The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

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Have your flights booked? We’ve got your backside covered with the best men’s travel pants on the market for 2023.

From the Andean cloud forests to deep desert canyons, to long backcountry road trips and racking up steps in Parisian markets, these pants have been tested to tackle any adventure and do it all in style.

Scroll through to see all of our recommended buys or jump to the category you’re looking for. At the end of our list, be sure to check out our comprehensive buyer’s guide. Curious just what makes a pant fit for the rigors of travel? Take a peek at our FAQ section. And if you’re still weighing scales (or trying to sneak in under a carry-on weight limit), consult our comparison chart.

The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Best Overall Men's Travel Pants

LIVSN Ecotrek Trail Pants


  • Fabric 70% Blue Ocean nylon, 25% nylon, 5% spandex
  • Fabric weight 173 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 13 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Form and function meet the apex pant
  • Bomber hardware
  • Tons of pockets with versatile security options


  • DWR is negligible
  • Styling is less formal

One of our all-time favorite pants for any activity are the LIVSN Flex Canvas Pants. The trousers are durable, slightly stretchy, and have pockets in all the right places.

LIVSN nailed the design of an everyday, outdoor-capable pant with its Flex Canvas line, but the material was a bit heavy (270 gsm). This made them bulky to pack, and in need of extra dry time when washed or exposed to wet conditions.

So when LIVSN shared that it was releasing a new, lighter-weight style pant, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. We are happy to report that LIVSN’s Ecotrek Trail Pant ($129) is the travel pant we’ve all been waiting for.

The Ecotrek brings more stretch, lighter weight, and a more athletic design to a tried-and-true model. And while these new pants are great for climbing, hiking, or other fast-paced activities in warmer climates, we find they hit all the marks for what we love in travel pants too.

Let’s start with the many pockets, most of which are zippered. Both rear pockets close with a zipper, offering some much-needed peace of mind. Angling off the back of the left thigh is an additional, horizontal zippered pocket, which is great for gadgets or a small wallet.

Both of the mesh hand pockets have coin sleeves to prevent loose currency or keys from shifting around, and the left front hand pocket has a hidden zippered pocket large enough to protect your phone. Rounding out the seven pockets is a reinforced multitool pocket sitting on the right thigh. With so many pocket options, there’s a place for everything that feels designed with purpose instead of over-engineered.

The pocket configuration is dialed, but what sells these pants are the little details. The fabric’s synthetic blend doesn’t feel stiff, and the smartly tailored material walks quietly, fitting our testers with an ergonomic, yet surprisingly athletic fit.

A metal button closes the front and is backed with a leather pledget to prevent busting out. The Ecotrek Trail pants have belt loops, but if you forget your belt, they include a drawstring that hides inside the waistband. The cuffs are reinforced around the heel and so is the utility tool pocket.

While they don’t have a robust DWR, the material breathes very well. When things heat up, the pant legs roll up and keep under a buttoned strap that’s been sewn with reflective tape. These little details add up pretty quickly to make the Ecotrek a stellar pant.

Sustainability is core to LIVSN’s line of clothes, and the Ecotrek Trail pant walks the talk. The material is woven from Oceanflex fabric (70% recycled fishing buoys recovered from the ocean), and the YKK zipper taping is made from recycled ocean plastic. The rest is 25% nylon and 5% spandex for stretch.

If you are looking for lightweight, stretchy, durable pants, the LIVSN Ecotrek Trail Pant stands out as one of the best men’s travel pants on the market and can tackle a wide range of activities.

The Ecotrek Trail pants are available in olive, caramel, and charcoal colors, and they come in a range of sizes up to a 40-inch waist and a 34-inch inseam. For a deeper look, read our review.

Best Budget Men's Travel Pants

UNIONBAY Rainier Travel Chinos


  • Fabric 94% nylon, 6% spandex
  • Fabric weight 173 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 13 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Comfortable
  • Security options
  • Well priced


  • Pants run long
  • Material tends to collect lint

Travel should never be about the gear. It should be about the experience. An Amazon darling, at $40 a pair, UNIONBAY’s Rainier Travel Pants are a steal, leaving more cash in the wallet for traveling.

True to size, the nylon-spandex blend offers just enough stretch for a full range of motion. The pants keep around the waist with a button and have traditional belt loops if you want to class them up with a belt.

Three nylon zipper pockets pair with deep hand pockets. With two in the back and one on the upper right leg, they’re big enough to secure a passport, the latest iPhone, a notepad, or all of them together.

The Rainiers are rated to 50 UPF and feel durable in the hand, making them acceptable for activities like hiking. The outermost layer is lightly brushed and tends to collect lint and show stains quicker than other pants we tested, but they wash up easily and the 170 gsm fabric is quick to dry.

While a simple pant when compared to the Ecotrek’s attention to detail, these chino-style pants hit the core elements we looked for when evaluating the best men’s travel pants. If you’re looking for a budget pair of travel pants that pack up tight and breeze from the tarmac to restaurants (and maybe a light hike in between), these are it.

