Ready for Adventure.
You've been dreaming of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail for years, and you've finally realized that now's as good a time as ever. Set yourself up for success by packing the Norrona Men's Bitihorn Flex1 Zip-Off Pants. Made from a breathable stretch softshell fabric, these pants offer enhanced mobility to keep you moving comfortably whether you're hiking through thick forests or rugged alpine passes. Wear the pants long when the morning starts off with thick fog and light rain showers, and use the zip-off system to convert them to shorts when the sun chases the storms away. A slim fit offers a streamlined feel, while ankle zips accommodate wider boots, keeping you comfortable from the moment you break camp at the beginning of the day to the moment you can collapse into your sleeping bag after another long but successful day.
- Backcountry Exclusive
- Norrona's most flexible hiking pants with a flexible zip-off design
- Flex1 softshell fabric offers breathability and mobility
- Hook-and-loop adjustable waist system
- Ankle zippers adjust to fit boots
- Slim design has low-bulk fit and feel
- Item #NRA009M
- Q & A
Far and away the best hiking pants
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 160lbs
These pants are amazing.
Slim fit. Most hiking pants I've seen are baggy. I have a pair of Kuhl Renegades and while the shorts are great, as pants they are very loose and I'm always afraid they're gonna get caught on something. Plus the slim fit is more stylish.
Lightweight but durable. Just over 12 oz, these feel very light and the material is somewhat thin. However, it seems like incredibly durable fabric. It is a little bit less stretchy than my Renegades but it is still comfortable to wear. Some testing in the field is needed here.
1. Velcro adjustment is great. Basically removes the need to wear a belt, and makes for a one-size-fits-all.
2. Zippered pockets. All the pockets are zippered, meaning if I stash something away while scrambling up a rock or lying down, I'm never afraid it's going to fall out. It isn't uncomfortable to stick your hand into the pocket with the zipper edges either.
3. Adjustable ankle width and built in gaiters. Not only does this make it so I can carry 1 less item (though full on gaiters is probably still a bit better than this), I can get that slim tapered look while still wrapping the pant cuff around my shoes. Great design.
4. I can take off the bottom portion without taking off my shoes!! Having tried many convertible pants, this was by far the most annoying thing. The side zipper shows some great thoughtfulness on Norrona's part.
All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better design. The pants are a little long-while this makes the cuff act nicely as pseudo gaiters, it is not a great fit for anyone who has shorter legs.
Best convertible pants I've seen
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 165lbs
5'11", 165lbs, long, lean, lanky, broad shoulders.
Tops: small, chest 36-38", neck 15.5", sleeve 34.5"
Jeans: 30x32, dress pants: 32x32.
These are by far the best convertible pants I have tried and it all comes down to the fit. I am the kind of person who likes everything tight and fitted. When it comes to bottoms, i was thrilled when skinny jeans came into vogue and only wear boot cuts that have some considerable flare and cut close in the thigh. And spandex/stretch is my best friend.
When it comes to hiking pants, the Prana Wyatt has long been my favorite fit (read: only). I like to wear athletic leggings as well. With shorts, I am more flexible and have enjoyed the Patagonia Belgrano and Prana Brion. I have been looking for the right convertible pant for some years now without luck. I have previously tried on the Prana Stretch Zion, Outdoor Research Ferrosi, Patagonia Quandary, and REI/Columbia models of convertible pants but found all to be unsatisfactory. Many of those met my wants in the shorts but were too baggy as a pant.
The Bitihorn really are a game changer for me. The quality is immediately obvious and features well thought out. The fabric is thin but not overly so with the right amount of stretch for all the movements my legs are capable of. I would say very similar to Prana's stretch Zion fabric, maybe a touch tougher. The waist adjustments are fantastic and better than any found on other zip-off options. I will say the waist seems a bit tighter than what I had expected (a small was doable but created some bunching and an unflattering muffin top, and was exchanged for a medium). The shorts fall just above my knee where I like them for hiking (I'd venture to say 10" inseam?) and are fitted all the way through with a nice butt silhouette. The pockets are all zippered and horizontal to safeguard your valuables on the trail. The "cargo pocket" on the right thigh even has a smaller compartment for better organization. I believe the company intends it for a phone. It is nice that all pockets fall behind the main face of the short rather than on top. The hand pockets have a light yet sturdy mesh and the cargo ones are backed with the same material as the face.
The trim continues to the ankle and with the hem adjustments as tight as possible, wrap the cuff of my boots perfectly but also work well with low top crosstrainers. Even at it's loosest, the fit is a nice taper from top to bottom. I doubt these could fit over ski boots but that is something I am unlikely to test. There are two zippers at the pant hem, one which comes up to mid-calf to open up the ankle, and one which rises all the way to the shorts hem zipper and allow you to remove the bottom portion without losing the footwear. Anyone should be able to appreciate this feature out on the trail. Lastly, there are snaps at the pant hem to keep everything in place. Oh, and I should mention the bootlace gaiter hooks to keep the leg down at all times. The length is pretty perfect for me but i think men under 5'8" need not apply as the cuff cannot be mended
Overall, easily the most thought out and stylish convertible pant that I have come across. I believe they are well worth the premium price tag. I couldn't be happier with the purchase. In fact, this was my first piece of Norrona gear and I am now looking to them for winter pants.
The only improvement I can muster would be making the zipper from pant hem to short hem a two way zipper to double as a vent.
Oh, and the Space color way is way tasteful and I don't doubt the Bedrock is as well. I would not rule out purchasing them in the future.