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Pretty Much Perfect
I love these pants - they are everything I hoped for. My only criticism is the interior drawcord at waist which seems pointless. I immediately cut it out, which does not affect the integrity or usefulness of this garment. I would rather wear a belt than a drawstring that is thinner than a shoelace. The weight is of pants is perfect, they seem sturd... Read Morey, the fit is flattering and there are plenty of useful pockets. They are true to size, unlike other Patagonia pants I have purchased which typically run small.
Low rise pants with tiny pockets
I have owned these pants for over a year and while I hike a lot, I noticed that I never reach for these pants. I wore them once, and my impression is - they sit low on the waist, the fit is straight from your hips to the waist so you have to adjust the drawcord to make the waist fit right. And these pants have 5 pockets but they are all very small,... Read More I cannot comfortably fit anything larger than a small handkerchief into any of the pockets. I think its not a good design.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 26, 2023
We're sorry to hear that these pants have been disappointing. There is no need to keep a product that isn't working for you and we encourage you to either trade them to Worn Wear or [return](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Return-Policy) them. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if you need any assistance. We're happy to help!
The best pants ever just got better!
I have worn many versions of the Quandry hiking pants over the years and this new version has a slightly higher waist, which I prefer. I find these pants very comfortable, flattering and durable. I use them for work, hiking and travel! Because I need the short version, I can't try them on in the store, but have to order them. The longer versio... Read Moren size 6 was perfect in the store, but when the short version arrived in the mail it seems much looser. Grateful to have a brick and mortar store nearby, only wish they had more items in stock, hence the 4 star rating. Otherwise the pants themselves are 5 star!!!
Happy with my first pair, bought a second pair of these hiking pants. The short length is perfect for me. Great mobility, very light, roomy enough for a base layer if needed, and lots of secured pockets. Appreciate the drawstring inside of waistband. No need for a belt (pants do have belt loops too).
I first bought these pants for fly fishing in the salt. They have real pockets and dry quickly, plus excellent sun protection . Over the last few years they have become my go-to pants for every day wear. They launder well and can be dressed up or down with a change of tops. At this point in my life I prize comfort more than anything and these durab... Read Morele pants are the perfect combination of comfort and utility . Wish there were a couple more colors.
Not a fashion hound and not a fan of tight- fitting clothes, I've happily worn the same pair of SportHill Nomad II pants as my daily uniform for running and just about everything else, but in the blink of an eye, my Quandary pants have given me a slimmer, sleeker version of the same function. I've yet to test them in our cold Midwestern w... Read Moreinters and I can't speak yet to their durability, but the fabric, fit, design and multiple pockets, incl 2 zippered, provide a boatload of function at a great price.
Pilled after 2nd Hike
These are still a little long for my inseam, but with hiking boots, I can make it work. I bought these in hopes that I could clean them while hiking and they would dry quickly after a hand wash and they absolutely do. They also don't "swish" as much as other technical pants. They are roomy if you order based on your exact measurement... Read Mores, but this is great if you will be active in them, as they have some give for doing scrambles and such. I am very disappointed that they pilled on my second wear. Since the fabric is technical, I'm fearful to try to remove the pills for fear of damaging the fabric. I ordered a second pair in another color because I was initially so happy with the performance, but I'm very concerned that they will also pill after just one wear.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 20, 2022
Hi Jennifer, thank you for submitting this review. We're sorry to hear your first pair began pilling so soon! That's unusual. Normally you can remove such pilling with a battery-operated sweater shaver, which is gentler on fabric than a sweater stone. If that doesn't help, if it results in any damage to the fabric, or if you just don't want to deal with it please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) them under our warranty.
it is advertised as "short"
it is advertised as "short" but at 5'3" I have to shorten them which I never have to do with pants. They are NOT short!
Response from PatagoniaOctober 5, 2022
We're very sorry that the length was disappointing! Our short Quandary Pant has an inseam length of 30" while the regular length is 32". Please don't hesitate to reach out to the [Patagonia-owned retail store locations in your area](https://www.patagonia.com/store-locator/) if you need help with your purchase. Thanks for the review, Suzen!