The Rainiers are available in four colors: charcoal, navy, black, and khaki.

Best Chino-Style Travel Pants

Bluffworks Ascender Chinos


  • Fabric 100% polyester
  • Fabric weight 150 gsm
  • Fit Runs large
  • Weight 14.1 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Great looking
  • Durable
  • Plenty of hidden pocket options


  • Some styles and color options may be hard to find in stock
  • Some hidden pockets are hard to access when wearing

After four years of road-tripping, hiking, foraging for morels, and even skiing in them, our Bluffworks’ Ascender Chino ($125) continues to prove its worth as one of the most versatile travel pants available. They’re light, wrinkle-proof, classy, and comfortable, and the abundance of pockets kind of blew our minds.

You won’t find the Ascenders through big retailers, though. You’ll have to buy these direct from Bluffworks. But you can take comfort in knowing that you’re buying an incredibly thoughtful design. Extensive experience and attention to detail have gone into making the Ascender Chino a top choice for savvy travelers.

Our pants arrived in nice packaging and with speedy delivery. Out of the box, the attention to detail is spectacular, particularly with regard to pockets — all 10 of them.

Multiple hidden pockets cache your EDC, including a hidden money pocket that’s accessed through the concealed left front zipper pocket. That’s right, they have pockets inside pockets. This inside pocket also has a second sleeve that you can access from inside the pant.

On the back, a zip pocket sits on the left. Behind the right pocket rides a third sleeve to sheath a device.

The Ascenders are available in straight-leg or a tailored slim fit. The material is stretchy, but there are no elastic fibers woven in, so the stretch comes from the weave of the material. In our opinion, this makes the pants more durable over the long haul. There’s no elastic to break down.

The panels are stitched together to create an incredibly comfortable pant. They’re light enough to wash and hang dry overnight, and ready to rinse and repeat for another day of exploring.

In Idaho’s backcountry, we tested these pants hiking through scrub, backpacking, and even gave them a chance to pinch-hit as a ski pant. After 4 years of hard use, the Ascenders still look new, including all the zippers — they’ve all hung in there well.

The pocket number simply amazed us (and is questionably over-engineered). We initially struggled to find them all. Once we did, we stood in awe, scratching our heads, asking ourselves, “What would we put in all of these pockets?”

But at the end of the day, their function is to ward off sticky fingers, and it does this well without compromising the look or feel of the traditionally styled chino. The Ascenders have a classy, timeless chino style that continues to look pressed after repeated wash and wear.

The ability to secure your essentials makes these some of the best men’s travel pants available. The only real downside of the Ascender pants is that they’re highly sought after, and popular colors in slim sizes can be hard to get. But they’re worth the wait!

Still worried about buying online? Bluffworks offers free shipping and returns.

Best Pants to Look Like a Local

Western Rise Evolution 2 Pants


  • Fabric 90% nylon, 10% elastane, woven in Sweden, cut and sewn in the USA
  • Fabric weight 107 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 11 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Lightweight material breathes just as well as the first
  • More durability than the first iteration
  • Fantastic fit and construction
  • Better mobility than the first iteration


  • New fabric feels slightly stiffer (breaks in over time)
  • Patch on the inside pocket can feel sticky against the legs (they are changing it to a print)
  • Single security pocket is limiting for some travelers

The first iteration of the Evolution was a GearJunkie staple around the office. Simple, functional, durable — it’s what we recommended to all our friends who ask us, “What’s a good-looking pant for everyday use?” This year, Western Rise updated the Evolution 2.0 ($128) with more stretch, and they are only all the better for it.

This new bump in elastane gives the Evolution 2.0 significant 4-way stretch and increased flexibility without sacrificing durability. The jean-like five-pocket design wears more like denim but has the durability of a hiking pant. In fact, one of our editors wore their pair to the top of the Grand Teton last summer.

At the core of the pant is the nylon-elastane blend with a trim jean cut. The nylon fibers are softened by running them through an air-texturized process and then weaving them into a dynamic yarn.

The material has a durable weave that mimics denim (and feels less “khaki”). The DWR coating — or maybe DBR (Durable Beer Resistance) — is outstanding. We wore these pants to Oktoberfest last year where they took the brunt of the fickle Bavarian weather and a rowdy beer hall.

Reach around back, and you’ll find a double pocket on the right, with a hidden zipper pocket that’s large enough to swallow your passport. Western Rise expanded the front coin pocket and made it big enough to holster the largest phone on the market.

After your trip, roll them up and watch them disappear in your luggage. They tick all the boxes for traveling and were the envy of our photographer while cycling through Colombia.

There aren’t many reasons to ding the Evolutions; the material on the new pant feels stiff out of the box but that softens up over time. To help differentiate their pant models (which all have a similar cut and color), Western Rise screened a patch on the inner left pocket. It can feel a little sweaty against the legs.

Aware of this issue, Western Rise is changing that label to a print going forward. One thing that hasn’t changed is the pocket configuration. Some will find the additional zipper pocket just the right amount of added security. Others will prefer more pockets to keep their EDCs.

