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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
REI Adventure Pants on 12/19/2010 23:13:11 MST Print View

Anyone tried these? I am thinking about buying them for casual / day hike / travel use. I like their tech specs and their understated look (I dislike wearing really outdoorsy type clothing -- such as convertible pants -- when in town). Just how quick drying are they? Also, for in-town wear, are they reasonably wrinkle resistant?

I'm also open to any and all suggestions. My criteria:

1. quick drying, comfy and lightweight
2. good wrinkle resistance (so I can wear for multiple days without looking too obvious)
3. 2 front pockets, 2 leg pockets, and 1 or 2 back pockets
4. NO convertible pants
5. Preferably no cargo pockets (dislike the outdoorsy look when going to theaters or nicer restaurants)

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/19/2010 23:30:00 MST Print View

Benjamin, those are my favorites now. I wear them in black, very dark green, and brown, so they must suit me.

I have thinner trousers that I use for summer backpacking. These are just slightly nicer, slightly thicker, and slightly more citified.

These meet your five points. I would say that these are quick drying, although not as quick as my thinner summer trousers.

For some reason, mine seem to be shrinking around the waistline now, although maybe that is me.

--B.G.--

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/19/2010 23:33:39 MST Print View

Thanks for the quick feedback, Bob. Yeah, I suspect my noticeably thinner and lighter weight Dupont Supplex nylon REI Sahara pants would dry quicker than the Adventure. However, if the latter will dry overnight when hung indoor (say up to 6-7 hrs), then that's good enough for me. So long as the quick drying criterion is met, the slightly heavier Adventure might actually be better for urban wear -- assuming the thicker material will throw off wrinkles and hold its shape better??

Last (rhetorical) question -- it's practically Christmas -- why is it that the things I am interested in are never on sale??? :(

Edited by ben2world on 12/19/2010 23:35:36 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/19/2010 23:41:58 MST Print View

Yes, I think my summer trousers are Saharas also. They are thin for summer, but they will rip if provoked enough. The Adventure model seems just slightly tougher and doesn't seem to wrinkle as much.

Buying them from REI is not all that painful.

I had brown ones in my closet that I had forgotten about. Then I got the black ones, and they became my favorites. Then last summer I was acquiring a few new items (the dark green ones) in preparation for a trip to Alaska. Due to some weight restrictions, those were the only trousers that I had for the two-week trip, for airports and hiking the tundra.

--B.G.--

Brendan Swihart
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
adventure pants on 12/19/2010 23:45:27 MST Print View

I have some and love 'em. Way better than the saharas as far as I'm concerned. Nice fit without being too baggy, no cargo pockets, and weigh about 12oz. Can't beat the price either, especially on sale.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/19/2010 23:48:12 MST Print View

OK, I'm sold! Now, just need to wait for REI's 20% sale... :(

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/19/2010 23:57:21 MST Print View

I think I lied. There is actually one additional pocket.

Inside the right front pocket there is a tiny pocket for small change.

--B.G.--

Daniel Allen
(Dan_Quixote) - F

Locale: below the mountains (AK)
How's this? on 12/20/2010 02:50:16 MST Print View

http://www.rei.com/gmnewsubscoupon?cm_ven=email&cm_cat=wgm&cm_pla=na&cm_ite=06_30_wgm

15% off any new REI or Novara item. Almost as good as 20%.

Daniel Allen
(Dan_Quixote) - F

Locale: below the mountains (AK)
Re: Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/20/2010 02:50:16 MST Print View

oops, double post.

Edited by Dan_Quixote on 12/20/2010 03:37:27 MST.

Mark Ryan
(Sixguns01)

Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/20/2010 08:38:21 MST Print View

How do these compare with the Columbia Omni-Dry Silver Ridge pants? I know they are not convertible and don't have cargo pockets. The feel, fit, and general wear & tear? Also, how the Sahara pants compare to the Columbia pants as well.?

