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Ms Quandary Convertible Pants - Regular

True To Size
December 2, 2023

Slim fit but great material

Felt very nice but couldn’t do up waist. Sizes small. But the trouser is great

October 23, 2023

Very flexible and comfortable

Although I am usually a 32 waist, the pant was way too tight around my athletic thighs. Even thought it was that tight it was super flexible and worked well on one hiking trip, but decided to exchange it for 33 which is a little more of a relaxed fit around the thighs. Also very breathable and comfortable!

September 5, 2023

Pants fit like a body

Pants fit like a body glove

June 12, 2023

Very comfortable

Very comfortable

April 26, 2023

Husband LOVES these

Husband is 6 ft and a 33, and he loves these. He's ordered 3 pairs, 2 tan , 1 slate. Wears the slate more often. Not someone who wears shorts ever, and he loves that these are detachable legs. Durable, we live in the redwoods so these are great for everything from hiking to heavy yard, and housework.

February 21, 2023

Good pants, too slim

Good pants, however thigh fit is way too tight. Trying to use the front pockets on top of overly slim thigh fit makes these uncomfortable for hiking in.

February 10, 2023

My favorite pants

I love these pants. The material is lightweight and slightly stretchy. Zippers are color coded so its easy to identify left and right. I find it easiest to put on or remove the legs while wearing the pants. I just bought a second pair I like them so much. Highly recommended

January 21, 2023

Super Comfortable

This pants is light weight, comfortable, durable.

November 17, 2022

Versatile for travel.

Worn your Patagonia cargo pants for three days on the train? No laundromat? Take them in the shower and they'll dry quickly. They COULD use a zipper on RRear pocket in addition- I prefer my wallet there.

November 6, 2022

I have tried many convertible

I have tried many convertible pants, these Quandary convertibles are in a league of their own, SUPERIOR! These pants hold up to the extreme conditions of professional mountaineering photography! They are like an old friend in the field, reliable, dependable, with give and take! Love them! I own two pairs so I always have a back up! K&K

October 10, 2022

Very Comfortable Fit

Generally I buy 34x34. These are 34 - Reg (32) but in my experience Patagonia doesnt skimp on sleeve or pant length. The length is perfect. The waist isnt restrictive and fits like a 34. They are to the lighter side with some stretch and for a convertible pant the perfect weight fabric. Legs come off and reattach easily and they just look good in m... Read Morey opinion. Wore them on a 19+ mile hike and they did great and allowed me to stay comfortable in the cool morning and then shed the legs for the warmer afternoon. Could not be happier.

September 24, 2022

Comfortable and Flexible; A Little Too Slim

The pants are sleek, comfortable/soft and very flexible. However, the pants are a little too snug. I have muscular thighs from running and hiking and it makes it difficult finding pants that fit just right. I would recommend the pants be offered in a regular fit or make the slim fit a little less slim.

September 20, 2022


I have been buying Patagonia products for almost 30 years. The fit is consistent, good, the product very durable, and something that I have unrelentingly recommended to my friends and family. These two pants are no exception. While not winter related, I travel a lot overseas, and I need good, lightweight, durable products, that I can quickly clean ... Read Moreand use in a number of circumstances. These products fit the bill unflinchingly.

August 11, 2022

Perfect Convertible Hiking Pants

Great pants for hiking! They worked perfectly for varying temperatures in Yellowstone and Grand Teton. It rained a little and they were very quick to repel water and stay dry. Love them!

July 22, 2022

Super Happy

I ordered these pants a while ago hoping I could wear them at work. Turns out they are super comfy and I also wear them hiking and camping too. Keeps me warm in the wind and rain, they dry out fast, keeps my cool in the desert sun. Been putting a lot of hours in these pants and so far the only wear is a small snag I got wading through some blackber... Read Moreries! Going to definitely pick up a second pair.

June 26, 2022

Nice looking, Lightweight & Not Baggy

Most other brands are heavier and baggier. Very pleased with the form and the function. 6-2 220. Fit is spot-on. Their Forge gray color is per usual and not as light as some photos make them appear.

