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NRS Women's Carolina Pants

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Women everywhere requested a splash pant specifically for them. Our female customers were tired of having to settle for baggy men's splash wear while on the water. We've heard your cry! Our NRS Women's Carolina Pants have all of the features of a great splash pant, and more.
  • Soft and durable 2.5 layer HyproTex™ with its micro-porous, hydro-phobic qualities is waterproof and very breathable, keeping you dry and comfortable.
  • Factory-taped seams keep water from sneaking through the stitching.
  • Double-pull neoprene waistband secures the waist.
  • Cordura® reinforced knees and a double-layer of HyproTex fabric on the seat for increased durability
  • Polyurethane-coated spandex stretch panels in the hip area provide more freedom of movement.
  • A handy thigh pocket stores items you want to keep close at hand.

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Material: 40-denier, 2.5 layer HyproTex™
Waterproof: Yes
Breathable: Yes
Ankle Closures: Adjustable hook-and-loop
Pockets:
  • 1 - Front
Latex Ankle Gaskets: No
Gender Sizing: Women
Features:
  • Reinforced knee and seat panels
Size Height Weight (lbs) Bust Waist Hips
XS 4'8"-5'2" 90-115 30"-33" 24"-27" 34"-37"
S 5'1"-5'6" 110-135 32"-34" 26"-30" 36"-39"
M 5'5"-5'8" 130-155 33"-37" 29"-33" 38"-42"
L 5'7"-5'10" 150-180 35"-39" 32"-36" 40"-44"
XL 5'9"-6'0" 175-210 38"-42" 35"-39" 42"-46"
XXL 5'11"-6'2" 200-220 41"-43" 38"-41" 44"-48"

How to measure:How to measure

  1. Chest/Bust: With arms down at your sides, measure around the largest part of the chest, generally across the nipples.
  2. Waist: Measure at the natural waist; above the hip bones, across the navel.
  3. Hips: With feet together, measure around the widest part of the hips, across the fullest point of the buttocks.
  4. Head: Measure above brow, around the fullest part of the head.

Measurement Tips

Form Fit
Next-to-skin fit for easy layering and efficient performance.

Semi-Form Fit
Fits close but not tight for comfort and layering ease.

Relaxed Fit
Full cut for freedom of motion and layering underneath.

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  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    What is the best way to wash these pants and matching dry top? I've had these pants and dry top for a few seasons now, and they're fantastic! But they smell pretty swampy...please advise!
    Asked on 4/24/2015 by Ren from Albuquerque, NM

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Use a gentle powdered soap, which does not affect their ability to repel water,and wash in warm or  cold water. hang to dry. I wash mine after every river trip which means they've been washed about 20 times
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 4/25/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wash all my kayaking gear once a season in the washing machine in cold
      water with normal detergent but no fabric softner and an extra rinse. I
      also hose everything off when I return from a day on the river. This keeps
      most stuff from getting that river funk smell.

      Answered on 4/24/2015 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Ren, we recommend hand washing - follow the steps in this article - http://www.nrs.com/tech_talk/dwr.asp - Since you've had the garments for several seasons, there's a good possibility that the DWR treatment has declined. Washing the garments with one of the recommended cleaners may bring it back (dirt and body oils can mask it). If not, there are several products you can use to replenish the treatment. Hand washing and air drying are recommended to protect the waterproof/breathable membranes, gaskets, etc, and as the article says, household detergents can leave residues that interfere with breathability. Check out our Learn articles (link at top of pages) for more info on care of your boating gear. Give us a call with questions, 800.635.5202, or email service@nrs.com.

