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From Trails to City.

When you're simply unsure as to what the weather will bring, look no further than the Columbia Men's South Canyon Pant to offer timeless appeal and waterproof protection. Constructed with Columbia's Omni-Tech material, the South Canyon offers defense from unexpected rain showers, while the classically styled silhouette lends a dapper look should your endeavors require a transition from trails to city.

  • A timelessly styled technical pant for hiking
  • Waterproof protection defends from moisture
  • Breathable design lends a comfortable fit
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Casual Rain Pants

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 32x32

Most rain pants look like they're made out of a black 50 gallon trash bag. If you're not into that look, these are a good option. They're cut like a relaxed pair of jeans and look like any other pair of outdoorsy pants. Throw these on with a flannel and wear them out to lunch and chances are nobody would guess you're wearing rain pants.

They are designed to be worn alone or with a thin base layer, not worn over another pair of pants like most rain pants are. The liner is soft and they're quite comfortable. The waterproof fabric has performed well in the light rain I have worn them in, and seemed waterproof in the requisite "dump a glass of water on them" test I do with any piece of waterproof clothing as soon as I get it.

Other than the fully waterproof fabric and taped seams, these aren't really a technical piece of clothing. They wouldn't be my first choice for an extended backpacking trip on the Olympic peninsula as they don't have zippered pockets or elastic cuffs, but that doesn't seem to be the intended use. They're really just a casual pair of pants... that happens to be fully waterproof. Waterproof casual pants may fit an odd niche, but a surprisingly useful one. They are great for shot hikes and bike rides on cold, drizzly fall days or car camping in wet weather. They'd also be a no-brainer for extended "living out of a backpack" style travel in cool, wet locales. Overall a pretty cool piece that is super reasonably priced and will definitely be of use to you if you spend the majority of your free time outside regardless of the weather.