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OK for walking but elastic drawcord is an issue
on January 21, 2013
I own a number of Columbia's clothing items and generally like them a lot but these and other rain pants from Columbia that use the elastic drawcord just don't work well. It's OK if you walk on flat ground and don't bend or crouch much, but when you bend your knees often, like when snowshoeing or hiking uphill, and crouching, kneeling, squatting, etc., they creep down and you have to keep pulling them back up. No amount of tightening the drawcord will stop it because the pants are a slippery fabric that slide right over the belt of your regular pants underneath. They need to be designed just like their snow pants with belt loops so you can put on a nylon belt and they'll stay put, no problemo... now how much would it cost Columbia to add a few of those and lose the cheap shock cord? The waterproofyness is fine and they breath OK, but after a couple hours it gets really annoying to keep pulling them back up. I suppose if you added some suspenders that would solve the issue. I'd like to add this issue isn't just with Columbia... it is very hard to find rain pants from any brand that don't rely on just a drawcord. I would recommend Columbia's Diamond Back II Pant which is a non-insulated snow pant. They are currently listed on Amazon but not on Columbia's web site, so may be discontinued(?).