The North Face Women's Paramount Valley Convertible Pant

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The North Face Paramount Valley Convertible Pant
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The North Face Paramount Valley Convertible Pant -

A redesign of TNF®'s best-selling convertible pant that turns into a 6" short.
This mid-weight convertible pant is made from Bluesign® approved fabric – a standard for environmentally-friendly production methods. Quick-drying nylon fabric is treated with durable water-repellent (DWR) finish to added resiliency. The North Face Paramount Valley Convertible Women's Pant can never decide what it wants good thing it never has to. With options to zip off and roll-up, the Paramount can be a capri, shorts, or a long pant. Water-resistant UPF 30 fabric provides lightweight comfort, and with two front pockets, cargo pockets, and hook-and-loop-closure back pockets, this pant carries all you need for a day in the mountains or running around town.


  • Constructed waist with internal drawstring lets you adjust the fit.
  • Constructed of abrasion-resistant 100% nylon faille (bluesign® approved) fabric.

Weather and Wind:

  • Durable water repellent (DWR) finish.

Size and Dimensions:

  • 30" inseam (short), 32" inseam (regular), 34" inseam (long)
  • Pants converts into 6" inseam shorts.


  • Roll-up leg feature provides an alternate length.


  • Elastic on back belt loops for zipped-off-leg storage.


  • Two secure Velcro pockets on the back
  • Front flap cargo pockets.


  • Import.


  • Quick drying; perfect for hiking, backpacking or adventure travel.
  • Ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) 30 shields skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.

The North Face Paramount Valley Convertible 32 Inch Pant for Women is a versatile pant that converts into a 6 inch short. This midweight convertible pant is made from bluesign approved fabric - a standard for environmentally-friendly production methods. Quick-drying nylon fabric is treated with durable water-repellent (DWR) finish to added resiliency.

When the weather is unpredictable, The North Face Women's Paramount Valley Convertible Pants give you what you need, to take you anywhere, on or off the trail. These durable and comfortable pants convert into shorts, or can be rolled up and worn as capris. Quick-drying nylon fabric is lightweight, provides UPF 30 sun protection and is treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish for all-day comfort.
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Also available for: Men
Fabric:165 g/m² 100% nylon faille (bluesign® approved fabric)
Inseam:32 inches
Weight:430 g (15.2 oz)
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The North Face Paramount Valley Convertible Pant Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great on the trail

I love these pants. The other reviews are right, they do run smaller than you'd expect--I bought a 6 regular (I usually wear a 4, but those were very tight through the thigh) and they fit fine. I'm petite (and would have bought a short if they had them), and I was really happy to find that the regular fit well through the crotch. I'd guess they would ride a little low on someone tall. It's probably best to try them on if you can, or at least order a size up. I biked, canoed, and hiked 75 miles of the C&O Canal this past weekend, 22 miles of biking in a steady rain, and these pants held up amazingly. In the rain, water beaded right up to start, and even after I was soaked through a couple hours in, the stuff in my front pockets was still dry (an hour later, when it was still raining, my pockets were wet--but they stayed dry far longer than I expected!). A lot of the mud and dirt brushed right off rather than seep in and spread, and when I rinsed/washed the pants in my bathtub that night, they rinsed clean with no trouble (I have the light gray color). After about 5 hours of hanging to dry, I'd say they were 90% dry. My only complaint (and it's very, very minor) is that they have two snaps, a tie, and a zipper, and I wore a belt, too. Getting in and out was a bit more complicated than I'd have preferred, but I never worried about my pants falling down! So there's that. Really pleased with how these pants performed; I'm ordering another pair as soon as I'm done with this review.
MFPB at The North Face on 08/25/2013

