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.

The best waterproof pants, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on June 27, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Waterproof Pant Reviews

Moonstone Gore-Tex Shell Pant

rated 5 of 5 stars These pants have survived almost 20 years of use and still go with me on every day trip or backpack outing. These have been a durable, real good shell pant. Easy to undo the waist when you need to go, easy to adjust for airflow into the pants at any place along the legs. They stuff into the backpack anywhere, use them to soften the load against your back. These are a shell pant, ripstop with Gore-tex. They are windproof and mostly rainproof. I have never treated them with water repellent, and they… Full review

Black Diamond Men's StormLine Stretch Rain Pant

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A light and waterproof pair of rain pants that have some nice stretch to them, making them easy to move in and take along for multiple outdoor pursuits. I found them best when hiking and camping, with enough room for thin layers underneath, but a little maxed out when wearing thicker layers underneath. Construction & Durability:In my experience, there are typically two kinds of rain pants, either a) ultralight and easily rip when stretched too far, brushed up against vegetation, etc, or b) super… Full review

Marmot Men's PreCip Pant

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Wore these in an all-day rain on a backpack in Pennsylvania in spring 2010. The kleenex I had in the front pocket was dry the entire day Full review

Marmot Men's PreCip Pant

rated 3.5 of 5 stars For me, the Marmot PreCip Pants serve as a lightweight alternative to snow pants when the weather is not warm but not subzero. They are just right for the beginning or end of the snow season when you appreciate the impermeability but don’t want the extra bulk. Fit and Comfort:  I like how the pants find the right size between being able to maneuver in them while not simultaneously looking like MC Hammer pants from the early nineties. They are about just the right size to pull over thermal underwear… Full review

Marmot Women's PreCip Pant

rated 3 of 5 stars Overall these pants do what I want them to do—if you see them on sale go for it, otherwise they are little pricey. I'm happy with them, but there are a few issues that might be solved by other brands. Fit & Comfort: No complaints in the comfort department. As a slightly tall person (5'9") size medium is a great length for tucking and letting water run off at the base of your shoe/boot. The waist band is comfortable and easily cinched to your size, and as these pants are good for layering the… Full review

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Pant
$330 - $475
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Minimalist Pant
$115 - $165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Marmot PreCip Pant
$33 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant
$135 - $214
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Foray Pants
$131 - $175
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Motion Pant
$72 - $107
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot PreCip Full Zip Pant
$45 - $100
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Rain Pant
$69 - $138
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Rab Latok Alpine Pant
Arc'teryx Sabre Pant
$250 - $499
Cabela's Rainy River Gore-tex PacLite Pants
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Palisades Pant
Carhartt Shoreline Bib Overall
$140 - $149
Patagonia Hose-Down Slicker Bib Overalls
Patagonia Cloud Ridge Pants
Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Pant
Sierra Designs Hurricane Pant
$57 - $58
Mammut Linard Pants
$109 - $167
Arc'teryx Zeta SL Pant
$157 - $225
Burton AK 2L Summit Pant
Burton Cargo Pants
$100 - $169
Outdoor Research Maximus Pant
Outdoor Research Blackpowder Pants
Columbia Storm Surge Pant
$36 - $60
Arc'teryx Stinger Pant
$399 - $499
Helly Hansen Dubliner Pants
Montane Minimus Pants
$100 - $130
La Sportiva Storm Fighter 2.0 GTX Pant
Arc'teryx Beta SL Pant
$99 - $275
Columbia Rebel Roamer Rain Pant
$50 - $60
Ultimate Direction Ultra Pant
Patagonia 3-Layer Full-Zip Uniform Pants
White Sierra Trabagon Pant
$15 - $24
Arc'teryx Sentinel Pant
$349 - $399
Patagonia Refugitive Pant
Montane Atomic Pants
Millet Trilogy GTX Pro Pant
Norrona Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Shell Pant
$335 - $374
Red Ledge Thunderlight Pant
$22 - $54
Rab Vidda Pant
Outdoor Research Bolin Pants
Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Pant
$100 - $129
Arc'teryx Alpha AR Pant
$367 - $525
Helly Hansen Voss Pant
$28 - $31
Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell Trousers
$280 - $399
Mammut Splide Pant
$130 - $179
Arc'teryx Stingray Pant
$300 - $355
REI Talusphere Pants
Outdoor Research Helium Pants
$89 - $119
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