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Men’s Backcast™ Convertible Pant


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Style# 1543971
Uses Water, Fishing


With the quick-drying performance and lightweight comfort you need for fishing off docks or rambling down beaches, these pants turn into 10” shorts in one zip.

UPF 30 protects you from the hot sun on and off the water.

  • Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 sun protection
  • Quick dry
  • Partial elastic at waist
  • Interior mesh brief
  • Zip-off legs convert pant to 10" inseam short
  • Relaxed Fit
  • Imported
  • Uses: Water, Fishing
  • Style# 1543971

  • 100% textured nylon poplin
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Men’s Backcast™ Convertible Pant is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 44.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Lightweight Fishing pants First off, there is no fly zipper. The pants around the waist area are like bathing trunks. No fly and built in mesh lining. If you can live with no fly to facilitate going to the bathroom, these are very good pants. The waist has a drawstring and the fit is mostly true to size but I found the legs to be very loose fitting. That is why I stated runs a little large. Otherwise very close to true to size fitting. I wore these on a guide trip and I was very comfortable. We also caught fish, so the pants must work!
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyday wear Best fishing pants! Wear everyday. Recommend
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bill Great Pants and fit is awesome.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from backcast convertible pant awesome pants. light weight for the heat, dries out quickly from sweat ,no sweat stains, very comfortable, and last a long time.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fishing pants I absolutely love the comfort-ability of these pants. They are cool on the hot days but keep the heat in on the cold days. I use them for all seasons.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Zipper to small and not functional I wonder if the person who designed them ever put them on and then tried to urinate. The zipper is so small you need to pull the pants down in order to properly do your business and even then you stand the chance of having urine drain down your leg when you are finished. Very poor design and functionality. If you ever fix this please let me know.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Backcast reversible pant These pants are great for hot weather jobs!! My son does landscaping and he wears them daily on his jobs. They are very durable and the material let’s air in and keeps his legs protected from the sun and bushes etc. He can unzip the legs and have shorts to wear also I can’t wait for Christmas morning when he sees his new pants!!!
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light weight gear This product delivers exactly what I was looking for light weight fast drying and durable.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pants Have used these Backcast pants and their predecessor (Aruba) for years. Great quality. Great for wet wading. Dry quickly and have built in mesh briefs that remain comfortable wet or dry.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value These are perfect pants for the outdoor life. I would and will purchase again.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wade fishing Great for fishing and boating.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Backcast pant This is my third pair. Wear like iron, comfortable, ideal wet Wade pant, draw string allows tight fit, pockets are ideal, best feature is the attached brief. Also, very affordable.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great functionality I bought these for uses other than fishing, but have been blown away by the quality of this product. Landscaping in "heavy" cotton/denim gets tiresome. These pants are super lightweight and breathable as opposed to denim jeans and, so far, appear to hold up well. Time will tell the whole story, but I would definitely recommend this product for any outdoor activities.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zip off pants These pants are a great light layer under waders or perfect for cool sun protection. Great pants!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favorite Pant for Kayaking Great Pant for Kayaking in cooler weather. Wear the pants when I get started early in the morning and as the day heats up I zip off the legs and have a comfortable pair of shorts.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome sun pants These are great for fishing. They stay cool, dry quickly and protect you from the sun. What more could you as for. I'm a size 36 waist and the Large fits fine. The length runs large. I'm 6'4" and depending on the manufacturer wear a 34-36 length. The max lenght offered is 34 so I purchased them. They are beyond long (more like a 36-38"). It's not worth getting them hemmed. Next time I'll order a 32" length.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more sun burnt legs while fishing in my kayak Great customer service and shipping. I love these light weight convertible fishing pants for the summer fishing in my kayak. I'm a new Columbia fan for life!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fine, except for material texture These pants would be fine, except the material isn't comfortable and they're a little too wide and long for our liking.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kayaking pants I bought these pants to kayak in and they worked flawlessly. I stood in the water with these pants and when I got out they were dry. When water hits these pants it beads up and rolls off of them. I've never seen any type of fabric capable of doing this. They are built like swimming trunks but with options to use as pants or shorts. They are so lightweight and have a lot of pockets plus a zippered back pocket. These pants/shorts are worth the money. BUY THEM! You will not be sorry.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Material The material is thin light weight and very comfortable. The zip off pants legs are awesome. The only down side to the pants is the netting inside the pants rub on ur legs.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My "Go To" Travel Pants Recently headed to Myanmar and northern Thailand for some "off the grid" explorations. Two pair of Backcast Pants proved to the perfect travel companions. They were easy to roll up and slide into my backpack for travel. Perfect for the often wet conditions (quick drying) and easily convertable from pants to shorts with a couple of quick zips
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tight in the thighs Excellent pants but they do run tight in the thighs. Purchased a pair for my husband who has typical size thighs and we had to return for the next size larger. Same situation happened when I purchased a pair for our son. They fit fine everywhere but the thighs
