What to Look for in Rain Pants for Men

It’s raining, men.

man holding an umbrella in the rain
Keep these on hand for your next hike.Lisa Fotios

No matter what activity takes you out into the rain, nothing harshes the mellow quite like getting soaked to the skin. Here’s what to look for in rain gear designed to keep you comfortably dry while you’re camping, hiking or biking (or working, we guess).

TBMPOY Men's Outdoor Quick-Dry Lightweight Waterproof Hiking Mountain Pants with Belt
These rain trousers are made from rip-stop fabric to resist tears.TBMPOY

Rain gear is only useful if it works for the long haul, so durability is an important consideration. Look for solid construction and specialized features like rip-stop material. These fabrics are usually made of something like nylon, using a reinforcement technique that weaves in sturdy fibers in a crosshatch pattern, so the material resists ripping or tearing.

FROGG TOGGS Men's Classic All-Sport Waterproof Breathable Rain Suit
This set includes a removable hood and adjustable wrist and ankle cuffs.FROGG TOGGS

Of course it’s essential that your rain gear works to protect you from the elements. Look for multi-layered fabrics that include a soft inner layer for warmth, a waterproof middle layer and a wind-resistant outer layer.

Columbia Men's Rebel Roamer Rain Pant
This option includes adjustable ankle closures and zippered pockets.Columbia

Comfort is key when you’re out in the rain. Look for breathable fabrics with a bit of stretch and lots of give in the waistband. Adjustable ankle cuff closures help keep your feet drier, and zippered pockets make it easy to keep your essentials safe.