Waterproof cycling trousers are a staple for anyone who commutes to work on a regular basis. They offer protection from getting soaked in the rain, which is an uncomfortable way to start your day. There are a few ways to handle this issue, but any solution needs to focus on some additional considerations, which is why we wrote this mini guide!
What to look for in Waterproof Cycling Trousers?
You want trousers that are breathable, at least moderately, so you aren’t over-heated. Most waterproof trousers are less breathable than regular biking pants, so over trousers are best used only when required.
Ease of use
In addition to this, you need waterproof pants that are easy to get on and off. You have to get your shoe through the leg hole, which is why many waterproof cycling trousers have lower leg zippers. Just unzip and step out. It makes them easier to put on, as well, which might make you more likely actually to use them when you need them.
Fit for cycling
Since these trousers have to go over the top of your typical cycling trousers, they tend to be a little roomier. Velcro straps on the ankles can help with that and avoid them rubbing against moving parts on the bike. Also, being sure the trousers are made for cycling makes it more likely they fit your bike without causing problems.
Visible and practical
When it is raining, visibility is often the first thing to go so looking for reflective strips can be an excellent idea. Pockets are also useful since you don’t want to dig under the rain trousers to get to your regular ones. So be sure you have some room to toss your keys and phone into, or whatever else you typically carry with you on your daily commute.
Here are some of the well recommended waterproof cycling trousers I came across…
The Best Waterproof Trousers
The Altura Nightvision waterproof cycling trousers are a good pair of overtrousers to have in case of rain. One of the best parts of the design is the zipped lower leg that allows you to slip in and out of them easily without taking off your shoes. The cycling specific design means that even as your leg is bending during pedalling they still remain comfortable. The Velcro at the bottom means that you can tighten them and keep them out of the cranks. Finally the reflective strips help you be seen.
These overtrousers come in black and are perfect for cycling. The waist offers a hook and loop closure so they can be tailored to your fit. There are also Velcro fastenings at the shin and ankle so you can cinch them as tight as needed. Reflective prints are along the leg and on the back so visibility can be maintained by those around you. These trousers offer lots of water protection for your legs. Durable materials are used, along with a seating area that is double reinforced for added comfort.
The Mountain Warehouse Over Trousers are made of waterproof Isody fabric that is breathable for your comfort. They are full leg trousers and offer a half zip leg for ease of putting on and taking off. Mesh lining is incorporated to give ventilation, and the taped seams ensure no water gets into the trousers as you ride. The heavy duty fabric is great at preventing rips. If you are looking for waterproof trousers on a budget, these will give you the great features you want without breaking your bank.
Gore Bikewear brings a knee length pair of rain over shorts, which is a bit different from the previous two offerings as it would suit more recreational cyclists. There is a water-resistant seat reinforcement to ensure comfort, as well as pre-shaped knees for easy movement on your bicycle. Zipped legs make these easy to put on and take off without a lot of struggle. These are light and ideal for short or medium distance rides. They also offer a large stow pocket so you can bring everything you need along with you on the ride. The waistband is elastic, and Velcro fastening is easy to use and get going. This pair of over shorts also offers reflective inserts to ensure others on the road see you.
What’s the best pair of waterproof trousers you’ve used? Let us know in the comments below…
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