You don’t need rain pants — until you do. And, when you do, you want the Zeta SL rainpants from Arc’teryx since they are lightweight, packable, and relatively durable. The Gore-Tex Paclite Plus fabric is completely waterproof and perfect for those just-in-case situations.
One of our gear testers brought these rain pants on a 3-week trip to Alaska. With variable weather, he wanted to make sure he was prepared and would stay dry while he camped, hiked, and fished. He said, “at 8.6 ounces they are easy to put in a backpack if I think the weather might turn. To me, it’s worth it to have that peace of mind and stay dry on a long adventure like that.”