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Hike down the desert wash in the comfortable, durable Mountain Hardwear Men's Mesa Pants.
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Have these pants now one year. They are the BEST i've ever worn todate. Seroiusly recommended. Not a 'branded' name: (The North Face, Berghaus). They are VERY light, yet durable. Tough, yet flexible. Go and buy a pair, you won't regret it. Fit to 'a tee'. One snag i have: The inner belt can get twisted in side. 10 out out 10.
How would these pants compare to Arc'teryx...
How would these pants compare to Arc'teryx Palisades? I need something more affordable.
I believe the Palisades are a tad lighter than these, but otherwise, I think they're equivalent. I'm not a huge fan of my Mesa pants though, I should have gone with the Talus, they're stretchier and move with you better. I have two types of similar pants I would recommend over the Mesas, either the RailRider Versa Tac (bombproof, with super reinforced knees, seat, and hems, but heavier) or the North Face Paramount pant (also heavier than the Mesa, but super comfortable).
Get the North Face Paramount pants instead
I usually get the North Face Paramount pants as my hiking/climbing pant because I like the loose fit and all the pockets. I saw these mountain hardwear pants and decided to order them because they looked nice and comparable to TNF pants. Upon receiving them I was disappointed to find that Mountain Hardwear clothes run a bit small and the medium (which I have no problem with in TNF sizes) was a bit too snug and uncomfortable. Also, the nylon these pants are made out of is very thin and flimsy, not sure how well these would hold up in the field. All in all, I am disappointed with the fit and quality of these pants, which are way too expensive for the price. Mountain Hardwear seems to be overpriced crap.
Best all around full pant so far
Love these pants and most everything made by MH. I wear these pants everywhere for everything. They were originally just going to be designated hiking pants, but they quickly became my hiking, lounging, climbing, pretty much everythig pants because they are so comfortable. They are super lightweight, but much warmer than anticipated. When the temperature drops, you just throw on an extra layer underneath, and you're good to go. By themselves they're good from about 45 to 95 Farenheit. I want another pair, and I think i may exlusively buy MH instead of jeans from now on.
Prefer the Zip-Off Version
I have the zip-off version of these. Buy 2 pairs and when you travel, wear a pair, and pack a pair to travel extremely light. You can't go wrong.
Made a Return..
I read all the enthusiastic reviews, and decided I was onboard with these pants. I ordered them, and they arrived super quickly. Much to my dismay, they didn't work out for me.
Here's the breakdown:
+Felt super comfortable on skin
+Material seems to be high quality
+TONS of pockets
+Got water on them, it beaded up and rolled off
-2 front pockets cut weird, not deep (mentioned in a review before mine..)
-odd internal belt.. there's a first loop directly left of the button, which much be for a carabiner w/ keys or something.
-this means no option to add your own belt.
-I'm a bigger guy (apprx. 36" waist.) The leg opening at the bottom of the pant was too big for my taste. I can see the straight cut on a smaller size being acceptable, but it's kind of goofy at a larger size.
With much internal debate, I decided to send them back. Hopefully I can save other short stocky guys from making the same $6.99(shipping back) mistake as me. I have no doubt that they are great pants though, and Backcountry (as always) provided fantastic customer support and worked it all out, no problems.
Have had these pants for a couple of years - rain, snow, heat, cactus, water, these pants are perfect - they don't do well with barbed wire though. Pockets are placed so your waterproof wallet doesn't ride on your glutes - it rides off to the side - perfect! Tighten down the hems so they don't get cauht in the brush - just right (might want to order you pants a bit longer than is normal to tighten). Internal loop belt - doesn't snag and the buckle is dead simple - no snags. I'm preparing to place an order for another pair(see 'barbed wire' above) and anticipate another couple of years of happily panted bliss.
Comparable to the North Face Paramount Pant
Lightweight, breathable, comfortable. They fit a bit tighter than I was expecting, a technical fit. The articulated knee is a nice touch, as is the drawcord at the hem. Thin, tough fabric, mesh pockets, chamois lined waist, and a good fit make for a good pant.
The downside: The slash pockets are cut at an odd angle, and cut high. A better angle and a deeper pocket would be nice. Belt loops: hope you like the internal belt, as you don't have any loops to add your own.
All in all a good pant.
these are perfect for me. they have a great fit and i love the cargo pockets on the side. the built in belt is awesome !
Do the cargo pockets zip shut or just...
Do the cargo pockets zip shut or just velcro?
My Mesa Convertibles use velcro for the cargo pockets, as well as the back pockets. It would be safe to assume that these pants are the same.
Cannot be beat.
