You won't have to worry about whether it's warm or cold on the trail in Mountain Hardwear's Mesa Convertible Pants.
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Durable, light, comfortable, awesom
I Know there is a newer version of the Mesa pant. If it is like these, they will be awesome. I just want to add my thoughts to the old pair so others can compare to the new model. The older model which I have had for 3 years is amazing. I looked into many pants by many brands and chose these in the end.
-waist lining and integrated belt with no loops is comfortable under pack waist belt. No chaffing or discomfort due unsoft material, belt loops or belt.
-Lightweight, drys fast, comfortable enough to wear multiple days backpacking.
-Zip offs slip over boots easy; but, also have sinch ties for closing up the ankles if needed.
-Shorts come just above the knees (5'11" 180) nice for trekking, not too short.
I love the lightweight material. Not sure is the new Mesa use the same fabric. Love these
I love these pants and have bought ones exactly like them. BUT you need to be careful while around the campfire!!! They will melt from the embers.
Versatile, comfortable pants for hiking and adventure travel.
How well do these pack?
How well do these pack?
They are very lightweight and roll up small.
Great, durable, pant
I've been using these pants for about 2 years now and love them. The looser fit is really comfortable but the waist still fits perfectly. They are tough as nails too. When I was going across a boulder field my foot slipped and i gashed my leg on a rock jutting out. While my leg was cut, the pants were fine. Very breathable as well. Im pretty thin with a 30" waist and the small fits like a glove.
Stuck as shorts
I like these pants. Size runs true.. They're really lightweight, they dry quickly, and they don't smell after spending days in them. I wore them for a seven solid days in the Sunshine Coast of BC, loved 'em. Many days in the Tweed Valley of Eastern Australia, loved 'em. Five days in the Franklin River Gorge in southern Tassy, loved 'em. Dozens of dayhikes in the Midwest, loved 'em. Except for one small thing. One of the zippers was giving me trouble one morning, and I said screw it I'll wear shorts, and took the legs off. I then forgot to grab the leg sleeves off my roof rack, and drove away from the trailhead never to see them again. So now I have a nice pair of shorts! Still wear 'em alot though. Word of advice. Remember where you put your leg sleeves.
backpacking in SW Tasmania
Mountain hardware's convertible pants are great. Lightweight, good fit, dry out very fast if you get wet hiking (imperative in SW Tassy... damp weather, damp ungergrowth you plough thru... but too warm often for waterproof overpants when hiking). Pockets are handy
I liked the older model a bit more as it has zips up the side of the trouser legs that mean you can take them on/off over hiking boots on trail as you warm up. But the newer model has a cinch belt (the old model you had to buy a belt, use a cord, etc... experience is that with a heavy pack pants always sag down); and cargo pockets (vs. zip lower side pockets... I like the zip pockets as they are more secure, but the cargo pockets hold more stuff
I'm very satisfied with these pants. As other reviewer said, they're baggy at the bottom but this allows you to convert them to shorts without taking your boots off. I'm 1.80 cm tall and weight about 81 Kg, I got the M size and it fits really well.
These pants were pretty good hiking pants...lightweight, fairly waterproof, breathable. Unfortunately they had a really weird cut. I always were a medium and that was the right size waist with these pants, but they were soooooo long. Dragging in the mud is not fun. They also got really baggy towards the bottom, like 70's pants. Also could've used a zipper to make it easier to zip off over boots.
I wore these every day as a wilderness adventure camp leader in '09. They do the trick, but I was frustrated by the sizing and built-in belt. I have a 32" waist and ordered the medium, and found that it was constantly bunching up in the front as the difference between 32" and 34" is pretty substantial when it comes to the waist on pants (both of which are considered acceptable in the sizing chart as "medium"). Also, maybe as a result of the waist being too big for 32", the built in belt constantly gets twisted. I really wish they included belt loops on the outside for wearers to choose which they like. I understand the idea behind the internal belt and the conical waist or whatever they call it, but practically I like my "normal" waist pants better than these. Also, after a season of constant wear the elastic drawstring in the ankles wore through the fabric. I know light weight fabric is popular for summer, but I would prefer a more durable build. If you're only going to wear these from time to time you should be set but if you need "pants of power" (as I call them), you may want the Matterhorns.
