I work all over the Pacific Northwest, and I purchased my pair of these rain pants 2 or 3 years ago. Now I can't speak for this new generation of waterproof breathable pant, but the pair I have has been put through rigorous 10+ hour beatings in the woods, rain, snow, and sometimes shine, and I have never been wet once other than a little ring around the boot line which can be solved with a gaiter. The rain gear does get a little heavier when wet, but thats a given for any wet material. As for windproof, I can attest that at 70 mph in the rain, you don't feel a thing. My only gripe with these pants is the elastic waist band. Carhartt, if you aren't going to make a bib version of these please put belt loops on the pants. Regretfully, I will have to get a new pair for the seams finally ripped on the inside at the knee on both legs. Again, Carhartt I believe you can remedy this problem by extending the double leg around the inside of the knee as a friction barier for the seam. In the end it was money well spent.
I want to start by saying that I believe Carhartt makes durable quality products and that I have owned the Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Coat for over a year and it is great. I own other Carhartt items that are excellent. However, I recently bought the Waterproof Breathable Pants as rain pants and I find them to be so-so. They DO keep you dry. For leisure activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. they may work for most people. However, I need them for work (railroad industry) where I am outside 8 - 12 hours at a time and my safety, comfort and ease of access is important to me. Here are my pros/cons: Pros: -Durable and they will keep you very dry -Zipper/button openings up both legs for easy-on/easy-off. Cons: -No belt loops or even detachable suspenders - the only adjustment to keep them up is a velcro tightener on each side, and this does not do a very good job at keeping them tight enough. I had to fish my belt around them to keep them up - with no real belt loops on these pants, this was awkward, but kind of worked. Also, I needed to do this because I had no place to put my two-way radio. -There is no fly on them whatsoever - very inconvenient and awkward when answering "call of nature." -There are no usable front pockets, only one rear zipper pocket. -There is no way to secure the pants bottoms if you need to roll them up or there are no inseam size options. At 5'11" I am cursed with a short inseam - 29". The only way to compensate with these pants was to roll them up, and then, I had to keep checking to make sure I did not step on the bottoms and trip myself as they had a tendency to roll down.
I buy a lot of Carhartt gear. Basically the Carhartt poster boy when I'm working. They should send me this stuff to test so that we could avoid this mess. I have the pants and jacket combo and get soaked in a good rain. I don't know why but the water will just push right though when I carry materials. In a heavy rain the water just pours in without contact. Working in the construction industry I have learned to depend on Carhartt for my clothing but this really disappointed. At the end of a good rain I look like I wet myself and my whole torso is soaked. Unsat Carhartt. Hopefully this changes, until then I'm gonna have to find another rain gear.
Top of side zippers hurt, no fly, no side pockets.
I bought the pants because the bibs won't work the way I need them to (see my review of them under EXTREMES® ZIP-TO-WAIST BIBERALL / ARCTIC QUILT LINED for an explanation. ) The full zip feature is a brilliant idea it makes life easer. I wish they would put it on the bibs, having said that.... I chose a size of pant way bigger then I wear so I could get the belt line higher up on my torso so as to prevent snow down the pant, then I use suspenders to hold them up. I were shorts under the pants so they need to be baggy for access & comfort. This is were the discomfort part comes in to play. The top of the zippers at the belt line have a tendency to dig into my sides, it is quite uncomfortable after just a few minutes of wearing them, I can only imagine how uncomfortable it would be if they were properly sized such that I could wear them around my waist. I think if they put a flap of material on the inside of beltline that would resolve that issue, other than that they're a pretty good pant. ALSO I need to go! but I can't as there is no fly. I have to drop my drawers to go. Please put a zipper in the front panel so I don't have to disrobe just to urinate. Side pockets as well. Please!
I purchased these pants almost 2 yrs ago along with the jacket. I work on a golf course and sometimes ,ya, even work in the rain. The jacket has worked out great, but the pants did not. At first they did, but now where ever there is a seam this is where I get wet. I figure for as much as I paid for those pants, I should have got longer than 2 yrs worth of wear out of them!! Who knows...maybe I got a defect!!!
I purchased these for work and recreation. I wore them ice fishing once and won't ever wear them again. They are awkward to put on and they don't have a fly so trying to relieve myself was an incredible pain. I'll never put these on again which is awful because I am a huge fan of Carhartt. This product is just unfortunately a fail. I'm writing this review because I found these again while shopping for a replacement for them and am shocked that Carhartt is still selling them.
My wife and I have a pair each. We love them they keep us nice and dry. I can wear them all day without getting wet for sweat or rain. I have used them in the snow they work good but you need to have layers on. I use them for hunting, riding ATV, working, and most anything outside in the weather.
I got these to wear for snow removal work. they are baggy and a little long on me but i rolled these down at the waist and they fit great. the knees have not given out on me yet and I wear a pair of polar fleece pants underneath and they are perfect for the sierras cold that we get. I am confident they will hold up for some time yet and plan to purchase another pair after they wear out.
Purchased the pants to go along with the waterproof jacket my husband got. He delivers oil, no matter the weather so he needs the best protection we can get. So we got the Carhartt gear to try and he loves it. We will buy them again when the wear and tear breaks them down.
Don't waste your money! I am a forester in the Pacific Northwest and needed heavy-duty rain gear. I got these pants less than a year ago. These pants are not even remotely waterproof. I am soaked to the skin after just walking in wet grass or underbrush. Not just at the seams, but all through the pants themselves. Forget being out in the rain! When they are saturated with water they weigh a ton and are very uncomfortable to work in. This was my first Carhartt purchase and most likely my last.