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!
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!