The Best Men’s Travel Pants for Every Type of Trip
We have all been sandwiched on a packed international flight sitting for hours on end, only to get up and find that the knees on your trousers are now saggy. Sometimes you get caught in an unexpected rainstorm that leaves you and your pants soaked, while you’re hours away from going back to the hotel for to quick change. Other times, you’re on an all-day hike, where the temperatures can range from scorching hot in the afternoon to freezing as soon as the sun has set.
The best way to handle these situations — and a myriad of others that can happen when you're away from the convenience of home — is to be prepared by investing in a pair of comfortable pants for travel.
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Travel pants are offered in various shapes and silhouettes, with each pair providing features that make travel easier. While lightweight travel pants are an essential for packing, they also help with the breathability and will give you a better range of motion.
Many pants offer water-resistant or quick-drying properties, too, so you can stay comfortable even when the weather is less than desirable. Security pockets are an added bonus for regions at risk for pickpocketing, and some pants have the tech benefits of travel pants, but look like a dress pant, so you can easily wear them during business travel.
We have rounded up the 13 best travel pants on the market, from joggers to dress pants.
Best Work Pant: Rhone Commuter Pant
Don't let the sophisticated silhouette of Rhone's Commuter pants fool you. They're cut from a lightweight Japanese stretch fabric and have tech built into the seams at the knees and crotch to ensure you can move freely. You can choose from six classic colorways.
To buy: rhone.com, $128
Best Design Details: Lululemon ABC Pant Classic
These comfy pants from Lululemon feature back security pockets and — after a quick flip of the cuffs — a reflective strip for increased visibility if your jog continues past dark.
To buy: lululemon.com, $128
Best Chino Pant: Bonobos 'Weekday Warrior' Lightweight Dress Pant
This is one pair of chinos that you won’t have to iron because of its 100 percent wrinkle-resistant cotton fabric.
To buy: bonobos.com, $88
Best Everyday Pant: Mack Weldon Radius Pant
While Mack Weldon is known for its underwear and socks, the brand has recently expanded its supreme comfort technology to a full line of men's basics. The Radius pant is waterproof and wind- and stain-resistant with a flex waist for easy wearing.
To buy: mackweldon.com, $98
Best Technical Pant: Hill City Everyday Pant
Hill City may be a relatively new brand, but the design team spent years developing its line of technical-meets-casual wear before launch. The Everyday Pant is proving to be a customer-favorite, and it's no wonder: it packs hidden zippers for secure storage in the pockets, moisture-wicking and water-repellent fabric, and a patent-pending stretch waistband that's super comfy on a long flight. The style is also available in an athletic fit for men with larger hips and thighs.
To buy: hillcity.gap.com, $128
Best Moisture-repelling Pant: Eddie Bauer Horizon Guide Chino Pants
Eddie Bauer pants are meant for adventure and this pair has a special StormRepel DWR (durable water repellent) finish that sheds moisture, keeping you comfortable and dry no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.
To buy: eddiebauer.com, $75
Best Sweatpant-in-disguise: NN07 Copenhagen Slim-fit Woven Drawstring Trousers
On a long travel day, sometimes all you want to do is wear a plush pair of pants. But instead of looking like a slob, don these soft sweatpants with pressed creases and buttoned back pockets, so it won’t be obvious that you’re wearing sweats.
To buy: mrporter.com, $175
Best Security Zippers: Mountain Hardwear AP Pant
Pick-pockets beware: there is no getting into the back pockets of these stylish roll-up pants. They have zip security pockets that prevent sticky fingers from taking your wallet or other valuables.
To buy: amazon.com, from $46
Best Hiking Pant: L.L.Bean ‘Cresta’ Hiking Pants
With all the features you would want in a technical pant, this L.L.Bean pair will get you from trailhead to summit as smoothly as possible. They are lightweight, moisture-wicking, abrasion-resistant, have articulated knees, zippered pockets, and even have built-in UPF 50+ protection.
To buy: llbean.com, $69
Best Jogger: Ably Apparel Cruiser Jogger
Joggers are meant for comfort, and this premium cotton-spandex pair is packed full of other travel-friendly features like water- and stain-resistance and quick-dry technology.
To buy: ablyapparel.com, $125
Best Jean: Rag & Bone Fit 3
Jeans are a travel go-to because of their comfort and ease. Rag & Bone makes a superb pair with great fit, modern style, and Japanese comfort denim.
To buy: rag-bone.com, $250
Best Dress Pant: Theory Active Nylon ‘Zaine’ Pant
Theory’s Active Nylon fabric — which is used to make these pants — has a four-way stretch, is liquid-repellent, and completely machine-washable. Perfect for the man on the go!
To buy: theory.com, $235
Best Wear Anywhere Pants: Columbia Men's Ultimate Roc Flex Pant
These cotton-blend pants from Columbia are water- and stain-resistant, with a just-right amount of stretch. The slim fit style will even look sharp at dinner with a button-up shirt.
To buy: columbia.com, $55