      Answered on 4/24/2015 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi, I've gotten mine pretty dirty/muddy (climbing banks, etc.) as well...first, I think I just looked at the instructions, but I don't remember now. However, this is how I've always done it. First, I use gentle wash detergent and get off anything on the surface that I don't think the wash will take care of. I wash w/gentle (Woolite or generic brand) on gentle cycle, cold water, low agitation. I then hang them to dry. I've had at least 3 winters and they still look like new. :) I don't wash them all the time, just when the need arises or after several wears. I think this helps: wear a base layer underneath which catches body sweat, etc. Hope this helps!
      Maryellen (KyYaker)

      Answered on 4/24/2015 by KyYaker from Alvaton, KY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      cold water, washing machine, no spin, hang to dry

      Answered on 4/24/2015 by Anonymous
  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    Can these Carolina Pants be used in snow expeditions in addition to water sports? I live at high elevation in the west. I do a lot of water sports and get cold, but, always layer. Wondering if these pants can do double duty with snowshoeing, snow hiking, etc. (Not Skiing or boarding). We raft many of the western rivers and I do a lot of "helping" and want to know how flexible - bending stretching, hauling these pants feel with rafting trip duties. Breathable??

    Thank you in advance for your response(s)
    Asked on 4/4/2015 by Desertwoman15 from Utah

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These pants are great on the river but they are not really breathable. I would not recommend them for any type of aerobic activity that was not in the water.

      Answered on 4/13/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I love these Caroline Pants! They are comfortable and shed water. I have only used them for kayaking and layer them over thermals. I have worn them on kayaking paddles when the temps fall into the 30s.
      I have had these pants for several years now, at least 3. They are still in great shape, and I have used them on many winter paddles. I have never gone completely into the water with them on (IWE) and do not believe they are purported to be completely waterproof; however, they are excellent for what I use them for..kayaking/paddling. You could wear a layer of thin neoprene underneath if you felt you would be going into the water or merino wool.
      They have extra protection at the knees, Velcro at the waist for cinching in (should you need to); and Velcro binding at the ankle to cinch in. If you want them for rafting; they would be great. However, you would want to stay in the boat! They would protect to some degree once in the water, but not like a wet suit or dry suit. I do wear them with a dry top when running creeks and possibly of out of boat experiences... :)
      Have never felt an issue with condensation or flexability. Have to be sitting for long periods in boat, etc.
      I have really gotten great use of these pants. I believe there are fleece-lined models which one of my kayaking friend has, but I don't have those, so I usually wear them over polypro leggings or thermals.
      Also wear them with my NRS boundary boots (which I have worn out!) in the last 4 years.
      I have never regretted getting these Carolina Pants! I would say they would be great for snowshoeing and snow hiking.
      Hope this helps!
      Maryellen aka KyYaker

      Answered on 4/6/2015 by KyYaker from Alvaton, KY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, I think these pants could be used in the snow with layering. I don't
      find them very breathable though, so I wouldn't use them for any activity
      where you might sweat heavily. They are plenty roomy and flexible to allow
      for athletic movement. They're perfect as a cold weather/water splash
      repellant. Enjoy!

      Answered on 4/5/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Don’t think I would rely on them they way you describe. Not really meant for running around, kind of bulky for that. Better off going with another brand just for snow, Patagonia, Stio, Mt hardware, etc. the pants work great for downpours days on the river but I wouldn’t use them for snow.

      Answered on 4/4/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes they can. I live in the Lake Isabella Area and use these for Kayaking
      however, we have a ski lodge and while they wouldn't be good if you were
      sitting on the snow because you do feel the cold they do help keep your
      close from getting wet.

      Answered on 4/4/2015 by Anonymous
  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    Loved these for staying dry on a 16 day paddling trip through the Grand Canyon. Thanks for a great set of women's pants, comfy and dry. But, like everything else that accompanied me on that trip, they need a good washing. Will laundry soaps impact the waterproofing? Is there a recommended process for washing? I have a front-loading high efficiency washing machine.
    Asked on 10/28/2014 by Cathy from Dripping Springs TX

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I've washed mine as necessary, using laundry soap (otherwise there really
      seems no point in washing at all IMHO), cold water, and in my front loading
      machine. Anyway, they still shed water as well as the day I got them. I
      would imagine that over time and/or with frequent washings that the
      waterproofing would degrade.

