Side by Side Comparison of: ExOfficio vs Columbia
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User Rating (Amazon)
User Rating (Amazon)
Five Star Reviews:
Excellent for travel
June 13, 2017
My wife loves these pants for air or car travel. We recently spent two weeks in rural China and they were perfect. They were the perfect weight and comfortable. They fit true to size. They were easy to hand wash and dried quickly. This was the second pair purchased, first was a slate color. They seem to be discontinued. Hope the replacement is as good. Only downsides are the metal snaps for the rollup legs trigger the TSA scanner. They will probably hold up better than plastic snaps in the end. No drawstring means a belt is required, but a plastic belt buckle speeds things up at security.
Great travel pants
June 11, 2017
These were true to size for me. They felt a little snug when I put them on, but as I went throughout the day I found they were comfortable. These are a keeper.
Ex Official is the Best
June 9, 2017
These pants are awesome and they can latch up if you want them a little shorter. The only thing is the length is a little long so if you are short like me (5' 3) you may need to hem them. I just used the strap to hold them up on one side on each leg. That worked out. Love ExOfficial. They are the BEST. Oh and bugs. Never one bite and I was in Big Cypress and the Everglades during a mosquito break out. Never had a bite in these pants!
Delighted with price, fit, and quality!
May 16, 2017
Pants arrived quickly. Price was great for quality. Quality of fabric, number and type of pockets, and fit were all better than expected -- though I've always had good luck w this brand. I'm 5'6" and weigh 145. The Large size and length (31 in seem) fit perfectly for travel, hiking, touring, or sitting in plane for 8 hours. Fabric feels nice though it's nylon. Haven't washed yet but expect it to be quick drying. Delighted with purchase!
The perfect travel pant -- if you never have to sit down
October 15, 2016
These would be the perfect travel pants except for one fatal flaw (for me anyway) which I will get to. But first, to what's good, and it's not just good, but GREAT ! I have done a lot of traveling in Latin America and by now I know what is needed in travel pants. The fabric these are made of is really nice and doesn't have sheen like many nylon fabrics do. It doesn't go "swish, swish, swish..." when you walk, like many travel pants do. The range of pockets is extraordinary and includes everything you really need when you travel, including a zippered one that your passport can fit in perfectly. There is a little loop for hanging your sunglasses on. In addition to the zippered security pocket, there are 2 deep side pockets with an interesting cut to them, a small jeans-style change pocket, and a deep velcro tab hip pocket. These pants have it all. The fit, standing up, is very flattering. The size 12 was actually long enough, something that is not always the case for me as I am 5'8". Now, to what doesn't work. The low rise does not work in a travel pant. It makes the crotch way too tight when you sit down and one of the things you end up doing a lot of when you travel is sit! On boats, on planes, on buses, etc. Anything that is uncomfortable when you sit is out of the running. Additionally, the waist gapes open slight in back when you sit. These pants are so great in so many ways and I really want them, just because of how good they look on, but I have learned my lesson, so they will probably have to go back. What a shame.
Best Deal In a Long, Long Time!
August 29, 2015
I really like these pants, especially because I got them for the super price of about $16! They fit great and are so comfortable. They're lightweight, dry quickly and look pretty stylish to boot. I took them on a week-long trip into the Amazon jungle and wore them nearly every day while hiking and boating. I had to hem them as they were too long, but I have to hem most of my pants, so that wasn't a big deal. I also ordered a size 10 because I often border between an 8 and 10, but the 10 was too large.
July 3, 2016
The Columbia Saturday Trail Pant is the best fit for comfort! They stretch in every direction, are lightweight, repel water and the short length is actually short! (I have a 28" inseam.) What else could I want? They are BY FAR, the most comfortable hiking pant I have tried. I am 5'2" and have 36" hips and a 27" waist. The pant fits low on the waist, which I find to be the most comfortable. On a recent trip to Scotland, they kept me warm and dry, perfect for summer hiking. On some walks, the rain was blowing sideways or we were walking in a cloud. I never felt any of it through these pants. The snaps are good quality and the zipper is smooth. I have not tried putting anything in the pockets so I cannot comment on that. I will purchase another pair.
SAVED MY LIFE
May 4, 2016
I go hiking every day... Today was my second day wearing these lovely pants and the day that will solidify my love and appreciation for these pants.
