By Ben Griffin
Gearing up for a hike? Bags packed, gears checked, maps done but what about things that you are going to wear during the hike.
The right clothing is necessary to have a comfortable and enjoyable hike.
When you are hiking, there is always an uncertain climate.
So you need to consider that too.
From my recent hiking, I realized that I should use waterproof hiking pants because I can use it when it is raining and also when it is not rainy.
I used to think these waterproof hiking pants were only for rainy seasons but I was wrong.
Despite any climate of hiking, I found that these pants are very comfortable and protective.
The best part, I don’t have to carry an extra hiking pant for the rainy season.
There are several breathable and lightweight waterproof hiking pants.
In this article, I have tested and reviewed 10 best waterproof hiking pants (rain pants) for men.
Why Are Waterproof Hiking Pants Important?
The best verdict of waterproof hiking pants is they make you really comfortable and let you hike even in adverse rainy condition.
This can be most helpful during summer hiking when the chances of rain are more.
The lightweight is actually a bonus feature of lightweight waterproof hiking pants making it comfortable.
Also, it provides ventilation and proper aeration.
You can also use them at night as night cloth for your gear while sleeping.
It also lets you sit wherever you want.
So, it is much a multi-use piece of gear.
It protects you from rain and wind chills making you feel warm, dry and clean; protecting you from getting hypothermic.
How to choose Waterproof Hiking Pants (Rain Pants) for men? There are certain things that you need to consider while buying these quick dry rain pants.
The things that I have mentioned will certainly help you to choose the best rain pants:
1. Common Features
Now, let’s start with the common features.
It includes: Adjustable waist (for comfortable fit) Interlock lining (for proper aeration and ventilation for keeping you cool) Half leg side zippers (for extra comfortability)
2. Waterproof Rating
This determines the waterproofness of the garment.
It is done by the hydrostatic head test.
For the waterproof trousers, the hydrostatic ratings are at least 1,500mm but the rating can get high up to 5,000m when it comes to the proficient one.
3. Breathable Rating
Breathable fabrics present in the pants are porous to tiny water molecules that allow perspiration to escape.
These makes them breathable.
To stay dry and comfortable when wearing rain pants they should be breathable.
Breathing rating is from 1,500g to 5,000g.
4. Fabric Layers & Seams
Numbers of fabric layers directly affects weight, breathability, durability and waterproof property of the garment.
Fabric layers comes in 3 types as 2-layer, 2.5-layer, 3-layer.
2-layers fabrics consist of an outer layer of a coating and in some cases, a loose liner might be added.
Weather protection is same but it is heavier.
2.5 layer fabrics consist of a face fabric with a coating and a non-fabric material inside as the protection.
This design is the latest and provides good protection.
The 3-layer design consists of a face fabric, a membrane (with no coatings) and a liner.
It is mostly used by alpine climbers due to its superb durability.
It is the most expensive one.
These are the main things that you should take care while purchasing rain pants for your hiking.
Other miscellaneous things might include its material, durability, weight & size etc.