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Cabela's 2 in 1 Zip Off Pant
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Cabela's 2 in 1 Zip Off Pant

 
Cabela\'s 2 in 1 Zip Off Pant

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Object Title: Cabela's 2 in 1 Zip Off Pant

Manufacturer: Cabela's

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Page By: andrew david

Created/Edited: Mar 24, 2013 / Mar 24, 2013

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Product Description

From the Cabela's Website:

Cabela's 2-in-1 Outdoor Pants II

Longer 8" inseam when converted to shorts
Rear flexible waist-adjustment system
Reinforced seat and double-track-stitched outseams
Ankle zippers for easy on and off over boots

These zip off shorts have an 8" inseam for more coverage. Waist has a single-button closure and a rear flexible waist-adjustment system for a superior fit. Toughness is packed in these safari-ready pants, like the reinforced seat and double-track-stitched outseams. 12" ankle zippers for easy on and off over boots. Plenty of pockets include two spacious bellows front cargo pockets, two zippered rear pockets, a front button-flap utility pocket and a rear button-flap knife pocket. Lightweight 6-oz. 100% cotton is made for the bush and equally adept for leisurely pursuits. Machine washable. Imported.
Shorts inseam: 8".
Pants inseam: 30", 32".
Even waist sizes: 30-48.
Pants inseam: 34", 36".
Even waist sizes: 34-40.
Colors: Tan, Olive, British Tan, Desert Brush, Desert Camo.

Features

7 pockets, including one for your knife. (And it will hold a pretty large knife. -At least a 13 inch bowie.)
Zippers at knee and calf/ankle.
Thick cotton canvas material for rugged wild places.
True fit. Buy the size you normally do with pants.
Leg cut is narrow. This may put the squeeze on bulkier men.
Usual price is $44.99-$49.99. Watch for sales.

My Take

I settled on these pants because they were the only ones I could find in 2011, and since, which are made from cotton and not nylon. Now I understand that nylon is popular for quick-dry and staying cool in the heat, but the point of zip-off pants is that you can unzip them into shorts when you are hot. I want a heavy canvas that will not start to lose threads the first time I bushwhack. Nylons often will.

These can stand up to brambles, rock and worse. I find them quite comfortable to hike, climb, and do anything in between with. The seat holds up very well despite using my butt for "holds" on some mountain climbs up chimneys.

There are zippers at the knee of course which can be part or entirely unzipped. I typically just unzip them half-way, which lets air in at the back of the knee. There are also zippers going up the calf, allowing you to change from pants to shorts with your boots on. A nice time saver, and as a bonus, the pants can flare out into bell-bottoms for a pretty snazzy look. Those calf zippers also help keep me cool without sacrificing protection from brush and weeds.

The fit is true. I usually wear a 32 or 33 waist, and with these I would fit best in a 32. 33 is not available. I buy the 30 waist however (one size down) based on my theory that if a pair of pants fit at the start of a backpacking trip, they won't by the end of it. So I just go the first day and a half without buttoning the pants, and by the 2nd day, they fit me snug, and are not falling down.

I bought 2 pairs and have yet to replace them after a full year of frequent and heavy use. I think the price is good for that reason and because nylon pants cost even more.

The one downside is that these will get very heavy when wet, and stay wet a good long while.

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