The Best Travel Pants for Men
If you are looking for travel pants this is definitely the page for you. We have searched the market and come up with a shortlist of the best pants for men who love to travel.
What are travel pants?
But, before we dive into the list let us first explain to you what we think of as travel pants or trousers. We do so because a quick chat with our friends made it very clear that everyone’s definition of what a pair of travel pants are is different to say the least.
Here is our definition:
A pair of men’s pants that are lightweight and can be tightly folded but still look good when you drag them out of the suitcase or after you have spent several hours on a coach, train or plane. They also need to be functional, i.e. have enough pockets, be comfortable to wear while sitting for long periods, dirt resistant and easy to clean. If possible, they need to be smart enough to wear for social occasions as well as for activities like hiking and sightseeing.
OK now we all know what kind of travel slacks or pants we are talking about we can jump straight to the list, which is in no particular order.
Columbia Sportswear Men’s Global Adventure Pant
These pants are very flexible. They are made from 88% polyester and 12% Elastane and are woven so that they stretch four ways making them supremely comfortable to wear whether you are sitting or climbing.
As well as two front pockets, there is a secure zip pocket on the right thigh that is big enough for a passport. These pants can be dressed up or down, so if you can only take one spare pair with you these work are ideal.
They are lightweight, fold up really small, and do not crease as well as being wind resistant. The finish is water resistant and rain just beads and rolls off.
The styling is neutral and apart from the small-embroidered logo at the waist, they could easily pass as dress pants.
Royal Robbins Men’s Global Traveller Pant
These pants are made of 100% nylon. That is good from a wear and tear point of view, but it is not always a good thing from a comfort point of view because there is no elastic element to the fabric. However, these pants are well made and cut well, so they are actually comfortable to wear for travelling, sightseeing and walking, but you would not want to use them for an activity like rock climbing.
They are hard wearing, and are Teflon coated so they stay clean in virtually any circumstance. The material is dot matrix printed, so does not look nylon. It is much softer and the raised bumps created by this production technique ensure the slacks are comfortable and keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
There are five pockets. The pockets on the thigh and the right back are both zipped. For additional security there is a hook and loop closure system on one of the front pockets.
Outdoor Research Men’s Ferrosi Pants
These traveller slacks are primarily designed for hiking, so have an extra zippered pocket on the thigh. It is well crafted, so the zip and opening lay flat, meaning that if you want to wear these trousers to dinner you can get away with it.
There are also two zipped pockets in the back. On the darker versions, the zips blend in with the rest of the material. However, some users have described the two front pockets as small.
These pants are stretch woven, so are very comfortable to wear and are a nylon/spandex mix, which means they are durable, crease resistant and easy to wash and dry. Perhaps the only drawback is that they are only water resistant not waterproof.
Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Convertible Pant
No list of men’s travel pants would really be complete without including at least one set of convertible pants. We were not sure whether we should include a set on the list because they do not really tick the box of being able to be worn to social occasions. They are fine for a casual dinner or drink with friends, but you would not want to wear them to a more formal event. That said there are many advantages to travelling with a pair of trousers you can convert into a pair of shorts, so we have included a set and these are a great example of this kind of travel pant.
This pair has a straight cut and there is a removable external belt, so you get a good fit. The material is 100% nylon, so these trousers wear well and feature Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection so they will not fade. Unfortunately, they are not waterproof. If you want pockets there are plenty, these pants have six of them, but none of them are secured by zips.
Buying travel pants can be tricky, but there is plenty of choice and prices have come down. You no longer have to spend $250 to get good quality travel trousers that will stand up to modern travel and still look good.