Okay I love North Face (NF) women's long cargo pants. Sadly had to retire 2 pair recently and bought these to replace them. I'm very happy so far and know I will love them, but have a few issues.
FIT: I've always found NF to fit pretty well although I did buy up a size this year based on reviews of others and am glad I did. I'm 5'11 weigh 130 and usually wear a 2L. Bought the 4L and they fit perfectly (as long as I don't gain any weight). And for me the length is just barely long enough.
MATERIAL: The material is VERY durable. Works well in cold or warm weather. One issue though is it's not very stretchy. So I only use these for hiking not climbing.
FUNCTIONAL: 2.5 stars -- gets the .5 because of the zip off pants...I think that will be nice (haven't tested if they fit over boots yet...hope so.) Only a 2 because the cargo pockets are practically useless...what's the point of cargo pants if you really can't put anything in the pockets. My previous NF cargoes had AWESOME functional cargo pockets. Wish these did.
MISC: One problem with my previous NF Cargos were the snap clasp at the waist always came undone with the slightest movement. These newer pair have a double snaps-- so I'm hoping that will solve the issue. We shall see. Fingers crossed.
The other problem I had with previous pair was SHRINKING after drying. So I don't plan on drying these otherwise they will definitely be too tight and too short.
OVERALL: I love NF cargo pants and will probably continue buying them over and over. Highly recommend.

rac3284591 at on 11/15/2012

There are so many different opinions on sizing here where most are saying to go up a size so I'll now give mine.
After reading all of the reviews I was unsure of what to do but after a lot of deliberation and checking and re-checking my measurement against the sizing chart I decided to order my true size. I am 5'9 and about 140 pounds. I however am not exactly in proportion, I have long legs and a shorter torso. I usually wear a size 6 so bought a size 6L and I am so glad that I did. The length is perfect and the tapered waist design sits perfectly above my hips. Now to make it even a little easier when people are trying to decide a size I have a 26inch waist and 36inch hips.
However the legs at the thighs are quite narrow especially around the zipper area, so if you have larger thighs then these pants may not be suitable (I would suggest trying a pair on first before ordering)
I also ordered 2 pairs one black and the other asphalt grey and found the the grey are slightly smaller.
I have only tried them on so far and will be putting them to the test in a couple of weeks on a 2 week climbing trip to Mt Arapiles Australia so will put up another review then. For this reason have only given a 4 star rating.

Alicia Heatley at on 03/13/2013

Seriously fantastic!

These are seriously my favorite pants ever. I am a botanist, so I work outdoors a majority of the time and can walk through some pretty rough stuff. These pants have held up against clothing's worst enemy- waist high blackberry, a true testament to how well made they are. I have bought 5 pairs of these pants since I began working professionally. I have tried both size 6 and 8. Like everyone else says, they run small, but I have found that after wearing them for a bit they do stretch out around the waist, so I prefer to go with the 6 and start the day off a little tighter and allow them to loosen up. I am 5'10" and the longs are the perfect length, with about an inch of extra fabric (which doesn't bother me). These pants wick away moisture and dry very quickly- also a huge bonus since I tend to find myself in wetlands sans waders, and generally sweat a lot when I am outside in the Florida heat and humidity. I love these pants and will continue to stockpile them in case they ever disappear from the market. I only wish they were a little cheaper!
Sarah1188 at The North Face on 10/12/2013

Pants came through in a bind...

I bought one pair of these pants, in Apache Grey, to take on a trip to Thailand and Cambodia. They were a heavier than the other pair of North Face pants I was taking, but being the only convertible pants I had, I took them. Bangkok in early November was sweltering. I wore these as shorts and pants one day, and am happy to report that they were not overly hot in either situation. These pants really came through for me while in Cambodia. I broke my ankle and got a cast as a souvenir. The Cambodian casts are thicker than the ones you get in the US. The pants on these legs are wide enough to fit over the cast, so I wore these pants the whole trip home. Take a 6 hour flight, 4 hour layover, 10 hour flight, 3 hour layover, and 1 hour flight, and I was STILL comfortable in these pants!! I've since bought another pair. The cast can't get wet, so the Durable Water Repellent feature is also key to my comfort. I'm looking forward to the time when I can wear these on the trail -- where they're meant to be worn.
OliviaR at The North Face on 11/24/2013