This morning I encountered a rattlesnake nesting ground. While attempting to turn and make a mad dash for my life, I make eye contact with a tan rock like shape to my left.
By the time I got out of the area, I went to take a snapchat of my encounter. During, I felt a sharp pain in my leg like I had gotten scratched. I look down and pull up my pants to see a small scratch and red mark. I got freakin bit by a rattlesnake!
After seeking medical attention and being assisted by a park ranger... we can all attribute the lack of actual puncture to the pants I had on today.
Thank you so much Columbia! I'll be buying more very soon!
These pants are SO comfortable. Went camping in them when it was super ...
May 6, 2015
These pants are SO comfortable. Went camping in them when it was super muddy and rainy. As soon as the mud dried on the pants, it wiped right off! It was fantastic! Everyone wanted to know how I was staying so clean and comfortable.
April 28, 2015
I love, love, love these pants!
I usually don't wear such sporty styles but needed something for my vacation where I was going to do A LOT of hiking.
When these came, I was extremely happy to see no gaping around my waist. My measurements are 26/38, and I always have to deal with either waist band too lose or hips too tight. The pant fits almost perfectly over my curves! I tried 4p and 6p and could use both. 6p looked more relaxed in the hips while 4p had zero gap in the waist. There is a gusset in crotch so no seam in the way. I noticed that the gusset looked more natural with pants less stretched over hips. It folded and created some bulk with smaller size. That made me choose 6p.
I took these pants and two pairs of capris (same brand, same style as the pants) with me on vacation and found myself never wanting to take the pants off. OMG, they are SO comfortable! They got very dirty in the canyons and I hand washed them in a hotel sink - yes, I wanted to wear them that much!
The fabric is very soft and stretchy. The side pockets are sewn to the main fabric and therefore don't bunch up. I wish they did the same with the knee pocket. The zippered knee pocket is very useful for little things that you don't want to lose and don't want to bother you. I kept my hotel room key there. There are two backside pockets as well.
I wore silk long underwear under the pants in mid 30s temp and was not cold. I wore the pants alone in 70s and was not hot - they actually created that breeze feeling around my legs, so I didn't even want to wear my capri (and didn't bother to convert these either). Oh, and the convertible function is so discreet - you would never notice. That adds to the stylish casual look - pants don't look sporty. Did I mention the awesome flattering fit? Also, the fabric is very thin but not cheap thin. It's great! And it gets softer after washing. Oh, I forgot to tell you - stains come right off!
Can't say I like the picture here. It does show the true fit through legs but I feel like the rise is not as low as shown. Also, the picture has somewhat masculine feel. I didn't notice that in person. The fit is incredible and very feminine and flattering. The pant is very skillfully tailored actually.
I fell in love with these pants and ordered another pair as soon as I returned (in different color).
Don't mess with the zip-off version! Get these instead!
March 18, 2015
I tried on close to a dozen pairs of pants searching for the ideal convertible pair for an upcoming hike of the Camino de Santiago. For a while, my front-runner was another version of these exact pants (same brand, same everything) that have zip-off legs. With that pant I ran into the same problem as many other reviewers- the fit and fabric were flawless, but the zippers had ZERO give and squished my thighs when in motion. I am 5'8", 128 pounds, with a thigh circumference of about 17-18" when measured two to three inches above the knee (where the zippers were). "Gosh," I thought. "I wish they made a version of that pant without the zippers." Well, lo and behold, I found these pants. They roll up and snap into place to make capris instead of shorts, but I am willing to live without a shorts option given my expected hiking conditions. I wore these pants on a ten-mile hike right out of the box and they fit great and moved with me. Looking forward to taking these on my hike.
Four Star Reviews:
July 2, 2017
A little baggier in style.
Make sure you check the label to match what you have ordered
June 4, 2017
The fabric is thin and breezy. The slate color is more earth tone than blue tinged. The felt lined around the inside waist is very comfortable. These are good pants to travel, sight see, hike, and dine. I have to shorten the inseam (32") to make them work though.BTW, I also ordered a light khaki color in the same size. They didn't fit the same as Slate size 4. I wondered why so I checked the label on the waist band. The slate size 4 is actually a size 6, even though the hanging tag said size 4. Someone who had ordeedr these pants may have switched the hanging tag before returning them back to Amazon.