      Answered on 10/29/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would not wash these pants in regular laundry soap. I wash all of my waterproof gear in Nikwax tech wash and then hang it to dry. Susan

      Answered on 10/28/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Cathy, for most outings a simple rinse in fresh water is usually sufficient. However, a Grand trip is another matter, lots of it. Indeed, some laundry detergents can damage the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment on the garment's face fabric. Products like ReviveX, Item # 33510.01 and Tech Wash, # 33515.01, are formulated for waterproof-breathable garments. While your front loader would be much better than a top loader, we still recommend hand wash, rinse well and air dry. Glad the Carolinas worked well for you!

      Answered on 10/28/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    what is the inseam of these pants?
    Asked on 11/10/2013 by Kate

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I believe the inseam is about 30" maybe 32".

      Answered on 11/15/2013 by River from Boston, MA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Inseam of NRS Carolina pants is 31"

      Answered on 11/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't know the exact inseam length, but I am 5'4" and they worked well
      for me!

      Answered on 11/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These pants are a little long on me at 5'5" tall. The cuffs have a
      Velcro closure though so the pants don't drag on the ground.
      I like them.
       
       
       

      Answered on 11/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My girlfriends Carolina pants have an inseam of 32inches. The pants are mediums.
      Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

      Answered on 11/10/2013 by Marko from Westfield, MA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      31 inches including cuff.

      Answered on 11/10/2013 by Brandy from Redding, CA
  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    Are the ankle openings large enough to fit over booties for quick on/off while on the river?
    Asked on 7/31/2013 by Hilary

    11 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes

      Answered on 8/7/2013 by Mountain Momma from Laramie, WY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes they are...it is adjustable with Velcro.

      Answered on 7/31/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      yes, to the question on the ankle openings on the women's Carolina
      pants. The pants have Velcro tabs at the ankles and are easy to get
      on/off over booties or even boots.
       
       
       

      Answered on 8/1/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I don't think so, Hilary. It's a pretty narrow opening, ~ 6 1/2" across, laying flat.

      Answered on 7/31/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The ankle openings have worked just fine for me. They have a velcro strap so you can tighten them around your booties and then just undo it when you're ready to take the splash pants off. This purchase is probably the best one I've made since I started kayaking... my favorite pants!
      --------- Original Message --------- Subject: Can you help a fellow shopper?

      Answered on 7/31/2013 by JenT from CA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Absolutely! I wear them with my scuba booties. There is a velco closure that allows for you to tighten them up over the booties once on. Surprisingly very little water gets in even with full immersion as the cuffs are semi water tight once secured.
      Rene' Lynn May
      Commission Operations
      Regional Business Support /Verizon Enterprise Solutions
      Vnet: 653-5628

      Answered on 8/1/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes! They're velcro'd. Easy to fit over the booties.

      Answered on 7/31/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Answer:
      Yes, if the booties have a thin sole.
      No, if the booties have a thick, stiff rubber sole. And no, if you are Big-Foot or related to Big-Foot.

      Answered on 8/1/2013 by Marko from Westfield, MA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have had no problem fitting the ankle over booties or shoes. The ankle
      openings are the velcro so as long as you release the tab you shouldn't
      have any issues.

      Answered on 8/1/2013 by River from Boston, MA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is a little snug, but can be done.

      Answered on 8/1/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, these will go over booties quickly. There is a Velcro bottom so this makes it easy to loosen up to pull them off and tighten for a snug fit

      Answered on 8/4/2013 by woods woman from Maine
  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    Is this similar sizing to the womens hydrosilk pants? are they as stretchy?
    Asked on 5/8/2013 by A

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not sure about Hydrosilk pants I have Hydroskins - they're a whole
      different fit than the Carolina. Hydroskins are more shape forming and
      stretchy as you say. The Carolina pants are baggier and have a looser fit.
      You can wear layers under them. Waist line cinches as do ankles.

      Answered on 5/12/2013 by revjen from Indpls. IN
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sizing is true
      No they are not stretchy. Waist band is but pants are nylon. Don't
      know as I do not own any hydrosilk garmets

      Answered on 5/14/2013 by Mountain Momma from Laramie, WY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      these are comfortable splash pants, a waterproof but light material with stretchy band top and velcro leg cuffs. they are more form fitting than some. wife appreciates that.
      they are not stretchy except for the top band.
      they are used over hydrosilks or other base layer for warmth in winter or over shorts on a rainy or windy summer day.
      We use them for kayaks but they are not drypants and you will get wet if immersed while wearing them.
      the plus is comfort, no latex gaskets to choke or chafe, as long as conditions are right.

