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The stealthy answer to unpredictable weather, our safari-inspired pants convert to shorts in seconds. Interior seam covers mean you'll never feel the zippers, and elasticized belt loops that hold the zip-off, roll-up legs mean you'll be hard-pressed to misplace them. Easy-to-spot red bartacks on the pants and legs simplify reattachment. Made of smooth, rugged, tightly woven bush poplin that's resistant to snags. Five pockets—One cargo pocket, one back pocket, two handwarmers and one additional hidden handwarmer. Adjustable elastic waist with button tab. 100% cotton. Machine wash. Imported.

Women's Bush Poplin Convertible Pants

In Regular (31" inseam) or Petite (29" inseam) sizes 4-18.
  • Bush Poplin Convertible Pants
  • Safari-inspired style
  • Convert from pants to shorts
  • Interior seam covers
  • Elasticized belt loops
  • Roll-up legs
  • Red bartacks for easy to spot reattachment
  • Smooth, rugged, tightly woven bush poplin material
  • Snag resistant
  • 5 pockets
  • Adjustable elastic waist with button tab
  • 100% cotton
  • Machine wash
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Do you know your acetate from a hole in the ground? Your gussets from your grommets? If not, here's a list of the more commonly used textile words and terms that you'll see in our catalog. For more information or clarification, you can call us at: 1-800-770-3387

ACETATE - A manufactured fiber that uses cellulose refined from cotton and/or wood pulp. Characteristics: fast drying, wrinkle- and shrinkage-resistant, crisp or soft depending on end use, luxurious in appearance.

ACRYLIC - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: wrinkle resistance; low moisture absorbency and quick-drying; provides warmth yet lightweight, soft and resilient.

ALPACA - The fleece from an Alpaca, a cousin to the llama. Alpaca fleece is similar in characteristics to wool, but softer, silkier and more lustrous.

BANDED COLLAR - A shirt without a fold-over collar; there is only the band at the neck.

BARTACK - A close series of stitches crossing a piece of cloth in order to reinforce at a point of concentrated strain (e.g. belt loop or patch pocket corner).

BASKET WEAVE - A variation of the plain weave in which two or more threads weave alike in both warp (down) and filling (across) directions, joined in the regular order of the plain weave. So named for the basket-like pattern of the weave.

BATIK - A method of resist dyeing which employs wax as the resist. The pattern is covered with wax, and the fabric is then dyed: the wax patterns will not take the dye. The wax is removed after dyeing by boiling the fabric or applying solvent. The fabric is often streaked where the dye has gone through cracks in the wax. Batik dyeing originated in Indonesia.

BESOM - A narrow piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; can be single besom, one side of pocket opening or double besom, both sides.

BOX PLEAT - Two small, back to back outward facing pleats that have a box- like appearance. On shirts, box pleats are positioned in the center back at the bottom of the yoke to allow ease of movement in the shoulders and arms.

BROADCLOTH - A fine, closely woven, lustrous cotton or cotton/poly blend made in plain weave with a fine rib in the direction of the filling (across). The filling yarn is heavier and has less twist than the warp yarn (down). The cloth is usually mercerized, and has a soft, firm finish.

BRUSHING - A finishing process for woven or knit fabrics in which brushes or other abrading elements are used to raise a nap (a fuzzy or downy surface). Brushed fabrics have a soft, slightly weathered, broken-in feel.

BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR - Having buttonholes on the collar points so they fasten to the shirt.

CAMP COLLAR - A one-piece collar that lays flat, part of the shirt also lays flat to create a notch. Also called a Convertible Collar or Notched Collar.

CANVAS - A general classification of strong, firm, closely woven fabrics usually made with cotton. A heavier, open weave comprised of plied yarns (a number of single yarns, usually three, twisted together). Characteristics: very hard-wearing, generally water-resistant.

CASHMERE - The fleece that comes from a Cashmere goat. These animals roam at high elevations (10,000 - 15,000 ft.), hence their very warm, soft fleece. Garments made with cashmere are normally more expensive because of limited yield (one goat produces only 4 ounces of fleece a year).

