I took this backpacking along the Oregon coast and throughout the trip they were very comfortable and breathable. I am normally a size 32 but these seem to fit a lot slimmer so I got a 34 and that ended working out well although I needed a belt to tighten the extra space. I have the Columbia silver ridge version as well and compared to those, the North Face convertibles seem to be made of a thicker material, but both are great. I haven't experienced the pocket problem mentioned before, but the only thing I carry in my pocket when I hike is my phone and pocket knife and they feel like they do in any other pants. Besides the backpacking trip I have only taken these on short hikes in the small mountains surrounding Eugene although there's not much out there to beat them up. I bought the brown color which turned out to be a lot lighter in color than the picture makes it out to be but it still looks nice. Once I have the opportunity to take these out more I will leave an updated impression, but for now I recommend these.