The best of the best! We roundup the Best Waterproof Trousers for 2023
Playing golf in wet conditions calls for more than just a sturdy umbrella; you need waterproof trousers that can handle the elements.
In this guide, we’re diving deep into some of the best options on the market, like the Abacus Pitch 37.5 rain trousers for those seeking advanced moisture-wicking technology, or the Original Penguin Earl Waterproof pant for the style-conscious golfer. From the tech-savvy Puma Drylbl Rain Pant to the reliable Ping SensorDry Trouser, we’ve got something that will suit every golfer’s needs.
Best Waterproof Golf Trousers
Abacus Men’s Links warm waterproof trousers
Abacus is a Swedish brand that has a strong tradition of producing weatherproof gear: so much so that they have clothed the last six European Solheim Cup teams.
The Links warm waterproof trouser is badged as appropriate for wet weather in a variety of temperatures. It is made from a waterproof and breathable fabric with sealed seams. They are rated 10,000 for waterproofing and the same for breathability. This means they will combat most downpours and be breathable enough for golfing activities. The trousers have a brushed tricot lining for added warmth. There are four practical pockets and a two-button closure at the front.
What I love about these trousers is their practicality and versatility. They fit nicely, the material is stretchy and breathable, and they have kept out the water on all the times I’ve worn them. On one occasion, I had to go out to play in filthy conditions, and I was able to layer a dedicated waterproof trouser over the Links without any difficulty.
I first wore these trousers in April this year and certainly expect them to be a go-to piece of apparel over the upcoming cooler months. They come highly recommended!
- Well-constructed and smart looking
- Comfortable and quiet
- Practical in a variety of weather conditions
Sizes: Waist 28-40 & Inseam 30-34
Colour: Navy. Black
Abacus Men’s Pitch 37.5 rain trousers
The Pitch sits at the top of the range of waterproof apparel on offer from Abacus and is an unashamedly premium product. It has a high waterproof rating of 20,000 and an industry-leading breathability score of 50,000. That means it is very waterproof and extremely breathable. The material is lightweight and offers 4-way stretch.
Further features of the trouser include two zippered front pockets and a single rear pocket, a velcro adjustable waistband and a zippered opening of the lower trouser up to the knee.
I was pleased to see that a range of sizes is on offer. The 32 waist, short leg fitted nicely. On the course the Pitch performs admirably. The technology of the fabric aims to optimize the body temperature (at 37.5’c) and it works. The apparel is waterproof, comfortable, easy to swing in and quiet.
The pocket configuration was a bit fiddly. The front pockets are rather small to access, and there is an opening, with velcro closure, that allows you to access trouser pockets beneath. But that’s a minor consideration for what is an otherwise excellent product.
- Premium construction
- Stretchy and breathable
- Good range of sizes
- Awkward pocket configuration
Sizes: Waist 30-42 & Inseam 30-32
Colour: Midnight navy, Black
FootJoy HydroLite Rain Trousers
The HydroLite rain trousers are part of the FootJoy Hydroseries range, and this model is badged as offering 100% waterproof, breathable protection for golfers in mild, windy and rainy conditions.
In terms of weather protection, it sits below the HydroTour , but it still offers a top of the range rating of 20,000 which means the fabric will keep you dry in the wettest conditions. The trousers have sealed seams, DWR coating, a useful elasticated gripper waistband and three pockets.
I’m 74kg and 173 cm tall. The medium size fitted nicely, and there is a choice of three leg lengths. On the course I felt that the velcro/zip closure at the trouser bottoms was a little narrow, which made it awkward to put on or take off the trousers mid-round. The pockets didn’t allow access to trousers/shorts worn beneath and lacked zip/velcro closure. Other than that, the HydroLite trousers were comfortable to wear due to the stretchy fabric.
In summary, I think these trousers work in all but the most challenging conditions. They have a 3-year waterproof warranty and offer good value.
- Lightweight construction
- Stretchy and comfortable
- Easy to stow away
- Pocket configuration
Sizes: Waist S-XXL & Inseam 30-34
Colours: Navy, Black
Sunderland Quebec Men’s Waterproof Golf Trousers
The Quebec waterproof trousers are the top of the range offering from Sunderland. They are made from a soft ‘Neverweatherbeaten’ fabric that is waterproof and warm, yet also breathable.
They come with a waterproof rating of 8,000 and a breathability score of 5,000. At first glance, these scores seem modest compared with some competitor brands, but Sunderland’s helpful waterproof guide suggests that these numbers are more than sufficient for golf activities. Features include an adjustable and elasticated (but no gripper) waistband, large self-contained, fleece lined pockets (which do not pass through to trousers beneath), a rear pocket with velcro flap and protective tape at the bottom of the trousers for added durability.
The trousers fitted true to size if worn as a standalone trouser but you might want to go up a waist size if you’re likely to be wearing these as a second layer. There is an impressive choice of no less than four leg lengths. As with the Matterhorn jacket , these felt to be at the warmer end of the waterproof range so are more useful in colder conditions. They feel to be well made and yet do fold up reasonably compactly.
In summary, I think these trousers will work best in colder wet conditions. They have a lifetime waterproof guarantee and are very good value.
- Useful features
- Good range of sizes
- Durable construction
- Lifetime guarantee
- Good value
- Can get a bit hot
Sizes: Waist 32-42 & Inseam 27-33
Colour: Black / Navy
Adidas Rain.RDY golf trousers
There is nothing sexy about a pair of waterproof trousers. They are a necessary inclusion in your winter golf bag but not often something a golfer is pleased to put on or enjoy wearing.
