While it doesn't rain much here in CO, I picked these rain pants up for a 7 day trip through the Alps this summer. We had one really nasty day of riding in the rain and I have to say that I'm really impressed with these pants. The 3/4 length provides the perfect amount of rain protection. They keep your knees and everything else above dry. The pants are super light weight so there's no excuse not the carry them with you if there's even a hint of rain in the forecast.