If you want that Western Rise styling but with a wrinkle-resistant fabric, the Diversion pant ($168) is also a great pick. The double-knit canvas weighs 286 gsm, making it more durable overall but sacrificing packability.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This fantastic five-pocket jean-style pant has been on our list of the best men’s travel pants for 5 years now. For two of those years, they were our top pick. We use the Western Rise Evolution 2.0s as a benchmark for fit we recommend them to friends looking for a do-everything pant that flies fashionably under the radar.

Most Secure Travel Pants

Clothing Arts Pick-Pocket Proof Explorer Travel Chino


  • Fabric 96% Nature-Like Nylon, 4% spandex
  • Fabric weight 175 gsm
  • Fit Runs long
  • Weight 13 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Wrinkle proof
  • Extra zipper protection
  • Super packable


  • Legs run long. You may need to get it tailored
  • Boot leg cut won’t appeal to everyone

Dedicated to the art of protecting your ass-ets, Clothing Arts is lauded for its bank-vault secure pocket protection. Their most popular and locked-down pant, the Adventure Pant ($133), is donned with 11 pockets. Five hide securely protected inside their patented ‘triple secure’ protection.

This triple security is more pant protection than most of us will ever need, which brings us to the lighter weight and less expedition-looking Explorer Travel Chino ($133), which features Clothing Arts’ ‘double secure’ pocket system.

Both front hand pockets have hidden zippered pockets large enough to hold a wallet, passport, or phone. The rear pockets smack of traditional chino-style pockets, but both zip shut under a snap closure, locking down the zipper garage. It’s a simple mechanism that keeps sticky fingers from tugging at zipper pulls.

While these pants aren’t ‘triple secure,’ the material is triple crown. Lightweight, stretchy, and durable, the proprietary nylon is made specifically for Clothing Arts. They wear easy around town and on hikes, and ours dressed up nice enough to visit the French Royal Residence (well, to tour Versailles).

In our experience, the pants run a little long and drop straight in a bootcut. You may need to get them tailored.

We’ve traveled the world and had a few instances in crowded markets where shady characters tried to pull at a zippered pocket. We haven’t had anything lifted (yet), but do appreciate the need for security. For most of our travels, a good head and a single closure have our backsides covered. The double-secure Explorer Travel Chinos offer added insurance and peace of mind.

Best of the Rest

Aviator The Best Travel Jeans


  • Fabric 77% cotton, 16% polyester, 5% rayon, 2% spandex
  • Fabric weight Unavailable
  • Fit True to size, offered in slim and straight
  • Weight 22 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Fit is great
  • Pocket options are dialed


  • Heavy
  • Denim takes longer to dry

It’s a bold statement to name your pant “The Best Travel Jeans” ($145), but Aviator walks the talk and the name speaks for itself.

Offered in a variety of fades and colorways, in both slim and straight cut, Aviators were born out of the soul for denim and a passion for travel. The pant has a whopping eight pockets, but you wouldn’t immediately know it.

Three zippered pockets hide inside the traditional pockets — two concealed in the back and one inside the left thigh pocket — each large enough to hold a passport. All pocket zippers use a nylon YKK zipper. And the coin pocket on the right is large enough to hold even the largest iPhone.

The pant is primarily made from a summer-weight cotton blend that is soft to the touch but with a little give, thanks to the spandex. They are finished with a DWR, but they won’t dry as fast as fully synthetic pants, but are touted to dry 25% faster than traditional denim.

We don’t usually recommend denim for travel. It’s heavy, can take longer to dry, and often doesn’t have a DWR. But we still love our indigo and each year we see a lot of denim touted as travel-worthy dungarees. After five years of testing travel pants, the Aviators still fly at the top of our radar. They are supremely comfortable stuck in coach and strut into your port of entry with style.

HOKA Transport Pant


  • Fabric 100% polyester
  • Fabric weight 162 gsm
  • Fit Offered in XS-XL. Tends to run slender. You may need to size up
  • Weight 12 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Bin-style cargo pockets have lots of room without looking too awkward
  • Lightweight, breathable
  • Super packable


  • Progressive athletic styling maybe too much for some buyers
  • Bold ‘HOKA’ branding on right pocket draws attention

New this year, HOKA released a line of shoes and clothing dedicated to everyday activities like errands, shuttling kids to activities, and commuting.

HOKA’s Transport Pant ($120) is a modern spin on the cargo pant. Street style meets athletic wear, the Transport can shoulder a workout and are a standout for travel as well.

True to HOKA, the styling is … oversized. A pair of large drop-in cargo-style pockets angle down the thighs. Sitting at just hands length, these ‘bin’ style pockets are ideal for temporarily holding items you need quick access to. We think parents traveling with kids (and all the things kids pack) will appreciate the large open pockets. They don’t zip shut, but each cargo pocket has a zippered pocket that’s big enough to hold your EDC.

Abiding by the laws of physics, riding on top of the cargo pocket, heavier contents tend to flop around a little more, but we liked the easy access while seated.

