These are not that Low Rising. I would say they are high/Med rising. I bought the xs. They fit perfectly! I am 5'6" and 125 pounds. I love the cargo pocket that is accessable while on the slopes with your jacket on. They are really comfy. I love having the velcro waste cincher on the outside so it doesn't scratch your skin and leave a big gap so cold air gets in if put on the inside. Most pants put the waist cincher on the inside. Way stupid! Thanks North Face! I get really cold on the slopes, so I got the insulated ones for when the temps go into the teens and twenties and will use the regular uninsulated Freedom pant when it gets in the thirties and above. It would be possible to layer under the uninsulated pant with tights and long wool/silk underwear. In fact it might be easier to move around that way. I like having the vents on the outside, I don't know why manufacturers put them on the inside. I'd much rather have cool air come into the outside of my legs then the inside.