Mountain Hardwear Mesa Backpacking Pants - UPF 50, Convertible (For Men)

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About Mountain Hardwear Mesa Backpacking Pants - UPF 50, Convertible (For Men)

Closeouts. A trek in the backwoods doesn't mean you have to go primordial. Return to nature in Mountain Hardwear's Mesa backpacking pants, a fully featured tech pant packed with loads of comfort and goodies. Ultimate UPF 50 sun protection, a full-length inseam gusset and the option to zip off at the knees are just the start for these trail performers.

Specs about Mountain Hardwear Mesa Backpacking Pants - UPF 50, Convertible (For Men)

  • Pant style: Flat Front
  • Features: Convertible,UPF Rated
  • UPF Rating: 50
  • Closure: Zipper,YKK®
  • Inseam: Shorts 10" (based on size 36)
  • Ankle zipper length: 14-3/4"
  • Fabric: 100% nylon
  • Care: Machine wash/dry
  • Weight: 1 lb.
  • Made in Viet Nam
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  • US shipments only

Mountain Hardwear Mens Size Chart

S M L XL XXL XXXL
Chest 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 45 46 - 49 50 - 53 54 - 57
Waist 30 - 31 32 - 34 36 - 38 40 - 42 44 46
Hip 36 - 38 38 - 40 42 - 40 46 - 48 50 52

Note: Measurements are in inches.

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4.146341 5 Overall Rating: 4.1 Based on 41 reviews

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Verified Buyer Reviewed by Caver Mike from Cumberland Gap on Saturday, June 30, 2012
Great for traveling on the surface. Have even taken them underground a few times on short trips and they have returned unharmed from the unforgiving cave environment.
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Stephen from Plano, TX on Saturday, February 28, 2015
    This is the second pair of pants that I have purchased. I love the flat hip pockets and the deep back pockets. there is also a zipper pocket on the right thigh that i use for my ID and money (wallet) that is out of the way when I am on the trail. These pants are a sturdy material and weigh in at 1lb and 3/4 oz or 476g. I bought the XL. The only possible issue I could have with these pants are that the "belt" is completely enclosed from 2:00 to10:00 on your hips. Which essentially means that if the belt comes out, or gets twisted up in your pants, you have to fight with it. And if you have a belt cutting into your skin along with a backpack waist belt it might could be uncomfortable. But, I have not found a better pair of pants out there. I love these and the greenish color is cool too. I am 5-9 and 250lbs and the XLs are just about right. I am considering treating these pants with waterproofing material so that I can eliminate rain bottoms from m pack.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Florida tenderfoot from Florida on Saturday, November 15, 2014
    Mesa pants have a tough fabric, even though I did rip a hole in the seat by sitting on a log. Did not like the belt and I plan to use suspenders on the next trip. Pockets are like slits and a little tight. Zip off legs and Zip up at bottoms were great for expelling heat. Due to belt situation I probably would not purchase these pants again. But again perfect for cooler weather.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jakatannel from Nashville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Ok, I love Mountain Hardware. Ttheir reputation of making quality outdoor clothing and equipment is solid and competitive with any other company making similar products. After gaining a pound or two and an inch or two after retiring from a 30+ year career in the military, I needed some new pants to wear traveling, now for fun and not for work. I am not a big fan of convertible pants, because I never wear shorts, but since STP did not have my larger size in the regular MH Mesa pants, I bought 2 pair of these. These are definitely "a keeper", and I will wear them for some time to come, but with some detractors. The overall fit, especially the waist, is just a touch smaller than that in similar pants from competitive companies making them a little less comfortable for those of us in the latter half of our lives and who have enjoyed a little too much career success. Additionally, the top of the front pockets are cut horizontally and close to the belt line. This makes it difficult to reach into them as the angle is wrong, and causes the opening to be a bit tight to allow easy access. Also, I do not like a built in belt as these pants have. It seems every time you wash them the belt gets twisted, and then it is a pain to push, pull, stretch and cuss to get the belt straight again. Also, the belt is only 1" webbing, and when tightened do not hold up the pants well. Unfortunately, you cannot remove the belt, because MH did not include belt loops around the waist to hold a regular belt. Overall, good quality pants, but there are some detractors that keep these from being 5-star.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by shadow_walker from New York on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Very comfortable and fit well. I haven't worn while hikibg yet, hopefully this weekend.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Mission worker from Indiana/Mexico on Monday, July 28, 2014
    I purchased these pants as a way to minimize the amount of clothing required for a mission trip in Mexico. They served the purpose well providing warmth and a wind break for the evenings and mornings and the ability to convert to shorts during the heat of the day. The material of these pants might be a little heavier than the similar White Sierra Trail pants (which I liked) but they are more expensive.

    The built-in belt would probably work well in most circumstances but anything heavy in the pockets and there was a tendency to slip.

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  • Question “will the xl fit a 38-40 waist comfortably”

    Asked on 6/9/2015 5:43:17 PM by lbolin from AR
    • Answer Yes. If you are hiking a long trail, expect to lose a few more inches too.
      Answered on 6/9/2015 7:20:42 PM by Stephen from Plano, tx
  • Question “Is the waist closure with a button or with a snap?”

    Asked on 1/3/2015 5:26:55 PM by Phil from CA
    • Answer The waist closure is a snap. The belt is sewn in and performs OK but I purchased a pair of suspenders and that works great. The fabric is awesome as it is a heavier weight nylon. This weekend I hike a portion of the AT in PA and the temperature ranged for 18 to 30 and the pants were fine without a base layer. If you are standing around a lot you may want a base layer.
      Answered on 1/5/2015 9:53:54 AM by Florida tenderfoot from Florida
    • Answer Mine have a snap.
      Answered on 1/6/2015 6:31:14 AM by Mission worker from Indiana
  • Question “Can the belt be removed, so I can use my own belt?”

    Asked on 6/8/2013 5:45:47 AM by PDubs from Chicago
    • Answer The belt is not removable.
      Answered on 6/10/2013 10:30:02 AM by Jack from Sierra Trading Post.