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Go long, or short when you head into the woods.

In a flash, the ExOfficio Men's Bugsaway Ziwa Convertible pants transform from a pair of lightweight hiking pants, to a pair of breezy hiking shorts. Head up into the mountains for a quick dip in the river, and by the time you hit the trail again, the quick-drying Ziwa will feel right as rain. An Insect Shield fabric treatment fends off mosquitos, gnats, no-see-ums, and the like, so you can return home without looking like Mother Nature's pincushion. Don't sweat the sun either, because the Ziwa sports Sun Guard fabric that provides some additional protection against harmful UV rays that would damage your skin.

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Quit Bugging me!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'11"
    Weight: 220 lbs
    Size Purchased: 38

I have had similar pants from Exofficio in the past and it was so nice to have when the bugs get bad. This pair has not been tested yet but I do like how they fit. The feature of color coded zippers for the convertible zippers is awesome. Makes it so easy to identify which legs match up at a glance. There are zippers on the inside of the leg by the ankle which make slipping these over your boots easy so you don't need to remove your boots. The left leg cargo pocket zips closed and is roomy.The right leg has the stash pocket with a Velcro closure. Only one back pocket on the right with a zipper closure to keep you wallet secure and safe. Great pants!

BugsAway Ziwa Convertible Pant

BugsAway Ziwa Convertible Pant


Machine wash cold; Wash with like colors; No bleach or fabric softeners; Tumble dry low; Iron low setting; Do not dryclean.


100% Nylon



BugsAway Ziwa Convertible Pants

BugsAway Ziwa Convertible Pants


All lengths unzip to a 10" short

Exterior partial-elastic waistband

One security zip pocket on left leg

Drop-in gadget pocket on right leg

One security zip back pocket on right

Full inseam gusset

Coin pocket in left hand pocket

Zippers on bottom hem of each leg

Floating pocket loop in left front pocket

One convertible zipper is contrast to tell right from left

BugsAway Ziwa Convertible Pants

BugsAway Ziwa Convertible Pants

The BugsAway Ziwa Convertible Pant provides sun protection with a UPF 30+ rating, dries quickly, and has security zip cargo pockets to secure your things. The partial elastic waist moves with you when you’re most active, and they zip off to 10” shorts. Permethrin, the active ingredient in Insect Shield®, is invisible, odorless, and tightly bonded to the fabric fibers, and lasts the expected lifetime of the garment (70 washes). It repels mosquitoes (including those carrying West Nile virus and malaria), ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums).Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings.


Keeps ticks away

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Ive hiked with these in tick infested areas for several years now. I can say unequivocally that they keep ticks away. When I see them on my pants, It's fun to watch them get into a stupor and fall off. Much better than getting Lyme disease.
They also dry fast and I like converting them for hot days and cool nights. The only thing I would improve is adding a left/right tag for the leggings.


crotch area turns gray?

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I am using these pants on my AT Hike and noticed the crotch area is gray. I have the light colored and do sweat a lot. Just crazy the bottom crotch and below has faded from my sweat. Anyway they are comfortable, dry quickly. I will be testing the bug portion when I get further north and the winter subsides.


They do what they say they do!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I wear these pants in the wet tropics and the dry savannah tropical regions of Northern Australia while I am conducting geological surveys. I can say without a doubt they keep the mosquitos away in the jungle and the ticks away in the dry long grass. I watch my co-workers (who don't wear them) with amusement as they get covered in ticks and scratch mozzie bites all day, while I cruise through insect free.


Wears like iron

    I have owned these for several years now. They have gone to Canada (Quetico) on canoe trips, backpacking in Colorado, Argentina, even one great trip to Alaska and all over CO, UT and WY fishing. They dry super fast and I have not had single tick in years of hiking through tall grass and brush. I can't imagine going in the woods without them! No rips or stains, simply great.

    Are these pretty true to size? I'm 5"10...

    Are these pretty true to size? I'm 5"10 210 and wear a 34 waist.

    They really are a nice fit. I am also a 34" waist with a 31" inseam and these fit me very well.


    Don't Change Them, Please!!

      I didn't buy the pants for their insect repelling qualities. I bought them simply because I am constantly in search of convertible pants that I can use for work. I look for comfort. These pants are very comfortable. I cannot have velcro closures or expandable cargo pockets (they snag on too many things). I also need to wear a heavy belt. I do not like integrated belts. The pants wear very well (bomb proof) and the more they're washed the better they get. They dry quickly.

      Please don't change them! Every time, it seems, I find a good pant, the manufacturer feels compelled to "update" the product. They are simple and effective, functional. There is brilliance in the basics.

      Comfortable, Compact, Durable, Full Featured, Lightweight


      Nice pants

        After failing to find the right size with the Mountain Hardware pants, I tried these. They are great, although I havent worn them on a hike I can say they are well made, light weight, fit great and dont give the wearer (me) the douchey diaper butt look that many other elastic waist pants have.
        Also the short stops just above the knee so no trouble hiking up hill.