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Columbia Titanium Pants

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Columbia Titanium Pants hiking pant

Good looking but basic.

Pros

  • Very soft stretch fabric
  • Handy thigh pocket for smartphone
  • Included belt holds up nicely

Cons

  • No reinforcements
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Columbia's Titanium line (now Titan) is supposed to be the top of the line series, but from my experience this pair is a basic fly with button with no membrane or any reinforcements in key areas. Don't get me wrong, I love these pants and that's why I've been using them for five years give or take.

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I bought this 32 inches width and 30 inches height, which is the short leg variation, and it fits great for my 5' 7" frame.

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The fabric is mainly polyester with a low percentage of elastane. That combo makes it heavier and slightly less durable than the nylon ones from the Silver Ridge line but you get unrestricted freedom of movement. A crucial feature when hiking.

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Now I cannot remember its recommended season use but I wouldn't recommended it for summer use as it feels hot. More like for early autumn.

Pocket-wise it features two zippered pockets in front and two in the back but the best pocket that I have yet to find in any Columbia or other brand pants is it's thigh pocket! It's placed somewhere between the side and the back of the right thigh and I have found that this area is the best for storing my smartphone for quick use as it doesn't hit in the knee when rocking back and forth and I can almost do a full squat with it inside!

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The only bad thing about this pocket so to speak is that it's thermally welded thus prone to failure because of the lack of structural support?! On the one hand you get a very comfortable seamless pocket but on the other hand you risk of losing your valuables. It did fail on me but I got it seamed again and it still holds to this day.

The included belt is a classic button one features a large "T" letter for the Titanium range and I love its aggressive thread that really holds the pants without the need to readjust every now and then like the smooth Silver Ridge ones.

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Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 47€

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