Columbia PFG Aruba llI Pants - Men's


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From pants to shorts to pants again. Made especially for anglers to keep them comfortable and protected from the sizzling sun or the sharp wind.


  • 100% textured nylon poplin
  • Self-draining pockets
  • Back zip-closed security pocket
  • Interior mesh brief
  • Zip-off legs convert pant to 8.25" inseam
  • Authentic Fit:Not too fitted, not too loose.
  • UPF 50:UPF 50+ rated products provide excellent sun protection, according to standards set by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).
  • PFG™:Our Performance Fishing Gear™ (PFG™) utilizes special fabrics and features such as UPF™ Sun Protection, PFG™ Venting, Convertible Sleeve Tabs, Rod Holder System, Secured Tab Collars, and the Columbia Comfort System.
  • Convertible:Zip-off legs and sleeves convert pants to shorts and jackets to vests for on-the-go versatility.
  • Omni-Tech Laminate:Omni-Tech laminate is applied to the base fabric and all seams are sealed with a waterproof tape. Makes for a very durable garment.
  • Inseam: 30" Short, 32" Regular, 34" Long

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

8 Reviews

  • Build quality: 4
  • Ease of use: 4
  • Great design: 4
  • Great value: 3

  • no zipper fly: 1
  • not sure about built in underwear: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

8 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

from Newton MA
35-44 yrs

Very nice
July 26, 2012

great. Exactly the color I thought they would be. Really nice lightweight material. Very comfortable and elastic waist makes them more comfortable. kind of wish they had a zipper and button plus no swim short lining, but they are still very nice and i use them regularly.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Outer Banks of NC
45-54 yrs

Great pants for fishing or hiking.
March 19, 2012

I have used Columbia fishing shirts for several years and have enjoyed their capacity to quick dry as well as the overall comfort in hot weather, so I decided to try several pair of Columbia Men's PFG Aruba llI Pants for not just fishing but camping and hiking too. I already own a pair of North Face convertible pants so I knew I already liked that style, the ability to convert pants into shorts and back is a very handy feature for me. I like the fact that it has an elastic banding waist but am not so sure I like the built in underwear, like a bathing suit. It has grown on me but when you change cloths at camp you must get fully naked rather than shedding down to skivvies. It does have belt loops (the North Face pants I have has a built in belt) which I like for carrying knife/multi tool/GPS/phone/etc. This is a feature I don't like about the North Face pants I own. The fitting was true to size but I am not sure about durability as I haven't worn them enough to tell. I will give you an update in the future on the durability issue. These pants are extremely light and comfortable to hike in and dry amazingly quick.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, quick drying and light, Cons: not sure about built in underwear

lightweight and comfortable
March 31, 2010

great pants for outdoors activities. Dry fast, light weight and comfortable

Sorry men, but great for a gal
June 16, 2010

I have had two pair of a variation of these pants for over ten years, and I wear them everyday as well as on all my travels. I love the forgiving elastic waistband (also the best for quick rest stops behind a tree), the length of the zipoff is perfect for me, just above the knee, the pockets (please give us deep pockets!) are so deep that lipsticks, lip goos, pedometers stay put when you sit down) and there are two Velcro pockets in front of those that are excellent for things that need to be a little more secure. In the back there's a zip pocket for cash or valuables. It has a long rise, very good for short-waisted people like me. This particular version has a built-in mesh pant which I clipped out, fascinating idea for some, but way too uncomfortable for me. I recommend these if you are looking for comfort, deep, deep pockets and plenty of them, and quality that will last you 10 years or more with constant everyday use. Thank you Columbia for making them again! I have tried on 50 or more pants over the years trying to find this comfort, and none compare to these!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from New York
35-44 yrs

October 20, 2010

Great pockets. Water beads right off. Pants are very versatile with the legs zipping off to convert to shorts.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Great pants
September 07, 2010

Sturdy and tough but extremely light. Would (will!) buy them again. They are so useful on a business trip for the knocking around time, and they take no space and weigh nothing. Look good too.

Nice pants and fit. But...
April 01, 2010

The fit & finish is good. The design is bad one. Making it not a convenient pant for hike. The side pockets are too big. Also, the side pockets are not low enough, it kind of hinders with the side pockets.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from New jersey
45-54 yrs

June 04, 2012

Bought 3 pairs and found them to be very comfortable. Sizing is good. The drawstring waist is good quality cord and moves easily when tying cord. Pants also dry very fast. Pockets are very deep, and I have not found anything to fall out after sitting down. A zipper fly would be nice.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: no zipper fly

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