These pants kept me 100% dry despite all the spills I had! At first I thought the high waist thing would get in the way but it's actually comfortable and definitely helped to keep the snow out. Unfortunately, because of the high waist, i couldn't use the jacket-pants connection because the hooks couldn't reach (waist was too high) but the powder skirt on my jacket wrapped around nicely so with the high waist they both kept the snow completely out. Great pair of pants. Highly recommend getting them.