This is my second pair and i am happy with them, except for the cuff. I assume the zipper is used to put the pants on and then zip up the bottoms for a snug fit around the ankle. The cuffs are so wide I don't have to unzip the cuff to put them on. Also, I have already broken the stitching on the front seam.
Voyage Pant review update
After having the new Voyage pants for several months now, I can say that I am very disappointed! They are definitely not up to the standard of the old manufacturing company. Yes they do pill, seem less robust and the front seem on one pair has already stated to unravel after a few washings (I turn them inside out to wash and hang dry them). As I said in my previous review, the old version seemed indestructible and I used them for many years hiking off trail and camping. Hope Sporthill can go back to the old manufacturer or find one who does a better job than the one they are using now. Too bad, this pant used to be perfect.