CHAMBRAY - A general class of plain weave, usually cotton, made with a colored warp (down) and white filling (across). Most often made using blue and white, but also available in stripes, checks and figured patterns.

COMBING - The removal of short fibers or noils from material so that the resulting yarn be composed of larger fibers. The comb straightens and arranges them in parallel order.

CORDUROY - A strong, durable fabric with cotton ground and vertical cut-pile stripes (wales) formed by an extra system of filling yarns. The foundation of the fabric can be either a plain or twill weave. Of all cotton fabrics, corduroy is the warmest because its wales form an insulated cushion of air.

COTTON - A vegetable fiber consisting of unicellular hairs attached to the seed of the cotton plant. The normal color of cotton is light to dark cream, and its chemical composition is almost pure cellulose. A distinct feature of the mature fiber is its spirality or twist. In fabrics, cotton makes for strong, versatile, cool-wearing and comfortable garments.

CREPE - A general classification of fabric characterized by a broad range of crinkled or gained surface effects. Methods of making crepe include the use of hard twisted yarns, special chemical treatment, special weaves and embossing.

DART - A tuck in the fabric that is sewn. It is used to define the shape of a garment making a two dimensional piece of fabric into a three-dimensional garment. Darts are usually seen where the body curves: bust, waist, hip.

DENIM - A well-known basic cotton or blended fabric in a right- or left-hand woven twill. Generally, the warp (down) is dyed blue with a white filling (across). Also called "dungaree."

DOBBY - A general term for a fabric woven on a special dobby loom, which allows the weaving of small, geometric figures. These patterns are beyond the range of simple looms, yet too limited to be produced economically by Jacquard loom. A dobby weave can be distinguished from a plain weave by its more ornate and intricate woven appearance.

FLANNEL - Generally, a cotton or wool fabric, napped on one or both sides (usually both), then bleached, dyed or printed, and brushed or rerun through the napping machine to revive the nap. Flannel fabrics are very soft and cozy.

FLEECE - 1). A heavy napped surface, most often in knit goods, made with a heavy and soft-spun back yarn, which is napped in finishing (e.g. the inside surface of a sweatshirt). 2). Wool sheared from sheep or other animals in the wool class. The term is especially used for the entire coat of wool shorn from the sheep at one time; it is generally taken off the animal in one piece.

GARMENT DYEING - The garment is first produced, then the complete garment is dyed.

GARMENT WASH - The garment is constructed and then washed to soften the fabric and minimize shrinkage.

GAUGE - A measurement used in knitted garments that reflects the size of the needles used to knit the garment. The larger the gauge, the smaller the needle - therefore, the finer the knit.

GORE - Vertical panels in a skirt or dress; enhances the fit of a garment.

GROMMET - Little air holes reinforced with metal ring, usually on jackets, hats or shoes to allow ventilation.

GROSGRAIN - A firm, closely woven, ribbed fabric. It has a dressy appearance and is used for ribbons, neckties, hatbands and trimmings.

GUSSET - A triangular piece of fabric inserted into a garment to improve the fit or for reinforcement (e.g. on the sleeve of a jacket under the arm to allow for extra layering).

HERRINGBONE TWILL - A broken twill weave composed of vertical sections which are alternately right hand and left hand in direction, resembling the vertebral structure of the herring (zigzag). The twill changes direction perfectly where the weave breaks, balancing the overall pattern of the fabric.

HOLLYWOOD WAISTBAND - The waistband is the same piece of fabric as the rest of the garment. Advantages are that it has a smooth silhouette making the transition from hip to waist more gradual.

JACQUARD - A system of weaving which, because of a pattern-making mechanism of great versatility, permits the production of very ornate, complex woven designs. This type of weaving is used for tapestry, figured necktie and dress fabric, and figured patterns on knit goods (sweaters).

JERSEY - A generic term for a plain knitted fabric; its principal distinction is that it is not a fabric with a distinct rib (e.g. T-shirt fabric).