The Adidas Rain.rdy golf trousers are super lightweight and easy to get on and off. I actually would be pretty happy wearing them with shorts or even nothing underneath as they aren’t super baggy and a terrible fit like most pairs of waterproof trousers.
They are extremely waterproof and I really like how quiet the trousers are when on and marching around a wet golf course.
The zip pockets offer another layer of protection from the rain too.
You will not find a better value for money pair of waterproof trousers, in my opinion, this winter.
- Super lightweight
- Great stretchy fit
- Could easily be worn as regular trousers
- No cons
Colour: Hemp / Black
Under Armour Stormproof Waterproof Trousers
The Under Armour Drive Rain Pants are a great option if you’re looking for your next pair of waterproof trousers.
There main objective is to keep you dry, and they precisely do just that thanks to Storm technology, but the durable, smooth exterior offers a lightweight feel.
Practically, they perform exactly as your regular waterproof trousers with two zipped hand pockets and a reverse back pocket.
The waterproof trousers contain two adjustable straps around the waist which is great considering most waterproofs can often be on the larger side. The bottom of the legs also contain zips and a two-button setting.
My only personal drawback to this was that, as much as it helps keep you dry, I didn’t like the feel of the interior lining when not layered up. However, during the winter months, this wouldn’t be an issue if you’re wearing another pair of trousers underneath your waterproof ones.
- Keeps you dry
- Great fit
- Adjustable straps
- Wasn’t too keen on interior feel without an extra layer on
Colours: Black/Pitch Grey
Puma DRYLBL Waterproof Golf Trousers
This pair of waterproof pants goes perfectly with the Puma DYLBL Rain Jacket. Even with a pair of trousers on, or if you prefer to wear waterproof trousers over some shorts, I didn’t find the fit too much to handle.
Especially around waist, these pants were very forgiving and as the rain came down, my swing or stance didn’t feel restricted, which can often be the case with other pairs of waterproof bottoms.
The pockets are uniquely designed so that the opening of the hole is still covered to protect your belongings and golf accessories from any rainfall.
The colour is purely black, but this is all you need, and all I want, when it comes to playing golf in the rain.
The bottom of the trousers was roomy and gave my feet and ankles some relief.
You have some flexibility at the bottom with the zip on either side in case you need to loosen the grip around your legs – another favourable feature of these impressive waterproof pants.
- Smart black colour blends well with jacket
- Roomy at waist and ankle height
- Protective pocket design
Original Penguin Golf Earl Waterproof Pant
Comfortable, lightweight and waterproof. That perfectly describes the Original Penguin Golf Earl Waterproof Pant.
It is constructed from polyester and polyurethane to create a moisture wicking fabric. These OPG pants are waterproof to 15,000mm, waterproof enough to keep you dry through constant rain over a four-hour round, thanks to OPG’s moisture management system.
The pants have deep pockets for all your golfing equipment, while also then having openings to allow you to continue making the most of your trouser or shorts pockets.
The waist is adjustable thanks to a drawcord and elasticated band, while the ankle hems have three size options.
Due to the fabric and the sizing, the OPG Earl Waterproof Pants are very comfortable, both with trousers and shorts being worn underneath.
They are a must-have for the winter season, with both comfort and waterproofing being at the highest level.
Sizes: S-2XL Waist & Inseam 30-34
Colours: Black iris / Caviar
Ping SensorDry Waterproof Trousers
First and foremost when it comes to waterproofs you want them to do as advertised and when it comes to top performing waterproof trousers the Ping SensorDry Trouser is right up there, verified both on the course and off it while walking the dog!
I often find with waterproof trousers that they are oversized and baggy, owing to the fact they are usually worn over another pair of trousers. What I particularly like about the PING SensorDry Trouser is the fit. They have a fully elasticated waist but still have a performance fit and feel to them. The waist can still be adjusted with a hidden adjustable cord, though I did not find this necessary.
An essential for waterproofs is that they are easy to slip on over shoes when caught short in the rain and the ankle zip comes up to just below the knee meaning that is the case with the SensorDry.
Lastly the stretch material used is unrestrictive and makes the trouser very breathable. These trousers are a great lightweight option and ones I would highly recommend.
- Excellent value
- Buttons on the pockets are and inconvenience
Oscar Jacobson Portland Waterproof Trousers
The Oscar Jacobson Portland waterproof trousers are ideal for the imminent wet weather golf season.
Fully taped seams and waterproof zippers are built in for perfect water resistance.
I tested the black version but they are also available in navy, there is plenty of storage with two large front pockets and the same on the back.
The detail on the trousers is excellent, elasticated waist band with belt loops that adjust easily.
Similarly on the cuffs of the trousers there is a large zip and two buttons to adjust the cuff size to make it nice and easy to slip your trousers on if you get caught short with some bad weather.
I personally prefer slimmer fit trousers so saying they are baggy may be unfair, however the bottom half of the trouser does flare out a little more than I would prefer. That is just personal preference and overall, the trousers have a really clean design and are very practical.
- Quite a wide fit
Colours: Black / Navy
So, you’ve browsed through our top picks, ranging from the Sunderland Golf Quebec Waterproof Trousers, known for their robust build, to the Footjoy Hydrolite waterproof trousers, which offer a lightweight yet effective solution. By now, you should be well-prepared to continue your golfing journey, rain or shine. Remember, quality waterproof trousers like the Adidas Rain.RDY golf trousers or the Under Armour stormproof waterproof trousers aren’t just a purchase; they’re an investment in unhindered performance on the course. Choose wisely and let nothing come between you and your game.
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