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The North Face Horizon Convertible

Versatile for a range of conditions

Price:

$130

Our Rating:

These convertible pants can be turned into a pair of shorts by unzipping the legs at the thigh. In that regard, they are comfortable, effectively able to regulate temperature and versatile enough for most activities in varying temperatures.

The size 30 waist was a true fit and only slightly tight around the stomach.

They’re made from a ripstop nylon with double, and sometimes triple, stitching throughout. They’re not the lightest – 340g – but they feel durable. A DWR coating has been applied to help resist water. I stayed dry as long as the rain never became too heavy or lasted too long.

Another temperature regulating feature is the two stud buttons on each leg that allow you to flair the trousers and let in more air.

There are numerous pockets, including two handwarmers, one zippered thigh and two rear velcroed. Strangely, none of these were particularly deep or useful. There was little I could comfortably place in them, besides my wallet and keys. None are large enough to hold a map.

Convertible pants have their place, but I find them impractical – I never remove the legs because the shape of the shorts is generally unflattering unless you’ve got tree-trunks growing from your hips. They do create a versatile garment and it’s nice to be able to regulate temperature by unzipping them partway.

The pockets are not practical for a tramping pant and this is the biggest let down for me.