June 17, 2022

Super slim fit and weird material

Went to my local shop to try on before ordering. Tried on a 30 was a bit too big so I went online to order a 28. Recv the order via postage mail which was delayed due to fedex not delivering efficiently to Mammoth Lakes. When I tried on the 28 they felt like a weird stretchy swimsuit material that had an extremely slim cut to them and I wear skinny... Read More jeans in a 28. I own a pair of Patagonia zipped knee hiking pants from maybe 7 years ago. Flawless design back then. Only this far in the future have I considered replacing them. Im going to try a 30 to give Patagonia another chance but the newer design makes me hesitant to and Ill prob switch to another outdoor gear competitor but hoping I wont have to and the 30 isnt so tech stretchy. Further salt in the wound site says the product is only available for return not exchanged so I have to eat the return shipping when exchanges are usually free shipping. I dont think I could have even made some of the larger high step trails on the east side with these on. Cuff at the pant was weird too very slim and doesnt allow for high shin short pant roll up style. overall looked more like a fashion piece than a functional piece. Im also orig from a very large midwestern city so I admire fashion but this doesnt work for a practical hiking pant. Weird thing is the waste fits well but the rest of the pant is almost jegging slim.

May 25, 2022

Well made zipper leg pants

Great pants with good quality. Light, comfortable, and the zip legs come off and on easily. Good fit everywhere but about an inch longer legs than usual, so that the hem touches the ground at the heel. Also the front pocket is not deep enough, so that my phone falls out when I sit down.

Response from Patagonia
May 27, 2022

We appreciate your feedback and recommend that zippered thigh pocket for more secure phone storage. We do offer these [pants in a 30" inseam]( if that might work better for you. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if there's anything we do to help!

May 4, 2022

Absolutely ideal pants

Bought these last summer to use camping, as I wanted something I could start off with on a cold day and be able to strip down as things warmed up. These fit the bill, and have become not only my go-to pants but also one of my favorite pairs of shorts. My only wish is that there were two thigh pockets, as it's a bit bulky to stuff both legs int... Read Moreo the one pocket. Color-coded zips on the legs are great, no mixing it up while trying to warm up in the wind with a pack on. Wear year-round, prefer to my soft-shell pants for most conditions.

April 17, 2022

Cut for younger people

I am 5'10", 180. Purchased 34 regular. Fit fine at the waist but more like tights in the haunches. Felt like I was wearing a cod piece. Fabric is lightweight and stretchy. Zippered pockets are just what I was looking for. Kind of tight (with no inseam zippers) in the pant leg. Returned them because of the fit, almost exactly what I was l... Read Moreooking for otherwise.

April 4, 2022

Comfortable but stitching is already coming apart

The pants are comfortable, but the stitching on the pockets is already coming apart.

Response from Patagonia
April 4, 2022

We're sorry to hear about the lack of durability in the pants you received! Your purchase is covered under our [Ironclad Guarantee](, so please reach out to our Customer Service team for an immediate repair or return. We'll be happy to help!

November 11, 2021

Perfect for amputees

The Quandary Convertible Pants - Reg are a comfortable, versatile, and useful garment. They are also perfect for below the knee amputees who need to frequently access their prosthetic socket to add or remove socks without having to take off their pants. One leg up; one leg down. Works great. Highly recommended.

October 20, 2021

Worth Every Penny

I was in the market for some convertible hiking pants and ultimately made the decision to go with these. It hasnt disappointed. Material feels snow pant-esque but comfortable nonetheless. Acts as a windbreaker on my legs and keeps me very warm. Zippers, buttons, and pockets are all high quality. Pull strings to tighten work as youd imagine. Definit... Read Moreely worth every penny.

August 13, 2021

Perfect all around pants!

Super Awesome for all outdoor activities and looks good in town! The light weight is great and they are cool in heat and warm in the wind! Best thing is they dry super fast, after an afternoon downpour or washing! Love em! K&K

July 17, 2021

Awesome pants and great fit!

Awesome pants and great fit! Super comfy and light.

July 10, 2021

versitile pants

I used to love the old Continental convertable pant from Patagonia. I still have a few pairs of the shorts left, the only issue was the color tended to fade so if you wore the shorts with the legs zipped off after a while the colors didn't match! These are as good, slightly better zippers and looks like the color won't fade!

June 30, 2021

Nice stretch

Baptized these on a pretty intense bushwhack in the Catskills. Held up nicely, no major scuffs or scratches. Havent had the chance to convert them to shorts yet, but so far so good.

June 22, 2021

Great pants

I have the long pants version, which are great. Needed some shorts, so went with the convertible version to get both. Used them as shorts on hikes in NC Mts. Kept me cool and dry on several long wet hikes.

June 18, 2021

Good pants, but ...

