Eastern Mountain Sports Women's Camp Cargo Convertible Pants

Priced: $55.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 183 reviews.
Eastern Mountain Sports Camp Cargo Convertible Pants
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Eastern Mountain Sports Camp Cargo Convertible Pants - Part of our Excursion Collection, the classic Camp Cargo Convertible Pants adapt to all your hiking and travel adventures. Rugged, yet lightweight. Available in short, regular, and tall inseams.

Fiber Content: 100% nylon.
Country of Origin: Imported


  • Fixed waist lined with soft polyester mesh fabric to wick moisture
  • Fabric provides UPF 30+ sun protection, shielding skin from harmful ultraviolet rays


  • Quarter-length ankle zips for ease of getting on and off with boots


  • Snap and zipper closure with belt
  • Two deep front hand pockets with two stash flap pockets; one zippered stash pocket
  • Zip off to 6 in. shorts for changes in weather or activity


  • Cargo pocket on left leg for extra storage


  • Water-repellent Teflon finish sheds light moisture
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Also available for: Men
Classic rise:sits slightly above hip bone
Inseam:30 in. (short), 32 in. (regular), 34 in. (tall)
Made of abrasion-resistant Supplex nylon:lightweight, packable, quick drying
Pant Length:Zip-Off
Relaxed fit:falls gently around body
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Eastern Mountain Sports Camp Cargo Convertible Pants Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Solid Hiking Pants

I bought these because I was looking for a new pair of convertible pants to hike in that fit well--I had lost a bit of weight and my old pants were too loose. So far I've only had a chance to wear them on a couple of hikes, but they fit well and are true to size. I plopped down on rocks and frozen ground to eat and the pants, despite their pale gray color, did not show any stains. They are comfortable and one of the big selling points for me is the number of pockets. I like to have enough pocket space in my pants for my camera, handkerchief, snacks, lip balm, gloves, etc., rather than putting them in a top layer that I will end up removing. These pants have lots of pockets, nicely deep, too. The legs are a bit baggier than I thought they would be, so they aren't the most flattering looking while on. Especially for someone with skinny legs like me! But since I just use them to hike, functionality is far more important.

I haven't had a chance to unzip the legs and it is too cold to do that right now, but I am hoping they make great hiking shorts this summer, too. So overall, a good purchase, especially when you can get them on sale!
HikerGirl at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2010

Comfy, durable, practical and stylish...

Simply put, these are awesome hiking pants. I bought them for a multi-day mountain climbing trip to the Adirondacks. They held up so well. The fit is very comfortable. I bought them in the size I usually wear; they were a bit baggier than most pants in this size but this was perfect because you want the extra room and flexibility when you are hiking and climbing up rocks. They are lightweight and great for summer (this trip was in July). They dry really quickly and hold up well. No rips or tears, even though part of this adventure included sliding down rocks on our butts. I should also mention that they cleaned up really well. I wore them two entire days and didn't wash them until I got home. They were muddier than anything. I was fretting that the light tan color I purchased would end up being a much darker brown after this trip, which included hiking through streams and very muddy terrain. I kid you not when I tell you they pretty much look like new now after two washings. They really are worth the investment. They are great pants with a lot of nice features including ones I haven't even mentioned here such as the zip offs (which I used for the trip home) and the pockets, some with nice closures.
Ana the Hiking Banana at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2009

Comfortable, well-made pants

I'm 5'2" tall and weigh 115 pounds, and the Camp Cargo Zip-Off pants in size 6 Short fit me perfectly. They are comfortable and lightweight, but are also well-made and sturdy. The number and placement of the pockets is just about right for me, as I prefer to keep my wallet, keys, tissues, and other small items in pockets rather than in an external pack. I'm pleased that the pants have back pockets, which a lot of women's pants seem to lack. The pants also wash nicely and dry quickly. It's easy to remove the legs to turn the pants into shorts when on the go. The belt is also well-made and is easy to buckle, unbuckle, and adjust (great design!).

I also have a couple of older pairs of EMS shorts that are very similar to the "shorts" version of these pants. I've been wearing those shorts every summer for years, and they have yet to show any signs of wear! I'm hoping I will get the same long life from my new Camp Cargo Zip-Off pants. I bought pairs in Tarmac and Khaki, colors that go with just about everything, and then bought more when they went on sale.
MidAtlantic Barb at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2010

Great, simple, versatile, only one flaw

These are great pants and I highly recommend them - especially since they are offered in a SHORT length! I've looked for a good, reasonably priced pair of these pants and generally find them too long for me (I am 5'2) and the finish at the ankle makes them hard to tailor to find. However, this short length fits great.

