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Marmot Precip Full Zip Pant     Photo: Courtesy of Marmot

Q:

What Are the Best Summer Rain Pants?

I'm looking for good mixed-use rain pants for hiking, camping, and occasional cycling. I'm size large, but I can't find anything with a short-enough inseam. What do you recommend?

A:You're in luck. There are plenty of great rain pants out there. For fit, you have three options.

One, shop around a bit to see how different pants are cut. Arc’teryx, for example, says their Large/Short pants have a 30.5” inseam. They may work well.

Two, have them modified. Your local Mountain Equipment Co-op store should be able to tell you where they send Gore-Tex items for repair. (Just whacking 4” off the cuffs isn't a great idea, so try to find someone who can remove a section, re-sew, and tape the seam.)

The cheapest solution is to make do with rolled-up pants. Not perfect, but it'll work in a pinch.

Now, what to buy? At the low end, price-wise, you’ll find Marmot’s Precip Full-Zip Pant ($95). The Precips are lightweight, with a full zipper that makes putting them on and taking them off easy, and a proprietary waterproof coating that will keep you dry and allow for decent breathability. They also come with an interior coating that helps prevent condensation from building up and creating a clammy feeling.

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