The traditional hand pockets are deep. There are no back pockets, but that doesn’t bother us much. Sitting on your wallet for long stints is a bad way to start your trip.

The material is light and stretchy – we’ve even taken them out on the trails for shorter runs between errands. Once off the trails, the HOKA Transporter holds its own as a sporty pant around town. Flip up the cuff and the right leg has a bright reflective pattern that keeps you seen while commuting by bike.

These sporty pants close with a traditional snap and zipper, and have a drawstring for extra security around the waist.

Mountain Hardwear AP Active


  • Fabric 97% nylon, 3% elastane
  • Fabric weight 196 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 12.5 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Great fit with good stretch
  • Phone sleeves locks in the device


  • Hand pockets are shallow
  • Phone sleeve is secure, but won’t fit anything larger than an iPhone 13

Mountain Hardwear’s stalwart AP pant got a little more pliable, stretchy, and lighter feeling with their new AP Active ($90).

Like any travel pant, the AP Active has pockets aplenty: The backside pockets zip shut, a drop-in style pocket sits on the right thigh, and while many people mistake the drop-in pocket as the knife pocket, the true knife pocket hides in the seam along the right pocket. And we like it. The knife clips within easy reach–right where you usually clip it — but it doesn’t grind your knuckles when reaching for your keys or wallet. Do we need to say it? Leave the knife at home if traveling by plane.

The AP Active pants earn points for length and tightness. We found the length spot-on and more generous than the OG AP. And the material loosens up after repeated wear. Our only ding is the hand pockets. They are small — about half the depth found in the AP. But we found the drop-in style phone pocket one of the most secure in the travel pant market.

KÜHL Suppressor Jogger


  • Fabric 85% nylon, 15% spandex
  • Fabric weight 165 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 12 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Light and packable
  • Durable and stretchy
  • KÜHL drop in style pockets are fantastic


  • Fabric is noisy
  • No button-no fly minimalism may not appeal to everyone
  • Only one zippered pocket on the backside

KÜHL has a strong reputation throughout the outdoor industry for making bomber, thoughtfully designed pieces. And its sub-$100 Suppressor Joggers exemplify those qualities in spades.

The 85% nylon, 15% spandex blend is lightweight, stretchy, breathable, and durable. Plus, a solid DWR treatment rebuffs Mother Nature’s fickle temperament.

Like any good pair of travel pants, the Suppressor’s sport well-thought-out pockets. The angled hand pockets are deep and easy to access while seated. A single stealth pocket zips behind the right back side, and drop-in pockets grace both thighs.

Drop-in pockets are our favorite design to haul devices. They snug the phone but keep your data within reach. The best of the batch fit on the backside of the leg, maintaining accessibility and minimizing the bounce. KÜHL has two of them. Riding down the back of the quads, they are perfect for clipping multitools, knives, or pens, and sheath a phone, passport, or tickets. And it’s these drop-in pockets that make the Suppressor our favorite pant to wear on the plane. Everything stays within easy reach.

If there’s any knock against the Suppressor Joggers, it’s that these are simple pull-on pants. No button, no fly — just an elastic waist and drawstring. On the flip side, this keeps things quick when moving through TSA – there’s no pulling off the belt and redressing after pat-downs.

Roark Layover 2.0 Travel Pants


  • Fabric 70% cotton, 26% nylon, 4% elastane
  • Fabric weight Unavailable
  • Fit True to size (slim)
  • Weight 15 oz.
  • DWR No
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  • Large pockets stow large documents with easy access while seated
  • Hidden phone pocket
  • Vented yoke


  • Deep pockets can weigh down the pants
  • No belt loops
  • Material tends to collect lint

Deep pockets, slim fit, all tied up with a boardshort styling — Roark’s Layover 2.0 Travel Pant ($95) is unlike any other pant on the list.

Woven into the durable cotton is hearty nylon (for durability), and elastane (for stretch), yielding some side-to-side compliance. The slim fit tapers to the legs, giving off a progressive, durable, jogger vibe.

Two front hand pockets dive deep (12 inches) down the front and swallow all of your valuables. They each close with an 8-inch zipper.

The position and depth allow access to all your necessities, even if you’re pinned down in the smallest center seat in economy. Around back, the two seat pockets close with an offset button, which makes it easier to pull the contents out while seated.

A hidden device sleeve hides behind the right rear pocket, keeping your phone accessible. Roark also sewed in a perforated panel to spill heat while stuck in the seat.

Instead of the typical button or snap closure, Roark chose a non-traditional boardshort lace belt. Borrowing from the surf world, the drawstring threads through the waist and zigzags in front to tie the pants over the zipper fly. Lost some weight? Overindulged in the local food scene? It doesn’t matter.

The Layovers are applauded by buyers, and are nearly the perfect travel pant, but a few misses keep them from rising to the top of our list. We love the drawstring, but the pants don’t have belt loops for backup. And while the front pockets can swallow your documents, they are so deep that the contents start to weigh the pants down over the quads.

And those long front pocket zippers? If you don’t keep them zipped shut, they risk spilling the contents while seated. We also find the cotton-blend fabric tends to collect lint.