      Answered on 5/8/2013 by Ray from Savannah, Georgia
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      While the Carolina and HydroSilk pants use the same sizing chart, they have different designs and purposes. The HydroSilk pants are meant to be form fitting and the woven material is quite stretchy. The woven material in the Carolina Pants is not very stretchy, has a waterproof-breathable coating and is cut roomy so you can add insulating layers underneath. We have added some polyurethane-coated stretch panels in the hip area to add to mobility. Let us know if I haven't fully answered your questions.

      Answered on 5/8/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would assume the sizing is similar. A "medium" equals a "medium", and a "large" equals a "large".
      The NRS womens Carolina pants only stretch at the waist band. The legs of the pants do NOT stretch and are baggy. The ankles stretch only a tiny bit.
      The NRS womens Caroline pants do not have re-inforced material on the buttocks. These pants are quite slippery when sitting in a rubber raft. The pants do have grippy/re-inforced material on the knees,

      Answered on 5/8/2013 by Marko from Westfield, MA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Baggy. Not stretchy. I wear over hydrosilk if extremely cold out
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 5/8/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    First question -- are the NRS Women's Carolina pants waterproof during long periods of immersion? I'm a fish biologist and am looking for something to keep me dry when we sample fish (something more comfortable than neoprene waders with the boots over the too-thick attached socks).

    Second question -- neoprene waders, on the positive side, don't conduct electricity when we electroshock fish. Do these pants?
    Asked on 2/16/2013 by Etheostoma from SE

    5 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The material in these pants is waterproof. However, water will come in the cuffs if you step into water. Check out our dry pants, which either have latex gaskets at the ankles, or socks. On the electrical conductance, I can't say for sure but I don't believe the relatively thin fabric would protect you from shock.

      Answered on 2/16/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They are totally waterproof, but it's hard not to get some leakage at waist and cuff. Can't speak to electrical resistance.

      Answered on 2/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello.
      I only wear these NRS Carolina pants when I use my sit-on-top boat in the
      early spring and late fall when it is too chilly here in NJ to
      sit in cold water all day. The Carolina's keep me dry, but I am not fully
      immersed in water. I have no idea whether these pants
      conduct electricity or not.
      AP

      Answered on 2/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These are splash pants.  They are only meant to keep water off you while boating.  If you want waterproof pants, you need a dry suit or dry pants. 

      Answered on 2/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      We have some of these. They are not drypants and have no latex ankle gaskets to prevent water entry.
      Therefore they would not keep water out for wading. They are great splash pants for rafting or kayaking as long as there is no immersion.
      Don't know about the electrical issue.

      Answered on 2/18/2013 by Ray from Savannah, Georgia
  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    I'm wondering about the weight of the material for warm days. I live in sub-tropical Florida (Zone10) and would like to wear these in the winter to keep dry. Our days can be 40 in the mornig and warm up to 80 in the afternoon. I want a pant to keep me dry but not necessarily warm. Also I want a material that is quiet and doesn't make noise like a crinkle sound. Do you have them in other colors like blue or pink or beige or anything other than black for our FL sun? Is the material comfortable against the skin or would you reccomend an underlayer for comfort? Are returns store credit only? Thanks!
    Asked on 2/5/2013 by Kayaking Jan from Sarasota County, SW Gulfcoast Florida

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I really like the pants, but they will be warm when it heats up. I live in south TX and it gets quite warm here too even after a cooler morning. I would probably just take them off at that point. I have mostly used them when it's really cooler and often have something underneath. I don't find them really "noisy."

      Answered on 2/5/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have these pants and love them! But, I think they would be way too hot in 80 degree weather. I wear them in Ohio cold weather, with another layer underneath. They are quiet, no crinkly sound.