Comfortable and flattering
I'm 5'4" and 122 - size 8 fits perfectly although the forge gray are slightly larger and longer than the black. These are very comfortable pants. Drawstring waist is helpful. I expect to wear these for running errands, going out to lunch and hiking. The skyline traveler pants by comparison ran much smaller and were not flattering at ... Read Moreall on my frame - but the skyline shorts in a size 10 were a keeper. Go figure. Love Patagonia!
Odd design, too long for Petite length
Given the price and the fact that its Patagonia, I was surprised at how poorly designed these pants were. First, instead of a real gusset in the crotch for flexibility when moving, they just added a strip of fabric to each leg, going all the way from the crotch to the leg. That means two scratchy seams going down the entire inside of each leg. Poor... Read Morely engineered. Second, for a Petite length, these were really long. I had to shorten them by 2 inches. Third, the ties inside the waistband, intended to allow you to cinch the waistband if its a little too loose (which it was), are really worthless. They are little more than strings that are a hassle to untie and re-tie every time I go to the bathroom. So I engineered my own solution by sewing a small button on each side and sewing a loop into the ties. Seems like a simple fix that Patagonia itself could have done. It seems that now that Patagonia is so popular, they feel like they can sell badly designed clothing at high prices. I'm unlikely to buy anything else at Patagonia in the future. Overall this was a big disappointment.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 17, 2022
Hi Jean! We are incredibly sorry to hear about the problems you've had with this product. Please know you are always more than welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) any products that you are not entirely satisfied with.
I should have (and will) order a size 6. The 8 is too long for my height and the tummy just a bit too big. (Unfortunately and stupidly, I cut all the tags and washed them.) As a 120 pound 52 person, I couldnt tell from the size chart if size 8 would work. Definitely too long for me! I roll them up twice to wear them. I plan to give them to my daugh... Read Moreter - she is taller. Beautiful pant, lightweight, easy to wear.
Solid hiking pants
Love the material, and it was definitely water resistant. One star off for the side pocket that was not big enough for my iPhone 13 Pro, and ironing was needed after each wash
Response from PatagoniaApril 27, 2022
We appreciate your detailed and thoughtful feedback and we're sorry to hear about the lacking pocket size and fabric issue. We have an excellent [product care](https://www.patagonia.com/product-care.html) page but generally for these pants, we recommend turning the pants inside-out, machine wash warm with mild detergent, no bleach and no fabric softener then hang to air dry naturally. This should help with those wrinkles!
Let me tell you, as a 5,1 woman, I struggle to find outdoor wear that fits well for hiking, climbing, riding ATVs, etc. These are absolutely spot on with the description and were my favorite pants from my recent Utah trip. No sagging, not too tight, flexibility wasnt hindered, just perfect!
Am plus size-and THIS FITS!
In most brands I wear a 20, ordered a 22 Short in these pants. Length: a shade long, but work fine with hiking boots and golf cleats Waist: the mega gap in the back is why I have trouble finding pants. These have an elastic cinch that you can tie eliminating that gap. If you wear high waisted bottoms or leggings, the rise is going to feel short... Read More. But they will stay up and on! So please give these a try if youre interested! My husband has two pairs of these and the clean look and durability are at the usual high standard for this brand.
Excellent lightweight pants
These are my favorite pants to wear in hot weather. Comfortable, love the option to roll up, or leave down. They wrinkle easily but the wrinkles smooth out after a while. Fast drying fabric. These would be perfect but they stretch out a bit too much for my slender frame. Im five foot 1 and 100 pounds and a size 0 is a bit large. And the rise is a ... Read Morebit too low. Wish the drawstring was more substantial with a better option to pull them tighter at the waist. But otherwise these are great!
