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Recent Hard Shell Pant Reviews

Rab Men's Neo Guide Pants

rated 5 of 5 stars These are hands down the best hard shells available for all day use. I have hiked, climbed, and plan to tour in these, and normally I can't wear softshells for how badly I sweat in them. Fit Disclaimer: I'm 5'10" 155 lbs and very lean. I have small shoulders, a 29-inch waist and always fit a size small. I tend to run very hot as soon as I start moving. But get cold quickly. I find that Black Diamond Dawn Patrol series and Marmot fit me best and most brands' Trim fits feel normal to me. What… Full review

Arc'teryx Sabre Pant

rated 5 of 5 stars The best ski and snowboard pants I have ever had. These are the best ski and snowboard pants I have ever had. The fabric has been really durable. There is just the right amount of insulation. I really like the huge pockets. The only issue I have with the pants is that they are a baggier cut. Some people would find them a little too large. I am 5'11", 180 lbs, with a 34" waist and a large fits good. As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose… Full review

Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Simple, lightweight, packable, and good ventilation. I have yet to find any real negative to the Elite Rain Chaps (5 oz.). They are lightweight, without zippers or pockets, and the design allows for excellent air flow around the upper legs, and crotch. Its design also gives you quick access to pants pockets. If you are looking for lightweight rain wear that works hard at keeping you dry inside and out, check these out. Sierra Designs Elite Chaps. The Chaps are intended to be part of a system &… Full review

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

Top-Rated Hard Shell Pants

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Red Ledge Rainstop Pant
Columbia Regen Rain Pant
$18 - $50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot PreCip Full Zip Pant
$20 - $100
Helly Hansen Voss Pants
REI Rainwall Pants
$21 - $79
White Sierra Trabagon Pant
$25 - $30
Red Ledge Thunderlight Pant
$25 - $29
Helly Hansen Voss Pant
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Light Streak Pant
$25 - $33
White Sierra Bilko Pant
$30 - $34
ULA Equipment Rain Kilt
Columbia Trail Adventure Pant
Columbia Rebel Roamer Rain Pant
$32 - $70
Helly Hansen Dubliner Pants
$32 - $59
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Marmot PreCip Pant
$33 - $84
Columbia Flash Pant
$35 - $55
The North Face Resolve Pant
$35 - $70
Helly Hansen Shelter Pants
$38 - $43
Red Ledge Thunderlight Full Zip Pant
Sierra Designs Hurricane HP Pant
$48 MSRP
Sierra Designs Hurricane Pant
$43 - $69
Columbia Storm Surge Pant
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture Pant
$44 - $62
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps
$44 - $69
Stoic Vaporshell 3L Pant
Red Ledge Thunderlight Rain Pant
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Epic Pant
$90 MSRP
The North Face Slasher Cargo Pant
$46 - $160
Exped Chaps
Patagonia Torrentshell Pants
$48 - $99
MontBell Thunder Pass Pants
Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant
$52 - $170
Eider Maipo IV Pant
Carhartt Mayne Bib Overalls
Red Ledge Free Rein Pant
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant
$59 - $100
Frogg Toggs ToadSkinz Reflective Pants
Helly Hansen Aden Pant
Helly Hansen Sevenj Pant
Outdoor Research Rampart Pants
$60 - $74
Outdoor Research Palisade Pants
$60 - $75
The North Face Venture Full Zip Pants
$64 - $98
Helly Hansen Loke Pant
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Motion Pant
$65 - $145
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Ion Pant
$65 - $100
O'Neill Star Pant
Helly Hansen Packable Pant
$68 - $84
Burton Exile Cargo Pants
EMS All Mountain Shell Pants
686 Authentic Quest Pant
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