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.


Mountain Hardwear
Outdoor Research
The North Face




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

LightHeart Gear Rain Pants

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Great pants, limited sizing. Silicon coated nylon with polyurethane treatment waterproof to 2000mm of water head. Zippers on the legs for easy on and easy off. Not in the least breathable, but very waterproof. Not much to say, you put them on when it rains and you don't get as wet. The big downside is that they come in fixed sizes with an inseam of 31 inches for extra small, 32 for small, and 33 medium to XXX-large, making them very long for anyone under 5'9". You can order custom inseam, but… Full review

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

Top-Rated Waterproof Pants

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Pant
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Sabre Pant
$399 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Minimalist Pant
$132 - $165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib
$312 - $467
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Pants
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Marmot PreCip Pant
$38 - $80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Pant
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Alpinist Bib
$385 - $440
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Foray Pants
$114 - $131
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Motion Pant
$80 - $86
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot PreCip Full Zip Pant
$20 - $100
Cabela's Rainy River Gore-tex PacLite Pants
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Palisades Pant
$135 - $180
Carhartt Shoreline Bib Overall
The North Face Venture 1/2 Zip Pants
$52 - $80
Columbia OutDry Ex Gold Pant
$72 - $87
Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Pant
Sierra Designs Hurricane Pant
$39 - $94
Millet Hiker Gore-Tex Pant
The North Face Venture Full Zip Pants
Marker Stampede Shell Pant
Burton Cargo Pants
Marmot Optima Pant
Outdoor Research Maximus Pant
$324 - $348
Columbia Storm Surge Pant
$37 - $60
Arc'teryx Stinger Pant
Rab Calibre Pants
La Sportiva Storm Fighter 2.0 GTX Pant
$209 - $299
Arc'teryx Beta SL Pant
Columbia Rebel Roamer Rain Pant
$30 - $60
White Sierra Trabagon Pant
$20 - $22
Arc'teryx Sentinel Pant
Patagonia Refugitive Pant
$257 - $429
EMS Thunderhead Pants
REI Rain Pants
Norrona Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Shell Pant
L.L.Bean Pathfinder Waterproof Pant
EMS Storm Front Pants
La Sportiva Storm Fighter Evo GTX Pant
Adidas 2.5L Wandertag Climaproof Pant
Rab Vidda Pant
Haglofs L.I.M III Pant
Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Pant
$100 - $129
Outdoor Research Rampart Pants
Mountain Hardwear Torsun Pant
Bergans Storen Pant
Arc'teryx Alpha AR Pant
$285 - $475
L.L.Bean Trail Model Rain Pants
$25 - $79
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