A lot of these issues were solved in Roark’s Layover shorts ($75), which have a belt loop in addition to the lace closure. The pockets are traditional jean styling and phone pocket rides on the right side, with a knife sleeve on the left. This is a fantastic short and we hope they carry these user-friendly details into their pants.

We have to give the crew at Roark credit, though. The Layovers are a creative reinterpretation of the travel pant and are one of the few pants available for under $100.

Ornot Mission Pants


  • Fabric 95% nylon, 5% elastane
  • Fabric weight 232 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 14 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Gusseted design gives a great fit
  • Reflective details on cuffs
  • Made in USA


  • Not many – An extra pockets or a drop in phone sleeve, and these would be our top choice for travel pants

When it comes to fit and function, cyclists have it all figured out. Stretch, durability, DWR, and ergonomic pocket layout make a great commuter pant. Fall short on any of these, cyclists will be quick to call you out.

San Francisco-based Ornot hit all the paces with their Mission Shorts. This year they released their beloved short in a pant. True to the brand, the Mission Pants ($150) pull off an effortlessly classy-looking pant. Minimalist aesthetics, five pockets (two that zip shut), and the rear pockets angle off the midline for easy access. The stealth thigh pocket zips contents securely off the back of the leg. The leeward position pegs the device to the leg while in the saddle.

We found the Mission Pants to be lighter than other commuter pants on the market. The 232gsm fabric breathes well and moves with the body without feeling like a protective shell. They wear easy at the office and feel at home on the street. And if you grab a bike by the horns, both cuffs flip up to reveal reflective hits to keep you seen on the go.

We’ve been following this small brand for years and they keep bringing their A-game to market. Their garments are all made in the USA and offer a one-year warranty. Their Mission Pants are great on the bike … or not.

Lululemon ABC Warpstreme Pants


  • Fabric 53% elastomultiester, 47% recycled polyester
  • Fabric weight 180 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 12.5 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Very comfortable pant
  • Great knicker profile for cycling and climbing


  • Waist lacks flexibility
  • Some negative feedback on durability and consistent sizing
  • Pockets are small

Borrowing the classic five-pocket style, our reviewers described Lululemon’s ABC Warpstreme Pant ($128) as “absolutely spectacular. VERY comfortable, and a great knicker profile for cycling and climbing.”

Quick-drying and wrinkle-resistant, the material feels similar to prAna’s ReZion fabric, but is more durable (and stylish). For travel, these pants have a zippered security pocket in back, and the cuffs flip up to show a reflective strip to make you easily visible at night.

Our only pause in recommending comes from some tester feedback we received relaying that the durability wasn’t quite what we wanted – not uncommon for pants with a soft hand that utilize a higher percentage of elastane in the weave. We also found the pockets on the small side. Western Rise pulls off a similar style pant with better volume.

Offered in skinny, slim, classic, and jogger cuts, and in 13 color schemes, there is a pant for everyone. Because these are so comfortable and stylish, you might find yourself stacking up on ABC Pants for work and travel.

DUER Live Free Adventure Pant


  • Fabric 62% cotton, 30% TENCEL Lyocell, 6% polyester, 2% spandex
  • Fabric weight 280 gsm
  • Fit True to size, relaxed up top, tapers down the ankles
  • Weight 28 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Durable meets stretchy
  • Snaps on ankle cuff
  • Zippered cargo pockets


  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • One reviewer noted that the triple-stitched inseam can chafe

“Designed for doers,” the Live Free Adventure Pant ($150) blurs the line between jogger and pant without sacrificing performance.

These cargo-up-top, jogger-down-low pants sport two voluminous thigh pockets. The angled zippered pockets drop down the side of the leg and give you easy access to your documents or device while seated. The pant legs taper down to the cuff where two snaps allow you to snug the fit around the ankle.

The burly fabric weft feels like a broken-in pair of Carhartts. Priding themselves in using 85% plant-based fibers, DUER weaves some natural magic in their pants, giving them proper stretch, durability, and performance. The material is treated with a robust DWR that sheds stains and rain surprisingly well.

At nearly 30 ounces, we feel the Live Free Adventure Pants are on the heavy side for travel enthusiasts. They take up more space in the bag and need more time to air dry. But if you are looking for a cargo-style pant that can keep up with your active lifestyle, these comfortable pants are worth a look.

Public Rec All Day Every Day 5 Pocket Pant


  • Fabric 88% nylon, 12% spandex
  • Fabric weight 290 gsm
  • Fit True to size (offered in a variety of inseam lengths – from 28-36)
  • Weight 16 oz.
  • DWR No
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  • Most comfortable pant on the list
  • Wears like sweats, looks like slacks


  • Only one of the 5 pockets zips shut
  • No DWR finish

Athleisure has stretched its gym-toting, sneaker-sporting style into our everyday wear for years now. Online brand Public Rec has leaned into the theme and carved out a niche in ‘work-leisure’.

