Rating: 3 / 5
I've loved Golite Reeds for years. I added a 9" uretek zip to each leg of my current pair about a year ago and they've been great, and only wigh 4.3 oz (size L). I just picked up a back up pair for my upcoming PCT attempt, sat down to add leg zips in then realized I got the new ones, not the old kind. Incredibly, Golite has added a CLOTH zip to the legs of the Reeds! In fairness to Golite, the zip has a rain flap over it, but it'll be pretty easy for water to run in. I couldn't believe they'd use the zipper you'd find on the back of a skirt on a pair of rain pants. Then I weighed them - 6.5 oz!!!
I would have happily paid more for Reeds made of the old fabric that had an actual waterproff zip in them. Ah well, back to the sewing machine to "un-create" what they have done and put a proper zip in. Then I can lose the rain flap weight too.