Great for backpacking
Bought these for a backpacking trip for Yosemites High Sierra. Spent 5 nights and 6 days in these and they performed flawlessly. I pack light so I wore these for hiking and sleeping. They were comfortable enough to curl up in in the sleeping back and had enough structure to for high endurance climbs during the day. I rinsed them out in a lake about... Read More half way through the trip and they dried in a few hours. I highly recommend for hiking and backpacking. For me they were true to size.
I really wanted to like these pants. I am petite and athletic and get excited when I can find hiking pants in short length. Unfortunately, even though I love Patagonia gear, these pants missed the mark. They fit well in the waist and I like the hidden draw string, but were tight in the thigh and are so large from the knee down that they look like b... Read Moreell-bottoms. And the overall length was still too long (I'm 5'2"). With all the excess fabric at the bottom of the pants, I would not wear them while hiking, which is why I purchased the pants. I will return these pants.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 14, 2021
Hello Molly, thank you so much for sharing your feedback. We are sorry the fit did not work out on the pants. If you have any questions, regarding the [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) instructions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Great fit and very comfortable
I am barely 5'2" and weigh around 128 pounds. I bought size 6 that initially felt snug but has started to feel very comfortable. I think if I needed to, I'd be able to wear a thin layer under it on colder days. The elastic tie at the waist makes it easy to tighten a bit at the belt. I LOVE these pants.
Great lightweight pants!
I farm and fly fish so quick dry pants are a "must have" in my work and fun wardrobe. I ordered a 12 but had to return them for a 10S. (5'3", 133 lbs). They are a great lightweight, active style pant that will wear well for work and play. I plan to order in the green as well as the slate color. So glad I found these!
Love the pants, love eco-conscious packaging even more
The local store did not have my size, but the store staff who was helping me located a pair at another store and had them shipped to me directly. Service was superb! When the package arrived, I was thrilled to not find any plastic packaging. The pants were just placed directly in a recycled paper envelope. I really appreciate that. All other mercha... Read Morents I shop at put garments in a plastic bag with tissue paper which are all so unnecessary. I always end up with so much trash whenever I order clothes online. I hope other vendors will follow suit soon.
My favorite Patagonia pant
I own these pants from previous years in both the charcoal grey and the tan in size 6 short. Pretty straight through waist/hips/thighs. 5'4" 135 pounds. I wanted to try these in the green for an upcoming trip. As my 2019 tan Quandary pants are smaller through the hips (by almost 2 inches) than my 2018 grey Quandary pants I decided to go u... Read Morep a size. The size 8 short were too large overall (waist and hips) so I marked them true to size as I typically wear a 6. I may try them in the size 6 and see how they fit on the spectrum of my grey (perfect) and tan (a bit tight) Quandary pants. Same fabric features and design. The pants still have a side zip pocket that is discreet and secure but just a wee bit too small for a passport. You can get a PP in there if you work at it, harder to get the PP back out. Definitely too short for modern phones. Another inch of depth would take care of the problem though. These pants are tough, slightly stretchy and don't announce themselves as you walk with the typical nylon pant 'swish'. They will relax a little bit as you wear them so you may not want to buy them too loose fitting at first try-on. Internal waist draw cord is helpful. Thank you for making these in a short model. Lost a star for the side pocket, inconsistent sizing in my previous pants. I would still buy them, as I did, and recommend them. They are best overall adventure travel pant I have found.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 4, 2021
Thanks for this great detailed and thoughtful feedback, Sharon! We haven't had a redesign of the Quandary Pant since Spring 2017, but please don't hesitate to reach out to our team for [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) in returning, ordering or exchanging. We'd love to make it as seamless and efficient as possible for you!
Only One Problem
The only problem with these pants is that the zipped thigh pocket is too small for my phone. It fits nicely in that pocket of the Quandary pants I bought several years ago. Why would Patagonia do something so stupid? Theyre usually so smart. I wish they hadnt fiddled with the design. Dont get me wrong: the pants are still very nice, just not perfec... Read Moret, which is what they used to be.