I'd say overall, these pants are good. I was unsure which size to buy at first because I was in between a 10 and an 8, so they were tight at first, but I lost a little more weight and they fit comfortably now. I do have a few problems still. The legs have zippers to zip off the bottom part of the legs and the zippers rub my legs; not to a point of wounds on the legs, but rubbing nonetheless. Also, even though these pants fit comfortably, they snap shut, not button and the snaps tend to come undone. Finally, on a completely superficial level, they look silly rolled up with hiking boots. The pants are durable and made out of a great material. Good pants.

Jon Klinginsmith at on 05/31/2013

I'm 5'6" and 135 ish lbs. I first ordered the 6/reg but felt that it was a little short for my comfort. I returned them and ordered the long, which is weird considering I don't think I've ever worn a long in anything. I do love these pants. The shorts are a perfect length (I've been looking for something that wasn't going to be too long when only wearing the shorts). So far I haven't used these as pants, only as shorts and capris but they've held up great. They aren't stretchy at all which makes them a little tighter in the butt and thigh area but it doesn't change my overall opinion of them. I would recommend these as a great convertible pant.

sew4934463 at on 11/05/2012

Good fit and comfortable

I bought these pants for traveling. I have a hard time finding pants that are long enough, especially when it comes to outdoor gear for travel. I read many reviews saying they fit small, but I am usually a size 6 or even an 8 (in sizing in Canada) and the 6 long fits me wonderfully. I am 5'9 and 135lbs and have had issues with other similar pants where they have been big on the waist and small on the legs and bum, but these pants fit me perfectly. The length for the cut-off shorts are shorter than they are for other convertable pants I've owned, but it's still not too short - exactly what I wanted.
thesparkes at The North Face on 10/20/2013

Runs a lot smaller

I got these pants for a hiking trip. They are comfy. I first went to the North Face store before I ordered online. Good thing i did. The pants run EXTREMELY small. I'm usually a size 4 and I had to buy a size 8. I'm 125lbs and 5'3. The Short size 8 fit me perfectly. The pants are nice and have this stretchiness to them so when you climb or stretch, they don't feel tight like they're going to rip. I also bought the under gear tights in expedition to keep me warm. Great combo if you need to stay dry and warm! I'd recommend.
MsIneska at The North Face on 11/13/2013

In addition to my below review, I specifically bought these for a climbing trip and I love them, so easy and versatile. There was enough room for movement when climbing and I highly recommend them. I loved the fact that on those cold mornings I could start out with them as pants and then as the day warmed up I could remove the legs for a perfect length pair of shorts (however the nut key attached to my harness got caught on the cuff a few times so be aware of this if you are a seconder)
I will definitely buy these again!

Alicia Heatley at on 05/11/2013

Negative Reviews:

Unrealistic sizes.

I just thought I should forewarn women before buying or trying these pants on. I absolutely love TNF, but their pants are a joke. I'm curvy, about average size. 5'8" or a little taller and about 175 pounds. I'm usually a 10/12 in pants and a large in most north face sizes. I tried a 10, 12, 14, and 16 at the store. They all fit the leg, but the hips and the butt area were way too small. The only size that buttoned were a 20, and I could fit another leg in the leg of the pants. I recommend to North Face that you maybe design pants with the idea that there are in fact women out there who have a butt and some thighs, and that we would like some decent outdoor pants, too. I'm not saying plus sizes, I'm not a plus size and neither are the other disappointed women who wanted these pants but couldn't get a decent size. Maybe make them a little more fit for someone who isn't a rectangle...? I love your products and will continue to shop here. But not for pants. Even the leggings have a weird fit, and leggings are supposed to be the most form fitting of them all.
hannerish at The North Face on 01/15/2013

I really liked that these were pants, capris, and shorts but they just weren't very flattering on me. I'm 5'6" 115lb. and I ordered the size 2 regular in Weimaraner Brown. The waist was alright for me but the rest of the pant just didn't fit me very well. They were too loose in the hips and from the seat to the hem, they come straight down. Being pretty lean, I got lost in them. In addition, the small cargo pockets on the side sat right at my hips like saddle bags so it was just very unflattering overall. I liked the color (decently true to the pictures), thought the length was fine, and liked the quality/feel of the pants but it doesn't look like these pants come any smaller so my search continues.

