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.

Brands

Arc'teryx
The North Face
Black Diamond
Marmot
Rab
Sierra Designs
Mountain Hardwear
Outdoor Research
Eddie Bauer
REI

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

Price

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

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

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

Top-Rated Waterproof Pants

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Pant
$270 - $449
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Sabre Pant
$225 - $449
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture Pant
$44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib
$449 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib
$329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Light Streak Pant
$17 - $25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Pants
$190 - $379
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
The North Face Kichatna Bib
$280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps
$59 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Pant
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Alpinist Bib
$385 - $549
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant
$62 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant
$181 - $268
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Mentor Pants
$212 - $425
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Foray Pants
$175
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Rainier Storm Shell Pants
$149
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Kimtah Rain Pants
$110 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Motion Pant
$86 - $145
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Marmot PreCip Pant
$33 - $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
$140 - $279
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Cloudveil Koven Pant
$175 - $227
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Palisades Pant
$146 - $599
Carhartt Shoreline Bib Overall
$155 - $179
Eddie Bauer Cloud Cap Pants
$40
Mountain Hardwear Bokta Pants
$157
The North Face Venture 1/2 Zip Pants
$56 - $80
Helly Hansen Legend Cargo Pant
$111
 
Carhartt Huron Pant
$115
Mammut Nordwand Pro Pant
$315 - $550
Marmot Minimalist Pant
$115 - $165
 
Bergans Sirdal Pant
$449
Norrona Narvik Dri3 Pant
$250
Helly Hansen Skagen Pant
$174
 
Frogg Toggs Pilot Guide Bib
$120
Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Pant
$182 - $329
Sierra Designs Hurricane Pant
$34 - $95
Mammut Linard Pants
$182
 
Millet Hiker Gore-Tex Pant
$250
The North Face Venture Full Zip Pants
$59 - $98
Sierra Designs All Weather Pants
$71
 
Marker Stampede Shell Pant
$69
Marmot Lifty Pant
$113 - $189
 
Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Narrows Shell Pant
$84
Arc'teryx Azetta Pant
$285 - $475
Patagonia Super Alpine Bibs
$302 - $549
Armada Lex Gore-Tex 3L Pant
$128
 
Filson Alaska Fit River Bank Rain Pant
$400
Marmot Optima Pant
$71 - $139
Outdoor Research Blackpowder Pants
$175 - $250
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