I do miss the nifty pencil pocket of an earlier edition and the classy fabric lining around the backside of the belt loops. Could also use about four more of those. As some others have noted, the upper legs are narrow, I sewed in a bigger gusset, that goes up one side across and down the other, replacing the one thats there. If you do much hiking a... Read Morend climbing try them on first. Next, the pockets are too shallow by about an inch. Otherwise the fabric is tough, better than the last ones, and stretchy and the legs easily zip on and off

June 15, 2021

Best zip off I've ever worn

I'm 6'4" and 215 lbs. They were out of 34 waist so I gambled and went with the 35s. Perfect fit, love the stretchy fabric, very comfortable and breathable. Quick drying and easily convertible. Love that the leg zippers are color coded so you can tell left from right. Another solid product from Patagonia that I'll be wearing in t... Read Morehe field daily as a Fish Biologist.

June 3, 2021

Great Addition

I've worn the standard Quandry Pants for years. I wanted to wear shorts while backpacking and hiking but didn't want to carry an extra pair. These zip off Quandry pants are perfect. Very durable and comfortable. They worked well on my recent backpacking trip in SE Utah.

April 30, 2021


Very nice product...I would def buy again...extremely light ...flexable...yet strong...Its a must for anybody into hiking...No Joke !!

March 26, 2021

Good fit!

So far I like the pants a lot. They fit well, not too baggy, not too loose. I'm in shape and have some decently sized thighs and glutes so I'm glad the fit was not an issue. Love the waist adjustment and love the way they look as shorts!

March 2, 2021

hiking pants for my adult son

I gave these to my son recently, and he likes the fit and comfort of them.

February 15, 2021

hiking pants

These pants fit really well - glad they did size 33 waist rather than having to wear size 34 with a belt. Color and quality of fabric is excellent. Buttons and zippers are good too.

February 14, 2021

Super comfortable and versatile pants

Super comfortable, versatile and cool pants for endless possibilities. They are also very durable!

December 17, 2020


I bought these for travel, hiking, knock around. I read other reviews prior to purchasing and several notes the pants running a bit small. So, I ordered a size up, and they are just right.

December 1, 2020

Smooth fit

The best zip-off legs Ive tried. I love them.

October 30, 2020

Perfect fit and not baggy

Ive searched all over for convertible pants that dont feel like Im wearing clown pants that are so baggy. These fit perfectly in the thigh and knee area for me but not tight at all.

September 10, 2020

Yup, the leg length is 2 longer than stated on the label.

Overall, the pants look very good. One of my adult children commented on my business casual hiking pants. That was a compliment, because these things are well tailored. I weigh 167 pounds and Im 510 tall, and ordered 33X 32. The shortcoming is the pants are 2 inches longer than the fit indicates. Ive worn 32X 33 or 32X 32 for the past 30 years. Wea... Read Morering mid duty hiking boots, these things touch the ground at the heel. If Im wearing a pair of flip-flops, I am walking on the legs. Ordering clothing online is always a crapshoot, when youre watering these just start out 2 inches shorter than you normally would, the odds are itll be the right fit.

September 2, 2020

Too tight

Love Patagonia gear and values and try to buy all my outdoor clothes here. I usually fit a 28 waist and this fit around my waist but the glutei and thighs were way too tight. Even my wife said so! Not every skinny boy is an 18yr old stick.

Response from Patagonia
November 6, 2020

Hi! Thanks for taking the time to review these. We're really sorry to hear that the fit didn't work out. Our designs and fits are constantly being revised and customer feedback is one of the contributing factors to these changes. Feel free to [send]( them back to us any time, if you haven't already.

September 1, 2020

Narrow thighs and long at the bottom - You might need a tailor

This is my second pair of convertible pants from Patagonia, the first I got a good 10 years out of and I would still have them if I hadn't accidentally left the zip-off legs on the trail due to serious exhaustion. The inseam of the legs are long, so if you are like me and fit a 34x30, you'll need to tailor the bottoms or let them bunch o... Read Morever your shoes or boots. The thighs are not very roomy and with long underwear on, these are a stretchy, tight fit. I find this to be the case with nearly all Patagonia bottoms, but wish they were a just a bit roomier. The waterproofing is excellent and an improvement over my last pair. My only suggestion is that, if you can, go to the store to try them on to make sure they suit your needs. Aloha!

July 13, 2020

Very comfortable but....

I originally order what is my size (35) and when it arrived it was very tight, too tight so I returned it for the next size (36) and it fits well. Just in denial I am a 36!