Not quite perfect...call it 4.75 stars
Thank you, thank you, thank you for a pair of technical pants that fit my short, round self. At 5'3" and size 18, it's really difficult to find hiking pants that fit my waist and hips but aren't too long. As you know, most hiking pants have features at the cuffs that you lose if you hem them to a shorter length. The 30" in... Read Moreseam option makes such a huge difference in the overall fit. The missing 1/4 star is because there's still a bit of a gap at the back of the waistband, but the drawstring mostly takes care of that.
Hi Patagonia followers! These pants are SOOOOO cute! They fit perfect and I love the "tie" adjustable waistband! For reference, I am 5'5"/120lb- long torso. I ended up getting a 4 Short and they are wonderful. If you don't have a long torso, I would go with the regular length! Even my husband commented on how cool they look... Read Moreed! Kind of remind me of a trendier LuLu Lemon pant! Enjoy these y'all!
These are the best hiking pants I've ever owned. I am 5'3" so the short (30 inch) inseam is perfect, and I am very hourglass shaped so it's hard to find pants that fit both my waist and thighs/butt but these pants fit perfectly. The material is so comfortable and high quality.
These pants functioned really well, repelling water in a downpour much better than my H2no jacket. Because I had just bought a pair of size 4 rain pants I thought I could assume the same size would work for these and so ordered them online just before leaving the country to hike. But these are huge on me, and I had to keep stopping to tie the stret... Read Morechy ties as tight as I could. Wish I could exchange for a 2!
Response from PatagoniaAugust 26, 2019
Sorry to hear that the pants have been a disappointment. You're welcome to [return](https://is.gd/DQq2nw) them to a Patagonia-owned store or send them in for a refund or merchandise credit.
I liked the old version much better
I have a pair of quandary pants which I bought a couple ofyears ago and still wear and love. I wanted antoehr pair in a different color, so ordered what you sell now the same size, and they were too small! So I called and discussed it, finging out that the new version was cut slimmer! So Isent them back in exchange for the next larger size. These w... Read Moreere a bit too big, but I am making do. But they are not nearly so comfortable. Not only are they larger, but the fabric is thinner and feels less luxurious, more chintzy and does not hang or drape as well on me. I am not enjoying them very much, but have found no others that work better, yet. I wish you would not change your basic sizing of a garment, and also not change to lighter fabric and sacrifice the touch and drape of it. I will not order any more of these pants.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 21, 2019
Sorry to hear that the new pants have been a disappointment. You're welcome to [return](https://is.gd/DQq2nw) them to a Patagonia-owned store or send them in for a refund or merchandise credit.
Women's Quandary pants, short
These are the perfect hiking/travel pants for me. I love the gray color that goes with everything and the way they roll up. I'm a little over 5'4", weigh about 108, so size 4 short fits nicely but slips down on a thin day. My only complaint is the very thin, very stretchy drawstring. It would be better if it were wider and a tad less... Read More stretchy....
Short isn’t short enough
Would have been a perfect pant if it was made in a petite or shorter length. I’m 5”2”, size 0, and came no where close to it being short enough for me. If I hemmed, I would have lost the style and hang. At least the customer service rep Chase who helped me with the return and exchange was awesome.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 14, 2019
Thanks for your feedback! We've passed it along.
I was not sure what to expect, but these pants are super comfortable. I can no longer explore and do all the things shown in the ads. I tried them because they were top listed in ecologically concerned clothing companies. I love that you offer a short pant style so I do not have to get them hemmed. I only wish you had more colours. Would love black... Read More. Thanks for working to keep earth cleaner.
Great pant but...