Used them for 2 weeks of driving, camping, kayaking, hiking etc in southern AK and loved them. They deal with varieties of temperature well and weather (it rained, we kayaked, etc etc) and are comfortable with layers and without.

The downsides? I'm a curvy girl and got these in a 14. The back pockets are closed with velcro and lined with a mesh fabric. When I sit down the velcro tends to release and grab the edge of the lining leaving me with a partially out pocket. It's not a huge deal but EMS could easily have made the non-velcro friendly part of the pocket lining a bit longer and I'd have been much happier. As it is I'll sew the pockets shut so that stops happening.

But I'm also buying a second pair.
Turk 182 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2008

Zip Off pants a hit !

While traveling in Australia I needed a very light weight travel pant. I had critical weight restrictions on some domestic flights so I needed every piece of clothing to be as light as possible. This pant fit the bill. Additionally, the pant fits great, washes easily in the sink, shakes out and dries quickly. The north of Australia is HOT and I needed protection from the sun and bugs. This pant did both and I was comfortable. The zippers are easy to use while the pant is on and they are also exceptional quality.
I have one suggestion as to the design of the pant. There were times when I did not want a short or a pant but a 3/4 length. I found myself rolling the pant up to that length. A tab with button would have useful to hold up the roll. I know there are pants that zip at the 3/4 lenght but then you do not have the short option. If a tab could be added this pant would be 5 big stars in my book. Thank you for helping make my Australian outback adventure a comfortable, happy and rewarding experience !
Pen-Gwenn at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2010

LOVE these pants - but large in size

LOVE these pants! I looked and looked for zip off pants after I returned from a hiking trip and was wishing the whole time that I could zip off the bottom of the pants I was wearing. I decided to visit my local EMS store so I could find the right size. I am usually a size 6 (short length) in regular pants, but the 4short of these fits me perfectly. During the winter, I can layer them over both long underwear and brushed fleece pants, providing a waterproof top layer. During the summer, I'll wear them to work on a Friday when I know I won't have an opportunity to change clothes before going to outdoor events - so I just unzip the legs!

Other zip off pants seem to have the shorts way too long, but I imagine that they are just as noisy as these when walking around. Even the shorts-length is flattering on different figures.

I own them in the tarmac green, and will be buying the driftwood as soon as they come in my size. I am disappointed I can't get the gray in the "short" sizes.
irshmai at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2010

Perfect for small waist, big booty!

I have a really tough time purchasing any bottoms online, period. I have to try on everything because I typically wear a size 4 in the waist and a size 6-8 because of my booty, and any material that is too thin looks really unflattering on me. I'm taking a trip where I'm going to be doing a lot of hiking and have been desperate to find a good pair of hiking pants. I went to REI and Sports Authority and tried on every pair in the store. All of them were too thin, too thick, or too straight leg. Finally, I found these in a random Google search and read several reviews that said they were good for women that have some curves. I just got these in the mail and they are FANTASTIC! The fit is extremely flattering and they are lightweight without being too thin. I'm so excited to finally have a great pair of hiking pants!
Advntrgrl at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2012

Hard-to-Fit Lady Loves Zip-off Pants

I have trouble finding zip-off pants that fit because I'm short, have a small waistline and often get stuck between a size 6 and an 8. I ordered the size six first. I could get them on, but they were more snug than I would like, especially because the fabric does not stretch. So without a whimper, EMS let me return them and I ordered the size eights. EMS was great on the phone and shepherded me through returning the smaller ones. I've received the eights. There is a scootch more room in the waist than I would like, but the snap-in belt with the convenient belt end-holder takes care of that. They are comfortable and I especially like the zippers at the ankles that allow removal of the legs without removal of shoes or boots. I'm about to field test them in Africa, but so far they fit all my criteria for a rugged and utilitarian pair of pants.
Beez at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 04/04/2009

Wonderful Hiking and Casual Pants

After stocking up on EMS's wonderful Compass Pants, I tried out this style and it is yet another great looking, comfortable, well made pair of pants. I would say they are less breathable than the Compass Pants- Supplex is an older nylon fabric, but they have wonderful features e.g. a zip off into shorts conversion and an ankle zip up to make the conversion easier. The fit of these pants are very flattering and can easily be used casually as well as on the trail. I'm now working on stocking up on these pants. The only down side is the colors. There's a brownish-green and a very,very light gray. I would really like to have seen these in black, darker gray and khaki. To EMS's credit, once again they offer a "short" version for us pretty regular sized women- I'm 5'5" and the length is perfect. Thanks EMS.
Noreaster at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2008

Great pants

I never write reviews but I felt that I had to for the products I bought from ems for our month long trip to India.