December 30, 2019

Perfect pant for many adventures

Purchased the Patagonia convertible pant after searching in-store and on-line for a good looking zip off pant. I needed them to look like a nice slack when the bottom portion is on, and a nice looking pair of shorts when zipped of. These pants do the trick. The zipper is soft and lies flat so whether a pant or a short...the zipper is nearly invisib... Read Morele. The waistband fits nicely and now my husband is ready to tour to hike the heat of the day in shorts and quickly convert to pants to enter religious sites and restaurants . Keeping these!!

November 14, 2019

Very slim Pants and I’m a skinny person

I ordered pants to my usual size but they are very tight. I would suggest going up a size or two to order.

Response from Patagonia
December 2, 2019

Hi Hunter, thanks for taking the time to write us a review! We're sorry to hear about the pants fitting so tight. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

October 6, 2019

Size and comfort

I’m 6” tall and 190 pounds. Ordered size 35 length 32 long Fit perfect, even after a wash and dry it. The pants shrunk Ia little bit and still fit well for me. Excelentes Pantalones para viajar o usar causalmente. Son extremadamente ligeros. I love those pants. I have grey and ash tan as well. I bought the light color versión (cap Kaquis) but lo... Read Moreoks like white pants so I have to return it. Gray and ash tan looks good.

September 29, 2019

Great Pants

Great pants - comfy, stretchy material and fit. Pockets work well, having a side and rear zipper is helpful. Haven't needed to convert much, but the mechanisms seems to work well and seams aren't uncomfortable. Only downside is the drawstrings don't work too well/are kind of in the way (I use a belt instead).

September 18, 2019

Convertible pants

Color, size and material were as expected. Very nice looking and functional. Bought them for kayaking and the quick dry material is certainly a plus.

September 10, 2019

Great product, but

Big fan of convertibles, and my first purchase of this from Patagonia. Love the feel and fit, but the legs are too long. Had to hem them up. Unable to order the pant length in a shorter size.

August 20, 2019


I bought these for the John Muir trail. The stitching in my rear pockets began to unfurl after about a week. Unfortunately I saw two other people with the same Patagonia convertible pants with the same stitching issue.

Response from Patagonia
September 2, 2019

We're sorry to hear this happened! Please feel free to [return]( the pants back to us under warranty.

August 18, 2019

Great pants

Use them for hiking or just hanging out, they are well made and can be shorts when the temps get too hot. Only complaint was the stash pocket on the right leg, its in an awkward spot, nearly on the front of the leg, not a huge thing, but a strange location for me. Would highly recommend if you need durable hiking pants.

August 15, 2019

Great pants for travel and hiking in warm climates

I got this pants for a hiking trip in Grand Staircase Escalante in UT and they were perfect. Hot days and cool nights. Easy to convert into shorts. Fabric was a perfect balance of stretch. Slim fit, but that's what I wanted. I don't like baggy pants/shorts.

August 11, 2019

Quandary Convertible Pants

I use these for hiking/backpacking, climbing, and casual wear. They're stretchy and comfy and feel great.

August 10, 2019

Quandary Convertible Pants

I have tried a few nylon type fabric pants, and have never been happy. THese were for hiking/backpacking and occasional wear. These Quandary ones are happily the best and what I have been looking for. For some reason the styling and fit are exceptionally nice and I will get even more wear out and about in them.

August 10, 2019

Sizing problems

The sizing options are far too limited to meet my needs. I guess you guys call it a “short”, but whatever it is, standard options in waist and inseam would have allowed me to get the 32 x 30 I needed. These would be great pants if you happen to fit the available sizes, however limited they are.

July 18, 2019

Fit and Feel is excellent

This is my first ever Patagonia product purchase. I loved the fit, finish and feel of this pant. It is comfortable. I have to give them kudos to designers because of how they have made these pants to look professional. If there are non convertible version of these ones, then you can disguise these for office wear pants. I have just received this on... Read Moree and will update on durability after few months of wear.

October 27, 2018

Besr purchase ever!

Origionally I was hesitant to order these as there where no reviews, but boy was I wrong! The material is extremely light and perfectly hugs to the curves of your body while letting your skin still breathe. I'm currently adapting minimalistic principles to my life so the fact that these can unzip into shorts are a major plus! If you decide to ... Read Moreorder these please consider buying the the kaki color as they l can double as a dressier piece of clothing when you need it.

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