Nice Product for It's Niche

Reviewed by Mayhem from Arizona on Tuesday, November 5, 2013
These rain pants will be PERFECT for someone who knows they need to wear them and doesn't want to look bulky. By "knows they need to wear them", I mean that they will be impossible to fit over shoes and they have no zippers to put them on without taking your shoes off. They are also cut to only fit over a thin layer. They are cut like a normal pair of athletic pants without the baggy, bulging, nylon of many rain pants. They have a fairly high rise, but are slim enough in the hips, derriere, and legs to be, actually, pretty flattering. The sizing is exact, so they need to be ordered a size larger than your normal pants in order to be comfortable over hiking pants, particularly if you will be wearing long underwear as well. Therefore, they will be best for pursuits where you know in the morning when you get dressed that you need to wear them, rather than for putting on when a sudden downpour starts in the middle of a hike. The fabric is VERY thin and is obviously intended to be lightweight for backpacking and for stuffing them in a pocket or small day pack if you do need to take them off. I am 5'5" and about 122 pounds with an athletic build that is not curvy at all (narrow hips). I normally wear a size 4-6 in all major outdoor clothing brands. my inseam is about 30". The size small fit perfectly with only enough room for a pair of running tights or long johns underneath without binding in the hip/thigh when walking up stairs to simulate a hill. Medium would have been large enough to hike in over substantial hiking pants. I returned them to purchase a pair of Outdoor Research rain pants that have full zippers down the sides and heavier fabric for bushwhacking. The replacement pants are ugly with a baggy butt, but more functional. I would have kept these in a nanosecond to wear like normal pants on a rainy day, such as out birdwatching, gardening, or hiking where it's drizzling out and I probably wouldn't have to take them off. They are WAY better looking than most rain pants and lighter weight.
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