I took the Mesa Convertible as my only pair of pants/shorts on a week long backpacking trip this August. I really liked the idea of being able to convert my pants into shorts, but I ended up just wearing them as pants the entire trip. They breath very well, and in spite of trekking over 30 miles with a heavy pack, my legs never got hot or sweaty. We did a fair bit of off trail hiking where we were going through thick brush and I appreciated that my legs didn't get scratched up.
While on our trip we summited Fremont Peak, a 13,745 ft granite peak on the continental divide. The climb is nearly a 1,200 ft scramble from the saddle. These pants took a beating as we climbed and came out with no visible sign of wear whatsoever.
Are these the same fit as MH Matterhorn...
Are these the same fit as MH Matterhorn pants?
As far as waist and length, yes. But they have a looser fit, and the fabric thickness feels, and is, considerably thinner. Of the two (both of which I own and wear all the time), I'll take the Matterhorns any day. They just feel better and are more comfortable. Too bad they changed them on this year's style.
These pants are comfortable I were them every time I hit the outdoors. My only complaint is that I have a big butt and the pants are a little tight around my hips, not so tight that I can't move just not as lose as I'm used to. I would recomend these pants to anyone they are thin, light, and durable.
I've had my pair for about 2 years now and they're my go to pant for everything. Thick enough for durability, but breathable enough and convertible for the summer. The waist has a soft material that doesn't irritate with a hip belt on. Very comfortable, durable pant.
great all around pants
Great for hiking/camping/travel. Cargo pockets are great for storage, but be careful with the regular pockets- they are not very deep. They ar elight, breathable, and dry quickly. By far the best part about these pants are the elastic drawstrings around the ankles. This is a top feature for me as I live in the Northeast where there are perpetuity of bugs aiming for any open skin. Tighten these up and you are protected. Also nice for when you are hiking if it's wet, you can either cinch them up around your ankles or pull them higher and cinch them if you don't want to get wet. Highly recommended as an all around pant.
Perfect pants for a dummy!
This is not a "flame" of these fine pants! I recently went to Denali N.P. where it will rain from time to time. Or all the time, sometimes. I set out on a hike intending to wear gaiters then rain pants over these pants, to match what our guide seemed to think was appropriate. I am not a very experinced sub-arctic backcountry guy, so doing what our guide did seemed like a good idea. I was in a hurry prepping for my hike and forgot my rain pants. Oh darn! Well I went in the rain, wind, and 48 degree weather, against my better judgement. These pants dry VERY FAST! I didn't get totally soaked, for for cold, spitting rain, these and gaiters were just fine for me!
Mt Healy overlook
Nice lightweight pants. Confortable and breathable. Dries fast and the cord at the ankles help keep the cuffs out of the mud.
Pants are much more durable than typical convertible pants on the market. The fit/cut is different. I am 5'10", 170, 32 waist,24" thigh. I purchased the Medium. The thigh is snug, the waist is big.
What I like:There are no belt loops that create pressure points when wearing a pack.I like the cargo pockets for backpacking. Unlike most convertible pants, these are far more durable and have a wider temperature range.
What I don't like:The amount of material below the knee is annoying when walking and ridiculous in the wind. It does however allow me to remove the legs without removing my shoes.I hate the Velcro button inside the fly! I cut it out because every time I use the fly it re-attaches to other parts.I don't care for the Velcro pocket closers. The ones on the cargo pockets allow you to access the pockets without detaching the Velcro. Meaning you can loose stuff like cell phones, cameras out of the pocket when sitting.
I have 5 pairs of these pants!! They are just perfect for me. I can wear them with a dress shirt to the office, with a polo for the golf course or can take the bottoms off and go kayaking!! Quick drying and bomb proof!! Highly recommended!!