KNIT - Knit fabrics are made up of a series of interlocking loops that result in a flexible construction. All knits have some stretch.

LINEN - One of the oldest textile fibers known. Though the fiber and the fabric are both commonly known as linen, it is actually flax, the fiber of the Linum plant. Linen is generally favored for its fine, strong, cool-wearing properties. It drapes away from the skin rather than clinging to it. In knitwear, linen is combined with other natural or synthetic fibers for improved strength and resiliency.

MERCERIZATION - A treatment of cotton yarn or fabric to increase its luster. Its affinity for dyes is also enhanced. In the process, the material is immersed under tension in a sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) solution. This later is neutralized in acid. The process causes a permanent swelling of the fiber, thus increasing its luster.

NYLON - The generic term for man-made fibers composed of polyamides derived from coal and petroleum. Characteristics: high strength, elasticity, low water absorption and quick-drying.

OMBRE - A color effect woven into the fabric that has gradual changes in shade from light to dark, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

PIGMENT DYEING - A process in which a specific type of dye is applied to the surface of a fabric, then after one washing it fades into a softer color. The color will slowly continue to fade with age. Pigment dyed products from TravelSmith are prewashed and will not harm other garments during washing after they've been washed once.

PLACKET - An opening with fabric piecing and buttons or snaps on a garment that facilitates dressing. Plackets can be at the neck of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or the waist of a skirt or pair of pants.

PLEATS - Small tucks in clothing to allow for extra room and ease of movement. Pleats can be seen at the waist of pants or skirts, the cuff of a sleeve, the waist or bust area of a blouse or dress.

POLYESTER - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: crease-resistance, quick-drying, great shape retention, high strength, abrasion resistance and easy care.

PRINTING - Applying color(s) in definite, repeated patterns of fabric by any one of a number of printing methods. Color is deposited in thick paste form and treated with steam or chemicals to cause it to migrate into or adhere to textile material. The design is not woven into the cloth but stamped in after the cloth is woven or knit.

RAMIE - A strong, soft fiber yielded by the inner bark of the Ramie plant. The fiber is white, soft, lustrous and slightly coarser than flax (linen) when degummed and bleached. Ramie fabrics are strong, smooth and durable.

RAYON - A generic term for man-made fibers composed of regenerated cellulose derived from trees, cotton and woody plants. Characteristics: high absorbency, bright or dull luster, pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors and superior strength.

REACTIVE DYE - A type of dye that completely saturates the fabric for a long lasting color.

RIB KNIT - A double-knit fabric in which the rib wales or vertical rows of stitches intermesh alternatively on the face and the back of the fabric. Rib knit fabrics have good elasticity and shape retention, especially in the width.

RISE - The measurement on pants from the front waist between the legs up to the back waist. This refers to how high or low a pant will ride (i.e. "short-waist" or "long-waist")

SANDBLASTING - The garment is literally sandblasted for a worn-in look; fabric has to be very durable to withstand the abuse, usually 14 oz. denim for jeans.

SANDWASH - Sand is put into the industrial wash for a softened feel and texture for the garment.

SHIRTTAIL HEM - The curved bottom hem of a shirt - higher on the side hip area (for ease of movement) dipping low in the front and back (so that the shirt will stay tucked into pants).

SILK - Continuous protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects, especially the caterpillar when constructing its cocoon. The chief portion of commercial silk is produced in Japan and China. Characteristics: resiliency, aesthetics, elasticity and strength, warm in winter, cool in summer.

SLUB - A lump or thick place on yarn caused by small lengths of yarn adhering to it during the spinning process. This adds a random texture to the fabric when the yarn is woven or knit into a garment.

SPREAD COLLAR - An open collar with no buttons to hold the collar points to the shirt. Spread collars have two pieces: the fold over collar part and the stand that keeps the collar close to the neck.

STANDARD WAISTBAND - An extra piece of fabric that is sewn to the body of the pants, shorts or skirt.

TENCEL - A cellulosic fiber produced by Courtaulds, spun from an amine oxide solvent that offers a higher degree of polymerization than is available with rayon. Characteristics: pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors, superior strength, and easy care.

