Best Water-Resistant Trousers for Cycling to Work [Top 8 in 2021]

Riding in the rain can be a cold and miserable business, especially when riding to work: no one wants to start off the day cold and wet. However, there’s some really great trousers and jeans on the market to help keep your legs dry and warm on those wet rides into work.

Our selection of water resistant and waterproof trousers include a generous variety of stylish yet functional picks. You don’t have to compromise your aesthetic to keep dry and warm anymore. 

Water-Resistant vs Waterproof Trousers 

Water resistant vs waterproof, is there a difference? The short answer is, yes. 

Water resistant trousers have a special coat / membrane on top of the fabric, this helps to keep the rain out, however won’t be as effective. Nor will it keep the rain out for as long as fully waterproof trousers: Water resistant trousers will still bead but eventually the water will absorb through the material. 

Waterproof trousers on the other hand will have taped seams on the inside to cover up the stitching, this is where the water will most easily seep through. Waterproof trousers will also be made out of more specialist materials that will usually let sweat particles out but won’t allow water droplets in, keeping you dry from both the outside elements and your own sweat. A win-win combination.

However, though different both waterproof and water resistant will keep you dry in a shower or light rain. Both are great in different ways and can be better suited to a rider depending on their individual needs.

Types of Rainproof Trousers for Cycling to Work 

There are lots of different styles of rainproof trousers for riding to work. One of the most popular types are the water repellent denim jeans which keep you looking stylish yet still offer practicality for wet weather commuting. Rainproof jeans can be a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe, our pick of the best cycling jeans is a great tool if you feel jeans are more your thing.

Another style of rainproof cycling trousers are the conventional smart looking trousers that look and feel more like chinos that are often water repellent but not usually fully waterproof. These trousers will often have a membrane that covers the top layer of fabric to keep the elements out so you can arrive at work warm and dry. If this is what you are looking for then our list of the best cycling chinos will be a bit of you.

Similarly, there are also fully taped seamed cycling waterproof overtrousers that have more of a hiking or mountain biking look to them but perform very well in keeping you warm and dry, even if they are a little less aesthetically pleasing. If the baggier fit is more your style you’ll find a more specific list of overtrousers on our piece looking at the best waterproof cycling overtrousers for under £50.

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How Much Protection Do You Need? 

How much protection you need from the elements on your commute really depends on a few factors, as well as your own personal preferences. 

Firstly, the duration of your ride to work will affect how waterproof you need your trousers, the longer the commute the more effective trousers you’ll need as water repellent ones will eventually absorb the water after a while. Therefore long commutes will require more effective protection.

Another factor to consider is the level of protection your bike offers from the rain: do you have mudguards? Mudguards will keep you dry quite effectively by protecting your legs from road spray, therefore you may not need to go all out with a pair of fully waterproof trousers, in this instance water repellent would be suitable and more than adequate. 

However, in conclusion, any of these trousers will protect you in all but the most drastic of downpours so whichever takes your fancy will keep you comfortable, stylish and dry.

Best Water-Resistant Trousers for Cycling to Work [Men’s Top 5] 

  1. DUER All-Weather Denim [REVIEW]
  2. Chrome Plask Hybrid Pant [REVIEW]
  3. Chrome Storm Rain Pant [REVIEW]
  4. Resolute Bay NX5 Technical Cordura Jeans [REVIEW]
  5. Endura Hummvee II Trousers [REVIEW]

Click here for water-resistant cycling trousers for women



Best Men’s Water Repellent Cycling Trousers

1. DUER All-Weather Denim

IMAGE CREDIT: DUER

Stretchy jeans that keep the rain off

  • Reflective detailing
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Signature gusset for flebility and movement

The All-Weather slim fit denim jeans from DUER are a practical take on a classic wardrobe staple. Coming in a choice of two colours your outfit doesn’t have to be compromised due to your choice of transport into work.

These jeans also benefit from being both water and windproof thanks to the specialist membrane used, you’ll be covered no matter what and kept both dry and warm while riding to work.  

Fit wise the All-Weather jeans are also a comfortable and flexible fit due to having 2% LYCRA® included in the blend, ensuring optimal movement and comfort. 

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two buttoned rear pockets

Materials:

  • 70% Cotton
  • 28% Coolmax® All Season Polyester
  • 2% LYCRA® Spandex
  • Membrane: 100% Polyester

Features:

✅ Stretch

✅ Reflective Detailing

✅ Breathable

✅ Cycling fit

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in Canada
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £149*
  • EU: €171*
  • US: $199

*correct at time of writing

A pair of great-looking jeans that do a remarkably good job of keeping you dry thanks to their waterproof and windproof membrane.

Also a great fit for cycling and offer plenty of stretch with 2% LYCRA featured in the material.



2. Chrome Plask Hybrid Pant

Stylish trousers turned street warriors for rainy days

  • Durable DWR treated water resistant front panels
  • Reinforced gussetted crotch with extra ventilation
  • Reflective detailing

Chrome’s Plask Hybrid pants are a very practical pair of trousers for commuting with their 10k waterproof and windproof front panels which will stop water and wind from penetrating the material, resulting in a warm and dry riding experience.

Along with that, the front panels are not only waterproof but the Plask Hybrid pant is also made from a very durable 4 way stretch material, therefore allowing for a non restricted and comfortable range of movement on the bike. 

Furthermore, other features include five well sized pockets and a reinforced gusset area to ensure that the material doesn’t wear through after a while. Similarly, there is also extra ventilation around the gusset to enable the area to breathe to avoid becoming too sweaty.

Pockets:

  • Two deep front pockets
  • Zipped side pocket (front right)
  • Two deep rear pockets

Materials:

  • 94% Nylon
  • 6% Spandex
  • Overlay: 100% polyester

Features:

✅ 4-way stretch

✅ Very durable

✅ Breathable

✅ Cycling fit

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £158
  • EU: €168
  • US: $140

*correct at time of writing

Good-looking pants that are built ot withstand rain.

Chrome have added DWR treated water resistant panels on top of the thighs (i.e. where rain hits worst), to ensure you stay dry as you ride.



3. Chrome Storm Rain Pant 

For riding in even the most torrential weather

  • Street-tested 3 layer stretch waterproof rain pant
  • Water resistant zip front pockets
  • Reinforced two layer back panel

The Chrome Storm pants can, much as the name suggests, withstand commuting in a storm – that’s just how resilient these trousers are, with a 10k mm / 5k mvp waterproof rating. They are built using 100% taped seams and are more of an overtrouser style: you could definitely fit a pair of slim cut trousers or padded cycling shorts underneath for commuting.

The trousers, though slightly baggier in fit, are still very stylish with the added bonus of being very stretchy and maneuverable, keeping you flexible and comfortable while in the saddle.

Other features also include ankle zippers, a water resistant zip pocket (keeping your phone safe and dry) and a reinforced two layer back panel to ensure that the road spray cannot seap through the material on long wet commutes into work.

In Chrome’s own words, ‘the Storm Rain Pant is our ultimate layer for your urban commute’.

Pockets:

  • Two deep front pockets

Materials:

  • 100% polyester

Features:

✅ Stretch

✅ Breathable

✅ Cycling fit

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £126
  • EU: €137
  • US: $125

*correct at time of writing

Like all of the Chrome Storm range, these pants aren't messing about.

They're not necessarily the best-looking keks around, but they WILL keep you dry whatever the weather. They can be worn alone or treated as an overtrousers with plenty of spaces for another pair of pants underneath.



4. Resolute Bay NX5 Technical Cordura Jeans 

Cycling jeans with water repellent DWR coating

  • Made from ultra-strong CORDURA material
  • 6 pockets (inc. a zipped side pocket)
  • Gusseted crotch and water repellent

The Resolute Bay NX5 Technical Cordura jeans have not been classified as the king of all cycling jeans by us before for nothing! The design, made from 11.5oz Cordura® denim has in mind riders who want to ride to work and not have to change once they arrive.

They are hard wearing and are also highly breathable, so you won’t get into the office sweating like a pig. They are also very comfortable to wear while riding: what not to love about that, from a pair of jeans. 

These jeans look great but they are also cut very well, not too skinny but still a nice smart slim fit, perfect for work attire. The cut used also allows for complete freedom of movement meaning you won’t feel restricted or uncomfortable, even on the longest of commutes. 

Another great feature of these jeans is that they have a tight pocket that zips up to secure your phone or other valuables while you are riding, as well as reflective trim for safety on the darker days. 

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
    • Coin pocket above right pocket
  • One zipped side pocket on right thigh
  • Two rear pockets

Materials:

  • 70% Cotton
  • 26% Polyester
  • 3% Tencel
  • 1% Elastane
  • Zipped Fly

Features:

✅ Stretch

✅ Water resistant

✅ Gusseted crotch

✅ Reflective detailing

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in UK
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £80
  • EU: €94*
  • US: $110*

*correct at time of writing

Great-looking jeans that are packed full of functionality for cycling.

The NX5 Jeans are extremely durable, water-repellent, stretchy and even boast discreet reflective detailing for night rides.



5. Endura Hummvee II Trousers

IMAGE CREDIT: ENDURA

Super practical cycling pants that stay dry

  • Rear elasticated waistband with adjustible belt
  • Possible to clip in padded shorts into the trousers
  • Zipped hand pockets, cargo pockets and large rear pockets

The Endura Hummvee range is a classic when it comes to battling the elements, based in Scotland, Endura knows how to make warm and dry clothing that can withstand even the most brutal of weather conditions. 

These durable Endura Hummvee II Trousers are a robust and comfortable trouser that is hard wearing and hard working. They are Clickfast™ liner compatible, making it easy to clip a padded short into the trousers, or you can use them without simply unclipping the padding.

In addition, another great feature about these trousers is their multi use design as they can be used for urban commuting or even hitting the trails at the weekend for a shred, a great all-round trouser. 

