Make a mid-rise winter pant in this model
Lower the waist band, and you'd have a winner. These pants should come in a mid-rise (apx. 1 inch below belly button). The tapered leg is fine. Yes, they pill over time, but are warm in windy, cold weather (up to 40 degrees). Because the “natural” waist comes up so high, I have to fold down the waist band which looks cheesy and isn’t that comfortable.
Good as ever
I bought my first pair of Sporthill pants 20 years ago but they are now a more level 2 warmth rather than a three since they lost all the warm fleece on the inside. I wore my new pair this weekend and they are far warmer than the old worn ones. I did have to remove some of the elastic on the waist because the waist was too tight; a nice fit with the rest of the pants, even the length. I am 5 ft 3 inches and 110 pounds and bought the XS, the same as my last ones.