Here is my selection of the best lightweight rain pants of 2019 for your next hiking or backpacking adventure. Also have a look on my selection of the best rain jacket for your next trip.

Best Rain Pants 2019

Weight comparison table

Rain PantsWeight
Outdoor Research Helium Pants5.6 oz. / 160 grams
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pants7.2 oz. / 204 grams
Haglöfs L.I.M. III Pants7.9 oz. / 225 grams
The North Face Venture 2 Half-Zip Pants8.1 oz. / 230 grams
Arcteryx Beta SL Pants9.2 oz. / 260 grams
Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic Rain Pants10 oz. / 284 grams
Marmot Minimalist Rain Pants10.3 oz. / 292 grams
Rab Firewall Pants11.3 oz. / 319 grams
Marmot PreCip Rain Pant12 oz. / 340 grams

Rain pants help you to stay dry and warm. It is one of the essential items you should have with you when planning an outdoor trip.

Personally, I prefer to take the lightest rain clothes with me during my spring, summer or autumn hikes as they will probably stay most of the time in my backpack if the weather is good.

It’s also a good idea to buy rain pants with side zippers as you can easily pull them on and off even if you are wearing hiking shoes.

Also, have a look on our rain pants FAQs.


Arc’teryx Beta SL Pants

Arcteryx Beta SL Pants

Weight: 9.2 oz. / 260 grams
Fabric: N40r GORE-TEX fabric with PacLite

SL stands for Super Light in the Arc’teryx product range.

This model is reinforced in major wear areas, has articulated knees but only comes with lower leg zippers.


Haglöfs L.I.M. III pants

Weight: 7.9 oz. / 225 grams
Fabric: GORE-TEX PacLite

The Haglöfs L.I.M. III pants are part of Haglöfs Ultralight product range and are quite popular in Scandinavia.

The zippers on the legs help to put those pants on while wearing hiking boots.


Marmot PreCip Full-Zip Rain Pants

Marmot PreCip Full-Zip Rain Pants

Weight: 12 oz. / 340 grams
Fabric: NanoPro™

Marmot PreCip Full-Zip Rain Pants is lightweight and comes with the NanoPro fabric which moves moisture away from your skin so you stay dry.

There is also enough space to use it as a shell layer over an insulating layer.

The seams are 100% taped and the zippers are coming with stormflaps, elastic waist, zippered front and back pockets.

Those pants allow easy on/off without removing boots.


Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic Rain Pants

Weight: 10 oz. / 284 grams
Fabric: Dry.Q™ Active 2.5-layer

Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic rain pants are wind- and waterproof.

They are made of 4-way stretch fabric and comfortable to wear on different outdoor activities like backpacking or hiking.

They offer full-length zippers with two security closures and an integrated webbed belt. Further, they also come with enhanced knee articulation and loops at cuffs to fasten to your boots.


Outdoor Research Helium Pants

Weight: 5.6 oz. / 160 grams
Fabric: Pertex Shield+ 2.5L

The Outdoor Research Helium Pants are super lightweight, and you can use its back pockets as a stuff sack.

It also features a carabiner loop and an elastic waist with a drawcord as well as ankle zippers.


The North Face Venture 2 Half-Zip Pants

Weight: 8.1 oz. / 230 grams
Fabric: DryVent 2.5-layer

The North Face Venture 2 Half-Zip Rain Pants are technical, waterproof 2.5-layer pants for men in a relaxed fit.

The half-zip legs let you get them on or off easily over your boots.

The pants are coming with an elastic waist with drawcord, secure-zip hand pockets, adjustable ankle tabs, knee-length side zippers and they pack down in a hand pocket.


Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant

Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant

Weight: 7.2 oz. / 204 grams
Fabric: Dry.Q EVAP 40D 2.5L

The Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pants are slightly more heavy than the Montane pants, but they come with some additional features.

These pants have articulated knees which increase your mobility and also a bag with a zipper where you can store small items.

If you need to have a pocket on your waterproof pants, then go for this model.


Rab Firewall Pants

Rab Firewall Pants

Weight: 11.3 oz. / 319 grams
Fabric: Pertex Shield+ 3L

Wear the Rab Firewall Pants for winter activities.

The Rab Firewall pants come with an elasticated waistband and knee articulations and are compatible with winter boots.


Marmot Minimalist Rain Pants

Weight: 10.3 oz. / 292 grams
Fabric: GORE-TEX Paclite

The Marmot Minimalist Pants are lightweight, wind- and waterproof rain pants made of GORE-TEX Paclite.

These pants are suitable for hiking, travel, snowshoeing and other activities as they pack small.

They come with an elastic waist, zip fly, articulated knees, ankle zips and hand pockets.


FAQ on Rain Pants

Best fabric?

When you are planning to go skiing, then you should maybe consider waterproof pants with Gore-Tex Pro or Active shell as they are more durable.

In general, you are probably going to sweat in any piece of clothes which are waterproof, and if you are only wearing your rain pants during emergency situations, then there is probably also no need to buy super expensive pants.

However, I would probably choose pants with less weight as I am going to store it anyway in my backpack for most of the time.


What to wear under them?

I am wearing either my hiking pants or a merino base-layer under my hiking pants.

I prefer to wear long merino underwear when I know that it’s going to rain the whole day. It’s more comfortable to hike in merino clothes than in regular hiking pants.


How to wash them?

For my hard shell layers like my rain pants I use Nikwax to wash my rain pants after my trips (if they became dirty).


How to patch them?

For certain waterproof fabrics there are repair kits available like the Gore-Tex Medium Repair Kit.

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