With fall approaching I'm again looking for rain pants that fit. I weigh about 200lbs currently and have wide hips so I decided to post this in the clydesdale forum first. I should mention that I live in Portland so in the winter I have to deal with the threat of rain nearly every day.
Any rain pants pants that fit over my butt are way way too long, leaving tons of loose fabric to get caught in my chainrings. Any rain pants that are the right length do not fit over my butt (and whatever pants I hope to keep dry). Currently I wear size 36 waist and 30 or 32 inseam pants.
For example, the IllumiNITE rain pants list a Large as 34-36 waist: too small. The XL fits waist size 37-40 but the inseam on those is 34-35! I'd have to pull those things up to my armpits to avoid the fabric near my right ankle getting all ripped up. This seems to be the norm for rain pants. I've tried on maybe 15 pair at various cycling and sporting good stores and they all seem the same.
In past years I've managed to keep a few pairs of rain pants from being ripped for a short while by folding them up and using multiple velcro 'pantleg protector thingies'. That only works for so long, once they get caught and ripped once, they become harder to keep under control. Last year I gave up and refused to buy a pants that didn't fit. Instead, if there was a good chance of being rained on I just wore winter cycling tights for my commute and changed when I got to work. This worked great when it was actually raining but I need a solution that allows me to ride in my normal clothes when it isn't raining, and if I get caught in the rain I can stop and throw on some rain pants. I tried to fit my tights over my jeans but it didn't work out very well.
So... Does anyone have any suggestions for pants that might actually fit me? Am I the only one with this problem? Any 'outside the box' solutions?