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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:

    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, 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
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is a little snug, but can be done.

      Answered on 8/1/2013 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
    • 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:

      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:

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

      Answered on 7/31/2013 by Anonymous
    • 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.
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      Commission Operations
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      Answered on 8/1/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

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

      Answered on 7/31/2013 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
  • 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:

      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:

      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:

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

      Answered on 5/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • 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
    • 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:

      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
  • 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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  • Durable (13)
  • Waterproof (11)
  • Breathable (10)
  • Comfortable (10)
  • Good size/fit (10)

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    Best Uses

    • Paddling (9)
    • Colder water (6)
    • Boating / sailing (3)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (3)
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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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      4.0

      So far so good

      By Evil E

      from Tampa, FL

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Dries Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Colder Water
        • Paddling
        • Sailing

        Comments about NRS Women's Carolina Pants:

        I bought this because I get wet sitting out on the trampoline of a small trimaran. The water is now about 62 and depending on the waves, sometimes I am sitting in water or splashed by it and I wanted a waterproof pant. I have now used it three times, and each time, it feels like I'm getting wet inside (I seem to be feeling the cold through it), but I am completely dry. I probably also should get a neoprene or fleece short to wear under it for some warmth. It has a roomy seat for that.

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        4.0

        As advertised

        By KyYaker

        from Alvaton, KY

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Colder Water
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Women's Carolina Pants:

          Was worried about ordering online as sizing can be tricky...every body type is different. After reading several reviews specific to my questions, and seeing them in person on a fellow kayaker, I went ahead and ordered them. I have only worn them on one paddle but was pleased with the fit and comfort. I am 5'3" but not petite in the hip/thigh area. Last Saturday, I went on a 10.25 mile Class I paddle with lots of riffles, wave trains (one big enough to splash into boat over a half skirt and loved how the water just beaded up and dried up quickly), maneuvering, single file elements, and I was comfortable all day. Was able to layer over base layer with room to spare. I'm sure they will fit over wetsuit as well. Am glad I went ahead with purchase of these pants and hope they continue to serve me well on these cold paddling days (I paddle year round in southcentral Kentucky). So far so good!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Dry, dry dry!

          By Tamara

          from Chico, Ca

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Colder Water
            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Women's Carolina Pants:

            I am a "sit on top" kayaker that doesn't want to stop in the winter...getting wet is fine when it's hot, but not in the cold months! Got these pants to stay dry and warm while paddling with the winter bird migration, rivers, streams and lakes. They are COMFORTABLE around the waist: keep me completely dry but don't choke my middle. Easy on and off...I wear long underwear underneath and stay quite toasty and dry.

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