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfied Overall very satisfied except a bit long. I wished they have inseam 29.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good pants I got these for both work and travel, and they're great! They do come with a mesh underwear-like interior theat i didn't like, so I cut that out, but after that they were perfect for my daily activities. They are also definitely water-resistant to a small degree-I forgot and tried to spray them with bug repellent and it just beaded up and stayed there. Still don't know if it fell off the pants when I hung them to "dry" or finally soaked it.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men's back back cast convertible pants This is the second pair of these pants I have purchased for my son . There other companies that make similar pants but he will only wear Columbia brand. They hold up well and are easy to care for.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great/Better I own another pair of "convertible" pants and I like them. I wanted another pair & different color. The first pair are great but the front pockets are a bit hard to get into. This new pair are much better. I love them even more.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from these are awesome i spend long hot days on the water , these are the most comfortable .
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Been better I rated these as slightly small in reference to the length. Just a bit short. Though the fabric and finish has improved, the fit has suffered. I wear these daily to guide in, so even the small things stand out over a long fishing season. Please go back to the fit of the Aruba lll. It was just better. Also the new drawstring... needs improvement.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from style plus function Love the grill color, miss the velcro closed pockets the Aruba had on the front thighs.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable and fit as expected I recently wore the Backcast pant on a fishing trip in Florida. The pants are comfortable and fit as expected from description of sizing options. Mesh inner brief makes them water ready but more suited to warmer weather as you can't layer under them easily. Overall great product.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice flats pants bro! Great for wading the flats or fishing in the cooler mornings and then unzipping as the day heats up.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You want these! You want these for the easy of wear and ability to quickly meet your requirements based on weather needs for shorts or pants. Great for the boat, hiking, or leisure.
Date published: 2016-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from BE CAREFUL Picture is deceiving. These pants DO NOT have a fly. More to the point; they are build like a swim suit with a mesh athletic supporter inside. The pants fit about right, but the supporter is uncomfortable. (okay smallish) Also not readily noted via the picture, they only have a rear pocket on the right hip. Not cool for about half of us!
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Protect yourself! These convertible pants are the perfect hybrid for the outdoors. I use them to fish and work on my boat. Lightweight and comfortable. When they get wet they dry quickly. If you want to dry off faster unzip the legs and hang them up. The shorts will dry quickly too while being worn so you don't have to worry about scaring any folks or wildlife. My original pair is showing little wear despite moderate use.
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excelents pants I like very much this pants...
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Backcasts I own several of these Backcast (with & without convertible) ...very functional, great quality, I enjoy wearing for all kinds of activities. Excellent value....Bob
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good lightweight pants for fishing the flats On the good side these pants provide nice sun protection while on the water. On the bad side the pants have no fly.
Date published: 2016-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best convertible pants These are the most comfortable convertible pants I have ever owned. Recommend them highly.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is very comfortable The pants are comfortable and light. I first thought not having a zipper would be a problem. It was not. I found I could move easily while moving around the boat.
Date published: 2016-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good fishing pants Nice convertable pants/shorts for fishing. I fish the flats in tropical environments and like to be protected from the sun and the creatures of the flats. These quick drying pants are great. Only problem is no zipper.
Date published: 2015-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Backcast convertible pants Took these on a fly fishing trip to Canada. Perfect for what I needed.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pants I love these pants, they are very light weight and very comfortable.
Date published: 2015-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable, Cool, and Durable I work as a fishing guide in the Florida sun and I can not say enough about Columbia's Backcast Pants. Not only are they very comfortable and cool, but the wear and longevity is excellent. If you want light weight pants that are cool and still protect from the sun, while providing years of service, then look no further.
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pants for paddling I purchased these for kayak fishing, as the day often starts out cool and warms up. The material is very comfortable and light, and I have found it to be quick drying. I am still on the fence about the mesh inside, but am getting used to it. Since I wear these pants with sandals or paddling shoes, they are slightly long, and the cuffs drag, hence the 4 star rating. I will definitely buy more
Date published: 2014-09-16
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Body Measurement (Inches)
Pant Size 28-30 32 34 36 40 44
Waist 26-29 29-32 32-35 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 32-34 35-37 38-40 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
Pant Size 36 40 44
Waist 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
How to Measure
Mens size chart measurement guide
  • 1. Neck: Measure at the base or thickest part of your neck.
  • 2. Sleeves: Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder and down to the wrist. Round up to the next even number.
  • 3. Chest/Bust: Measure at the fullest part of the chest, under the armpits and over the shoulder blades, keeping the tape measure firm and level.
  • 4. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 5. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 6. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
mens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
mens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
mens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
mens relaxed fit bottom

How to Measure

Columbia Fit Guide

How to Measure

  • Fold up at dotted line.
  • Place against a wall or other 90 degree surface.

    Place heel against fold/wall on flat level surface.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure both feet and use the larger measurement.
  • Read measurement and compare to size chart.
  • When comparing on the size chart, determine the closest larger measurement and use that number to determine your shoe size for your country’s shoe measurement standard.

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