Maren H.wrote a review of The North Face Freedom LRBC Pant - Women's on January 10, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The things you need to know:
(1) These are shell pants. NO excess bulk, no down fill, no MC Hammer poofy pants. Slim, shell pants. There is a liner, so you get minimal warmth, but absolutely no bulk.
(2) These are a VERY flattering fit. You get a nice waist-line, tighter on the thighs -- you look like a chick. Bomb.
(3) Tech aspects are prime: you get thigh zips for lap days under Sierra sun, totally waterproof, snug gaiters, the snap/velcro combo keeps the pants on your waist where you want them.
(4) Perfect number of pockets. You can stash a lift beer if you want, but you're not weighed down with excess pockets.
A side note: the blue color is bright. Very nice color. If you can rip, rock the blues. Flashy.