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Old 12-12-15, 03:04 PM
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Anyone Packing Travel Pants or Convertible(Zip-off)Pants??? off the bike use???

Do you pack Travel pants or Convertible(Zip-off)Pants to use on Amtrak train, Trains, Airplanes and inter-city Buses aka Greyhound???


Right now I am using USMC Marpat Desert Combat Pants 1lbs and I do plan to buy Travel pants or Convertible(Zip-off)pants on 4/2015 from REI with my 20% off to use off the bike
on Amtrak Trains in the USA. + 4 days off the bike T-Shirts, Socks, Underwear!

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I frequently ride in them.
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I routinely wear them on planes and trains, and I sometimes ride in them. They're useful in countries like Thailand where you cannot visit temples wearing shorts.
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I frequently ride in them.
I seen A lot post with guys doing Expedition bicycle touring on my Facebook Expedition bicycle touring groups using travel pants and Right now I am Using USMC Marpat digtital desert pants in the winter on my bike

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Anyone Packing Travel Pants or Convertible(Zip-off)Pants??? off the bike use???

The less zips the better imho... I wear BDU pants off the bike and roll the legs up for shorts. Olive green, as although camo looks cool (imo again) I find it harder to blend in with them in some social situations ... See what I did there?
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Light nylon trousers are always in my pack or on me. This time of year in Colorado I usually wear them on day rides. Bugs, sun, cold, snow, modesty/propriety--all are good reasons to have trousers.
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The less zips the better imho... I wear BDU pants off the bike and roll the legs up for shorts. Olive green, as although camo looks cool (imo again) I find it harder to blend in with them in some social situations ... See what I did there?
I have a pair of US Army Desert BDU pants with pull tabs I don't care 4 them
and USMC Matpat Digital Desert Pants have elastic waistline

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I bring a pair or two of the zip off type. Works great for me.
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I don't like them simply because I wear the shorts way more often so they fade and don't match the legs after a few washes. Putting the legs on can be a hassle as well. I prefer lightweight nylon pants. A separate pair is handy when doing laundry.
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I don't like them simply because I wear the shorts way more often so they fade and don't match the legs after a few washes. Putting the legs on can be a hassle as well. I prefer lightweight nylon pants. A separate pair is handy when doing laundry.
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Convertible pants just look ugly to me. If i need to wear shorts i put on shorts.



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I routinely wear them on planes and trains, and I sometimes ride in them. They're useful in countries like Thailand where you cannot visit temples wearing shorts.
Wearing convertible pants in temples in Thailand still don't allow you to convert them into shorts
Try these instead
https://www.railriders.com/men-bone-...?cPath=104_110

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I tried them for backpacking but they aren't very good pants and even creepier as shorts. Would not buy again.

For touring I wear durable mountain cycling shorts and for warmth wool long pants. Covers a lot more bases.

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yo, dude. there are no rules.

if you like it and it works for you, fine.
if it don't work for you, ask for advice.

you really don't need validation for every little
bit of gear you carry.


but to answer your question. no.
i only travel in warmer climates.
off the bike i have a pair of fast-drying nylon
athletic shorts and a quick-dry polo shirt.
tevas for the feetses.
no buckles, no metal eyelets. nothing to
ping on the metal detectors.
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I'm in the less moving parts the better camp. Usually take one pair of light nylon pants and if I really want shorts find that they roll up fine. When I have taken convertible pants I never unzip them anyway. Don't care about the looks, just don't like messing with them.
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Yes. I've been wearing that type of pants for travelling and on casual Fridays at work since about 2003.
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I'm in the less moving parts the better camp. Usually take one pair of light nylon pants and if I really want shorts find that they roll up fine. When I have taken convertible pants I never unzip them anyway. Don't care about the looks, just don't like messing with them.
This is my experience too. It's actually getting harder to find light trousers that don't have zip-off legs, and sometimes they're more expensive! At least, they don't go on sale, or show up in second-hand shops, as often as convertibles. So the last few years I've been wearing convertibles, sometimes cussing the stupid zipper I've never used when it starts chaffing.
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I use polyester-cotton hiking pants, pref with not too many big cargo pockets, and not too flappy behind the knees.
Dark grey ones work for the occasions when you need something smart to wear.
I usually wear them in the evenings, city sight-seeing and hiking.

In everyday use, cheap no-name brand versions are my kickaround trousers and I ride in them.
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Originally Posted by andrewclaus View Post
This is my experience too. It's actually getting harder to find light trousers that don't have zip-off legs, and sometimes they're more expensive! At least, they don't go on sale, or show up in second-hand shops, as often as convertibles. So the last few years I've been wearing convertibles, sometimes cussing the stupid zipper I've never used when it starts chaffing.
I have a pair of north face pants without that I got on sale, and am trying to make last. Its true that non zip pants are getting harder to find. You could possibly find someone with a sewing machine to take the zipper out. Ive done that on one pair that I could not get zipped back together, but I did the sewing myself.
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yo, dude. there are no rules.

if you like it and it works for you, fine.
if it don't work for you, ask for advice.

you really don't need validation for every little
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Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
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Convertible pants just look ugly to me. If i need to wear shorts i put on shorts.





Wearing convertible pants in temples in Thailand still don't allow you to convert them into shorts
Try these instead
https://www.railriders.com/men-bone-...?cPath=104_110
thanks for the info

I like the Rail Rider Xtreme Adventure pants
https://www.railriders.com/men-treme...ant-p-951.html
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Wearing convertible pants in temples in Thailand still don't allow you to convert them into shorts
Try these instead
https://www.railriders.com/men-bone-...?cPath=104_110
Huh? Your comment makes no sense to me. When I was biking while wearing the shorts portion of zippered convertible pants in Thailand and I wished to visit a temple, I simply zipped on the lower portion and visited the temple. When I exited the temple and returned to my bike, I zipped off the lower half and resumed riding. If another solution works for you, fine. My solution works well for me.
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I frequently ride in them.
Starting to go in this direction. I just found a used pair of Rivendell's MUSA pants.
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Yes. I've been wearing that type of pants for travelling and on casual Fridays at work since about 2003.
I thought you wore pantyhose on Fridays???
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I'll bring pants and shorts, as several folks above have said. I don't like convertibles. Even as a male I prefer a skirt to shorts. Just more comfortable.
But only 1 of each not 4 or 10.
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I'll bring pants and shorts, as several folks above have said. I don't like convertibles. Even as a male I prefer a skirt to shorts. Just more comfortable.
But only 1 of each not 4 or 10.
I the OP don't like the convertible(zip-off)pants and I am looking at Rail Riders Xtreme Adventure pants over the USMC marpat desert combat pants
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I don't like them simply because I wear the shorts way more often so they fade and don't match the legs after a few washes.
Always wash both the shorts and the legs together, whether the legs are dirty or not. Problem solved.
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