      Answered on 2/5/2013 by Kayak Chick from Bowling Green, Ohio
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The HyproTex material in the Carolina Pants is supple (no crinkle) and feels okay against the skin. It has good breathability so that'll help with heat buildup. If your legs are inside a kayak or you can splash on some water when it's hot you'll probably be okay in the 80s. Sorry it's only available in the black. And our returns policy is great! - http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/returns.asp

      Answered on 2/6/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These pants are black which will absorb the heat faster than other colors.
      These pants will keep you dry.I use them in a sit-on-top kayak in the early
      spring and late fall in NJ when
      the water temps can be quite chilly, and I am basically sitting in water for
      5-6 hours. We dress for the temperature of the water, not the air
      temperature up here, and they will keep you dry if you dump with
      the rubber gaskets on both the ankles and waist. I would not dream of
      wearing them in warmer weather since they can get quite warm and moist from
      your body heat. I have paddled my sea kayak in northern Florida in
      March (Amelia Island) and I did not wear any 'dry pants'. Since I don't
      know what you are paddling, it is hard to recommend. The material is a
      little stiffer too and does make a 'crinkle' sound, but that is the
      tradeoff for dry pants.

      Answered on 2/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sorry for the delay this went to junk.
      I live in Jacksonville, and these have been great on the few below 60 days that we have had this year. I would have loved to have had them last year.

      Answered on 2/25/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    Currently wear L and XL pants; women's 14/16 becoming baggy, wear some 14's in jeans and other slacks...will the XL be roomier enough to fit over base layer/wetsuit/etc.
    Asked on 1/9/2013 by KyYaker from Bowling Green, KY

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I love these pants. I wear them with long underwear in the winter for Kayaking. I would get the XL's it is nice to have the room. They do kind of stretch as you wear them however:) God Bless!

      Answered on 1/10/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I purchased the XL and they fit me very well. I am 5' 8" 220lbs and usually wear a women's (not misses) size 14/16. I have room for a light base layer. If you wear misses rather than women's/plus sizes XL might be large.
      Enjoy today!

      Answered on 1/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I LOVE these pants. I normally wear a size 10 and ordered the large and they are easy to wear and look good as well. They do have plenty of room to layer and still be comfortable. Out of necessity, I have actually worn tights and jeans under them on a very cold, windy, rainy day out deep sea fishing. Based on that, I'd say the XL would fit you well and still have room for base layers, wetsuit, etc.
      On a separate note, they call them "splash pants" but I have never had a drop of water penetrate the fabric even when kayaking and stepping out of the boat into the water. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

      Answered on 1/9/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Women's Carolina Pants

    Q:

    I am looking at purchasing these pants. I am 5'5" and usually a size 4. Has anyone purchased these pants that is around this size? Would you recommend a medium or small? Thanks!
    Asked on 10/9/2012 by Ellie

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello fellow water bug!
       
      I am 5'3", 110-115lbs, size 2-4.I bought these pants in medium but they were a little too long and a bit baggy in the butt so I returned them for a small.  I suppose it depends on your preferred fit but I would recommend a small for your petite size...
       
      Happy Adventuring!
       
      Erin
       
      Check this out if you want to read about my hilarious adventure in Ecuador!
       
       
       
       
       

      Answered on 10/9/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      From my 5'2" wife for whom i bought these:
      "For a size 4 a small. For a 6 a medium - c'mon, be honest ;)
      If you have anything more than long underwear they run a little small."

      Answered on 10/9/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I just purchased these and used them yesterday in my sea kayak. I'm 5'4" and usually a size 8 - I got these in a Med. and they fit perfect at the waist, which is critical since the neoprene isn't meant to expand a lot but you want a snug enough fit that water can't get in easily. The legs were just a bit long but they have Velcro to close them off with and the extra length meant they weren't too short when I sat down in my kayak. There is a good amount of room to wear an insulating layer under them. If you are a size 4 then the small should fit.

