Prana Stretch Zion Line

Prana Stretch Zion Convertible
Overview: 
Softshells come in many varieties, from burly double weaves to light weight 4-way stretch. In general I've been wearing softshell bottoms more and more often that it's almost all I wear now. Prana has hit the nail on the head with their Stretch Zion line. The fabric is nothing different than any other single weave softshell, but it's the way the clothing fits which makes it my favorite. I've been using the Stretch Zion line for most of my outdoor activities: climbing, hiking, and spring skiing.  The Stretch Zion line includes pants, convertible pants, and shorts.  I've put so many days on my Stretch Zion convertibles that holes are starting to appear but they keep working without skipping a beat.

Prana Stretch Zion Pant
How it Fits: 
I'm 5'10" 165lbs with a size 33" waist. With so many pants being either 32" or 34" waist, this can be an issue. Fortunately, Prana's Stretch Zion Pants, Convertibles, and Shorts use a S-XL sizing with an easily adjustable built in belt. The Medium sizing in all three of their Stretch Zion models works fantastic with someone with a 33" waist because the Medium size fits 31" to 33".  Prana also makes it easy with all their pants by coming in three different inseams: 30",32", and 34". Overall, Prana makes a size to fit almost anyone comfortably.
Stretch Zion Short
Performance:
The Stretch Zion convertibles where my go to pants for my 12 mile hike link-up of the lower Snoqualmie Pass lakes ( Mason lake, Rainbow lake, Island Lake, Olallie Lake, Talpaus Lake). To do this my wife and I stashed our bikes at the Talapus Trail-head and drove over the the Mason Lake Trail-head to start the hike. After linking up all the lakes we grabbed our bikes and road back to the car.

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Through-out the trip, the Zion convertibles hiked well and never let me down. Stretch Zion Pants is like your trusty outdoor partner, always with you, through thick and thin. One of my favorite features are the pockets which have zippers latterly and vertically, giving easy access to whatever you need no matter what activity you may be doing.

For those who don't like convertibles, the standard stretch Zion's work equally as well. I took them out Spring Skiing Silver Peak in Snoqulamie Pass, WA. The pants always kept me comfortable and dry from boot packing uphill, to the beautiful spring corn skiing, to the final hike back to the car. If you get hot the stretch Zion Pant's have button snaps on the legs making them Capri's for additional comfort on hotter days.

On Top of Silver Peak resting with my Stretch Zion Pants
Lastly, Prana also makes a Stretch Zion short. I'm going to cut straight to the point; the shorts are awesome! Bomber shorts for almost any outdoor activity or casual wear. They also make great mountain biking shorts due to the exact fabric weight as their standard pant brother-en. The only difference between the Shorts and the convertible's is that the short's only have 1 dual zipper cargo pocket while the convertibles have 2.

Summary:
Prana has made one of the best and versatile outdoor-wear with the Stretch Zion Line. If I'm hiking or climbing the stretch Zion line are my go to bottoms. They may not be the fanciest or the most expensive, but they are one of the most durable, comfortable, and versatile pieces I've ever used.

Pros:
  • Stretch Zion Fabric breathes extremely well
  • Great DWR 
  • Fits almost anyone
  • Fantastic performance / price ratio
  • Durable
  • Pants are cut to move with the body instead of impede it.
  • Pants, Shorts, Convertible; there is a style for everyone
Cons:
  • Built in belt sometimes loosens

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