Menswear is about intentionality: There are easy choices to be made, and then choices that require a bit more care and thought (with the stylish, functional results to show for it). For instance: When you hit the road, by air, land or sea, you’ve got a choice. You can prioritize pure comfort, or you can step into a pair of the best travel pants.
Here’s where a choice comes into play. Instead of opting for the basic sweatpants of your college days, you’re selecting a pair of equally comfortable pants that look better, feel better and offer tons of accessibility, performance and security.
With zippered pockets to secure your EDC, stretch fabric and a clean fit, the best travel pants will make you wonder why you hadn’t tried them out before. More comfortable than jeans, more stylish than tired sweats – these are the ones we’re wearing now.
When I travel, I tend to reach for my Rhone Commuter Pants. They boast the covetable style points and versatility of chinos, with the durable stretch knit fabric proprietary to the brand. Media and zipper pockets offer crucial functionality, and I know I can even wear them when I get to point B from point A.
Quick trips sometimes mean you’ll be wearing a blazer on a plane or train – avoid the pitfalls of stuffy, uncomfortable pants, though.
These proprietary stretch pants even boast handy additional pockets for your EDC, while the cut rivals that of crisp chinos.
From business casual at the office to a quick business trip (and perhaps out to the links), these are unbeatable.
Travel style has come a long way, from pajama bottoms and baggy sweats to pants that deliver the same look, feel and wearability as chino pants – like this durable, stretchy Unionbay pair.
The quick-drying, water-resistant fabric even offers UPF 50 protection for outdoor pursuits on your next excursion.
In my experience, Vuori pants are nearly unstoppable, be it for lounging or gym-going.
Somewhere in between those pursuits are the Aim Pants, which deliver polished style on and off the plane – the anti-odor, four-way stretch fabric makes them easy to wear for hours at a time, while color options are plenty stylish.
Lest you think jeans are too uncomfortable to function as travel pants, think again.
Bonobos solves that problem quite handily by using six percent stretch material to complement its soft cotton construction. Style-wise, these come in a sharp array of colors, tons of sizes and multiple Bonobos fits for your perfect pair of travel denim.
When Flint and Tinder dreamed up the 365 Pants, they weren’t joking about the name. These feature the five-pocket design of jeans and the style of chinos, but the real key is the use of 2 percent stretch for ease of movement. Plus, the overall design is comfortable enough for year-round wear, from ticket counter to travel destination.
There’s a reason the best travel pants are a cut above, like comfort in critical areas, since pants that ride or bunch up are absolutely no fun to wear on a long-haul flight.
Lululemon solves that problem handily with its fan-favorite “Always Be Comfortable” pants, made with five handy pockets and reliable four-way stretch material.
The thing I value the most about travel pants, like these excellent Western Rise pants? The idea that you can wear them at your destination as much as on your journey.
Made with four-way stretch fabric, a stretch waistband and the same tailored look as jeans, I’ve found they’re wearable on the trail and back in town.
Trade in your Buck Mason denim for these go-anywhere pants.
Cotton meets nylon for both a clean, chino-like fit and four-way stretch, and these are treated with a DWR finish.
The slightly tapered cut gives them a crisp look like Buck Mason jeans, while dusty, earthy colors ensure style from the airport lounge to the hotel bar.
Travel pants are ready-built with features you shouldn’t have to think twice about.
For instance, these Roark pants feature a drawstring elastic waistband for a comfortable fit. They also feature a breezy yet polished straight-leg finish.
Zipper and quick-stash pockets blend seamlessly into the overall design, and the two-way stretch fabric gets softer with every wear.
You needn’t resort to plain old sweatpants when traveling – not at least with these highly versatile Public Rec pants.
These aptly named pants are made with a stretchy nylon and spandex blend, a durable material that retains its shape. The thick waistband won’t bunch up, at least in my experience, while large pockets are helpful for storage.