REPOST: The North Face Paramount Cargo Shorts Owner Review
- The North Face Paramount Cargo Shorts Owner Review
Name: Andrew Richard
Height: 5'7" (1.6 Meters)
Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
Email address: Liarsacademy8588@...
City, State, Country: Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Date: June 19th, 2004
Backpacking Background: I have been a day hiker for the past 4 years
and in the last year I have begun to take up backpacking. I carry an
average weight pack because I enjoy having certain luxuries while
I'm outdoors. My hiking usually takes place in the desert, but I
have adventured into higher elevations a few times. In the future I
hope to accomplish much more difficult terrain including thru-hiking
some of the nation's longer trails (i.e. Continental Divide Trail,
Sea to Sea Trail, etc.)
The North Face Paramount Cargo Shorts
Materials: 100% Nylon
Suggested Retail: $42.00
Specifications: (All measurements are for size medium)
Inseam: 10" (254 mm)
Waist: 32"-34" (813mm - 864mm)
Color(s): New Taupe, Fossil Ivory, Asphalt Gray, Classic Khaki
There are a total of 6 pockets; two in the rear with Velcro closure,
two in the front, and two side cargo pockets. The two Velcro
pockets in the back and the two cargo pockets will securely hold
items, but the two pockets in the front, sans Velcro, won't
reliably hold things in if I have them upside down. All of the
pockets are positioned conveniently; it is easy to grab my GPS or a
Power Bar while I'm on the move. They have an elastic waist along
with a built-in belt.
Locale(s): The Sonoran Desert (elev. 2,000 - 4,000 ft / 610 m
1219 m) and the Grand Canyon. Temperatures have varied from 40 F (4
C) all the way to the 115 F (46 C); used both in sun and light
I purchased these shorts over two years ago from REI. Before these
my experience with hiking shorts was limited only to blue jean
shorts. I originally bought these shorts for use in day hikes, but
they have proved equally as worthy for backpacking. The North Face
also has a pant model of this version, and a pant/short convertible
After two years of pretty average use, these shorts are still in
great condition. There are no signs of wear on the seat, or rips and
tears of any sort. These shorts have been on numerous day hikes in
difficult, rocky terrain where clothes can be easily ripped by many
different factors. They have brushed against every kind of cactus
available (unfortunately) and have faired very well (all of the
blood has washed out). They've also been down the Grand Canyon twice
and on other minor backpacking trips. I've washed them under normal
care among other clothes such as jeans, etc. and show no signs of
abuse. There are only minor stains on the bottom, but they are
undetectable except under close inspection.
On a recent backpacking trip I wore them for over 72 hours strait,
from start to finish (including several trips into a creek) and I
never experienced any kind of irritation or chaffing. The elastic
waistband allows for a range of sizes, and the built in belt keeps
them securely at my hips. However the built in belt is not ompatible
for carrying pouches for things such as pocketknives, cell phones
etc. The 10" inseam is short enough for a free range of motion for
steep inclines, yet is long enough to be seen in the city without
screaming outdoors geek. They also fit comfortably under a larger
pack hipbelt without any rubbing or chafing.
They prove to have reasonable water-resistant during a few desert
showers, they could last a few minutes in a list mist before water
penetrated the fabric. They are also quick to dry after a use as
swimming suit, or any other sort of complete soaking, needing less
then a half an hour to dry (a half an hour of sitting and preparing
lunch, not walking on a trail. The pockets are lined with mesh to
drain easily after any river/creek crossing.
My only problem with these shorts was their price tag; at over $40
they are quite pricey, yet over the years they have proven well
Overall, these shorts are great for the outdoors. They have proved
durable and comfortable, everything good hiking shorts should be.
After being coated in red rock dust from along the Bright Angel
Trail they required no washing, after being soaked in water and with
a little bit of rubbing with my thumb the dirt disappeared. The
shorts ventilate well, which is a necessity for hot weather hiking.
I plan on buying another pair of these shorts when (if?) they wear
Nice job with the edits. I've found a couple of things that snuck
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> Height: 5'7" (1.6 Meters)### meters doesn't need the uppercase & can be abbreviated m if you'd like
> Date: June 19th, 2004### Please change the date to August 1, 2004 so it matches your upload
> Inseam: 10" (254 mm)### Are these as measured or as listed by the mfg. If TNF doesn't list
> Waist: 32"-34" (813mm - 864mm)
these measurements please note that if it does please list both their
measurements and your own actuals.
> On a recent backpacking trip I wore them for over 72 hours strait,### "straight"
> never experienced any kind of irritation or chaffing. The elastic### "chafing" (chaffing means "to tease", chafing is the irritation
> them securely at my hips. However the built in belt is not ompatible### "compatible"
> They prove to have reasonable water-resistant during a few desert### "proved" and "resistance"
> then a half an hour to dry (a half an hour of sitting and preparing### "trail).
> lunch, not walking on a trail. The pockets are lined with mesh to