I got my husband and I a few pairs of pants, shirts, and hats for our trip. We ended up wearing them throughout the whole trip and didn't bother wearing our other clothes we bought, except for me when I had to wear something nice for dinner. We washed our clothing at night at the hotel and since they were all dri fit, it dried by morning. Since my long shirt and pants were UPF30-50, I really didn't apply sunscreen but only to my face. The great thing w/ our clothes were that they were very light, drifit, had a lot of pockets... just great for India's heat.

Thank you EMS!
Lila at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2009

Negative Reviews:

wish it were polyester

I wanted a travel zip off pant in a short inseam and really liked the look of these pants. I found that I was unable to get the color I wanted as it did not seem be made in the green thatI was looking for. I tried the tan it was ok, but lacked the pazazz I wanted. I also thought the material was heavy for what I wanted. I wanted to be able to use the pants to travel from NJ to hot/humid climates where I would zip off the legs and be ready to go have fun. I did return the pants in hopes that a different item might be availble in the spring that would work out better for me. I really like a wicking fabric and maybe with this evaluation you might consider doing this style pants in that type of fabric.
Karen the world traveler at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2008

Not really "cargo"

As a woman, I'm pretty insulted by the incredible difference in *cargo* space in the men's and women's version of the cargo pants. I mean, come on! I want to be able to keep my map and compass in my cargo pocket just like I do with my zip-off cargo pants from another store. Also, what were they thinking, putting the pocket *below* the zipoff? If I keep anything substantive in there, it bangs against my knee, and then I can't use the pocket when it's warm.

I wear these pants when it's warm out, but never for real hiking and backpacking, when the pathetic pocket situation is critical.
Katie at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2010

weird fit

if you don't have a tiny waste and a really large butt, then these are going to look very awkward on you. i'm a size 2, with athletic thighs and the shorts have a weird curve in the thighthat make them look bunchy in that area (even my bigger thighs had too much room). as pants you don't notice it that much but in the shorts, it's just weird and it's a common problem in most - if not all of EMS's hiking shorts. i also didn't care for the material that much. it was a little on the heavy side.
avid hiker/camper at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2013

Didn't fit quite right.

After reading the great reviews online, I ordered a pair of Size 6 Short pants. Although I loved the fabric and general construction, I didn't like the pocket placement. The two front pocket flaps were not flattering or comfortable. I'm surprised they designed them this way, since most women have curvy hips. Additionally, the pants were about 3 inches too long (I'm 5'1".) and without velcro at the bottom, they would drag on the ground. So unfortunately, I have to continue my search for the perfect petite hiking pant...
CampingBuddy at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2010

EMS Women's Camp Cargo Zip-Off

The color of these pants appeared to be black online and was called "tarmac". It was actually an ugly brown/green. These are zip-off pants but the shorts they become are very short with wide legs. I would never wear shorts like that. I was disappointed because the fabric was very nice and I wanted them for traveling. I didn't particularly care if they zipped of since my trip is in the fall but couldn't find others with such nice material.
susie at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2010

Still too short...

I thought that these pants would finally be my solution to the need for a women's long hiking pant, but alas, they were too short. They felt too big around the waist, and for my 5'9'' frame, too short on the length. Be advised, if you are looking for a long women's hiking pant and are quite tall, this pant will not work for you. However, if you are of average height, these would probably be great.
Oregon Bub at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 03/03/2010

Waist too large

Purchased a size 4. The fit was large through the waist while fitting everywhere else. I don't like cinching pants that are too large in the waist because all the material folds up under the belt. Also, the cut of the front pockets were not flattering. They did not lay flat. Returned the pants. EMS has been great to work with. I wouldn't hesitate buying anything from them. Return was simple.
Clear Skies at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2011

poorly-constructed zippers

These pants might be functional if one never bent over, climbed or in any way "tested" the strength of the bond between zipped legs and body of pants. If you are a walker, the little tiny plastic-type zippers might suffice to hold the two parts together. In my cas, three times in one day I looked done to see left leg dangling in the breeze by the zipper stop.
garden gal at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 03/03/2011

I prefer the old design

I miss the cargo pockets. They ensured that my vital stuff wouldn't fall out of my pockets and get lost. The zipper side pocket is a poor substitute as no one wants bigger, bulkier items, like a map digging into the hip while your having to lift your leg high to scale a rock or other obstruction. Bring Back the traditional cargo pockets!
Madge at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2010

good for 5'3" and shorter

The pants sits a bit high on the waist and causes the shorts to be just a bit too short. They are long enough if I don't wear shoes, but when I put on my hiking boots, they are too short. I am 5'4" and usually wear a 4 or 6. They 4 would of worked if it weren't for the length.
Ramy at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2010

Neutral Reviews:

33 inch inseam is NOT TALL!!

