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
Marmot
Black Diamond
Rab
The North Face
Patagonia
Mountain Hardwear
Sierra Designs
Outdoor Research
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

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

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

Top-Rated Waterproof Pants

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Pant
$235 - $475
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Sabre Pant
$201 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Minimalist Pant
$120 - $165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib
$625
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib
$329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Pants
$200 - $230
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Marmot PreCip Pant
$38 - $625
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
The North Face Kichatna Bib
$280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Alpine Houdini Pants
$64 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Pant
$80 - $95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Alpinist Bib
$550
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
$269
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps
$59 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Mentor Pants
$200 - $425
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Foray Pants
$105 - $175
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Kimtah Rain Pants
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Motion Pant
$80 - $144
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot PreCip Full Zip Pant
$20 - $649
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Rab Latok Alpine Pant
$280
Cabela's Rainy River Gore-tex PacLite Pants
$100
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Palisades Pant
$130 - $599
Berghaus Light Hike Hydroshell Overtrouser
$110
 
Carhartt Shoreline Bib Overall
$155 - $179
Mammut Segnas HS Pant
$240
The North Face Venture 1/2 Zip Pants
$47 - $80
 
Carhartt Huron Pant
$115
Mammut Nordwand Pro Pant
$315
Bergans Sirdal Pant
$449
Helly Hansen Impertech II Waist
$66
 
Helly Hansen Skagen Pant
$174
 
Frogg Toggs Pilot Guide Bib
$120
L.L.Bean Patroller Bib Pant
$369 - $449
Columbia OutDry Ex Gold Pant
$150
Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Pant
$182 - $329
Sierra Designs Hurricane Pant
$35 - $94
 
Mammut Linard Pants
$260
Millet Hiker Gore-Tex Pant
$250
The North Face Venture Full Zip Pants
$55 - $72
Sierra Designs All Weather Pants
$179
Marker Stampede Shell Pant
$58
Marmot Lifty Pant
$110 - $113
 
Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Narrows Shell Pant
$84
Arc'teryx Azetta Pant
$332 - $355
Patagonia Super Alpine Bibs
$274 - $549
Fjallraven Brenner Pro Trouser
$225
Armada Lex Gore-Tex 3L Pant
$128
 
Filson Alaska Fit River Bank Rain Pant
$400
Marmot Optima Pant
$140
Outdoor Research Maximus Pant
$499
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