VENTED BOTTOM - The bottom hem of a shirt that is cut straight with side slits to allow ease of movement. Vents are usually 2" deep.

WALE - In woven fabric, one series of ribs, cords, or raised portions. In corduroy fabric, wales per inch are counted to distinguish broad- from fine-textured cloth. The higher the wale number, the finer the texture of the fabric.

WEIGHT OF CLOTH (OZ.) - A description or classification of many fabrics by weight per yard.

WELT - A piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; usually a single welt and wider than a besom.

WOOL - Primarily the fleece of a sheep or lamb - but can also refer to fleece of the alpaca, angora, cashmere goat, camel and vicuna. The fiber is distinguished from hair by the character of its covering: minute overlapping scales, which give it a felting property. Characteristics: strong and resilient, soft and warm, wicks away moisture and dyes well for rich coloration.

WOVEN - Woven fabrics are produced by the interlacing of yarns. Each filling yarn goes alternately over and under each warp yarn.

YARN-DYEING - Dyeing of individual yarns before weaving or knitting. Compared to garment dyes or prints, yarn-dyed fabrics boast richer, longer lasting color.

YOKE - An added section of fabric in a shirt or pants that enhances the fit. On a shirt, the yoke is usually on the back across the top shoulder area but can also be on the front shoulder to chest area. On pants, it is generally on the back of jeans-style pants located below the waistband.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating:

(based on 42 reviews)