Thanks

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/20/2010 09:23:44 MST Print View

Thanks, Daniel for the coupon code!

Mark -- I don't have the Columbia Silver Ridge but I've seen them in stores before. The material is very comparable to REI Sahara -- both are thinner and lighter than the REI Adventure.

Edited by ben2world on 12/20/2010 09:25:22 MST.

T kawa
(kitsune) - F
adv pants on 12/20/2010 16:04:23 MST Print View

I bought some on the 20% off sale and they are already piling (is that the word for the little fabric balls that form?)=). not sure why but it kinda sucks. They are nice pants for hiking/city though, still use them for travel. they dryed overnight in miami like90% humidity. wish I would have gotten the grey instead of the khaki.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: adv pants on 12/20/2010 16:15:44 MST Print View

Russ, the only time that has happened to my clothing was when the dryer temperature was set way too high.

--B.G.--

T kawa
(kitsune) - F
dryer on 12/20/2010 21:12:31 MST Print View

Bob, I've never dryed my adventure pants... so I don't know what the heck is going on, but it sucks. Could be when I hand wash them on vacation in a sink?

on a related note, Levi's actions slacks dry pretty quick... I think they would be my dream come true if they had a d*mn button on the back right pocket! anywho haven't wieghed them or anything, but i might try them for travel pants. 100% polyester, fairly quick drying and seem pretty durable.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: dryer on 12/20/2010 22:58:27 MST Print View

Russ wrote, "Bob, I've never [dried] my adventure pants... ".

Russ, are you now saying that the pants don't dry overnight when you hand wash them in your hotel sink? If true, that's a deal breaker for me -- I only want to travel with clothes that I can wash at night and expect to be dry by early morning.

Edited by ben2world on 12/20/2010 22:59:04 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: dryer on 12/20/2010 23:15:04 MST Print View

We will wait to hear from Russ, but I will jump to the conclusion that he meant to say that he had never "dryer dried" his Adventure pants.

I've dryer dried mine and drip dried mine without a problem. Of course, there could always be differences from one batch of fabric to another.

--B.G.--

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Drip Dry Indoor Overnight on 12/20/2010 23:28:09 MST Print View

Hi Bob:

I may have misread Russ' post...

Edited by ben2world on 12/20/2010 23:34:08 MST.

Joseph Reeves
(Umnak)

Locale: Southeast Alaska
Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/20/2010 23:56:46 MST Print View

I have had a pair (black) for a few years. Don't pile, dry overnight if there is some air moving across them, and have sufficient pockets. Even holds my Panasonic LX3.

This may not be an issue for you, but my only complaint is they start to look a bit dowdy after a week of wear. I use them in the spring and early fall for business trips to rural Alaska and they work well in a Board room or for a walk on the tundra.

I'm wearing them tomorrow on the jet south, and they are one of two pairs of pants for the next 10 days of travel.

Edited by Umnak on 12/20/2010 23:57:27 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/21/2010 00:04:29 MST Print View

You can wear the Adventure pants for up to a week before they look 'dowdy'? If so, that's good to know. When traveling, I normally hand wash my tees every other day and my pants maybe every third or fourth day (more frequently if needed, of course). I've traveled for up to 7 months straight on two tees and two pants. When clothing dries quickly, there's no reason to haul dirty laundry all around...

Joseph Reeves
(Umnak)

Locale: Southeast Alaska
Re: Re: Re: REI Adventure Pants on 12/21/2010 00:19:20 MST Print View

Not dowdy for the tundra, but if I'm working with a group, then they can look a bit disheveled -- or make me look the same. One thought, REI has been known to make improvements on pants that weren't. The comments on piling might be a note of caution, though mine have not suffered at all in that area.

I have a pair of cuffed black Dockers that are bomb proof. They are made of a heavier weight nylon and have held up really well over the past few years. They don't have the pockets I need for hiking or pleasure travel, but are amazing for work travel. Can't find them here in Juneau, but then I can't much of anything here.