When Arc’teryx introduced the Sabria Pant the summer of 2016, I was excited. Good pants are hard to find. Would these be the pants that knocked my beloved Norrøna bitihorn lightweight pants off their pedestal? Read on to find out.
On paper, the Arc’teryx Sabria Pant are perfect for well, nearly everything. The slim fit and trim cut are very flattering. It’s not every day that I actually feel kind of cute wearing technical clothing. I wouldn’t go as far to say I’d go bar hopping in them. However, you don’t look absolutely ridiculous going to dinner after you’re done on the trail.
The 4-way stretch fabric provides lots of room for movement. The Sabria Pant were my go-to climbing and backpacking pants for a nearly a whole year. I was never afraid that my pants would hold me back while high stepping, heel hooking, or just plain’ running around.
The fabric is lightweight and weather resistant. A light sprinkle is no match for the Sabria Pant. And when they got really soaked, they dried off quickly.
There’s a drawstring to tighten the waist, but I’m not really sure if that was a necessary design. More on this shortly.
One zippered pocket allows you to store small items like chapstick, a Fitbit or lens cap. Don’t expect to carry your phone in this pocket. It will not fit. I found myself tucking my phone into the waistband of my pants when I didn’t have a pack. It’s a little nasty, but it does the trick when you need to be hands free.
My biggest gripe with the Sabria Pant is the waistband. There is absolutely no give in it whatsoever. If you have hips, a booty, curves of any kind, slipping these on is practically a game of Twister. You contort your body, suck it in, pray really hard and hope that today is the day that the pants still slide onto your body.
They are equally difficult to take off as they are to put on. This does not bode well for me. I’m the type of person who waits until the last minute to go pee. When I can’t hold it any longer and I still have to wrestle my pants off, bad things happen.
I ended up getting rid of my pair because of the waistband. Looking at all these photos and writing this review makes me miss them.
If you can overlook the wrestling match required to get in and out of the Sabria Pants, they are the perfect pair of technical pants for all of your active needs. The Sabria Pant come in multiple color ways so you’re not stuck with just black. They move with you wherever you go. And they look absolutely cute and less technical than many similar offerings on the market.
Buy the Arc’teryx Sabria Pant through REI, Arc’teryx, Moosejaw, or Amazon. They retail for $119 and come in short, regular and long sizes.
These were sent to me for review.
Last updated on August 14, 2020.