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
SPECIFICATIONS of the Kuhl Men's Liberator Convertible Pant
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!
I 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.
In addition to being a points slave (I'm seriously 106 points from two new climbing harnesses, and thereby, unlimited adventure) I actually have something good to say about these pants, and Kuhl in general. While the pleats won't make you Ron Burgundy, the pants won't hurt your chances with the ladies, and they sure won't stand in the way of adventure. They're rugged, smart and -get this- actually come with regular belt loops, unlike almost every other type of convertible pants out there. That combination right there is enough to sufficiently rustle my jimmies. The only thing I can say underwhelmed me is Kuhl's notion of what "Khaki" means. The picture isn't lying, they're pretty close to slate green. I know, I made that color up. Even so, Kuhl has yet to disappoint me with anything they've made, and these trousers will serve well on the trail, fishing, riding or climbing....Or, kicking back with a brew and a skewer of fire cooked meat.