Ceci Do at on 11/19/2013

I ordered this pant in 4/reg and 6/short. Both were slightly large on me (I'm 5'4" and 115 lbs, with a small waist and not-so-small hips and behind), though the 4 came close to being a comfortable fit at the hips. But these pants were so baggy that I pretty much rejected them on sight. The legs are far wider than they need to be for the sake of comfort or mobility. If you are looking for really baggy pants and have the height to pull it off, these may be for you. But the pockets are small, and the velcro openings are poor quality (hard to open). I was looking for field work (insect research in the tropics) pants, not necessarily style, but these didn't make the cut either way.

deip575759 at on 07/05/2013

Beware - these run really small

I was really looking for a great pair of hiking/convertible pants and thought these looked so-o cute. However, please beware, the sizing runs very small. I normally am a size 10/12, and even tried on a 14....still too small, and I'm not a plus size person....I have a 30" waist and 30" inseam. The length was Ok. These just have no room for people with any butt and thighs. If you have a really slender frame, these may be just the ticket. But if you have curves, don't waste your time on these. They will just make you feel fat.
4ANG7 at The North Face on 01/18/2013

REALLY wanted these pants to work out... i tried three different sizes (thank god for unlimited return policy) and none seemed to work they were not long enough or too tight in the butt or too lose in the hips. the draw-cord doesn't work awesome because it is static cord. They were really cute though... I almost enjoyed wearing them in town more than hiking. I also wanted something a little lighter and with more stretch. Not the right pant for me.

Courtney at on 06/10/2013

I bought this product for an upcoming trip to Thailand. The reviews I read led me to buy one size up from my normal size given that I am larger in the thighs and glutes. Unfortunately, the extra size did not help and due to my large bottom, the pants still did not fit. So, ladies who are blessed with a little extra junk in the trunk, I do not recommend these pants for you.

mik330409168 at on 11/19/2013


EASTCOASTER1234 at The North Face on 03/06/2013

Neutral Reviews:

I ordered two of these when they went on sale: gray and brown. Like Courtney, I was really hoping these would work out, as it's hard to find zip-off pants/shorts for women (they seem to be everywhere for men!). I am about 5'5"/130#, long torso, short legs = 4 Short. Length, hip, and waist fit well in both pairs.
The gray fit pretty well all around, and I wore them for an overnight backpacking trip. They did great, with one exception: the "cargo" pockets are too short/flat to actually hold anything useful. They are little more than a decoration.
The brown pair was WAY too tight in the thighs. I also noticed that the gray (a discontinued color) had one snap, whereas the brown had two. TNF has updated these, but in so doing must have made the thighs smaller. The brown ones have been returned and the search for good hiking zip-off pants continues...
Bottom line: if these fit you well, they'll do a decent job, just don't expect the cargo pockets to be useful. If they don't fit you well, keep looking.

ReadSunLove at on 06/16/2013

I bought these for my wife for Xmas - she really liked the material and features but they were very wide at the bottom and far too long, She's going to return to find something with a better fit - she's 5' - 6" and around 155 (shh don't tell her I told you) - any suggestions on a replacement?

pnbp264721 at on 01/29/2013

I really wanted to like these pants, as they certainly would've served their purpose. However, the fit is all wrong. The pant legs are bell-bottoms, and the sizing runs rather large. Especially if you plan on wearing them alone.

knop109952 at on 12/02/2012