March 1, 2017
Tight across the bum.
but still a bit looser than I would have liked. (Note
November 16, 2015
I returned the size 6s for size 4 and they fit, but still a bit looser than I would have liked. (Note: I wasn't going for "tight!")
Like the pants but too short.
September 29, 2015
I really like the pants, however they are too short for me. I am 5'81/2" and they hit just under my ankle. Thought they might be long enough based on other reviews. I have trouble with pant length 80% of the time, and also with these. Going back, wish they came in Long.
great.. fit well and very beathable
August 31, 2015
Purchase pants to travel to Tanzania; hike tour etc. They were.great.. fit well and very beathable. Simple to wash and the mosquitos were not a problem. The only suggestion I had was they could have been a bit longer! !
Versitile, lightweight pants-to-capris!
August 30, 2017
These lightweight, stretchy pants were great for hiking on a cool morning that turned warm. I was hesitant, having received Colombia pants and shorts as gifts before, and having the waist be very tight for the size. But these fit well. The side-leg pocket is the only one with a zipper, and it is very accessable. The larger rear pockets only have a small bit of Velcro to secure it, and I felt nervous putting anything in there, for fear it would fall out the unsealed portion or the Velcro open entirely. If my phone had a "grippier" case I would've felt better putting it there, as it fit well in the pocket. The buttons to hold up the pantlegs into capris were so discrete, I almost couldn't find them! The are concealed and small. I needed 2 hands to access the button and secure it. I was very happy with this purchase, and may buy more colors. Fabric and style don't look to "technical" and can go from trail to town.
Better than I thought
August 3, 2017
I recently got to use these pants on a trek up Mt. Fuji, during a heavy down pour. Unfortunately I did not prepare the rain gear typically used by seasoned hikers, so I got somewhat drenched. I have to say that we had to spend the night in a cabin and that within the 5 hrs that we slept they were almost completely dry.
They are very light weight and at times felt a bit clingy, but overall pleased with their performance. I am embarrassed to say that I fell on my butt a couple of times on the way down due to wet conditions, and no scuff marks were left.
For future, will get a size smaller since they do have some stretch to them, and were too large in the waist.
A little short in the waist
April 12, 2017
I'm tall 5'10" and the waist to crotch could be longer. It pinches a bit. The overall length is great.
Way too small size 6 is really a size 2!
April 6, 2017
PROs: Received these pants quickly. They are good quality. Seams are all solid and the snaps are strong. Fabric is thin and stretchy.
CONs: I ordered these in a 6 short. Normally I wear a size 6 in Express or American Eagle jeans. I'm 5'1" and weigh 125 lbs. Based on Columbia's own size chart I should be a small 4/6. The pants I received, labeled size 6, were at least 2 sizes too small. With the pants on, the snaps we're a good 2 inches apart. There is no way these pants are a true size 6. My daughter who wears a size 4 said they were tight on her. sadly, I'm returning them.
Have 2 pairs - Love the shorter inseam and stretchy fabric, sadly they pill and don't hold thier shape.
July 11, 2016
My review is similar to many of the others here.
I'm 5'2" and 105lbs. I feel like I have a bigger butt/hips than most girls my size as I am really not comfortable in a zero or 2P. For those that don't know - Petite sizes run big....a size 4P is equal to a 2 regular (I get ankle pants in a 2 regular and they look like regular pants on me). Some Columbia pants are Petite sized and some are just shorter inseam - I think these are petite, because I bought a 4 and a 2 and the 2 fit, but more snug than I like my hiking pants so I kept the 4. I did find they tend to stretch out a bit after a few hours and this leaves the waistband of my undies showing by the end of the day - though a 2 starts out to snug.. :(. As for the length, they are acceptable. My inseam is 28" and these are a tad long but work since my hiking boots give me a bit of height. I am just grateful for an shorter inseam - I swear pants are getting longer each year. The waste is a bit big on me, but there is enough material that I may buy some snaps and find a way to take in the waste a bit (I think my waist is about 25-26") - even when holding them up I can tell they are a bit of a low rise and the cut is not for an hourglass shape. I'm a solid hourglass and like I said, by the end of the day my undies are hanging out. Not something I'd wear around a lot of people. They do pill as others have mentioned, but the material is quite stretchy which is wonderful in hiking pants. I never feel bound in these. The pockets are fine depending on your use. Since the fabric is so stretchy the pockets tend to sag with heavy items - my phone fits in the front pocket but then my undies are hanging out again so I can only use the pockets for things like a tissue or a receipt.
