A piece of gear as versatile as you are.
- Micro-chamois-lined seamless conical waist fits well under a harness or hip-belt
- Integrated webbing belt is easy to adjust
- Mesh drain panels in pockets so you don't have to hike with a liter of water in each pocket after intentional or unintentional swims
- Full-length inseam gusset and articulated knees for additional mobility
- DWR finish sheds light moisture and protects from wind
- UPF 50 sun protection keeps your pasty-white thighs from getting torched
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I have a 33 in waist and a 34 in leg (inseam). Is a large going to be long enough in the leg? OR is there another brand that accommodates to us lanky fellows?
All they are showing is 32 inseam in stock. The Large will typically cover 34-36 waist, but is a regular inseam at 32.
Most brands make the long (34") inseam, but they're rarely on sale. Most of the bigger brands will have you covered, but you'll have to search a little to find something you like that's in stock.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
GREAT LITE WEIGHT PANTS THAT DRY FAST AND ARE COMFY FOR FAIR TO WARM WEATHER HIKING. THEY COME WITH YKK ZIPPERS THAT ARE VERY RELIABLE. THE PANTS ARE WELL DESIGNED AND FEATURE TWO LARGE FRONT AND REAR POCKETS THAT DONT CRAM YOUR HANDS. THERE IS ALSO A RIGHT SIDE THIGH POCKET THAT IS VERY USEFULL. THE PANT FEATURES LONG BUTTON/ZIP CALF SEEM TO ALLOW EASY REMOVAL OF LEGS WHEN WEARING BOOTS. RECOMEND FOR NON-BRUSH HIKING AS THE MATERIAL IS NOT RIP-STOP. P.S. "THE FLEECE HIP LINING IS SUPERB". MAHALO
Most convertible pants are really thin and seem better suited for desert climates. How are these pants in thickness?
These pants are likely similar in weight to what you would imagine for other convertible pants. They have a Micro-Chamois lining which adds a small amount of subsistence/warmth but the pants are still designed to be quick-drying summer hiking pants.
I know what you mean... I have a pair of Columbia Titanium Silver Ridge II pants that has that thin "nylon" feel. MH's Mesa Pants are made of "Canyon Twill" (100% nylon) and have a more textured feel. As mentioned above, these pants have a "Micro-Chamois" lining (100% brushed polyester) but only inside of the waistband. I mostly wear my Mesa Pants on September alpine trips (daytime temps in the 40's/50's, nighttime temps in the 20's/30's) and they have never felt too light. I also wore them in Utah's Canyonlands N.P. this March (warm, sunny, dry, dusty) and they weren't too warm either (see pic below). Hope this helps!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
MH Mesa pants are incredibly durable (have seen many sharp thorns/sticks)! These are one of the two pairs that I wear (the other being TNF Paramount Valley) and I don't need any more. I never use the boot zip openings, but have worn as shorts and can say that they are comfortable. I wear a size 30x30 generally and the small fits me very well. The only complaint I have is that the belt tends to ride up above the button and can need frequent adjustment (that's the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5).
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've owned three pairs of convertible pants in the last 5 years: Royal Robbins Zip n' Go pants (16.2 oz); Columbia Titanium Silver Ridge II pants (11.2 oz) and the Mountain Hardwear Mesa Convertible Pants (15.2 oz). Of the three, the Mesa Convertibles are my favorite.
These pants fit and feel great and don't have that "zip-off pants" look. Even with a trim fit, these pants provide a great range of motion for scrambling on talus & boulders and other off-trail maneuvers. The zips at leg bottoms open up far enough to remove legs while keeping boots on (can't do that with my Columbia's). There's also a snap at the bottom of boot zip openings. With this snapped, I opened up the "boot zips" on recent trip for ventilation and it worked great (pit zips for your calves!). The pants don't have cargo pockets. This might be a problem for some, but isn't for me because I like to travel on the "trim" side. There's a zip pocket just below the right front pocket that I use to keep compass and maps handy. The Mesa shorts are longer than both the Royal Robbins' and Columbia's shorts (which I think are waaay too short... think, '70s short). I think the longer length looks better and, in addition to backcountry use, I wear them around town. The "micro-chamois-lined seamless conical waist" really does feel nice under a cinched-down pack belt. I also have a pair of MH's Wildlands shorts with same feature and the waist just really feels good. The "Cigar" color does a great job of hiding a week's worth of dirt and abuse (my other convertibles are tan and look trashed after a week). Lastly, and most importantly, the Mesa's simply look great (if you don't look good in the backcountry, you're nowhere!)