Totally agree with others about the thigh pocket not being big enough for iPhone10 and passport. I have the same pant form 2-3 years ago and love being able to easily zip up new phone and passport in those. It doesn't need to be gusseted, just a bit longer. I also wish it came in the dusty blue of the Skyline Travel pants. Love how easy these ... Read Moreare to launder and dry overnight I'm 5'4" 122lbs. Size 4 SHORT fit easily
Please reconfigure the cargo leg pocket to easily hold passport / cellphone
I have a couple of these pants from different years. They are great travel pants. Pack small, easily shake out wrinkles, are thick enough to not show your undies, drape well, and have survived multiple foreign laundering in usually unknown conditions, surrendered to the local establishment.. I can wear them in major cities without looking / soundin... Read Moreg like I'm wearing nylon travel cargo pants. They STILL have the problem with the depth of the right sided leg zipper pocket. I can barely squeeze in my passport and the newer cell phones will not fit. And that is a potentially great passport pocket, with the zipper. The pocket doesn't need to be gusseted or baggy, just a wee bit deeper. I still recommend and wear these pants, but I inwardly sigh every time I'm fiddling with the passport or my phone, especially when flying. I am typically a size 6 pant, and these fit true to size in a 6. At 5 foot 4, 130 pounds I purchase the 'short'. I am pretty straight waist through thighs. Losing a star for the pocket issue.
Pockets aren't deep enough
I have 2 pairs of these pants and like them a lot. Only problem is that the zippered pockets aren't deep enough. I wore the pants on a trip to China. My passport barely fit in the leg pocket. My iPhone 8 was too tall to close the zipper on the leg pocket of the back pocket.
Hips too narrow
Oh Patagonia,what happened to the fit of yore when a woman could have a bit of a bum and fit into a Patagonia pant? In the past I have purchased several All Wear and Super Cali pants among others--they have fit. I love the quality and craftsmanship of Patagonia,but I am going to abandon for pants. Please make pant with a higher rise and more room w... Read Morehere the legs meet the torso. I am 5'2,115 lbs and ordered the Quandary a size 4 Short. Had tried on size 6 in a store,but they had at least 4 inches to much fabric around the waist band.
Perfect hiking pants!
I just got back from five days of hiking in Marin County,CA,and these pants were my favorites -- light and super comfortable,with just enough stretch to move with me as I climbed,but they never lost their shape. And they have all the pockets I needed,all in just the right places,with zippers. I also appreciate that they come in the short length -- ... Read MoreI'm long-waisted with short-ish legs,and I always have to hem my pants,but the length was perfect. I also love that they roll up and can be secured with tabs just below the knee. Great features all around,with Patagonia's usual high quality.
Love,but wish Patagonia sold low-rise pants
I bought this pair at a store and love them. They're comfortable,move easily,feel light and breathable,and look great. I have worn them hiking,climbing,backpacking,fishing,and even to work. The one thing I would request,from Patagonia or any other brand,is LOW-RISE pants. No one seems to sell them,but when I bought these I mentioned this to ... Read Morethe store manager,and he encouraged me to write a review and mention this request. Hope Patagonia can help!
Love these pants
Bought these at the beginning of the summer and I have been wearing them constantly. Great for riding bikes (pant leg rolls up and secures nicely),wading in the ocean,gardening,hiking - basically any casual activity. The pockets are really great,as one is even big enough to hold my rather large phone securely and the zippers keep everything from wi... Read Moreggling out. These pants dry extremely fast! I love the performance of the stretchy fabric but the combination of the casual fabric and zippered pockets means they aren't quite dressy enough to wear for work. I would really like to see these in a slim leg,too,which would make them even more versatile. I am 5'2" and have an athletic build (no waist,no fanny) and the short fit me like they were tailored for me; I have rather long legs for a petite woman. I will be buying at least one more pair of these!
Great for travel. Cargo pocket needs to be deeper
Purchased to wear for travel. Lightweight,a bit stretchy. Relax a bit when worn so don't start out with them too loose. Easy to fly in,and sleep in,due to the cut and fabric. Side 'cargo' pocket that zips closed on right leg will securely hold passport,but not my Samsung 7 phone,so loss of 1 star. That's a problem because I like... Read More to use that pocket for my phone when I fly domestic,passport when I fly international. I do like that they look good enough to wear in cities,but don't wrinkle and dry quickly for travel. Easy to wash or spot wash. Not too noisy (swish) when walking. Just deepen that cargo pocket and they'll be perfect. Roll up to capris is a very nice bonus. I'm 5' 4" 135 pounds,kinda straight thru waist hips thighs (not curvy) and bought a size 6 short.