I have lots of suggestions for improvements but I do have 2 pair of these. They are not my favorite pants, but I am so grateful for the shorter inseam. I have only a few pairs with the shorter inseam and I am so grateful that in recent years mfg's have noticed that not all women can dunk a basketball! I have a pair of north face pants that used to be my favorites but with out my boots on they are a good 3 inches too long. I love the shorter inseam, stretchy material and smooth fabric (although it does pill).
One reviewer asked about pants for a long plane rides, I've slept in these before. I find the stretchy fabric quite comfy although I do wish they'd hold their shape and not stretch to a larger size by the end of the day.
Three Star Reviews:
May 11, 2017
I returned them as they do not come in a size small enough for me.
Cute pants, but waaay too big!
May 5, 2017
Loved the look, but I could have shared them with two friends- at the same time! Size tag was correct. I own other ExOfficio pants, so I don't know what happened. Sadly, these had to be returned.
Had to return
April 19, 2017
Pants arrived with 2 big cuts on the leg... had to return.
Sizing is off (get a size up from your usual ...
June 21, 2016
Sizing is off (get a size up from your usual size in pants) Also no 'give' in the material.
The material was fine but a bit noisy
March 21, 2016
The material was fine but a bit noisy. The legs were a bit baggy as well, I returned these for a more flattering fit
Way too big, 5'2", 120 lbs, bought ...
September 16, 2015
Way too big, 5'2", 120 lbs, bought a size four and could pull them out an inch and a half from my waist.
Material pills in a short time
September 6, 2017
These pants fit great, are lightweight and very comfy. BUT, they only look nice for about 5 wears. Then the material gets all balled up and it looks old and tired. That is fine if you only wear them hiking and for working outside. Don't expect them to stay as nice as they are when you get them for very long.
Great versatile pants but...
August 29, 2017
In general, I really like these pants. Sizing is my only serious issue, minor issue is they wrinkle easily. The sizing has been a frustration for me I order my true size and either they fit great or are too tight. I finally began ordering two sizes and returning one if necessary. These tan ones only were available in the larger size so I got them and they are too loose. Saved in the winter box for wearing with leggings underneath. All considered, still one of my favorite pants!
Disapppointed in quality for the price.
August 16, 2017
These are name brand pants with I would think would hold up better than these did. Purchased these for camping, hiking, kayaking trip. I have wore them twice and the crotch seams are coming out. They fit good so it's not an issue of too tight Poor quality of sewing. Paid too much to have to resew the seams. Won't purchase again.
This is not a good choice for hiking
February 21, 2017
Pretty good pant, very comfortable. doesn't wrinkle much, doesn't take up much space in a suitcase, and looks good, all of which makes it a good choice for traveling. But this material snags pretty easily, so I wouldn't call it a trail pant. They should call it a travel pant instead.
Tiny front pockets.
January 22, 2016
My husband has some Columbia pants with the same material that he loves and I was hoping to get something similar for myself. Unfortunately, the women's version doesn't seem to be made as well. The front pockets on these are teeny tiny.
Two Star Reviews:
September 28, 2017
It doesn't fit right. I had to return it. I have not received any credit for it to date.
Fit very large overall
June 1, 2017
I love ex officio pants. These were quite large and baggy, very sloppy looking. The size was what I normally take in their pants. They are just cut quite large, all the way down.
February 28, 2017
Too small ,returned item
I am 5'10" and a pretty standard/curvy 12 - sometimes a 10
March 19, 2016
I bought these in a size 12. I am 5'10" and a pretty standard/curvy 12 - sometimes a 10. These were at least 2 sizes too small. I couldn't even button them. I'm bummed I was planning on these being great for walking trails with my dog. They will be returned this week.
November 4, 2015
did not like the cut nor the size. sorry but they were returned.
The size 4 short fit great at the beginning (and I wouldn't want something smaller ...
