Though our testers are often split on the aesthetic acceptability of convertible pants, the logic behind ‘em is hard to fault, especially on days that start off cool (legs on), shift to warm (zip off the legs for insta-shorts), and then get cold at night (back to pants). Unlike some of the transformable pants out there, REI’s Endeavor Convertibles boast a rugged fabric that’s wind resistant up to 30 miles per hour. They’ve also been treated with DWR coating for water resistance and provide SPF 50+ sun protection. Spandex—a modest 11 percent—has been blended with the poly to provide both a trimmer fit and ample maneuverability for stream-hopping and rock scrambling. Our tester loved that the zips for the removable legs are color-coded; no more guessing which goes on which leg. The zipper pockets (hands, rear, and a right-hand-side cargo) offer ample storage for ear buds, iPhone, and sunscreen, and also make them ideal for travel…if, that is, you vote that convertible deserve to be worn beyond the trail. The shorts stop about two inches above the knee, which may be too short for some.
Only available in men’s models.
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