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Recent Hard Shell Pant Reviews

Cabela's Dry-Plus MXP Pants

rated 4 of 5 stars The Cabela's Dry-Plus MXP pants are lightweight, waterproof, and breathable, and work equally well as rain pants or an outer shell for snow sports. The two pockets are closed with waterproof zippers that really are waterproof. Full-length side zippers allow for easy donning over boots and ventilation. I've had these Cabela's Dry-Plus MXP pants for about a year now, and I just love them for snowshoeing. They stop the wind like you wouldn't believe, breathe so well that even with just silkweight polypro… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Men's Plasmic Pant

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lightweight hard shell pants with excellent breathability in a variety of conditions. In all the years I've been exploring in the outdoors, I've never owned a pair of real rain pants. I have some fine softshell pants and wind pants, but never really owned a hardshell. With a thru-hike of the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier on the horizon next summer, I knew it was time to start looking. I'm a big fan of eVent waterproof-breathable fabrics, and my REI eVent jacket is fantastic. Mountain Hardwear… Full review

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib

rated 5 of 5 stars The only large style soft shell bibs, these are a great for all aerobic winter activities. The Dawn Patrol bibs are a really great option for a lot of activities. They fit pretty tight around the legs, similar to most soft shells like the Gamma MX or the Patagonia Knifeblades or Adze. It has minor adjustments on the hem, but not huge. This means that you can't No gaiter or anything. They can also be adjusted by the shoulder suspenders. It's not much of a huge change though. Due to descent stretch… Full review

Marmot Women's PreCip Full Zip Pant

rated 5 of 5 stars I own these and love them. They do the job well of keeping the rain out. I'm not over the top hard on any of my gear, but I've sat on everything from mud to rocks and not one problem with these pants. It's kind of odd how you cool down so quickly after you put these on. No sticking to you when you're sweaty. I do think they run small in size. I'm 5'2" and a size 8 and had to get a large. Which was shocking considering I can wear kids clothes. I'm short so they are a little long, but that's nothing… Full review

Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha Pant

rated 5 of 5 stars The Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha LT Pants are top-of-the-line hardshell pants with well-thought-out features and unbeatable performance. Primarily designed for the military/law enforcement tactical community, the Alpha LT takes what was best about the Arc'teryx light hardshell line and improved on it. This hardshell is extremely lightweight, packable, and durable making it well-suited for the backpacking community. The LEAF Alpha LT Pants are of unmatched quality when compared to other commercial or military-grade… Full review

Columbia Rain Tech Omni Heat Pants

rated 4 of 5 stars Live in WA where we get a lot of bad weather. Bought to go with my jacket of the same brand and was extremely impressed with the performance. Priced great, very functional, no frills. Lets start with the only con I could come up with. I put this under the cons because for some people this is a must. Especially when climbing a mountain where crampons are needed, would require too much time and effort to put on and take off. But this is one of the features I didn't want because of the wet weather… Full review

Log House Designs Gore-Tex Pant

rated 5 of 5 stars The best lightweight, affordable, tough 3-layer pants ever. Buy one size up instead of complaining about moving-fit problems like a city slicker. I had two pairs of these over years and made snow with both of them (a brutal job on equipment). Neither of them ever leaked and any clown who ever says their products leak is without any experience. These were tough and comfortable to wear all the time like any good 3-layer Gore tex but with a tough taslan shell which is decent in brush and the tighter… Full review

Norrona Men's Falketind Gore-Tex Pro Shell Pant

rated 5 of 5 stars The Norrona Gore-Tex Pro Shell Pant is super light and has a perfect cut. The Norrona Gore-Tex Pro Shell Pant is super light and has a perfect cut. It fit's all around the legs and is not too tight. It's not the best for skiing, but the best for all kind of climbing. It allows a huge opportunity in movement, because of the great fit and stretch in the knees. The material feel ultra durable. There are reinforcements on the inner legs and knees. It's not krepotec, but this pant is ultra light though. Full review

ZPacks Waterproof Breathable Cuben Fiber Rain Pants

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These pants are great! I don't usually carry rain pants for summer hikes in dry climates, but for a few ounces these pants saved my bacon in the abnormally stormy weather we experienced on the JMT this past August. I wore them for hiking in rain at high elevation and also around camp and at night in the tent for extra warmth. These pants are worth every penny of the $160 I paid for them. They are so light and small that I don't hesitate to throw them in my pack "just in case". The three layer laminate… Full review

Top-Rated Hard Shell Pants

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Pant
$226 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Mountain Light Pant
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture Pant
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib
$522 - $598
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib
$197 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Epic Pant
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Sabre Pant
$247 - $449
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Light Streak Pant
$17 - $27
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Pant
$97 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Alpinist Bib
$412 - $439
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant
$65 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant
$155 - $258
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Mentor Pants
$340 - $425
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Kimtah Rain Pants
$94 - $189
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Motion Pant
$65 - $144
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Marmot PreCip Pant
$33 - $80
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot PreCip Full Zip Pant
$71 - $100
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Rab Latok Alpine Pant
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Cloudveil Koven Pant
$170 - $227
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Palisades Pant
$112 - $599
Carhartt Shoreline Bib Overall
$155 - $179
Dynafit Huascaran GTX Proshell Pant
Mountain Hardwear Bokta Pants
The North Face Venture 1/2 Zip Pants
$49 - $80
Helly Hansen Legend Cargo Pant
Carhartt Huron Pant
Mammut Nordwand Pro Pant
Carhartt PVC Rain Bib
Marmot Minimalist Pant
$123 - $165
Lowe Alpine Aiguille Gore-Tex Pant
Bergans Sirdal Pant
Helly Hansen Odin Traverse Pant
Norrona Narvik Dri3 Pant
Helly Hansen Skagen Pant
Frogg Toggs Pilot Guide Bib
Sierra Designs Hurricane Pant
$37 - $69
Millet Hiker Gore-Tex Pant
The North Face Venture Full Zip Pants
Sierra Designs All Weather Pants
$89 - $114
Outdoor Research Foray Pants
$122 - $175
Rab Cohort Pant
Burton Cargo Pants
Marmot Lifty Pant
$95 - $151
Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Narrows Shell Pant
Arc'teryx Azetta Pant
$356 - $474
Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps
Patagonia Super Alpine Bibs
$274 - $599
Armada Lex Gore-Tex 3L Pant
Filson Alaska Fit River Bank Rain Pant
Marmot Optima Pant
$71 - $154
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