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Great price, and quality material!
on December 30, 2013
I bought these for a snowboarding trip and they are very good quality. I am glad to have these now instead of having to rent gear all the time. If you are like me you will research and compare reviews obsessively until you finalize your purchase. Because I needed these fast (and they fit the size, color, and price I wanted) I ordered them even though they had a lack of reviews. So it's my turn to give back to the amazon community by reviewing with as much detail and consideration as I would like when I am researching a purchase!
These pants are much better than the ones I have rented. I feel like they will last for a very long time. The fabric is waterproof and insulated and the seams are very strong and the belt loops are sturdy. The front button is a snap button and on the inside along the back is an adjustable waistband with velcro strips. The inside material is very comfortable and soft. I have sensitive skin, and the inner waistband is like a soft felt and not irritable. The pockets have zippers and a little flap over them for extra waterproofing of whatever's in your pocket. The material is just like as the pants I tried on in the snowboarding shop, at a much better price.
The sizing is a bit large, I am 5ft 3in and 120 lbs and medium was way too large and I could stretch the waist out away from my stomach about 4 inches like in a weight loss commercial. Because I am short, the medium was also uncomfortably long. I returned it for a small, which fits much better. It is still a tad baggy, but I think that a little baggy is what you want because you will be layering clothing underneath it. There is also the adjustable waistband to let it out or take in I estimate up to 4 inches. Again, I am rather short (5ft 3in) and the pants are still a bit long in size small, but I am used to this happening my whole life. Standing up barefoot, the length reaches my heels, and covers 3/4 of the arch on the top of my foot, but doesn't reach my toes.With these pants, I don't think the length is so long that it is uncomfortable or will interfere with my snowboarding, and I know that once I put snowboots on I will have some added height. But when I walk around in them barefoot, they do bunch up by my ankle and make swishy sounds as I walk. I don't think they will trip me though. I'm sure people of average height will find the length to be perfect.
As noted in another review, there is a little more than usual amount insulation. However, I think that the term "bulky" is subjective. It may be a sizing issue where the seams are too tight and the insulation feels bulky. But for me, I feel like I have a perfectly comfortable range of motion in these pants and prefer padding for inevitable falls. I suggest you either try and return/exchange them, or go to a snowboarding shop and see what you prefer.
There was also a comment about the lack of back pockets. This is true, but is not an issue for me. Everyone has different needs for pockets so I'll let you determine what the appropriate number is for you. I will however, state that the two front pockets on these are very deep and I can comfortably fit my smart phone, room key, wallet, and lift pass in them. To give you a better idea, I just put a redbox dvd case in the pocket easily and still had a little room at the top. So if you only plan on taking your essentials like I do, i'm sure these pockets will suffice. Also don't forget to consider that there are pockets on your jacket too if you need extra carrying room. Another thing to consider, I don't think I would use back pockets because I fall on my butt all the time. Comparing male and female pants is kind of unfair, because male pants are usually (and frustratingly) more plentiful and/or roomy.
I will keep this review updated after I have used them on my trip! Because I ordered the white ones, my main worry is that the color will not hold up. This is likely the information I will include once I have used them a lot. Until then, Happy shopping!