I purchased the pants on sale and after trying them on decided these might be helpful. I was sceptical about sending more $ on top of the cost of the pants but these are worth every penny. The system they use to fasten them is brilliant and very sturdy. I haven't had a problem with any of the velcro holders failing and don't see how they could. They don't slip at all once adjusted and keep the pants in place throughout a daily 32 mile commute without any discomfort. I don't know they're on until I stop riding and change clothes. The pants don't have a waist adjustment system so if they don't fit perfectly, they could easily slide down. Add to that that most cycling gear is made of slippery materials and these are a no brainer. Thanks to Showers Pass for another well thought out product.
Ive had many great rainwind jackets in over 40 years of NW winter riding. The Elite has the best combination of rainwind protection and ventilation to keep me from cooking in my own sweat midway through a winter ride.
If you want to go on a long, wet ride, you probably don't want these pants, opting instead for waterproof bib tights. If you want to ride shorter distances in the rain wearing either cycling clothes or work clothes, these are the pants for you. The coverage of these pants is excellent. I'm 6'2 with a 33 waist and 34 inseam. The L size fits well and I just barely need to use the waistband drawstring. Still ample room in the waist and thighs for someone heavier than myself. I like that the legs are LONG. The bottom of the pant leg has zippers on the outside so you can unzip them and pull these directly over your shoes, jeans, everything. After pulling them on, zip down the side zippers and secure the two velco straps to tighten up the pant legs around your calf and ankle. No worries about these getting caught in your chain. With a bent leg, my sock just barely shows when wearing road shoes, so if I wear waterproof shoe covers while biking or wear hiking boot while hiking these will easily overlap for excellent wet weather coverage.
If you are looking for carry some light and affordable rain pants in case of an down pour on your commute to work or home, then these are them.
Could you use these on a long tour? Yes, but there are better products out there, which breathe, and would be worth paying more for.