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These are unfortunately nothing like the original Back Beauties. They are cut like a skinny jean and it is not an improvement in looks or ease of movement. The old version hung perfectly and were loose enough to be excellent hiking pants but not look sloppy, these manage to be somewhat restrictive yet not fitted in a way that is flattering. Unfortunate.
The pants were fitted all the way to the ankle where it did a weird flare out. They should have been fitted at the ankle like legging. Perfect material and stretch for hiking but looked weird on me at the bottom. I am 5’7” slim build XS
UPDATE 2: After a hanful of wears, I noticed that there was pilling on one of my thighs - perhaps I was holding something that rubbed? These pants/fabric should not do this, so I've taken off a couple of stars. I still love the pants and the fact that they travel well and wash/dry very well. The waistband tie is annoying to undo and re-tie, but the fit overcomes this annoyance. I plan to contact Columbia to ask about the pilling situation and will update my review when I get a response.
UPDATE: I wore these pants on a trip and got TONS of compliments. These wore and traveled very well! I tried other Columbia pants and found these to be the best cut/style for me, so I ordered another pair in navy.
5'6" Pear Shaped and normally wear a size 8, these Medium Columbia pants fit Perfectly!
The hip sizing and bootcut pants are perfect for pear shaped women. The waist hits just below the navel and has a drawstring to bring in the material (another blessing for a pear). The length with hiking shoes is just right on my 5'6" frame. The black is lighter than midnight black, but a nice color to pair with all kinds of tops. The material is somewhat forgiving (does show panty lines), washes easily and dries quickly.
These pants are a step up from yoga pants and travel nicely. 2 hidden zip pockets just add to their usability.
The sizing is good, but the fit isn't my favorite. I thought these might fit me like the pair of prAna Women's Halle pants I have, but they didn't. They just weren't as flattering. I usually love Columbia clothes, but these pants weren't really a good match for me.