Pic below shows Mesa Convertible Pants in use in Colorado's Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness:
These are a great pant! It comes in handy being able to cross over from short to pant in the cross-over seasons. My girlfriend things they don't look good, but the function trumps the fashion here.
these fit me as pants, but when i zip off the leg the shorts are well below the knee. i'm a stocky 5'8" 200 pounder
I use them for rock climbing, outside and in the gym, they are great!
light and durable!
So far so good. Bought a couple pair for work (and hopefully some play). They dry quick and are comfortable. Nice pockets. The inside of the waist has a comfortable material and they fit well. I am sure they will perform as well at play as they do at work. Ride a four wheeler at work almost daily and they are still comfortable after a 60-70 mile day on the quad. Enjoy.
I typically wear 34/30. I'm 5'6", but bodybuild, so Im a little bigger for my height. What size would be recommended?
go for a large if you have strong legs
go for a large if you have strong legs / train your legs a lot
Ordered these pants a few weeks ago for some winter camping in the GSMNP. Very comfortable and provide some level of warmth. Overall great buy, I plan to order another pair in a different color.
I ordered the Grill S/Reg. The S/Reg has about a 30-32" waist, which fit me, but the inseam is 32" which is too long for me. I'm about a 30". The description was unclear, it just listed the inseam lengths but not their corresponding sizes. They seem like well made pants. They are a little baggy around the thigh/butt area, not really tailored. My return label was issued without a problem because of the unclear description. Wish they had my size!
Overall I love these pants, a few things that bother me are 1 they are a little short for me and the waist is a little too big but with the belt its no problem and 2 the zippers on the legs can be a bit cumbersome and tend to get stuck in the fabric. other than they they are great ive been climbing in them and doing some light hiking they shed water very well and have kept me warm so far.
I'm one of those guys that buys few pants and wears them out over a couple of years. I bought these to replace an old pair of North Face convertibles that had seen more than their fair share of mountaineering and hiking, particularly from 2 years of working in Torres del Paine National Park as a photographer.
These Mountain Hardwear pants seem to be a very nice upgrade in terms of comfort. I love the soft lining around the waist. However, as I am a short dude, the legs come in ridiculously long for someone who's 5'5". My only option was to have them tailored.
The other thing I really liked about these was the zipper placement for the shorts-to-pants conversion. The zipper line runs below the knee which means your shorts aren't too short when you take off the legs.
I would highly recommend these.
very comfy allows free range of movement. drys really fast to which is a plos.
The zipper on the side pocket is defective and unzipped from the opposite end. Other than that I really liked these pants.
lightweight, comfortably loose, easy zip off and quick drying. what else do you need from pants?
in all there categories the mesa does well. I use these pants for light hiking and daily use and they are serving me well, the fact that the sizes are simple makes it possible to order the pants with confidence (I ordered them to the other side of the world) without trying them on.
the one thing in these pants that doesn't work quite right in my opinion are the pockets. they do their job, but I feel they are awkwardly placed.
I've had these pants for a month now so the real test is yet to come - durability! so far so good, but as a man who goes through pants like... something that you go through a lot of, I hope they well meet my minmal requirement and last the year.
I bought two pair, both large. I wear a size 34 waist 34 inseam and both pair can be pulled off without un-buttoning them. They feel like I imagine a 38 would fit. Also the zipper lands right on my knee, from past experience that would be a problem on a long hike.
Oops. I should have followed the size chart instead of the review. It says right on the size chart that I should have bought a medium.
OK, I followed the size chart and ordered a medium. They are also too big. Now I will try a small. I just measured my waist, it is 33".
The small arrived, they might have fit me back in 1985. What gives, Mountain Hardware used to be great?
Backcountry did the right thing with a free return and a suggestion for some exofficio pants that fit great.
Not just for trail running and trekking. but for dayly use too
it soft light and fill fresh (: