Dan Reinhart wrote a review of The North Face Paramount Peak Convertible Pant - Men's on April 8, 2012
I am very pleased with this edition of the Paramount pant. Compared with the build from six or seven years ago, the addition of the elastic waist and the excellent built-in belt, today's Paramount surpasses the past versions.
The belt buckle is not prone to undesired opening when bumped or squeezed by a pack's waistbelt. The snap closure is a lot easier to work with than the past large, single button.
The material seems about the same, perhaps a touch heavier, and the DWR is definitely better.
All around, I like the new version, and am buying another pair. I also appreciate that North Face offers a range of inseam lengths, particularly since I take a shorter length.
These pants are the only North Face goods I buy, because I haven't seen anything comparable. I very much like the Exofficio Nio Amphi series for lighter, warm weather use, but the Paramounts definitely belong in the mountains.
Why don't I buy any other North Face goods? Much like Black Diamond, they are so restrictive to their dealers regarding sales, that I have shifted almost completely away from North Face, and totally away from Black Diamond. I like most of the goods from both firms, but they offer very reduced value due to price. I have taken up with Marmot, Exofficio, Metolius, Mammut, Petzl to meet my clothing and climbing gear needs, and I shop hard to find the clearances, end-of-season, overstock, etc., to gain value.