Public Rec’s All Day Every Day 5 Pocket pants ($130) present like slacks but wear like pajamas. The high spandex count keeps these pants super stretchy and wrinkle-free – even after catching our redeye flight out of JFK to Paris.

Available only online, the ADED pants are a truly personalized pant. Available in 10 color schemes, sizes 28-44, with five different inseams (28-36), there’s a pant for your body type. And if you really want to get sporty, Public Rec has a jogger constructed from the same material that became a work-from-home staple during COVID. For more versatility on the road, we prefer the five-pocket design.

The All Day Every Day doesn’t have a DWR finish and only sports a single zipper pocket. A vertical stealth pocket slides down the right-hand pocket and can secure a phone or passport. But if you want a pant that can carry itself from coach potato to formal dining, these are tough to beat.

686 Everywhere 2 Pants


  • Fabric  92% nylon, 8% spandex
  • Fabric weight 160 gsm
  • Fit Spot on
  • Weight 13 oz.
  • DWR Yes
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  • Durable pant
  • Updated zippers for better security


  • Pockets are over-engineered

If you’re looking for a progressive take on the traditional chino, the Everywhere 2 ($120) is a cleanly styled pant with ample storage and lots of freedom to move.

Another GearJunkie favorite, we wear these at work, play, and while traveling. This year, 686 rebooted the Everyday, adding a zippered rear pocket, addressing a flaw/issue in the previous version, which occasionally spit out a heavy wallet. They’ve also updated the material with recycled nylon. It feels a little thicker in the hand and is a little less stretchy.

The Everywhere 2 pants have plenty of room up top without feeling baggy. Off the shelf, they taper somewhat aggressively around the calves, still managing to leave room around the ankle.

Tied up with the drawcord (which we loved), the Everywhere 2 pants fall closer to a jogger than a chino. The material forms to your body after a few days of wear, relaxing into a comfortable fit.

The pants list 10 pockets, which is true, but we feel that’s a little ambitious. Five of them are small sleeves inside pockets to keep cards, coins, or cash. The front right coin pocket is an RFID-blocking security pocket, and it’s where you’ll want to put your credit card.

A large thigh pocket rides on the left and can swallow the pants when turned inside out. It easily holds a phone and passport. 686 offers the Everywhere 2 in five color schemes.

Men’s Travel Pants Comparison Chart

Travel Pants Fabric Fabric Weight Fit Weight DWR Finish
LIVSN Ecotrek Trail Pants 70% Blue Ocean nylon, 25% nylon, 5% spandex 173 gsm True to size 13 oz. Yes
UNIONBAY Rainier Travel Chinos 94% nylon, 6% spandex 173 gsm True to size 13 oz. Yes
Bluffworks Ascender Chinos 100% polyester 150 gsm Runs large 14.1 oz. Yes
Western Rise Evolution 2 Pants 90% nylon, 10% elastane 107 gsm True to size 11 oz. Yes
Clothing Arts Pick-Pocket
Proof Explorer Travel Chino
96% Nature-Like Nylon, 4% spandex 175 gsm Runs long 13 oz. Yes
Aviator The Best Travel Jeans 77% cotton, 16% polyester, 5% rayon, 2% spandex Unavailable True to size 22 oz. Yes
HOKA Transport Pant 100% polyester 162 gsm Tends to run slender 12 oz. Yes
Mountain Hardwear AP Active 97% nylon, 3% elastane 196 gsm True to size 12.5 oz. Yes
KÜHL Suppressor Jogger 85% nylon, 15% spandex 165 gsm True to size 12 oz. Yes
Roark Layover 2.0 Travel Pants 70% cotton, 26% nylon, 4% elastane Unavailable True to size (slim) 15 oz. No
Ornot Mission Pants 95% nylon, 5% elastane 232 gsm True to size 14 oz. Yes
Lululemon ABC Warpstreme Pants 53% elastomultiester, 47% recycled polyester 180 gsm True to size 12.5 oz. Yes
DUER Live Free Adventure Pant 62% cotton, 30% TENCEL Lyocell, 6% polyester, 2% spandex 280 gsm True to size 28 oz. Yes
Public Rec All Day
Every Day 5 Pocket Pant
88% nylon, 12% spandex 290 gsm True to size 16 oz. No
686 Everywhere 2 Pants 92% nylon, 8% spandex  160 gsm Spot on 13 oz. Yes
Airports can be uncomfortable, so do yourself a favor and spend your travel days in the most comfortable pants you can find; (photo/Steve Graepel)

Why You Should Trust Us

Steve Graepel, the author of this piece, is a consummate traveler, racking up passport stamps from Nicaragua, Belize, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Kazakhstan, and beyond. He recently put his wardrobe through the paces in the stairwell of a train headed from South Tyrol to Oktoberfest.

Behind Graepel is a staff of GearJunkie writers who are avid travelers, testing pants from everyday wear to ambitious adventures. Often heading straight from the airport to reconnaissance missions in the hills, we’ve put each option on this list to the test.

