Woodrow L.wrote a review of The North Face Paramount Peak II Convertible Pant - Men's on April 12, 2017
I've had 2 pairs of an older version for years. They were starting to wear out and I was happy to re-up for a few new pairs.
Right out of the box the quality of construction seems sturdier for the new pants that I got. The older version had double stitching on all seams but updated version has TRIPLE stitching almost everywhere. (This is a big improvement; my older pants had some of the double-stitched seams fail entirely and the pockets had to be sewn back on.) Fabric also seems heavier. On the inside, there's an added coating or something...almost like a 1.5 layer membrane. Not sure if this is part of the UPF protection or helps stop tears or something like that. Either way, the fabric feels more robust than the previous version. I'll report back if these wear out as fast as my previous version, but they seem like they will last even better.
Same functionality as the previous version. Love the pockets: cargo pockets are handy but low profile, option to use zippered pocket for primary right hand use. Legs can be removed even while wearing mid-height hiking boots. Overall these pants are a go-to for camping & hiking.
DWR is nice for a while, but I don't expect it to last more than a few washes. Either way the material is a quick-drying synthetic.
The belt buckle is noticeably different from the previous version. I never had trouble with the older spring/lever clasp, although it wasn't as intuitive as the new hook style. Only possible issue with the new one is that the "hook" is pretty small; seems like there might be a risk it will shear off. I guess time will tell.
The fit is loose, as others have mentioned. I appreciate the added mobility through the thighs. Last thing I need when scrambling up & down rocks is restricted range of motion. If it's cold I can even squeeze a mid-weight insulating layer underneath these pants.