Updated November 10, 2020 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Waterproof Pants For Men

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in September of 2016. Nothing dampens an adventure like wet pants. If you enjoy the rugged outdoors in all types of weather, a pair of these waterproof pants for men should be an essential part of your hiking, biking, camping, and backpacking gear. They keep the rain and snow from infiltrating your inner layers, and many also offer insulated and breathable fabrics to keep you warm and comfortable. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Berghaus Deluge

2. Gash Hao Snowboard

3. Marmot PreCip

Editor's Notes

November 05, 2020:

The zippers on the Nonwe Outdoors tend to break easily, which we’ve noted in the listing. We also point out that the Frogg Toggs Bull Frogg features zippered openings at the bottom of each leg, which makes it quite a bit easier to put on and remove the pants, especially if you’re wearing shoes or boots.

While the Carhartt Mayne provide reliable protection from the elements, keep in mind that they don’t promote much airflow, which can cause some discomfort in hot weather. We also updated the listing of the Mountain Warehouse Pakka to indicate that the waist is not adjustable, which is somewhat frustrating, since these pants are designed to be worn over base layers.

Our only new addition — the Berghaus Deluge — are also intended to be worn over a normal pair of pants, making them ideal for cycling to work. The fabric features a durable waterproof coating, and users seem quite satisfied with the design and capacity of the pockets.

Though pricier than most of the items in the list, the KUIU Hunting Pants in the Special Honors section are a great choice for a diehard hunter who won’t settle for anything less than premium gear. They’re available in several styles at a range of price points.

November 05, 2019:

Both the North Face Resolve and Sierra Designs Hurricane were no longer available, and therefore eliminated from the rankings. We updated the listing for the Columbia Rebel Roamer with the latest version of the product. Based on reports of impressive durability in the face of tasks that require extensive physical activity, we slightly upgraded the position of the Carhartt Mayne.

Whereas many waterproof pants clearly favor functionality over aesthetics, the Jessie Kidden Winter provide a potent combination of the two. A baggy “clown-like” appearance is a common complaint for many pants of this type, but these have a stylish, tight-fitting design to go with a tough outer shell, a warm fleece lining, and several zippered pockets for storing accessories.

The Gash Hao Snowboard, another new addition, are tailor-made for skiing and other winter sports. We noted that they’re designed for both freedom of movement and heat retention, and users typically view them as an excellent value for their performance.

October 13, 2018:

Added a couple of products that stand out for their feature richness, and included an insulated pant in the selections. Re-evaluated each item's place on the list and changed the ranking of some based on value for the price.

Special Honors

KUIU Hunting Pants Constructed for all-day comfort and dryness, these heavy-duty rain pants for hunters are available in an array of subtle colors and various camouflage styles. They’re stretchy but tough, with a gusseted crotch and an adjustable belt built into the elastic waist. Plus, they feature special reinforcements on the knee and plenty of zippered pockets. kuiu.com

Mascot Workwear From full-body overalls to standard rain pants, Mascot offers pairs to suit a variety of situations and applications. Several fluorescent yellow and orange options are great for occupations that require heightened visibility, and each style is available in a wide range of sizes. mascotworkwear.com

Blauer Rain Pants The B.Dry waterproof pants from Blauer are lightweight and flexible, with adjustable cuffs and an elastic waistband for comfort. If you require something more heavy duty, their Tacshell pants — while much pricier — offer the ultimate resistance to water, heat and abrasion. They also feature a zip-out insulated fleece liner for warmth. blauer.com

4. Jessie Kidden Winter

5. Mountain Warehouse Pakka

6. Carhartt Mayne

7. Wantdo Insulated Cargo

8. Arc'teryx Beta AR

9. Nonwe Outdoors

10. Frogg Toggs Bull Frogg


Sam Kraft
Last updated on November 10, 2020 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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