Security is key when traveling, and zippered pockets will give you less to worry about; (photo/Steve Graepel)

How We Tested the Pants

To find the best men’s travel pants this season, we started with pockets and materials. To even be considered on our list, pants need at least one pocket that can be zipped shut to safely hold a passport or wallet.

The hand pockets should be deep enough to keep keys and change from accidentally spilling out, or have zippers that prevent mishaps. No joke, one pair of pants we tested (not on this list) spit a wallet out at work without us even knowing it.

Hand pockets are either horizontal (like a pair of jeans), or vertical (like chinos). If you prefer to travel with an EDC, you’ll want a horizontal pocket to clip the knife, or better yet, a dedicated knife pocket like Mountain Hardwear’s AP Active or LIVSN’s Ecotrek Trail Pant.

If pockets are your priority, you don’t need to look past Bluffwork’s Ascender Chino. With 10 pockets discreetly hidden in and around the pants, there’s a place for everything.

If locking your kit down is the goal, then Clothing Arts are your pant. The warden of pants, Clothing Arts Explorer Travel Chino (or Adventure Travel Pant) has a double/triple level of protection that the brand shared has thwarted hundreds of pick-pockets red-handed.

We then evaluated each pant’s fit, breathability, durability, packability, and ability to bounce back from repeated wash and wears, and unpacking. Our testing focused primarily on comfort, versatility, and functionality when in transit, so if you’re looking for something more durable for active pursuits, check out our picks for the best hiking pants.

We also have a guide for the best women’s travel pants to get your travel companion ready for the long haul.

A good pair of travel pants should look great as you explore the streets of foreign cities, but they should also be rugged enough to handle side excursions; (photo/Steve Graepel)

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose Travel Pants


Regardless of whether the pant is straight leg or slim, a good pant is one that follows the human form and doesn’t bag out after repeated washings, or bloat when packed with your phone and keys. The length should fit your inseam or run longer so you can roll them up or get them tailored.

Almost every pant on our list has a great fit. If they didn’t, we’ve shared the cons. Both the Clothing Arts and UNIONBAY’s ran a little long. On the other end, Public Rec offers a variety of inseams for a dialed fit (from 28-36″), Aviator will hem your jeans to your personal fit, and the rest were spot on for length.



We scored each pant for both its ability to adventure, wear in coach, and hit the streets. Some pants, like DUER’s Live Free Adventure have a bias for stout use. The heavy material is coated with a solid DWR and is our choice for adventure trips where you can’t sacrifice durability.

If traveling by plane, we prefer comfortable pants with accessible pockets. While 5-pocket styled jeans or chinos wear well on the street, their pockets are harder to access when sitting on the plane. Instead, we prefer a jogger or cargo pant that has vertical zippered pockets and drop in device pockets on the legs. Both LIVSN and KÜHL had easy to access pockets in the plane.

For comfort in coach, you don’t need to look past Public Rec’s ADED. They wear like sweats but lack the pockets and durability. KÜHL’s Suppressor Jogger dialed in the drop-in pockets, are lightweight and durable, but the material isn’t nearly as soft as Public Rec’s pant. It’s always a trade-off.

(Photo/Steve Graepel)

Style Matters

While comfort is key, we also need to be able to show ourselves in public (no washed-out gray sweatpants on this list). The most versatile travel clothes should be able to tackle a hike without getting roughed up, a walk into town looking sharp enough to peruse a museum, and even some fine dining afterward.

Unfortunately, the cargo pockets take away style points while out on the town. With its jogger styling, DUER didn’t design around Michelin stars. They prioritized function and durability, mapping to utility. DUER and HOKA both have unique cargo styling that bring a touch of modern to the military-inspired side-pocket pants. In general, we love cargo-style pants and joggers while sitting on the plane. It keeps all your essentials within reach.

On the other hand, Western Rise’s Evolution 2 and Lululemon’s ABC Warpstream are fantastically styled everyday pants, but both have a single security pocket to maintain that sleek look. They are our go-to choice for travels to Europe where we want to kick up the look and feel at home while traveling abroad.

Clean lines, darker colors, and traditional styling help you blend into crowds and stay off the would-be pickpocket’s radar. The best men’s travel pants should look as good as they feel without shouting “tourist.”

The material should be lightweight and, in our preference, darker to minimize showing the dirt collected along the way. That said, we were astounded by how well a fresh DWR can resist stains on even the fairest beige pants.

(Photo/Steve Graepel)

Fabric Weight

Lightweight performance fabrics can withstand repeated washings in a sink, line dry overnight, and stay wrinkle-free after weeks on the go. Today’s fabrics offer advanced sun protection and moisture-wicking properties and are often water-resistant or water-repellent.

Fabric weight is measured in grams per square meter (gsm). A heavier gsm will take up more room in your bag and take longer to dry. We find a 170-ish gsm fabric weight, like on our top pick from LIVSN, light and breezy, and dries out quickly.

A welterweight fabric will disappear in the bag and dry out insanely fast, but going too light sacrifices durability. All the pants we tested are durable enough to venture off pavement.

