The North Face Aphrodite 2.0 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Lightweight, breathable, comfortable, flat waistband with a drawstring
Cons: Not water resistant, snags easily
Manufacturer: The North Face
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|Pros||Lightweight, breathable, comfortable, flat waistband with a drawstring||All-day comfort, versatile, breathable, wind-resistant||Mobile, wide range of fit options, shed water easily, excellent pockets||Incredibly light, soft with endless stretch, breathable, DWR finish||Lightweight, easy to move in, breathable|
|Cons||Not water resistant, snags easily||Can be long, snug in the thighs, tie at the ankle isn’t the best||Button doesn’t appear to be durable, limited color options||Not the most flattering, low rise can be uncomfortable||Material pills, front pockets are small, sizing is off|
|Bottom Line||This lightweight pair of hiking pants is comfortable and has great mobility, but it's not very durable||With their endless mobility, comfortable details, and technical chops, these pants are up for any adventure||A great bargain for a convertible hiking pant the does it all||Incredibly soft, flowy, and stretchy, these pants are comfortable, except for the low rise, which can make the crotch feel tight||A lightweight, breathable, and weather resistant pair of pants that perform adequately to get you out on the trails without spending a ton|
|Rating Categories||The North Face Aphr...||Outdoor Research Fe...||REI Co-op Sahara Co...||Mountain Hardwear D...||Columbia Saturday T...|
|Comfort And Mobility (35%)|
|Venting And Breathability (20%)|
|Weather Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||The North Face Aphr...||Outdoor Research Fe...||REI Co-op Sahara Co...||Mountain Hardwear D...||Columbia Saturday T...|
|Measured Weight, Size Regular (oz)||7.5 oz||9.5 oz||9.6 oz||4.10 oz||9.2 oz|
|Size options and versions||XXS to XXL, Short, Regular, Plus||0 to 14||0 to 22w, Petitie, Regular, Plus, Tall||XS - XL||2 to 24w Short, Regular, Plus, Long|
|Fabric||95% nylon, 5% elastane||86% ripstop, 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop||Nylon||94% Nylon, 6% Elastane||Omni-Shield Summiteer Lite 96% Nylon, 4% Elastane|
|Fabric Features||Quick dry, moisture wicking||Quick-dry||Quick dry||Ultralight||Omni-Shield advanced repellency|
|UPF?||None||UPF 50+||UPF 50+||No rating||UPF 50|
|Pockets||2 hand, 1 zip||2 hip, 2 back, 1 cargo||2 hand, 2 back, 2 cargo||2 side, 1 rear, 1 zippered thigh||2 hand, 1 side (zip), 2 back (Velcro)|
|Zip-Off or Roll-Up?||No||Roll-up||Zip-off||Roll-up||Roll-up|
|Integrated Belt?||Yes, internal drawcord||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Fit Features||Stretchy fabric, gathered material along sides, drawstring at waist and feet||Gusseted crotch, articulated knees, drawstring at waist, stretch fabric||Gusseted crotch, mid rise, convert to shorts||Three inseam length options, elastic waist, stretch fabric||Gusseted crotch, mid rise, straight leg, convertible to capris|
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Our Analysis and Test Results
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.
Comfort and Mobility
The Aphrodite earns a high rating for comfort and mobility. Its material is soft 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 Aphrodite's waistband is wide with some elastic and a drawstring. We like the adjustment for when you have a backpack on and don't want any belt loops digging into you.
Venting and Breathability
The material is lightweight, and these pants are one of the lightest options in our review. The Aphrodite has some of the best breathability as a result. We did we often find ourselves getting sweaty in the midsection, though. The waistband is a relatively thick side, keeping us hotter.
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. The fabric doesn't have an official UPF rating either, and the material is so thin that it doesn't do much to block the wind. The pants dry fairly quickly (40 minutes in full sun), though the waist was still a little damp. All in all, this is not the pair for any inclement weather.
The Aphrodite 2.0 pants aren'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.
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 doesn't help us secure the leg any higher, though, and we prefer to roll the cuff when we want a shorter length.
These pants cost a bit less than most of the other pairs in this review but are not much of a steal considering their durability issues. TNF states that this material is extremely durable, we disagree. It didn't take too long to snag the fabric while out hiking. Online user reviews are also full of mentions of snagging and pilling. Because the material is so soft, a sharp twig or rock can catch and pull the threads. 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 mellower, this may not be as much of an issue for you.
The North Face Aphrodite 2.0 is a great pair for certain applications, but we can't call them great hiking pants. They are comfortable and stretchy, and one of the first things we'd reach for on a rest day or to wear while traveling, but they aren't ideal for a big hike.
— Cam McKenzie Ring