7 of the Best Men’s Travel Pants

Men's travel pants

Travel pants are those versatile things you buy for a more comfortable travel experience, but end up wearing almost every possible waking moment. You’d even wear them to your own wedding if you would not get into trouble.

If you do not yet own a pair of these miraculously comfortable pants, or even if you are looking for an upgrade, then I have selected the best men’s travel pants out there, and brought them in here for you to see.

Are they that comfortable?

Yes, yes and yes! You would even wear them to work if your boss would not send you home to change.  Now, if you could get a job like mine, you can wear your travel pants all day. I’m wearing mine right now. I even sleep in them. I have a spare pair for that regrettable time of the week when I have to take them off to wash. They are that good.

Can I use them for anything else?

Good travel pants usually make for excellent adventure pants as well. They are ultralight, as travelers look to cut down on unnecessary extra weight. It naturally makes for useful additions to your hiking, fishing, hunting and mountain climbing inventories. They look great worn casually on the weekend, and double up perfectly as your non-competition golfing pants.

Will I have to sacrifice comfort for fashion?

Absolutely not. When we chose the pants on this list, we were sure to include something for the fashion-minded man as well. We have a stylish set of chinos, as well as a pair of pants with a choice of 37 different colors and styles.

It enables you to travel in clothing that does not make you stand out as a traveler, which in turn makes you far less of a target for unwanted attention.

How do I choose a pair?

Okay, so first things first. Every pair of pants we feature are divinely comfortable, so there is no need to worry about that. You can forget about tight waist bands digging into your skin and fabric that wrinkles up after hours of travel. These pants are immune to that stuff.

They also all contain useful travel pockets, with either a velcro or zipped opening that allows you to seal your passport and valuables off from would-be pick-pocketers.

If you want a pair with a little bit more movement, then you will want to look at the choice of fabrics used to construct the pants. If the manufacturers have used either spandex or elastane then there is a good chance that they will be stretchy, and therefore will be better suited to those needing to reach and lunge (climbers and hunters).

For the serious hikers out there, look for the pants that are predominantly nylon-based and have been given some kind of water-resistance treatment. It is always good to go hiking with an outer waterproof shell, but these treated travel pants will repel light rain and are fast-drying.

Here are 7 of the Best Men’s Travel Pants:

1. prAna Stretch Zion Pant

These pants – which feature a handy inbuilt adjustable waist belt – come in 12 different colors and are made of mostly nylon, meaning that they both repel water and are quick-to-dry. You will find that they are stretchy and abrasion resistant too, making them useful for hiking and outdoor adventure-related activities.

With that in mind, the manufacturers have slapped a UPF 50+ sun protection rating on them, providing a greater safeguard for your skin than most sun creams. You will find front mesh pockets, one on the rear and a cargo pocket on the left leg, while the roll-up leg snaps allow your body to breathe

Pros:
  • Great for use in the outdoors
Cons:
  • Mesh pockets were a poor choice of material

2. Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo

If you are particular about the shade of your future travel pants, then Columbia have you covered with a whopping 18 different trendy variations to choose from. These lightweight pants are done in the cargo design with six pockets, including two pockets on the legs, one of which is zippered.

Columbia normally means quality, and it is no different with these traveling pants, which can just as easily be used for hiking, fishing, hunting, or indeed any of your outdoor recreational hobbies.

The outer fabric of the pants is actually designed to absorb any water that it comes in contact with, and then spread rapidly across the material, allowing it to dry in record time. It is just one of the things we expect from these giants of the comfortable clothing industry

Pros:
  • Comfortable and versatile
Cons:
  • Waist sizes run a little small

3. ExOfficio Sol Cool Nomad Pant

These slim-designed pants come with a set of zippered side pockets and three different lengths to choose from. They are made completely from nylon, meaning they will have no problem whisking away a bit of moisture in a light shower, and will dry quickly if you get caught in a heavier one.

The pants come in road, walnut and cigar. And no, that is not a typo; those are the imaginatively named colors. The designers have incorporated something called ‘jade dust’ woven into the fabric which is meant to provide added UV protection, as well as providing odor resistance and breathability. They even claim it will make you feel 4°F cooler.

Pros:
  • Amazing for traveling in hot, humid weather
Cons:
  • Can require two hands to operate pocket zips

4. CQR Tactical Pants

There are good reasons why people are flocking to get their hands on a pair of these combat-oriented travel pants from CQR, and one of them is their cost-effective-yet-durable nature.

Coming in a crazy 37 different colors and styles, these cargo pants feature 8 different-styled pockets for a maximum range of uses. We are talking longer pockets for the army knives, and different variations for different tools and equipment.

The fabric is water, dirt, fade and wrinkle resistant, and comes with a comfortable multi-fit stretching waist band. There is an awesome tactical belt designed exclusively for these pants, but unfortunately, they do not come as a set.

Pros:
  • Great value for money
Cons:
  • Belt sold separately

5. Arcteryx Gamma LT Pants

These travel pants from Arcteryx will literally take you anywhere. They feature just the right amount of elastane to complement the nylon, meaning you get a pair of pants that are both highly water repellent and stretchy, making them another excellent hiking or even rock-climbing companion.

I love the gusseted crotch design that delivers the wearer a more mobile and active experience. Do you want to lunge in your pants? Show off your flexibility with a little bit of yoga? You will have no problem in these.

The effortless manoeuvrability available to you make these useful as a mid-layer in cooler climes, while the effortless breathability does not exclude them from use on your warmer weather forays either.

Pros:
  • Stretchy and mobile
Cons:
  • Expensive

6. UNIONBAY Rainier Travel Tech Chino Pants

These chino-style pants are mostly nylon with a bit of spandex, which dries quickly and provides at least UPF 50+ sun protection. It also gives them an added amount of stretchiness, something you may find endearing when on those long-haul flights.

Being made of nylon, they are going to pack a fair amount of water resistance and so they will be useful for those day hikes and when you are out exploring new cities. And they are chinos, so they are timeless, and you are going to look fashionable as well.

The range comes in 9 different colors and could be an excellent choice for those wanting to look trendy while traveling – without breaking the bank.

Pros:
  • Good for those on a budget
Cons:
  • Could use a couple more pockets

7. Camel Quick-Dry Travel Pants

Have we saved the best for last with these pants from Camel, that fold away compactly into their own back zipped-pocket? Perhaps we have. They come in three colors: black, grey and olive, and also feature two roomy pockets on the front.

These pants are ultra-lightweight – weighing in at 0.65 pounds – and as the name suggests, they are super-fast to dry (about 12.5% faster than their previous model, which in itself was pretty rapid). These two characteristics make these set of pants a great addition to you hiking inventory.

The 100D spandex makes these pants exceptionally comfortable, while the elastic waistband and drawcord design keeps them exactly where you want them.

Pros:
  • Ultra compact
Cons:
  • Sizes run a little large

Conclusion

It is hard to look past the Camel Quick-Dry Travel Pants as the best all-round product in this list. They are the most packable pants and therefore are the easiest to take with you. They are also quite affordable and therefore represent excellent value for money.

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If they are not your thing, then sitting in a close second place would be the Silver Ridge Cargo Pants by Columbia. Rounding out the list in third place is the pair from Arcteryx, just missing out on the top two because of its much higher price tag.