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The North Face's Paramount Convertible Pants have legs that zip off at mid-thigh to make shorts. They're water-repellent and quick drying, making them perfect for your trek on the Inca Trail, your visit to Sri Lanka during monsoon season, or anywhere rain may threaten. Incredibly durable, the Paramount Convertibles have double needle stitching and bartacks throughout—and they're still lightweight! Plenty of pockets, including two right side utility and two cargo, are waiting to be stuffed with your compass, an energy bar, keys, whatever!

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5 5

4 years later...

The three pairs of Paramounts I bought are still going strong. The waterproofing needs to be redone, but they still make killer backpacking gear. Side thigh pocket is perfect for todays smartphones, the ankle zips mean you don't have to remove your boots, and the minimalist belt works under pack waist straps. The front cargo pockets are oddly placed, since anything you put in there wacks you on the thigh repeatedly while you walk. Other than that.. great pair of pants to add to your gear stable.

5 5


These pants are great for hiking, camping, travel, and just hanging around. For hiking, camping, and travel, they have plenty of pockets to put all your stuff. The cargo pockets can get a bit annoying since they are right on the front of your thigh, but I found it is a good poclet for papers, passports, etc. The zipper pocket on the side is great for keysand other things of value. Waistband is very comfortable, and if you get hot, just unzip the legs off.

I would consider these a mid-weight pant. They do take a little longer to dry than other lightweight pants, but they also provide a little more warmth if it's chillly.

I find these pants run true to size- I wear a Medium/Regular in these pants and a 32x30 in jeans. Hope that helps with the sizing.

4 5

The Original Model Still the Best

The original model of this pant is the best! I tried the newer, fancier redesigned version and it does not fit the same, the fabric feels slightly different and some useful features are missing. I was lucky to find the old model here and bought a couple up. Super tough (I even had about 3 deer gum and chew them all night to get the salt out, lucky I found my pants in the morning) without a tear! Zip works solid. Pockets are very well placed and usable. Cool when you need them to be, warm when you need them to be. There could be a few minor improvements, sadly the "new" model misses the mark. If you want something that looks a little more fashionable, go for the new ones. If you want tough and useful, go for this older model before they are all gone!

Do you need to remove the belt when putting...

Do you need to remove the belt when putting in washing machine? (seems like it would be a little difficult to put back in)

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No,you will be fine washing these pants with the belt intact..... no need to remove the belt......

5 5

Good all around pants

I bought these without trying them on I wear a 36X34, I should have bought the reglar length eventhough they are rated as a 32 length. The Long are more of a 35 or 36 inch length. This is not a problem when I wear boots as it gives me more length.It is a problem when I wear sandals around camp after a long day of treking. Fabric is good Like most things they are not made in the USA but what the heck is? The north face is awesome they stand behind their stuff. Check with people with negative reviews to see how many actually sent them back to get a refund or have them fixed. Im an outdoor nut and Ive hand Northface pants for 10 years, even before the north face was popular. Good product I just hate the sizing. I am not found of the belt system in the pants as I cannot carry a gun with me as they are not compatable with a holster. Not all that bad just have to find an alternative way to carry when I have to.

5 5

Great pants!

I like these pants! Since I'm a husky kinda guy, I appreciate the roominess of cut of the pant. I'm only taking these pants to Australia (I did buy 3 pairs!) as I like the idea of being able to adjust to the changing environmental situations that may arise. I like the fact that the belt is built in and I don't have to muck around trying to find a belt that works with this style of pant. I'm also impressed with how quick they dry which is an added benefit since they don't do dryers in Australia - at least where I'm going - no real need!

4 5

Fit big

These WILL shrink if left in the dryer, folks. They fit a little big even after shrinking. I'm 6' 185lbs and I got a Reg L, and they are baggy. I have to cinch the belt tight or I'm constantly pulling them up. Other than the fit, they are nice pants.

5 5

Great Pants

I have owned at least 10 pairs of these pants in various colors. I use them for hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, etc. They are without a doubt my favorite all around pants. From the deserts of California to Mt Whitney, and from the jungles to the volcanos of Central America, these pant can take it and bounce back for more. If you lead an active life style, these pants won't let you down.

5 5

Very Comfy!

These pants are the cats pajamas! Really comfortable and durable. They dry fast too. I use them for sailing, hiking, and just everyday hanging out. Several times I've stripped them down to the shorts and just jumped in to go swimming cuz they dry nice and fast. Another Awesome thing from The North Face!

4 5

Great Pants

Pros:Sturdy water resistant material, deep pockets, built-in belt, elastic waistband with metal snap fastener instead of a button.
Con: Inseam much longer than usual. I wear 34" length pants and so I ordered the long length as recommended. They bunched up and fell below my heels. I returned them and got the regular length and they fit much better.

5 5

Perfect Hiking Pants for the Price

I bought a pair of these from REI in 2007...Had to buy another. Durable fabric, many pockets, and you can make them into shorts. Big package; small price!!!

Tired them on and they are huge...size changed from the 07-08 model

3 5


Despite the mixed reviews I decided to get them still. Well they are ridiculously baggy. I didn't expect them to be slim, which is what I prefer and yet to find any convertibles like this? I returned them!!

3 5


Despite the mixed reviews I decided to get them still. Well they are ridiculously baggy. I didn't expect them to be slim, which is what I prefer and yet to find any convertibles like this? I returned them!!

5 5

Comfort and style

These are great pants for hot weather, with or without the convertable option. Very flexable fit which is very important in my line of work. Home Health Physical Therapy.
If you are a regular size guy the med with normal length is perfect. There is enough leg length to fit from 5'10 to 6' and still wear stylish.

2 5


Like the look, but the pocket layout on these are horrible. Fit was good, material seems decent. But technically, the pockets are horrible, wont use them the way they are located on the front of the thigh (cargo and side pocket), stuff falls down to knee level and gets super bunched up, have to reach in to damn near your elbow.

5 5


I love these pants. They are nice for golfing - cool mornings and warm afternoons. I have 2 pair and wear them a lot

2 5

Gnar Wedge

I frequent the hills and have found that I cannot take more than 5 steps without having to pull these out of my butt crack, ouch! These are not what they used to be and I would only recommend these to adventurers who need a secure fit around the meat and two veg. Basically just an expensive wedgie machine.

3 5

Nice pants, very big

I recently bought a pair of North Face Paramount pants, but I ended up returning them. They are made of very nice material, look great, and the built in belt is useful. However, I found them longer than the expected size, a bit wide in the waist, and very baggy. I'd recommend these for anyone who likes more roomy pants.

on the back of the pants over the belt...

on the back of the pants over the belt loop is a rubberband type loop what is this for, from the back one on each side elastic type loops ????

Responded on

I think it is for the zipped off legs so you don't have to carry them or pack them during a hike.

5 5

Finally the right pants!

I bought these for my husband who is perpetually complaining about the fit of other hiking pants that he owns -- the synthetic ones from REI balloon up and look ridiculous. But the Paramount Convertible is just right! It is also extremely light-weight, water repellant (my husband didn't once have to put on his rain pants during the fair amount of rain that we saw on our Patagonia trip), breathable and quick-dry. I think I am going to buy him another pair.