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This is a gear review about the Kuhl Renegade Cargo Convertible Pants in 2022.

These are one of the most popular convertible pants on the market today. They are comfortable with good hidden leg zips, big pockets and a baggy cargo pant feel. But are they good enough to take on multi day backpacking trips or extended traveling?


Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo Pants – Men’s

Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo Pants Review

Weight: Unknown
Stretch: Yes but not much
Weather Resistant:
Yes with DWR
Weight:
Pros:

> Baggy Cargo Pant fit
> Weather resistant DWR coating on pants
> Good fit
Cons:
> Not very much stretch
> Front button can pop open if your pants are too tight. Could be tighter fit to prevent this

When it comes to convertible pants the Kuhl Renegade do a great job. They are a very popular pair of zip off pants for hiking, backpacking and traveling. Made with a weather resistant fabric and coated with a DWR finish they are able to withstand mild drizzle for a short period of time. The Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo Pants have good pockets and are comfortable as either a pair of shorts or as long pants.

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How do the Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo Pants compare with the Best Hiking Pants in 2022.

Kuhl Renegade Convertible Pants - Men's

Comfort and Design

Let’s take a look at the fit, fabric, stretch, colors and sizes of the Kuhl Renegade Convertible pants.

Fit

The Kuhl Renegade Convertible mens pants are true to size and have a full fit baggy cargo style fit without being too baggy.

The shorts are 10 inches in length and the length and fit are both good. The zip off legs have a nice hidden design where the zip slide can hide inside a small pouch, out of sight. The length of the zip off pant legs on the pair I had seemed to be too long and not the correct size. this meant that the bottom of the pants didn’t fit too well. Not sure if they are meant to be like that or the zip off pants were incorrect. Either way, the zip off leg length was a little too long.

Kuhl Renegade Cargo Pants Review

Fabric

The Kuhl Renegade Convertible pants are made with their Duralux fabric. It is made with 95% nylon and 5% Spandex and coated with a DWR coating.

The fabric has a durable feel to it but is also quite soft to the touch and doesn’t rub any part of the legs or waist. Although they are made with 5% spandex there is not too much stretch but the cut of the pants are baggy enough that that this not too much of an issue.

They are UPF 50+ rated so good for use in strong sun.

Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo Pants front view

Colors and Sizes

With a choice of 2 colors that are earthy and good enough to cover up any minor stains.

There are also have 5 leg lengths from 28 to 36 so both short and tall people are well catered for. There are 11 waist sizes to choose from size 28 to 42 so most people will have a waist size to fit them.

The zip off shorts are 10 inches in length and a good size that most people seem to like.


Stretch

As mentioned above there is 5% spandex in the fabric but they don’t seem to have much stretch. The 2 way stretch is not as good as other Kuhl Pants. When it comes to convertible pants it seems like there is not much in the way of stretch options from most brands so it seems Kuhl has gone with the popular choice as not given them too much stretch.

Overall, the lack of stretch is not too bad as they have a baggy fit that still allows a lot of freedom of movement.

Kuhl Renegade Mens Convertible Cargo Pants

Pockets

The Kuhl Renegade Convertible Pants have 6 pockets in total.

The two front hand pockets are quite large with an open weave mesh which will assist with ventilation. The two rear pockets also have a ventilated mesh inner fabric and are a nice size with a velcro closure.

There are two large cargo pant pockets on the hips. The left cargo pocket has an internal zip pocket as well as the normal cargo pocket. The right cargo pocket has an internal phone pocket hidden within. It will fit most large smartphones. The cargo pockets have internal stitching that attach to the main leg so even when cycling in these pants the cargo pockets will not sag if you are carrying anything in them.

Kuhl Renegade pockets

Belt and Loops

There is no belt supplied with the Kuhl Renegade pants. But there are large belt loops. Many people will want to use a belt with these pants as there is not a lot of stretch in the waist so if you loose a bit of weight the pants may want to fall down. Add the that a front pop stud button that will come undone if you put too much pressure on it. There is also a webbing loop on the rear belt loop. I can only assume that is there to hang the pants to dry them when traveling or backpacking!

Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo Pants large belt loops

Weather Resistance and Breathability

The fabric is lightweight and breathable. It has decent weather resistance and a good DWR coating but they are not as weather resistant as some other Kuhl Pants such as the Silencr and Deceptr pants. Water will definitely get into the mesh pockets and through the zip on the zip off pant legs but that is to be expected.

Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo Pants weather resistance test

Shorts and Zip off Leg

The shorts have a 10 inch length which is normal for most zip off pants and the length feels just about right. The zip for the legs is well hidden and overall it is a much better design than almost all the convertible pants on the market. They are easy to take on and off but I would love to see an easy way to distinguish between which zip off pants and zip belongs to which side. Maybe a colors zip or something.

There is a zip and press studs at the bottom of the legs. I was able to take take the zip off pants off without needing to remove my hiking boots. However, it appears that the leg length of the pants were not correct and were 2 inches longer than they should be. Not sure if this was a production issue and all pants are like that or I just received a pair with the wrong sized leg length. So this made the leg length of the pants too long for me.

Kuhl Renegade zip off pant legs
Kuhl Renegade Convertible Pants as shorts

Value

The Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo pants are just over $100 at the retailers below and represent decent value for a pair of shorts and a pair of pants combined into one.

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Conclusion

Overall, the Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo pants represent a durable pair of zip off combo pants. The shorts work well and shorts and the pants work well as pants. I’ve worn many convertible pants over the years and these are my new favorites. They would go from great to awesome with just a little bit more stretch in the fabric but that doesn’t take away from how good they are now.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo Pants weather resistant?

Yes the Kuhl Renegade Convertible Cargo Pants use a weather resistant fabric and are coated with a DWR finish. While they are not completely water proof they do a good job in wet conditions. However, water will leak into the mesh pockets and through the zips on the legs.

Are the Kuhl Renegade Mens Convertible Pants any good?

The Kuhl Renegade Convertible Mens pants are one of the best convertible backpacking pants on the market. They are great as shorts or long pants and best suited for hiking, backpacking and traveling.


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Brad is an Australian who has completed the hiking Triple Crown after he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail. He has hiked on every continent (except Antarctica) and has cycled from Alaska to Ecuador. He is an expert on outdoor gear currently living in Chile.

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