Nice lightweight and highly breathable pant. They fit very well and have not pressure points along the built in belt when wearing a backpack. They have roomy pockets along with a nice, secure cargo pocket on the side.
awesome hiking and relaxing pant
These pants cant be beat. Super durable for how light they are and have a very soft feel. For people that get rashes or itch from the zippers on zip off pants these are the pants for you. They are soft in the knees because there is no zippers. But if you do need to shorten them, simply roll up the pant leg and use the draw sting to keep them up.
Bottom line, A great hiking pant. MHW does it again. and will keep making great gear.
Really nice pair of pants
Im really digging these pants. I talked to a couple of other friends who also swear by these guys. They are a nice light nylon pant with a relatively soft feel. First weekend I had them, did an all day highropes/obstacle course with some friends, then the next day we hit up some out of the way boulders for a day of scrapping through rough boulder problems and some rough top outs (maybe the hardest part haha). They were perfect for both activities, stayed flat on my waist, didnt stretch out, nice and cool. Honestly the only thing I'm not a fan of is the velcro, but thats because i dont like velcro...its on the back pockets, the cargo pockets, and theres a small velcro patch on the inside waist to keep them closed. Remember to close all the velcro before washing. Overall, 5 stars. If anything changes I'll be sure to update. One more thing, I have about a 29-30 in waist (wear 30x30 at most retailers and tshirt size small) and the size small fits me great, plenty of length if you have a little longer legs, but not too much length if youre a 30in
Dang good light hiking pants
I found the sizing a bit weird and doesn't match up to the sizing chart that well. I've got a 32 waist and 34 inseam which the sizing chart indicates is in the range of a medium-long, but I found the large-regular to fit in length better. The integral belt makes the difference in the waist much less of an issue, so a plus there.
The cargo pockets are a nice feature you don't see often enough on nylon hiking pants. The drawcord around the ankles is sewn into a clever little pocket on the inside of the outer leg seam, keeping them out of view and out of the way when I'm putting them on.
Great range of motion and attention to detail I've come to expect from Mountain Hardware. Bonus: the MH logo is only in two spots and fairly subdued. I appreciate not being turned into a walking ad.
Great for anything
I have two pairs of these, and both have served me well. I use them for camping, hiking, climbing, and water sports. Water beads right off, and they dry quickly if they do get wet. Very abrasion resistant and breathable. For cooler weather I wear a layer underneath. If you don't like zip-offs, you can pull these up and use the cinch cord to make them 3/4 or shorter.
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As much as I...
Write your question here...
As much as I like your Matterhorn convertible pants, I'm headed to Ecuador next month and the Amazon.
I need convertible pants which are light, can disperse the heat and humidity, and still put up with abrasions from the jungle paths.
Also do you have any pants which feature built-in insect protection in the fabric?
Thanks very much for your help with this...
San Francisco, CA
The Mesa are a lighter fabric than the Matterhorn's. Look at the specifics on MHs site.
there's the pants
i love these pants! super comfy and free breathing while not making you look like mc hammer. they're perfect except for the extremely annoying belt buckle, some people may like it but not me! bleh! i cut it out and put in my own. still highly recommended!
New favorite pants
I picked these pants locally for a nice discount and I couldn't be happier! I wore them out for a 30 mile'r last weekend with some smartwool midweights and they fit the bill even though I was only 29 deg outside. I can't imagine how nice they will b in the summer. They are soft and comfortable and have a great and relaxed fit. I would compare the fabric to the Patagonia GII line of pants (I have shorts and they are very similar.)
Either way; they are worth the money off you want a good all around pair of pants for any outdoor adventure. Especially at the current discounted rate.
Lightweight and durable
I am 33 waist and 30 inseam, and medium short fits perfectly. The medium regular length is also acceptable as long as you remember to cinch up the bottom so you don't kick dirt inside your pants while you walk.
Material is super light and breathable. Because the material is light and "thin" it seems to breathe much better than my other North Face Paramount convertibles. It is also astonishingly durable for its weight. I've had a previous pair for about a year now, and it has withstood bushwhacking. The DWR is also of good quality and I've not had to renew that to date (not so with the North Face pants I have).
The best part of these pants are the cinches at the bottom of the leg. The drawstring is stowed away in a separate compartment at the bottom of your leg to prevent the string or cinch from brushing up against your leg as you move. Excellent and well designed feature.
These pants not only perform well, they also look cool around town because it fits well. The great fit is due to the articulated knees.
Overall, these are my preferred pair of pants for hitting the trail. I regret buying the over-popular North Face Pararmount pants. It's doesn't even come close to this one.