Customer reviews for Columbia Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant

Columbia Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant

These amphibious pants feature zip-off legs for quick-change versatility in or out of the water. For 2012, this updated classic features a softer, more comfortable nylon fortified with Omni-Wick® technology so they feel wonderful and dry fast.
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5
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38 out of 42(90%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
Review 1 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great hot weather hiking pants.

PostedJuly 3, 2012
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Location: Virginia
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I hiked in these pants in 105 degree temps on Comb Ridge in southeast Utah and was comfortable. I'd planned to unzip the legs but decided against doing so to protect my knees from sun reflected back from the slick rock.
My waist is small in proportion to my hips, so I added small darts to each side in front and was able to do without a belt.
The fabric is tough and survived several episodes of negotiating rock slides on the seat of my pants unscathed. I like the pants so well I bought a second pair.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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5 / 5
5 / 5

good on-the-water pants

PostedJuly 11, 2012
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Location: Gulf Coast
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought 2 pair for working on boats in the summer sun. They are very lightweight if you chose them for sun protection (like me). If its just too hot, they are convertible to a nice bermuda length short. One cargo pocket zippers and the other has a button. They are win.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great quality.

PostedJuly 26, 2012
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Location: Gardner, MA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
True to size.
Prompt delivery.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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3 / 5
3 / 5

I have not yet used this item since it was purchased for an event yet to happen

PostedJuly 31, 2012
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Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I was truly disappointed in the sizing. I tried to find these hiking pants in local stores so that I could try them on. No luck. I tried on other Columbia pants so as to have a size indicator. Then I ordered a size large because all the 10's I tried on were too small. Whoa!! when they arrived they were way too big so I had to have them altered at an additional $15. Hemming was part of that---again nothing on line came in a shorter length. There was no time to return the pants since I purchased them for a trip. After the huge amount of money I spent, I hope that they serve me well as I hike in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Nice pants

PostedFebruary 26, 2013
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Location: Portland, Maine
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I am very satisfied with my pants. They run large, so if you are on the border of a size range, act accordingly. I did have to exchange mine but customer service was great.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Not the best for curvy girls

PostedApril 22, 2013
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Location: Clearwater, Florida
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Quality
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I'm a size 18 hips with a size 14 waist. On our drive to the campsite, I stitched a piece of elastic in the back of the waistband to tighten them up and take in about 4 inches, otherwise I had a serious gap in which both fists would fit.
These do come with some elastic, but it's minimal and barely bunches the fabric.
Other than that, the pants are great. We got caught in a downpour and my soaked pants dried in less than 15 mins. They are lightweight, good for layering over warmer pants, and do not hinder movement as you climb and stretch.
Just wish they understood that curvy girls do exist.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Yes, you should....

PostedMay 13, 2013
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Location: Florida
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Another great product! Love these pants, the mateiral is durable and breathable. Quailty construction and a design that ensures full range of motion. Great for land or water adventures.
I'm vertically challenged, so they are a little long. However, the material is easy to hem.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 8 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Aruba V

PostedMay 22, 2013
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Location: Portland, Oregon
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These trousers are excellent. I bought them for my wife who lives in southern China. The weather can be very wet one minute and very hot and humid the next. Being able to switch back and for the between shorts and trousers work very well in this climate. In addition, the workmanship and quality of this item are quite good. I highly recommend.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Careful re/ your size and expensive return shipping

PostedJune 18, 2013
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Location: NJ
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Just want to say how disappointed I was. I carefully measured and followed size guide, received my pants and they practically fell off. It cost $12.25 to return. I'll certainly think twice before ordering again as much as I' have enjoyed previous products.
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Review 10 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Fit was not too good

PostedMay 23, 2012
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Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Large
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Runs Very Large
Runs Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I like the Columbia convertibles.....I have serveral....However, this latest purchase doesn't fit at the top (these are just below waist pants). I thought with the elastic band on either side the fit wouldn't be an issue, however that isn't the case. One of the issues with buying online...can't try on prior to purchasing. Fit through the hips/legs and length is good.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Very relaxed

