with the Columbia Saturday Trail Stretch and the Mountain Hardwear Dynama. We rated the Aphrodite slightly lower than those two pairs though because we often found ourselves getting sweaty in the midsection. The waistband on the Aphrodite is a little on the thick side when compared to the others, and it kept us hotter there.
The Aphrodite 2.0 is a great choice for traveling and shorter day hikes in mild terrain. We like the look on this pair and felt comfortable wearing it around town, and the stretchy material and soft waist would feel cozy on a long flight. This pair is not heavy duty, nor something you'd want to pack for a backpacking trip. For longer trips into the backcountry, the Marmot Lobo's Convertible Pant is a better option.
Day hiking in Red Rock Canyon. The Aphrodite pants are comfortable and breathable, and they would be a perfect pair for the desert if they were a little more durable.
This pair retails for $70, which is a bit less than most of the other pairs in this review, but not that much of a steal considering the durability issues you might encounter. the REI Co-Op Sahara Convertible retails for the same price, and is a better overall hiking pant.
The North Face Aphrodite 2.0 is a great pant for certain applications, but we can't call it a great hiking pant. It's comfortable and stretchy, and one of the first things we'd reach for on a rest day or to wear while traveling, but it wasn't built to take on a big hike. That's okay, because there are plenty of other water-resistant and durable options in this review to choose from, and you still need clothes to wear when you're not hiking.