      Answered on 10/10/2012 by Kayak girl from Mt. Pleasant, MI
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          Comments about NRS Women's Carolina Pants:

          A little tight in the waist and legs a bit long for me. I take a size 10 in clothes yet am 5'3" and wide waisted so I guess that's the best I can do. A bit tight to pull on in the waist. I am thrilled that they are light enough to put long underwear or pants on underneath. I think I'll wear them with only light leggings under them come spring. I sit in about 1/2" of water (due to splashes and the scupper hole) while kayaking and nothing else I tried worked. I agree with one reviewer, yes, it feels a bit cold like it is wet, but each time I check inside it is totally dry! So I guess I need some thicker leggings to keep the cold out too. Yeah, so I am 'back in the paddle again" this winter! My kayaking friend who chose a wetsuit instead stopped going as she said the wetsuit in winter was 'too cold"' . In the fall she complained it was to hot to wear once paddling and in the sun. I do wish these pants were less expensive though. They could be capri length just as well if worn with knee high rubber boots. I also bought neophrene socks which were totally cold when wet, I might as well have had wet wool socks on. Will be looking for taller rubber boots to wear or just be more careful when I get in the boat from shore. I only let inside my boots get wet as I was testing them.

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          5.0

          This was an excellent purchase

          By Lady Paddler

          from Oklahoma City, OK

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Easy To Put On And Take Off

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Women's Carolina Pants:

            These pants have enabled me to continue kayaking through the winter months. Keeping warm and dry when the water is dangerously cold is extremely important to me and I believe these pants fulfill that need.

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            4.0

            Great

            By laurie

            from MA

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Dries Quickly
            • Durable
            • Easy To Put On And Take Off

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boating
              • Colder Water
              • Paddling

              Comments about NRS Women's Carolina Pants:

              I bought these to supplement paddling gear I wore on a 3 week Colorado River trip down the Grand Canyon in November - December. I wore my drysuit a lot and when that was wet, I used these pants with a dry jacket and loved them. I'm 5'2", about 130lbs ..small on top, medium on the bottom and got the medium. They are roomy to boot which is awesome (I'm kinda hippy but no problems here with these awesome pants). Most girls have some booty and some hips and would appreciate these awesome pants. If you're skinny and long you will want to size down probably. With a union/bunny suit underneath, these pants were fine/awesome for winter paddling down the canyon. My friend (male friend) who is small ended up boring mine when his other brand ripped and so the rest of the trip I was in my drysuit and ended up letting him keep the pants he loved them so much ...so, I just bought another pair. Yes, they are roomy but I'd rather go big than small.

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              4.0

              good so far

              By Veeb

              from Jackson, WY

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Put On And Take Off

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Colder Water
                • Paddling

                Comments about NRS Women's Carolina Pants:

                I ordered these pants in the fall for an upcoming Grand Canyon trip and possibly a Glacier Bay sea kayak trip in 2015. So I haven't had a chance to evaluate them in actual use. So I'll comment only on the fit. I chose the Large size and I am 5'7", 130 lbs with the women's "pear" shape (as opposed to the "apple" shape). They fit well, have enough room for layers underneath without being skin tight, pull up easily over pants/layers, and allow me to sit comfortably. I like a little extra room in the buttocks/thighs when sitting. I would give the product a 5 star if I had tested them out doing a water sport, but as yet I have not.

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                4.0

                I am so happy with these paddle pants.

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Dries Quickly
                • Durable
                • Easy To Put On And Take Off
                • Enough Room For Big Butt
                • Reinforced Knee-awesome
                • Roomy For Bigger Bottoms

                Cons

                • Cup Of H2o In Each Leg

                Best Uses

                • Canoeing
                • Colder Water
                • Fishing
                • General Rain Pant- Hiking
                • Paddling
                • White water kayaking
                • White water rafting

                Comments about NRS Women's Carolina Pants:

                I simply love them. Product did what was expected. I am new to white water kayaking and after "swimming" a few times in 40* water I was fine with hydroskin under my paddle pants.I am short 5'1"- so even though these were a little long that was ok. I just hiked them up and had even more room while seated. I might even use them for fishing. Great investment @ age 48.

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                • No

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