PostedJune 22, 2013
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Location: Detroit, MI
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I tried a different pair of Columbia pants for hiking, but the legs were super tight. These are definitely relaxed. I ordered a medium, as I usually wear an 8. The waist is big, but with a belt its fine. The legs are cut a little big for my taste, but should be comfortable hiking in. The quality is very good.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Pants are perfect

PostedJune 29, 2013
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Location: NC
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought these pants for working outdoors in the elements and they have been great. Dry fast, do not stick to my skin in the heat and feel weightless on. Theynrun a little big so a small tuck at the waist has helped a lot. Love the pockets down the legs for hands free items. I would purchase another pair.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 13 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great look and fit and choice of colors

PostedJuly 1, 2013
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Location: Chicago
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Found these pants on the Columbia site. Read the reviews, took the chance that they might be what I am looking for my trip to Vt. Glad I made the purchase because they are comfortable, look nice on, and the sage and fossil colors look great with most anything. I am 5ft 1/2", so I did have to hem them, the story of my life, though.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Very comfortable and versatile!

PostedJuly 2, 2013
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Location: Knoxville, TN
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I just received these pants, and wore them as shorts to hike in a couple of days ago. They were very comfortable, and were cool on a hot summer day. I like the cargo pockets. I think I will get a lot of wear out of them for hiking and traveling. Would definitely recommend.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 15 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Can't find any that fit

PostedJuly 6, 2013
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Location: Indiana
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Why must you use s/m/l for pants? I tried these in med, the booty was too snug ( yes I have curves, imagine that, a woman with curves). I tried these in large, they were far too large. Also, only one length available? I guess if you have the build of a boy they will fit.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

best work pants ever

PostedJuly 11, 2012
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Location: Portland oregon
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Best work pants ever. I can bend, sit , twist and get up and down in them and they look great too.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Finally a hiking pant for a woman with curves.

PostedJuly 12, 2012
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Location: CT
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I've had issues finding pants that fit me. I'm right on the cusp of sizes. These pants fit well in the waist, but are a little baggier in the legs than I wanted, but other than that, they are very functional, light weight and good quality. I do recommend them
I would recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Good product

PostedJuly 21, 2012
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Location: NJ
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
Quality
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
This pant is good for me. Just a little large, but it is OK.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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5 / 5
5 / 5

These pants work for any outdoor situation!

PostedJuly 28, 2013
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Location: Florida
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I have to stay out of the sun so these pants help me get out there and make memories with my kids. They are UPF rated but are so light weight and comfortable that I don't sweat to death. If I feel like jumping in water ...I just unzip the pant leg and dive in. I wear them to amusement parks, camping trips, everywhere! LOVE THESE PANTS...totally worth the $50.
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Review 20 for Women's Aruba™ V Convertible Pant
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3 / 5
3 / 5

A qualified 'yes'

PostedAugust 16, 2013
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Location: Florida
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Large
Quality
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
These pants are very lightweight. They would be very comfortable IF...
I ordered the large based on the fit guide. I was at the lower end, but I was hesitant to order the medium because it didn't seem to cover my measurements (my hips were at the lower end of the large), and since I wear a 12 I thought it was a good bet. I had tried on a large in a different style (shorts) and also a 12 (capris), and both fit me perfectly. I thought I was on solid ground.
The large was too big. it gapped out a lot around the waistline and also seemed large around the hip area, but I think the medium would have been too tight. The waistline was barely elastic, and I mean very very slightly on each side.
I might have still considered them, but they were also much too long on me. I would have needed to bring them to a tailor. My legs are a little bit shorter than average, but generally I can get away with regular inseam being slightly long. These were dragging.
The price was great, but I had to send them back (I could not find them locally). That's when "sticker shock" set in. I live in Florida. It cost me nearly $10 to send them back via the USPS. UPS would have been a lot more.
So my advice would be to follow the fit guide and be aware that if you fall around in the middle of the measurements, and you generally have no problem with length, this could be a good pair of inexpensive hiking pants for you. If you are at the lower end or the higher end, it gets a little more into a "gray area." And also be aware that, if you order online, it could be pricey shipping the pants back to Oregon.
I had to pick a "yes" or "no" on recommendation. In reality it is a "Yes...with reservations."
I do not recommend this product.
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