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.


Sierra Designs
Mountain Hardwear
Outdoor Research




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

Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps

rated 5 of 5 stars What a cool idea! This, with the cagoule, is the coolest rain system ever.   You have to have been caught in diluvien rain with a full pack on with several more peaks to ascend to appreciate this one. I recommend wearing them and adjusting them before your trip, because once properly adjusted, they easily slide over wet boots and clip onto your pants. I got to test the entire system on a hike in the Sierra foothills where I got caught in heavy rain and high winds and it performed beautifully.  … Full review

Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps

rated 4 of 5 stars These chaps are a lightweight alternative to regular rain pants. They shed water and have much more ventilation than rain pants. I had the opportunity to test the Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps this summer, first on a drizzly day hike in California and then for four solid days of rain on the Tour of Mont Blanc. The chaps are an interesting alternative to rain pants in that they are two separate legs that attach to pants or shorts using a plastic hook on a single side strap (one strap per leg). Full review

Marmot Men's PreCip Pant

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great for hiking, backpacking, any wet or chilly to cold weather. Summary - These are my go-to rain protection pants when hiking and backpacking. The full length leg zippers can not be overrated — adds ventilation when needed, easy to put on quickly in sudden downpour, and zippers do not leak in heavy rain. My Use - These pants have had a lot of wear on mountain backpacks in the Rockies and Sierras. Also great on day hikes in the rain when I want to be out for at least several hours and remain… Full review

Marmot Women's PreCip Pant

rated 5 of 5 stars Great waterproof rain pants! Lightweight and durable. Zippers and snaps on legs and an elastic drawstring at the ankles make this the best rain pant out there! I bought these last year to actually wear with a base layer and hiking pant to make a good snow pant and it worked great! The weather and activity on the mountain can change quickly so instead of snow pants I thought layering was the key, and I was right! I never even wore my Mammut snow pants that cost me a fortune this year. I just wore… Full review

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

Top-Rated Waterproof Pants

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Pant
$425 - $475
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Sabre Pant
$324 - $398
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps
$48 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Minimalist Pant
$131 - $165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib
$469 - $625
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Pants
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Marmot PreCip Pant
$33 - $80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Alpine Houdini Pants
$103 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Pant
$57 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Alpinist Bib
$330 - $549
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant
$50 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant
$259 - $269
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Mentor Pants
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Foray Pants
$160 - $175
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Kimtah Rain Pants
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Motion Pant
$72 - $145
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot PreCip Full Zip Pant
$20 - $100
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Rab Latok Alpine Pant
$148 - $280
Cabela's Rainy River Gore-tex PacLite Pants
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Palisades Pant
$135 - $224
Berghaus Light Hike Hydroshell Overtrouser
Carhartt Shoreline Bib Overall
$155 - $179
Mammut Segnas HS Pant
Mountain Hardwear Bokta Pants
The North Face Venture 1/2 Zip Pants
$40 - $80
Carhartt Huron Pant
Bergans Sirdal Pant
Helly Hansen Impertech II Waist
Helly Hansen Skagen Pant
Frogg Toggs Pilot Guide Bib
L.L.Bean Patroller Bib Pant
Columbia OutDry Ex Gold Pant
Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Pant
$182 - $329
Sierra Designs Hurricane Pant
$32 - $94
Mammut Linard Pants
$156 - $259
Millet Hiker Gore-Tex Pant
The North Face Venture Full Zip Pants
Sierra Designs All Weather Pants
Marker Stampede Shell Pant
Burton Cargo Pants
$126 - $169
Marmot Lifty Pant
Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Narrows Shell Pant
Arc'teryx Azetta Pant
$308 - $331
Patagonia Super Alpine Bibs
Fjallraven Brenner Pro Trouser
Armada Lex Gore-Tex 3L Pant
Filson Alaska Fit River Bank Rain Pant
Marmot Optima Pant
Outdoor Research Maximus Pant
Outdoor Research Blackpowder Pants
$125 - $250
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