Some of these pants are ideal for year-round use, some are ideal for downpour, and some are ideal for snow. We even made sure to include a couple of affordable options. We know outdoor gear can get pricey, but we understand budgeting is important. No worries though, you won't have to sacrifice quality with budget-friendly options.
Why They'll Come in Handy
Waterproof (or water-repellent pants) will be your best friend when it starts raining. Even if the temperatures are mild, wet clothing can make it feel cold and miserable.
Stay dry, and protect your body from the elements. You don't want to get too cold.
Can You Waterproof Your Hiking Pants
"Can't I just waterproof my favorite hiking pants?" That depends. Mountain Warehouse writes, "Customers often ask if using a waterproofer on normal clothes will make them waterproof. Well, the great news is that it will add a DWR coating (durable water repellent, in case you've forgotten) to the fabric to provide some water resistance, but you cannot make non-waterproof fabric fully waterproof."
So, if you waterproof your normal ol' hiking pants, you might have a tad bit of water resistance, but nothing compared to pants that are already water-resistant or water-repellent.
Shop Amazon for waterproof treatment spray.
Best All-Weather Pants
Columbia's women's hiking pants are waterproof and seam-sealed, creating advanced waterproof technology for any downpour.
They're also breathable, allowing you to stay dry from the elements and sweat. Not only are they great for rain, but they're perfect for chilly days. They feature a mesh lining for cold weather.
The all-weather women's rain pants are available in sizes XS through triple large. As for care, super easy. Machine wash them!
A five-star review: "My husband fussed about all the extra gear I bought for our trip to Iceland. That is until the day it poured the rain. These pants kept me dry through the day. The extra bonus was that they were great for blocking the incredibly strong winds in Iceland."
Best Waterproof Snow Pants
Here are the perfect snow pants for keeping wet elements out. Arctix writes, "ARCTIX cargo snow pants are made from high-tech ThermaLock nylon with a wind and waterproof rating of 3,000 mm." These are great for temps between -20° to +35 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only are they waterproof, but they're also windproof.
Inseams: Short (5'1" - 5'4"), regular (5'5" - 5'8"), tall (5'9" - 6'1").
The pants will make a great pair of ski pants or snowboard pants. There's an O-ring for keys, gloves, or lift tickets. Machine wash them after wearing. They are a bit pricey, as the price will vary by size.
Best for Budget (And Packable)
Here's the most budget-friendly option for ladies on a budget. Not only are they perfect for saving money, but they're great for the minimalist that needs clothes that will fit in a small carry-on bag or backpack. Rainwear doesn't have to be bulky! These packable pants are top-quality.
The water-repellent pants are treated to repel water and even oil! Perfect for unpredictable spills and stains in the outdoors.
Not only are they water repellent, but they're moisture-wicking and have a fleece liner. You'll stay dry and warm.
Keep in mind that these are also great for yoga, so if your yoga studio is cold or you're doing outdoor yoga when it's chilly, you can't go wrong with these pants. You can also use them as tights if you'd like to have a base layer for snow pants.
The stretchy leggings are available in sizes XS-XXL.
Mountain Hardwear is a top-rated brand for outdoor gear, especially cold-weather apparel. Their rain jackets and bibs are pricey but worth every penny.
Their waterproof pants banish moisture and have a 4-way stretch for trekking and maximum movement. They're also abrasion-resistant, thanks to the top-notch fabric.
The zip pants have full-length side zips for easy on and off. You'll be able to machine wash these pants. There are various fits, perfect for people who need an XS waist but longer length, and an XL waist but short length.
Our favorite spec customers are raving about is how quiet they are. If you hate the sound of rain pants and raincoats making noise as you walk, consider Mountain Hardwear.
MARMOT'S PreCip pants have full taped seams to seal out moisture. The NanoPro technology is one of the best for waterproof clothing.
There is an elastic waistband with a drawcord and zippered pockets (love it). They are machine washable, and you can tumble dry them.
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