January 18, 2018
"Runs small but very well made. I like the hidden zippered pockets for travel safety. I have the safari jacket from years ago and the pants match it. "
July 09, 2017
"I have a bunch of tech fiber zip off pants and was happy to find these all cotton ones on sale at TravelSmith. I am 5'1" and weigh 102 lbs and bought the smallest size, 4P. They fit fine with the waist button at the smallest setting. Because the button tabs are elasticized, it is like having an elastic waist with some give to it when I move. The fabric is just a little heavier than I would have preferred for my end of August/ early September safaris, but I think it will be fine. "
May 13, 2017
"These are the best pants for travel. They are cotton, have an adjustable waist, a secret zip security pocket, and zip-off legs. They fit true to size, but accommodate a fair bit of weight loss and gain with the adjustable waist band. I have traveled through Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean in these pants, and have been very comfortable. The pockets are actually large enough to be usable, and the secret zip pocket has safely held my money in some areas of the world that are rife with pickpockets."
By Anonymous
Southern California
June 23, 2016
"Not as good as REI - These convertible hiking pants are made from nice material but the waist was tight, there was only one large pocket on the leg, and the legs were way too long for a petite. I prefer the elastic give in the REI pants, which also has more pockets. I returneI would not recommend this product."
By Anonymous
New York, NY
May 08, 2016
"Women's Bush Poplin Convertible Pants - Fit well although they have no spandex so they have to be an exact size. Run true to size. Bought for trip to National Parks and I haven't worn them yet because it's been too cold and rainy to try them out. Don't know if I will like them as much as the ny- I recommend this product."
By plguss
Palos Verdes, CA
March 13, 2016
"Disappointed with the sizing chart - I put my measurements into the sizing chart and was told to order a size 8. Well, I normally wear a size 4 (5'4, 125 lbs) but have never ordered from Travel Smith before so was unsure about their sizes. I ordered these pants in an 8 and the original fit tI would not recommend this product."
By tamarralynngary
Portage IN
December 13, 2015
"I really took these to a Safari! - I think the quality of these pants were very high. I am older person so if I was thinner maybe my normal size 12 would have fit but as it was I had to go up one size. But I love the pants.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
San Francisco
November 01, 2015
"Great hiking pants - These zip-off pants/shorts are ideal for unpredictable weather and the sturdy fabric is perfect for a hike or safari. Well-made and comfortable. Highly recommend them.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
July 10, 2015
"My "go-to" travel pants - I bought my pair of these pants several years ago so I hope they are still the same. I adore them. They have worn like iron. I am 5'6" and weigh about 140 on any given day and the size 10 is a great fit. I love them for travel to the tropics in winter bec- I recommend this product."
By marilynbinkleyu
Grand Lake, CO
July 10, 2015
"Great pants and - I love these pants. I would also love them without being convertible. Love the fit, pockets, fabric. Want them the same style and cut BUT also without being convertible.- I recommend this product."
By lindsaylaw
Toronto, Ontario
January 10, 2015
"Ready for safari! - The weight of these pants is perfect. They will hold up for many trips. The fabric has a nice polished look to it. The petite size is a perfect fit for my 5'2" body. I am looking forward to many adventures in these pants!- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Wilmingto NC
January 10, 2015
"Versital pants/shorts - I've been wanting pants like this for a long time. I know I will really like them. I made a mistake on the size and had to send them back. However, I get free shipping on my exchange.- I recommend this product."
By bobsleds
Wasilla, Alaska
November 10, 2014
"Perfect - I am short & although petite pants are the right length, a lot of times they are too short in the crotch. I ordered these in a petite because I read a comment mentioning the zippers and hassle with shortening. I ordered the petite & they fit perfectly. Lo- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
September 21, 2014
"Love these pant it is so hard to find convertible pants in cotton. They are true to size. I had to return the first pair because I am 5'4" and the regular length was way to long and can't be hemmed because of the zipper on the bottom side of the legs.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
August 29, 2014
"Classy outdoor pants - Appears ti be very well made, high quality garment. Color is more brown than olive, however. I will wear these a lot for hiking and camping.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Woody Creek, CO
May 26, 2014
"Need a tall size - I am 5-10" and 125#. I would like to purchase these pants but a 31" inseam just doesn't work for me. Please, make a tall version because I would love to have these poplin pants.I would not recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Albuquerque, NM
May 12, 2014
"Great Convertible Pants - These pants are exactly what I wanted for an upcoming African safari. I found the fit to be true to size in all regards, and I was so glad they came in petite. I'm only 4'11", so they were a little long still. I turned up the hems, which means the zippers- I recommend this product."
By cruisinlady1
Melbourne, FL
May 07, 2014
"Material too heavy - I wanted these pants along with the jacket for a trip to Africa but I think the material is to heavy and would be very hot to wear so I returned the itemI would not recommend this product."
By vettesfla
May 02, 2014
"safari - perfect for a safari with zip off legs for the change in climate from cold mornings to warm afternoons- I recommend this product."
By fthwlkr3
Los Angeles
March 10, 2014
"Size was great. Have trouble getting the waist and hips to fit in pants. These fit both areas just great. Even the length was perfect. They were a little over my budget and so I waited awhile before I ordered them, but really am glad I decided to go for i- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Fort Myers, FL
