Gear Review

Mountain Hardwear Convertible Pants

Mountain Hardwear Convertible PantsLet’s talk about pants. When it comes to packing light, every bit of space counts. And one of the easiest dry bags to overpack is the one containing your clothes. These Mountain Hardwear convertible pants are a great way to reduce your weight and live comfortably on the water.

What We Like:
First and foremost, have you tried on convertible pants? Our biggest complaint about every other brand we’ve tried is that they look great as pants but once you unzip the legs, the shorts are ridiculously short. It’s like an 80s beach party. That’s why we love the Mesa pants. The shorts, while not the perfect length, offer a realistic pair of shorts that you’d wear around town and not just hidden in the Northwoods.

Second, the material dries fast which is perfect for paddling. And when the temperature drops, it’s easy to get your sea legs back on. They’re also lightweight and comfortable. The Mesa pants are considered “lifestyle clothing” on the Mountain Hardwear website but you’ll find that they are plenty rugged for the water and island hopping.

The Final Word:
Dual-purpose clothing and gear is essential to smart packing. Mountain Hardwear Mesa convertible pants are comfortable, durable, dry fast and prevent that feeling of having bought a really expensive pair of short-shorts.

Key Info:
Manufacturer: Mountain Hardwear
Inseam: 32 inches
Shorts inseam: 11 inches
Adjustable waist: Yes
Fabric: Nylon

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