I bought these pants in petite for a trip to Costa Rica. After reading the reviews I bought my usual size (4P) and one size larger since some said they run tight in the thigh and hips. I didn't find this to be the case and I don't have skinny thighs. I found the pants to be loose fitting and to look almost like pajama bottoms. This was ok with me since I value comfort over style, but after hiking in them, I think that they are a bit too loose fitting. Even though they were petite, I still had to hem them about 2 inches, but I do have short legs, I think the inseam was about 29 to 30 before I hemmed them. It rained daily on my trip and they are somewhat water resistant but did get wet under the constant downpour. Other hikers had pants that were actually waterproof. They do dry quickly though. They zip off easily, but the shorts are almost knee length. I like the heavy weight of the fabric and they seem well made. On the whole I was pretty happy and comfortable in them.