March 08, 2014
"wish - I would rather have an elastic waist, more pockets (rear & leg) and lighter material, but the fit is exactly right. I would recommend to women who like a' to fit' waistline. The pants you have with an elastic waist did not suit my needs. Material is excel- I recommend this product."
By jaw_47
February 19, 2014
"Comfy....Fabric washes & dries well - If you are a "Boomer" or not, that needs a fuller fit these Convertible Pants are for you. I'm 66 years of age, 5'3", thicker in the waist & butt, weigh 175 lbs & very active. I ordered the Petite & had to let the hem down as much as I could, about 1/2" t- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
El Centro
February 16, 2014
"From the reviews I ordered a size larger than I would normally order. The pants are a little bit big but I got them for hiking and you don't want them tight. I like the fact the waist band is adjustable.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Philadelphia, PA
February 13, 2014
"Perfect pants for Africa - Love the fabric and fit. I had been looking at these pants because the mornings in Africa can be cool but the afternoons can be quite hot. To be able to pack one pair of convertible pants instead of one pair of long pants and one pair of shorts is ideal.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
February 05, 2014
"bush poplin convertible pants - These are fantastic! Only complaint is that I still need to roll them up a little as the petite is still a little too long.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
February 02, 2014
"The pants have a ferl the fabric wonderful washable and natural and so are the details however the waist is very tight while the legs hips quite wide! So this is a product for that shape woman. They did not fit my shape although I really liked them. They- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Philadelphia, PA
January 10, 2014
"Great Convertible Pants - Love these pants...should have purchased them years ago. The convenience of converting to shorts when arriving at a warm destination is great! Really nice fabric. Wish they came in a longer length (pedal pusher or knee length).- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
December 16, 2013
"tight fit - I ordered a size 8 and I'm long legged and the inseam was too short without any alternative. The hip and thigh were to tight alsoI would not recommend this product."
By akiwata
Corrales (Albuquerque), NM
September 03, 2013
"Almost Excellent - I bought these convertible pants in the same color that I bought the Safari jacket in order to create a travel outfit for air and train travel. The pants' 5 pockets plus the jacket's 8 pockets allow me to carry just about all I need so that I don't need a- I recommend this product."
By ljhome_4
Hereford, AZ
August 07, 2013
"I had been looking for a pair of zip-off hiking pants that were made of a fabric other than nylon. These pants were just what I was looking for. The fit was perfect. I especially liked the tab waist, so you can actually cinch in the waist. I am very pleas- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
July 19, 2013
"Great Safari Pants - It is hard to find comfortable pants that flatter the female body when you get into your mid-50's but these pants are great. The 3 button waist band allows you to adjust as needed. The fabric is sturdy and I am hoping not too hot for Africa in October. Yo- I recommend this product."
By jenart
San Diego, CA
July 04, 2013
"Very Handy Travel Vest - Love vests that have lots of pocket to stow away small camera items. Great travel vest.Unfortunately, the zipper system did not work properly, and necessitated having to remove the vest overhead to keep the zipper track intact.- I recommend this product."
By cvalleroy
New Mexico
July 02, 2013
"high quality and true-to-fit - Given to a young graduate student as a gift. She had previously owned a pair of convertible pants purchased from REI. I think these are higher quality, and I believe she'll get a lot of use from these.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Watertown NY
June 04, 2013
"Love these pants! - I have owned Travel Smith convertible pants for a number of years and have worn them out. It's so nice to have brand new ones and I love the color. It was called "olive", I believe, but they are a nice rich brown tone. The only problem is that they are a- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Canoga Park, CA
May 14, 2013
"Perfect for Travel - Loved that these versatile convertible pants come in petite sizing! Good fit. 100% cotton means they'll be cool enough for African safari. Wish they also came in gray in petites sizing.- I recommend this product."
By lwalker259
Sacramento, Ca
May 10, 2013
"Lg. Women's Petite - It's hard to finda source for Women's 18 Petite. Thanks- I recommend this product."
By nigelduncanbooks
Villanova, PA
February 01, 2013
"Don't Hesitate - I wondered if these pants were as good an idea as they seemed. And the answer is yes, based on a recent journey -- they were comfortable, adaptable, and perfectly okay looking. They hand-washed well -- and dried quickly. There are lots of occasions when y- I recommend this product."
By srobert2
October 31, 2012
By Anonymous
October 05, 2012
"Great Pants - I wear these all the time. I need big pockets at work which are really hard to find. Too bad they only come in one color.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
May 24, 2012
"Odd fit - They were too long for me. I'm 5'1". They also had an odd fit, so I returned them. I was disappointed, but I'll keep looking. They're probably fine for a taller woman who is a bit taller.I would not recommend this product."
By WSLJMorgan
Denver, CO
October 06, 2011
"Glad I Purchased Them - I've always been a little skeptical about purchasing convertible pants. These were my first pair and I love them they were perfect for our recent trip to the Galapagos Islands. The only problem I had is the zipper started to come unsewn at the end of our- I recommend this product."
By barb
Central florida
October 05, 2011
"Very nice looking and funtional - My devoted husband got these pants for me before we went on a photo trip. I particularly like the fact that they are not nylon. They fit comfortable in petite size. He says I look gorgeous in them and I'm also pleased with the way they look. They fit well- I recommend this product."