In general, I find these pants to be pretty comfortable and I like the light weight and packability. I take issue with the sizing, though.

The first pair I bought in the store, size 12 tall. Fit was OK, if a little big in the waist (which is acceptable since sometimes I need to wear long johns under them)

Then I went online to buy a second pair. I'd lost a little weight, and looked at the size chart to determine if I could fit into a 10. When looking at the size chart, I realized that I measured out to be a 10 originally, and that that the size 12 is riding a bit low on me. When I put on the 12 and pulled the waist up to were it should be, I discovered that not only is the inseam length too short, but also the rise is too short.

EMS does not recognize what other major women's fashion clothing retailers recognize. Tall is a proportion. You can't just add a few inches to the bottom. You have to add to the rise as well. And major women's jeans retailers have average length at 33 inches with tall at 35 or 36 inches. With a corresponding higher rise.

That said, the size 12 remains adequate, and a little bagginess isn't a huge problem for my needs. The inseam when the pants ride on my hips is OK for wearing with hiking boots. This is a pair of pants that needs to be tried on in the store before you order it if you are looking for a longer length.
climber at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2009


While these pants fit better than most convertible pants that I have tried on, they were not perfect. On the plus side, the cut of the legs is flattering, with a slight boot cut. The butt is not overly baggy and saggy, like many women's hiking pants can be. The many pockets are nice and the ankle zips are ingenious. On the negative side, I found the sizing to be off (too large) and the rise of the pants to be too high. I want to be able to tuck in my shirts and not look like I am wearing "Mom jeans." On me, the waist covered my belly button by about 1/2 an inch. I love the fit of my Prana Monarch convertible pants but was looking for a style with slightly shorter shorts (the Prana pants zip off to knickers).
Mrs Simonson at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2012

Cargo So-So

LOVE the color of these pants...very deep lucious green! I wasn't so excited when I put them on...the waist was too tight and they were also tight in the butt, but the back thigh was really baggy. They were also about 3" too long for my short inseam. There is a buckle/belt which is handy and the pockets are okay. The leg pocket is even with the knee, so pretty far down and not very deep. The shorts are about 2" above the knee. To me, these were just okay. The Trailhead pants are way more exceptional IMO. BTW...customer service was also exceptional and I appreciate Lara's outstanding help!
Bugster at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2013

Great pants, ugly colors

I wanted to order the Women's Adventure zip-off pants, . A friend has a pair and I thought that was what I was getting when I ordered the Camp Cargos. Hers are a nice light bluish grey color. I first got the fossil Camp Cargos, then sent it back to try the tarmac, which I thought would be that nice grey. Maybe guys would like these colors, but do women? How about offering the same light grey for the Cargos you offered for the Adventure pants, plus a light off-white or beige, maybe even a light blue and sage green. . Thanks!
Kay at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2008

Waist is too high

I've wanted a pair of nylon zip-offs for a while, and I just got these as a gift. The fabric looks good, but the fit is awful on me. The waist sits much higher than I like. They definitely have the "mom jeans" fit on me. It's not just the fashion aspect either; I just don't like things that fasten right around the center of my waist, which is how these fit me. I'll be looking around to see if I can exchange these for a different cut that would work for me.
Upstater at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2013

Good light duty hiking pant

This is a good pant with lots of cargo and gadget pockets which is a must for me. The nylon is very lightweight but it is also not very effective against a strong wind or knee scraping on rocks. It feels slightly low in the rise. Zip off legs were easy to detach and re-attach and the style design is flattering. I would recommend this pant for light-duty hiking.
Kims Karma at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 04/04/2010

Waist is too big

I haven't yet been able to try out these pants because I had to send them back for a smaller size. I ordinarily wear a 10, and even then often find the waist in that size to be too small for my body type. But the waist on these pants was enormous! We'll see if the size 8 works or if it's too small in other places.
Cheryl at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2009

Needs more 'Tall' sizes

I wish that EMS makes Tall pants in smaller sizes. A 31in inseam is just too short for some people. I ended up getting the men's version in their smallest size and the length was just right!
Jen at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2010

Not as long as I thought

These pants are perfect except seeing the Regulars are 31" inseam I expected the talls to be at least 33 and they are only 32. other than that pants are good and I like them as shorts
Annie at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2008

regular length is short

I always wear a 31" inseam. These pants were too short. I needed a tall, but EMS was out of stock. Love the pants, just too short so wear with gaiters :)
Just conquered Kilimanjaro at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2008