August 14, 2017
Review from my daughter: Within the first wear - the seams started coming apart in the pockets and waist band. Within one wear -- the fabric stretched so much they looked very baggy and I needed a belt to keep them up. The size 4 short fit great at the beginning (and I wouldn't want something smaller to start) but they looked like a size 6 or 8 by the end of one day.
They feel great when you first put them on, but after about 24 hours, they're baggy, and coming apart. I wouldn't recommend others get them again.
cool, comfortable--except for the waistband
February 25, 2017
Lightweight, cool, comfortable--except for the waistband. Seriously, Columbia: trail pants made with lots of stretch for hiking also need a bit of stretch in the waistband, otherwise they bind under a pack.
... pairs of these a couple of years ago and loved them. Now they are cut so low that ...
February 25, 2017
I bought several pairs of these a couple of years ago and loved them. Now they are cut so low that I can't stand it. It feels like if I bend over they will slide off my hips. Really disappointing.
Disappointed with the fit
November 7, 2016
I wasn't keen on the color when I bought these, but wanted to give it a try. I'm not even a size 12 in pants but these were WAY too snug around the waist, resulting in muffin top, unfortunately. And because they were too small, the fabric almost became very thin in the thigh/bum area - which looked terrible with this color. I expected better quality out of Columbia, honestly.
You might get a true-to-fit size; you might not. . .
September 15, 2016
I tried on a pair of these at REI and they fit fine, but they didn't have the color I wanted, so I ordered them on here. I like Columbia products, but one thing I'm finding is that their sizing is quite inconsistent (on most products, not just pants). The size 8 at REI fit just fine, but these were too small, especially in the crotch. Stupid me, I got so busy with school (I'm a teacher, and I routinely work 10-12 hour days) that I forgot all about them and now it's too late to return. GRRRRRR. . . What a waste of money.
One Star Reviews:
September 20, 2016
Does not fit voluptuous women
They fit my stomach with room to spare but the stupid way they lay on the waist make a muffin ...
January 12, 2016
They lie below the wast but not low enough. This means they push up any bit of fat or skin that is there. They fit my stomach with room to spare but the stupid way they lay on the waist make a muffin top. Not just that but they are too short. this causes them to go up you buttcrack and give you a cameltoe in front. If wearing a long, lose s*** it's fine but not if it's form fitting.I wear a 6 or 4 I am not fat. I have actual hips, not much fat but wider hips. So many companies do not make clothes to fit people with wider hipbones. It makes me feel fat. They have no stretch what so ever which in my opinion is not good for hiking or travel. I will return it and buy some pants that do not fall on a stupid area of the waist. Dear fashion designers: Stop making clothes for girls with straight bodies. Some people have bigger bones. I am 120 pounds , 5.5. I am not fat but these pants made me feel fat and ugly. Now, i must order the next size up which will swallow me.
DON'T waste your money.
September 16, 2017
I bought these for my trip in September. Columbia is supposed to be a good brand name. I wore them three times and discovered on the third the zipper has split apart. I was not rough with them either. Extremely dissapointed and feel cheated out of my hard saved money. They're worthless now and since I bought them so far ahead I can't return or exchange. So much for paying for quality. If I could give a zero rating I would.
August 23, 2017
Did not like the material!
Pants too small; Length too short
August 1, 2017
Pants run smaller than size indicated on label, and they are definitely not "Tall" in length. And after washing and drying them, I now have capris to wear. I bought two pairs of these pants a few years ago, and they fit perfect. I assumed ordering the same size in a "tall" would work now. I was wrong. :(((
April 30, 2017
The size was actually an 8 or a 10. Very disappointing. I returned it.
Not flattering cut
August 4, 2016
Erm cameltoe appearance...not actually but it's how the pants are sewn
July 27, 2016
Lousy quality and fit. Clings all over. Fabric too thin, tailoring poor.
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Contoured microfleece-lined waistband with French fly closure
Roll-up capri with snap tabs
Two pockets on legs with security zip on right
Treated with Teflon for water and stain resistance
It has UPF 30+
Straight-leg pant with Omni-Shield water and stain repellent featuring articulated knees and double-snap closure
Side-entry front pockets and zippered back pockets
Roll-Up legs convert pants to capri
Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection