If money isn't a major consideration and you simply want the best pants, take a look at Arc’teryx’s Beta AR Pant ($350). Made with Gore-Tex's windproof and waterproof Pro Shell fabric, they're durable enough to take skiing and light enough for backpacking. With special patches sewn in to prevent abrasion and Arc’Teryx’s always-impeccable construction, they'll also last for years. I rarely wear rain pants while cycling, but these would work for short rides in a heavy downpour.
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