Pockets:

  • Two deep zipped hand pockets
  • Zipped side pocket above right knee

Materials:

  • 100% Nylon

Features:

✅ Water repellent

✅ Seamless seat panel

✅ Cycling fit

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in the UK
  • Free UK and European delivery on all orders
  • Free delivery to USA on orders over $75

Price*:

  • UK: £54.99
  • EU: €69.99
  • US: $89.99

*correct at time of writing

Extremely practical pants that are built specifically for cycling and will do a good job of fending the rain off.

You can also clip in padded shorts underneath if you're so inclinded, while there are plenty of deep zipped pockets to keep your valuables dry too.



Best Water-Resistant Trousers for Cycling to Work [Women’s Top 3] 

  1. DUER All-Weather Denim [REVIEW]
  2. Chrome Madrona 5-Pocket Pant [REVIEW]
  3. Sigr Sverigeleden Cycling Trousers  [REVIEW]


Best Women’s Water Repellent Cycling Trousers

1. DUER All-Weather Denim 

IMAGE CREDIT: DUER

Stretchy jeans that keep the rain off

  • Reflective detailing
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Signature gusset for flebility and movement

DUER’s All-Weather denim jeans would not look out of place in an office with their high end yet casual look. No one would know that you’ve just ridden into the office in a downpour and stayed totally dry that’s for sure.

These slim fit straight leg jeans benefit from a wind and waterproof membrane to ensure the rider is kept warm and dry in rainy conditions and come in a really great range of sizes – just like any normal pair of jeans.

Being dry and warm on the commute no longer means compromising style and sophistication.

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two buttoned rear pockets

Materials:

  • 70% Cotton
  • 28% Coolmax® All Season Polyester
  • 2% LYCRA® Spandex
  • Membrane: 100% Polyester

Features:

✅ Stretch

✅ Reflective Detailing

✅ Breathable

✅ Cycling fit

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in Canada
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £149*
  • EU: €171*
  • US: $199

*correct at time of writing

The women's version of the DUER all-weather denim are again a great-looking pair of eans that do a remarkably good job of keeping you dry thanks to their waterproof and windproof membrane.

Also a great fit for cycling and offer plenty of stretch with 2% LYCRA featured in the material.



2. Chrome Madrona 5-Pocket Pant 

IMAGE CREDIT: CHROME INDUSTRIES

Stylish women’s water-resistant cycling trousers

  • DWR coating
  • Reinfocrced waist and gusset
  • Plenty of stretch and five pockets

The Madrona 5 Pocket Pant from Chrome is an understated and trendy looking cycling trouser for women with a straight leg fit and work pants look. Made from a stretchy cotton blend the trousers allow for flexibility and movement while riding.

Not only do they feel and look like an everyday trouser but they are also water resistant and benefit from a quick dry 4 way cotton/nylon stretch fabric, keeping you dry and warm while on your commute. 

In Chrome’s own words ‘ride hard, look rad while you do it’.

Pockets:

  • Two deep front pockets
    • Plus a coin pocket on right
  • Two deep rear pockets
  • Extra zipped pocket above right rear pocket

Materials:

  • 51% Cotton
  • 38% Nylon
  • 12% Spandex

Features:

✅ Stretch

✅ DWR coating

✅ Breathable

✅ Reinforced waist and gusset

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £126
  • EU: €147
  • US: $120

*correct at time of writing

Stretchy, breathable cycling pants for women that look great off the bike and feel amazing on it.

Great-looking pants that are very comfortable on and off the bike and do a decent job of shielding you from the elements.



3. Sigr Sverigeleden Cycling Trousers 

Mud and water repellent urban cycling trouser

  • Lots of reflective detailing
  • Plenty of stretch and moisture wicking
  • DWR coating to fend off rain

The breathable Sigr Sverigeleden trousers for women are a premium cycling bottom which are water and mud repellent, and boasts a superior softness touch for a comfortable yet practical ride. They even have a great coffee recipe inside of the pocket.

Additionally, these stylish trousers are a classy choice for commuting as well as a safe one: they are designed with highly reflective strips on the trouser leg bottom which are visible once turned up yet incognito for those non commuting moments as well as reflective details on the back pockets.

What more could you want from a classy and well cut cycling trouser? 

Pockets:

  • Two zipped front pockets
  • Two deep rear pockets
  • Extra zipped pocket above right rear pocket

Materials:

  • 60% Nylon
  • 40% Polyester

Features:

✅ Stretch

✅ Mud and water repellent

✅ Cycling fit

✅ Reflective detailing

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in Sweden
  • International delivery
    • Free shipping in Europe (inc. UK)
    • Free Rest of World Shopping on orders over $120
  • No import tax across Europe, and no import tax up to $800 in America (more info here)

Price*:

  • UK: £164
  • EU: €181
  • US: $213

*correct at time of writing

One of the very best pairs of commuter trousers available for women.

These stylish pants repel water and mud, featured plenty of reflective detailing and offer plenty of stretch for cycling.

Charlotte Broughton

Charlotte Broughton

Since Charlotte was a young child, bikes have played a paramount part of her life. She races bikes, rides bikes and also loves writing about bikes. It’s always just been a way of life for Charlotte and a passion that she now loves to share with others. You can follow Charlotte on social media via: Instagram: @charbroughton Twitter: @char_broughton

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