If you want the lightest pant you can find, you’ll likely be looking at a jogger, like KÜHL’s Suppressor or HOKA’s Transport. Both disappear in the bag and Hoka’s in particular, breathe exceptionally well without sacrificing too much durability. Western Rise uses a lighter fabric, but the pants weigh more overall.

Travel pant fabrics should be breathable, durable, and easy to clean; (photo/Steve Graepel)

Fabric Type

A cotton blend fabric adds breathability and a cooling effect, which is great for warmer climates, but can also sacrifice durability. And, unless treated with a DWR, cotton can wet out more easily and hold water longer.

The Aviator’s, DUER, and Roark’s Layover weave some cotton into their blend. To beef up the durability, the natural fiber is woven with a synthetic like polyester or nylon and an elastic component for stretch.

If you choose to go with denim or cotton, look for stretchy fabric with a bit of spandex or elastane for comfort and flexibility while on the road. It will resist wear longer, dry faster, and feel much more comfortable. The Aviator The Best Travel Jeans in the World are very comfortable and weave in some stretch, but they weigh nearly twice as much as every other pant on the list. DUER’s Live Free Adventure were docked points for the same reason.

Most of the pants on this list are woven from synthetic fibers. Synthetics tend to stand up to more abuse than their natural counterparts. For example, Ornot’s Mission Pant is incredibly durable and are built for men who abuse pants while in the saddle.

Weaving in spandex or elastic adds mobility, but can also give the pant a polished, slick finish. Public Rec All Day Every Day 5 Pocket Pant has a whopping 12% spandex woven in. Bluffworks, Union BayClothing Arts, and Lululemon feel progressively more formal with their smooth-faced fabric finishes. Material finishes are more of a personal preference and don’t affect their water resistance, which is added with a DWR wash.

Our favorite pants come from LIVSN. The fit is fantastic, but they don’t have a robust DWR. This makes them less desirable if you are traveling to places that rain a lot. However, they excel in so many other ways that they still stand out as our top choice. On the flip side, Western Rise’s DWR not only deflects dirt and grime on the road, but liters of beer simply rolled off them at Oktoberfest. We really took one for the team while testing.

Performance fabrics are standing up to heavy use like never before. Shelling out a few more bucks for quality generally gets you into a more durable pant that should hold up to more extensive use. We’ve put in countless hours testing the pants on this list, so you’re starting in the right place.

The author testing Western Rise’s DWR — or DBR — at Oktoberfest; (photo/Steve Graepel)


What are the most comfortable travel pants?

We like a pant that doesn’t ride up or bind when seated, and moves with you when active. LIVSN and Kühl are very close at the top, for pure comfort, you can’t beat Lululemon’s ABC Warpstreme Pant. Beyond the fantastic material, the pant is available in skinny, slim, classic, and jogger style, so there’s truly a comfortable pant for everyone’s preference.

Which pants have the best DWR?

We’ve tested Western Rise’s Evolution lineup standing outside in Bogota monsoon season, climbing snow and ice on the Grand, and prosting over beers at Oktoberfest. The DWR not only sheds spills, it deflects dirt and grime too. After a week of wearing them across the Alps, including a day sitting in the stairwell of an overbooked train to Munich, we were shocked how clean our light khaki Evolution 2.0’s walked off the return flight.

What are the fastest-drying pants?

If you’re bringing one pair of pants, you’ll eventually have to wash them while on the road. A lightweight synthetic pant is your best bet for a comfortable morning. Here again, Western Rise’s Evolutions rose to the top. They are lightweight, durable, and dry out quicker than most. They also remain cool and breezy in hot climates and wear supremely well.

What are the best cargo-style pants?

The pair of large cargo pockets on DUER’s Live Free Adventure are easy to access and has plenty of space to hold your kit and do it without looking like Urkel. For an equally impressive pocket game, but a more polished look, we recommend looking at Bluffworks’ Ascender Chino, which stealthily hides 10 pockets in the otherwise casual-looking chino. LIVSNs are close, with seven practical and accessible pockets.

(Photo/Steve Graepel)
What are the most durable pants for travel?

With their high Nylon ratio, both Mountain Hardwear AP Active and Ornot’s Mission pants are the most durable pants on our list. The least durable (though most comfortable) are Public Rec’s All Day Every Day.

What are the best pants to wear on the plane?

For long flights on the plane, we like breathability and easy pocket access. We give the nod to Roark’s Layover 2.0 Travel Pant. The deep horizontal pockets are easy to access while seated and the vented panel in seat keeps the backside aired out. It’s worth noting that we did find if left unzipped, the entire contents of the pockets are at risk of falling out. Keep the pockets zipped and the contents are safe.

What are the most flexible travel pants?

KÜHL’s Suppressor Joggers have the highest Spandex count on the list at 15%. They are super flexible, light, durable, and have a good DWR. For a more formal look, Public Rec’s All Day Every Day has an equally impressive Spandex weave (12%) and is by far the most comfortable pant on our list. For a good combination of flexibility, durability, and all-around wearability, we recommend Western Rise’s Evolution 2.

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