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Award Winner - Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice Award 2012
Kuhl's Liberator Convertible Pant just may be the most comfortable and versatile hiking pant ever made, and offers both mountain town style, and performance for everything from backcountry hiking to bouldering. The Liberator combines Kuhl's DRYPOINT fabric technology for great breathability and comfort, with their signature Athletic Fit design for mobility and range of motion that has pretty much set an industry standard. All Kuhl's Athletic Fit pants feature the Born Free Gusseted crotch, articulated knees, and generously cut thighs to create true unrestricted movement when playing outdoors. The patented zip-off system converts the Liberator into a lightweight and quick drying hiking short with a 10 1/2" inseam so you can keep cool when the weather gets warm.
FEATURES of the Kuhl Men's Liberator Convertible Pant
Pants convert quickly and easily to shorts with snag-free leg zippers that are hidden from view
Stealth Patented zip-off system
Combed, peached and super sueded for softness DRYPOINT fabric technology
DRYPOINT is a nylon rich fabric with a touch of Cotton on the face for breathability and comfort, and pulls moisture to the surface for quick evaporation
Kuhl's Rhino Technology places rugged exterior non-stretch fabrics on top of soft, stretchy fabric for increased durability and skin like flexibility for more natural stretch and comfort
Rhino Technology is used in high-mobility areas, such as the back waistband and the knees
Gusseted crotch and articulated knees provide amazing freedom of movement for increased comfort
Born Free Gusseted Crotch is an added fabric panel inserted in the pant leg and crotch area that adds extension to the range of motion for the pant
Free Ryde Waist follows the natural contour of the human body, and features a longer length from belt top to crotch for extra room to extend your range
UPF 40 achieved through mechanically spun yarn
Standard 5-pocket design with 2 zippered thigh pockets, a welt pocket on the left side, and a 3D cell phone pocket on the right side
Fiocchi Snap lies flat against the body with no stem to dig into the waist and has been custom engineered to increase the closure strength
Kuhl's signature Athletic Fit pants feature the gusseted crotch and articulated knees, and are also cut generously in the thigh to offer unbeatable, unrestricted movement
Packable, Moisture Wicking, Quick Drying, Sun Protective, Water-resistant
Men's Outerwear & Clothing
14 - 14 1/2"
15 - 15 1/2"
16 - 16 1/2"
17 - 17 1/2"
18 - 18 1/2"
36 - 38"
39 - 41"
42 - 44"
44 - 47"
48 - 50"
28 - 30"
31 - 33"
34 - 35"
37 - 39"
40 - 42"
35 - 37"
38 - 40"
41 - 43"
44 - 46"
47 - 49"
Sleeve to Center Back
KUHL MEASUREMENT GUIDE
To get the most accurate measurement, refer to the measuring guide info below and use a flexible measuring tape for all measurements.
• NECK - Measure around the base of your neck.
• CHEST / BUST - Measure the fullest part of your chest/bust, under arms and across shoulder blades.
• WAIST - Measure around the waist where you normally wear your pants.
• HIP - Standing with feet together, measure around the fullest part of seat.
• SLEEVE to CENTER BACK - With arms relaxed at sides and slightly bent, measure from center back across shoulder point to elbow and down to wrist.
• INSEAM - Take a pair of pants that fit well and measure from crotch to the bottom of the leg along the inseam.
KUHL PANT MEASUREMENT and COMPARISON GUIDE Each and every style of Kuhl pant is pretty decent in its own right, so they put together a Pant Measurement and Comparison Guide you can click to download and learn more about what makes each style unique. This includes info and details about subtle differences in fit and intended usage. Sorry for saying usage.
Rated 4 out of
Held up great on 8 day backpacking tripWore these on a eight day backpacking trip in Utah and they held up great. Would recommend for backpacking and hiking but not for rock climbing. ,,,,Pros: great fit, very comfortable, lightweight, moisture wicking, perfect for the desert, and priced cheaper at Moosejaw than other stores. ,,,,Cons: Did get a couple of tiny abrasions and a tiny hole at the bottom of a pant leg from rock climbing. Also, the fly button could be a bit stronger (popped open a couple of times when I was moving heavy rocks for a tarp). ,,,,Note that the color pictured for Khaki is different than the color received. They are actually a green but still look good.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 4 out of
Can do pantsLove the light weight material, good looks, and the pockets and more pockets. Love wearing these for casual or hiking. Best of all, the conversion to shorts is easy with the zipper at the bottom rather than removing your boots first. They don't wrinkle and have belt loops. Thoroughly enjoy these pants with multiple uses without wrinkles. ,,The soft rugged material does stretch a bit which is great, however, wearing a shirt underneath "tucked in" keeps the pants upright (rather than pulling them up often) most importantly with a pack on. I normally wear 36 but was forced to size up to 38 which worked out. Going to have to break down and get another color. They are my go to pants.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of
Stylish and Functional For All Active PursuitsThe Kuhl Liberators have awesome material, fit true to size, look stylish, and perform well in hot environments as well as cooler situations. The Pockets are plentiful and can easily store annoyingly bulkish to me iphone, wallet, chap stick, keys, sunglasses, 5-6 granola bars. ,,Converting is simple and easy and takes 1 minute or two depending on what type of shoes/boots you are wearing. They don't look dorky and I wear them to restaurants, overnight hiked once, slept in them a few times, kicked it around and did whatever in them.,,Awesome pants!
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 5 out of
I would marry these pants!The Kuhl Liberator pants have set the bar for pants-related pantsy-ness. Their sheer pants-i-tude is unsurpants. Pants to these, I was able to pants, pants and pants. 5 PANTS!
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 5 out of
A reason it won gear of the year!These pants are the best convertibles you'll ever own. The 'legs' are perfectly hidden and do not look cheap like many convertibles. This is partly due to the fabric of the pant which provides just the right amount of stretch. These pants are true to size and have held up well for almost 1 year! The only down side of the pant is that they are not abrasive resistant. I do have some signs of wear from abrasion. Otherwise, great pants!
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 4 out of
I really like the pocketsErmahgerd! I really enjoy these pockets for some reason really stretchy and not uncomfortable. Kuhl did an alright job reducing the awareness that you are wearing convertible pants. I can still tell but not like my last pair where it hurt and rubbed near the zippers. Overall I enjoyed them, yet the carbon color turned out really green. I don't know if that was just a shipping error or not, but green is a pretty chill color.
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 5 out of
Best Hiking Pants!My husband has 2 pair of these and I own them in the women's version. They are the absolute best hiking pants! We both have a horrible time finding pants to fit because we are both short. These are the only convertible pants that either of us can wear because they come in shorter sizes so the shorts version doesn't hang down too long. They are super comfortable and essential to hiking at different elevations!
Date published: 2015-12-18
Rated 5 out of
Love These PantsI recently picked up a pair of Kuhl Liberator pants after reading some good reviews for them. First time out I took them for an 8 mile hike in the snow and mud. They held up wonderfully and were crazy comfortable. Like the other reviewer pointed out, the actual belt loops are great. I'll be picking up another pair of these sometime soon and you'll likely see me on the trails and around town in these.
I own and love these. Is there a non-convertible equivalent to these pants?
Asked by: Justin
Unfortunately Kuhl does not make a non convertible version of these pants. A great pant that Kuhl makes is the Revolvr, however it does not contain the DWR finish that the Liberators have for water resistance. The Revolvr has great freedom of movement and durability and dry quickly to compensate for their lack of water protection.