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These pants definitely run small. I bought the Columbia Women's Saturday Trail II Convertible Pant, Grill, 20W/Regular, and they fit just fine, but the zippers around the thighs pulled too tight when I sat down. So I bought these pants (Columbia Sportswear Plus Aruba Roll Up Pants 20W, and they are too small. I can get into them, but they are more snug than is comfortable. How can the same company make two pair of pants that are ostensibly the same size, but not make them actually the same size? Very annoying. Other than that they seem like fine pants and I'm going to try to see if they have a size bigger.
Good, lightweight pants. Reviewers mistakenly stated that they were too large. They are not, although they are too long, which is a big difference. The only drawback is that the clip to roll up the pants is only on the outside and not on both inside and outside of the pants leg. I have a pair of Columbia roll up pants and the clip is both on inside and outside of legs. These also do not have any give on the waist, they do not stretch at all. Since reviews stated that they ran small, I ordered a larger size. Then realized they they were not large but short, which is fine because I am not a tall gal. Ultimately, I returned them after two tries to get the right size. As they have no give at the waist, I was unable to get a fit that worked, which was a pity as I really wanted them to work.
These are great for hiking and outdoor adventures. The fabric is light yet durable. I normally wear an 18 and followed the advice of several other reviewers and ordered a size larger. I'm glad I ordered the size 20! Kuddos to Columbia for carrying plus size outdoor wear, not to mention high quality clothing. This is actually the second pair I've ordered, as I've been so impressed with the first pair.
Bought these pants before a trip to Costa Rica. I was hesitant to spend so much money on pants but I am glad I did. They were super comfortable and light. I've worn them back home with Cuddle Duds underneath when hiking here in the winter in the park. Dries very quickly. Hardly took up any space in my bag. I did have to go up a size from my normal size and I am short so they were a little long but I just rolled them up a bit. Generally used to having to do this as pants are always too long. I'm 5'3". Also of note - good pockets.
I like the pants, but they really do run small compared to other Columbia pants. It's weird, you'd think the size would be consistent within a single brand... I have several other pairs of size 20 Columbia pants that fit perfectly, but these are too tight. DEFINITELY order a large size than you normally wear!
I am 16 in waist but did not want binding waistband so went with 18. A tiny bit loose but better than being too tight. They do not fall diwn to my hips. A bit lkng on my 5'6" frame - gettjng them hemmed. Dry quickly. Wearing tights under them for cool weather hiking.
Columbia doesn't use normal sizing. everything they make is at least a size or more small. beware. I was so disappointed. You would think 'plus' size clothing would be plus-sized. quality is there but sizing is not.