Waterproof Pants

Want to keep your legs dry from rain and snow with a hard shell? See our top picks in waterproof shells and rain pants below, thanks to hundreds of independent reviews and ratings by hikers, backpackers, alpinists, backcountry skiers, trail runners, and paddlers.


Black Diamond
The North Face
Sierra Designs
Mountain Hardwear
Outdoor Research
Eddie Bauer




less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Waterproof Pant Reviews

Patagonia Men's Alpine Houdini Pants

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Alpine Houdini is a compact, lightweight all-season pant that is waterproof, windproof, breathable, and lives up to the Patagonia name. These durable storm pants are ideal for hikers, bikers, runners, or anyone who spends lots of time outside and that needs emergency rain/snow protection in a compact, lightweight package. Patagonia regularly breaks barriers when it comes to function and innovation in the world of outdoor apparel. It feels to me like they have always been there for the outdoor… Full review

Marmot Men's Minimalist Pant

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought these to work in the woods hiking to and from work site. So far so good. Flexible enough to move thru the woods without being constricted. Overall fit and comfort is good. You may not want to buy this if you plan on doing a lot of physical work but works great for hiking and fishing. Very water proof. Full review

Marmot Men's Minimalist Pant

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for all outdoor activity, very durable and comfortable. Best for hiking, trekking, rock climbing and ice climbing. Recommend it for all climbing activity. Fit & Comfort: Perfect fit for legs and very comfortable. Adjustability: Garment  can be adjusted with cuffs and cords. Water Resistance: It's waterproof and can hold on whole day on rain. Breathability: Breathable, garment vents during activity. Moisture: The material wicks sweat away from  skin. Warmth: At cold condition it keeps… Full review

Outdoor Research Foray Pants

rated 4 of 5 stars Good durable lightweight pant. Easy to put on. I have had these pants for snowshoeing in the winter and as my rain pants in the summer. I must admit that I am hard on my gear. These have held up very well in keeping me dry in all conditions. The 3/4 zipper is great that you do not have to take off your boots to put on or take off these. Also they are very sturdy for being as lightweight as they are. Full review

AntiGravityGear Ultralight Rain Pants

rated 4 of 5 stars These rain pants are amazingly small and light, but do a great job of keeping you dry and comfortable. When I started looking for a new pair of ultralight rain pants, I originally turned to cuben fiber. The downside there is the price. At around $150 per pair, I had a hard time justifying an upgrade (my old pants worked, but were a little heavy for my liking). While poking around online, I came across AntiGravityGear's Ultralight Rain Pants which use 1.1oz silnylon instead of cuben fiber. This cuts… Full review

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

Top-Rated Waterproof Pants

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Pant
$199 - $449
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Sabre Pant
$247 - $448
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Minimalist Pant
$164 - $165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Pants
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
The North Face Kichatna Bib
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps
$59 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Alpine Houdini Pants
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Pant
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Alpinist Bib
$385 - $549
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant
$62 - $100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Mentor Pants
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Foray Pants
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Rainier Storm Shell Pants
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Kimtah Rain Pants
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Motion Pant
$86 - $115
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Marmot PreCip Pant
$38 - $80
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot PreCip Full Zip Pant
$20 - $649
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Rab Latok Alpine Pant
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Palisades Pant
$112 - $599
Berghaus Light Hike Hydroshell Overtrouser
Carhartt Shoreline Bib Overall
$155 - $179
Eddie Bauer Cloud Cap Pants
The North Face Venture 1/2 Zip Pants
$55 - $80
Carhartt Huron Pant
Mammut Nordwand Pro Pant
$315 - $550
Bergans Sirdal Pant
Helly Hansen Skagen Pant
Frogg Toggs Pilot Guide Bib
Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Pant
$182 - $329
Sierra Designs Hurricane Pant
$45 - $95
Mammut Linard Pants
$180 - $181
Millet Hiker Gore-Tex Pant
The North Face Venture Full Zip Pants
Sierra Designs All Weather Pants
Marker Stampede Shell Pant
Marmot Lifty Pant
$113 - $129
Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Narrows Shell Pant
Arc'teryx Azetta Pant
$380 - $474
Patagonia Super Alpine Bibs
$301 - $549
Armada Lex Gore-Tex 3L Pant
Filson Alaska Fit River Bank Rain Pant
Marmot Optima Pant
$100 - $139
Outdoor Research Blackpowder Pants
$125 - $250
Columbia Storm Surge Pant
$45 - $60
The North Face Frederick St Pants
Arc'teryx Stinger Pant
$270 - $475
Rab Calibre Pants
$146 - $224
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