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Columbia Cool Creek Pants Review

Columbia Cool Creek Pants
By: Chris McNamara, Chris Summit  ⋅  Apr 10, 2012
Price:  $55 List
Pros:  Lightweight stretch fabric has great mobility and comfortable feel, good looking
Cons:  Mesh pockets ripped easily, lightweight fabric is easily worn and torn
Manufacturer:   Columbia

Our Analysis

March 2015 - The Cool Creek Pants have been Discontinued

These are great warmer weather pants for climbing or hiking. They also work well around town. We recommend them if you need an almost dressy looking pair of pants that has great mobility and a cool, lightweight, comfortable feel. The are great for outdoor activities with a bit of style and comfort added in.


The comfortable, lightweight, quick drying, stretchy nylon fabric feels cool in warm weather and keeps you fairly warm in cold temps. The downside is that the lightweight fabric gets torn up and worn out easily.


Not too loose and not too tight. 32W/32L fit my average (5'10"/165) frame perfectly.


Full leg gusset combined with the lightweight stretch fabric creates such good mobility it almost feels like you don't have any pants on at all! The breathable/ventilated mesh pockets help make the pants lightweight and keeps them cooler in warm weather. The small zippered right side leg pocket is handy.


Casual and good looking. If not for the pocket on the side of the leg they would almost look like dress slacks.


These are a solid value if you take care of them. If you are mostly hiking on established trails, you are find. If you want to rock climb or go off trail, they can get beat up fast.

Chris McNamara, Chris Summit

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