I have not worn Patagonia much and did not have an opportunity to try on these pants before purchase; however,I made every effort to communicate with Patagonia to determine what would be the best size. I was told to measure myself,which I did,and use the measurements to determine size. After providing my measurements,Patagonia indicated between an ... Read More8 and 10 for my size. Fortunately,prior to having this conversation,I ordered a size 4. In fact,a size 2 would be best but a 4 I can live with for now. The measurements do not correspond with the sizes. Order multiple sizes to determine which pant you need. Great pants,sizing is misleading.
I love the feel and weight of the fabric
I bought these pants for hiking and am now in the middle of a three week hiking/trekking trip in Europe. The light weight is great in the heat and they also dry quickly when they get wet. The only drawback for me is that they are hip pants and I seem to be one of the few women who still prefers pants with a waist band. So even though I am using a b... Read Moreelt to hold them up,I am still constantly pulling them up. The thin drawstring is not very useful to me.
Bought these pants for a trip to do birding and hiking in South America,for very wet and warm conditions. The pants performed well. They were very light and comfortable. I like the deep side pockets,as well as the little zipper pocket on the right leg. The right back pocket is zippered also -- so lots of storage room without being too bulky. The ro... Read Morell-up button feature on the leg is nice,too,though it is not quite as convenient as the kind of pants that have elastic cinch at the hem to make a capri,or that zip off to make shorts. With the roll-up-button,there is only one button on one side of each leg,so the pant can droop and sag down on one part of the leg --- this wasn't an issue for me as I didn't mind it,but if you want a stable roll up or the ability to convert to shorts,this could be an issue. Overall am very pleased with this pant. I used a single pair about 3 days in a row (hiking in amazon rainforest) when laundry services were scarce and they did not seem to retain much odor or wetness. I bought pant mainly because it was one of only a couple SHORT hem lengths available in patagonia styles -- wish there were more options in the SHORT length - I'm 5'5" 145lb and bought 10SHORT. The rise is a mid-to-high rise compared to most other styles of hiking pants I have tried. It's definitely not low rise,which was good for me since I find low rise pants very uncomfortable.
I bought these pants at the Patagonia Victoria store (http://www.patagoniaelements.ca/store/product/116531/Women%27s-Quandary-Pants-Regular/) but wanted to write a great review about these pants here anyway. These are amazing pants that are comfortable,super lightweight and water-resistant. I've worn them hiking up to Mt. Weart,Mt. Price,etc.... Read More,and even worn it multi-pitching and cragging. For the latter,you obviously shouldn't do any knee-jams or crack climbing in these pants,unless you're looking for some serious pain from the metal button (lol,I've done it). Anyway,this is a superb multi-day hiking pant,especially when worn during a hot summer day in bug-infested terrain....Oh,and it looks nice to wear around town.
Bring back the original Quandary Pant!
This new updated version is such a disappointment. I wore size 0 in the past design and now this pant is about 1 inch larger at the waist. Why??? The fabric is slippery and unattractive. The old version had an outer pocket where the pant zipper is and now it's only a zipper. You can see the outline of the pocket from behind fabric. So disappoi... Read Morented.
They actually FIT!!
Glory Hallelujah! I have spent months looking for a cute,functional pair of travel/activewear pants that fit right out of the package,and I have finally found them! I have spent so many dollars having travel clothes tailored to fit my petite frame (and I'm not THAT small--5'4",110#,athletic build). These pants are perfection. Cute en... Read Moreough to wear for any casual occasion. Patagonia,please keep making these--and in size 0 short please!!!
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