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The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

We’ve tested the best wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying, and comfortable travel pants for men this year. Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure.

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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

Specs

  • Fabric 70% Blue Ocean nylon, 25% nylon, 5% spandex
  • Fabric weight 173 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 13 oz.
  • DWR Yes
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Form and function meet the apex pant
  • Bomber hardware
  • Tons of pockets with versatile security options

Cons

  • DWR is negligible
  • Styling is less formal
Best Budget Men's Travel Pants

UNIONBAY Rainier Travel Chinos

Specs

  • Fabric 94% nylon, 6% spandex
  • Fabric weight 173 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 13 oz.
  • DWR Yes
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Security options
  • Well priced

Cons

  • Pants run long
  • Material tends to collect lint
Best Chino-Style Travel Pants

Bluffworks Ascender Chinos

Specs

  • Fabric 100% polyester
  • Fabric weight 150 gsm
  • Fit Runs large
  • Weight 14.1 oz.
  • DWR Yes
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Great looking
  • Durable
  • Plenty of hidden pocket options

Cons

  • Some styles and color options may be hard to find in stock
  • Some hidden pockets are hard to access when wearing
Best Pants to Look Like a Local

Western Rise Evolution 2 Pants

Specs

  • 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
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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
Most Secure Travel Pants

Clothing Arts Pick-Pocket Proof Explorer Travel Chino

Specs

  • Fabric 96% Nature-Like Nylon, 4% spandex
  • Fabric weight 175 gsm
  • Fit Runs long
  • Weight 13 oz.
  • DWR Yes
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Wrinkle proof
  • Extra zipper protection
  • Super packable

Cons

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

Teren Lightweight Traveler Pants

Specs

  • Fabric 88% nylon, 12% spandex
  • Fabric weight 154 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 11 oz.
  • DWR No
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Pre-treated with an insect repellant
  • Stain resistant
  • Internal drawstring for extra waist security
  • Three zipper-closed pockets
  • Lightweight
  • SPF 50
  • Tanto-style pocket to clip your EDC

Cons

  • Magnetic closure catches on anything metal
  • No durable water repellant finish

Aviator The Best Travel Jeans

Specs

  • 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
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Fit is great
  • Pocket options are dialed

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Denim takes longer to dry

Mountain Hardwear AP Active

Specs

  • Fabric 97% nylon, 3% elastane
  • Fabric weight 196 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 12.5 oz.
  • DWR Yes
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Great fit with good stretch
  • Phone sleeves locks in the device

Cons

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

KÜHL Suppressor Jogger

Specs

  • Fabric 85% nylon, 15% spandex
  • Fabric weight 165 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 12 oz.
  • DWR Yes
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Light and packable
  • Durable and stretchy
  • KÜHL drop in style pockets are fantastic

Cons

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

Roark Layover 2.0 Travel Pants

Specs

  • Fabric 70% cotton, 26% nylon, 4% elastane
  • Fabric weight Unavailable
  • Fit True to size (slim)
  • Weight 15 oz.
  • DWR No
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Large pockets stow large documents with easy access while seated
  • Hidden phone pocket
  • Vented yoke

Cons

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

Ornot Mission Pants

Specs

  • Fabric 95% nylon, 5% elastane
  • Fabric weight 232 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 14 oz.
  • DWR Yes
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Gusseted design gives a great fit
  • Reflective details on cuffs
  • Made in USA

Cons

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

Lululemon ABC Warpstreme Pants

Specs

  • Fabric 53% elastomultiester, 47% recycled polyester
  • Fabric weight 180 gsm
  • Fit True to size
  • Weight 12.5 oz.
  • DWR Yes
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Very comfortable pant
  • Great knicker profile for cycling and climbing

Cons

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

DUER Live Free Adventure Pant

Specs

  • 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
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Durable meets stretchy
  • Snaps on ankle cuff
  • Zippered cargo pockets

Cons

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

Public Rec All Day Every Day 5 Pocket Pant

Specs

  • 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
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Most comfortable pant on the list
  • Wears like sweats, looks like slacks

Cons

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

686 Everywhere 2 Pants

Specs

  • Fabric  92% nylon, 8% spandex
  • Fabric weight 160 gsm
  • Fit Spot on
  • Weight 13 oz.
  • DWR Yes
The Best Men’s Travel Pants of 2023

Pros

  • Durable pant
  • Updated zippers for better security

Cons

  • Pockets are over-engineered

Men’s Travel Pants Comparison Chart

Travel PantsFabricFabric WeightFitWeightDWR Finish
LIVSN Ecotrek Trail Pants70% Blue Ocean nylon, 25% nylon, 5% spandex173 gsmTrue to size13 oz.Yes
UNIONBAY Rainier Travel Chinos94% nylon, 6% spandex173 gsmTrue to size13 oz.Yes
Bluffworks Ascender Chinos100% polyester150 gsmRuns large14.1 oz.Yes
Western Rise Evolution 2 Pants90% nylon, 10% elastane107 gsmTrue to size11 oz.Yes
Clothing Arts Pick-Pocket
Proof Explorer Travel Chino
96% Nature-Like Nylon, 4% spandex175 gsmRuns long13 oz.Yes
Aviator The Best Travel Jeans77% cotton, 16% polyester, 5% rayon, 2% spandexUnavailableTrue to size22 oz.Yes
Teren Lightweight Traveler Pants
88% nylon – 12% spandex154 gsmTrue to size11 oz.No
Mountain Hardwear AP Active97% nylon, 3% elastane196 gsmTrue to size12.5 oz.Yes
KÜHL Suppressor Jogger85% nylon, 15% spandex165 gsmTrue to size12 oz.Yes
Roark Layover 2.0 Travel Pants70% cotton, 26% nylon, 4% elastaneUnavailableTrue to size (slim)15 oz.No
Ornot Mission Pants95% nylon, 5% elastane232 gsmTrue to size14 oz.Yes
Lululemon ABC Warpstreme Pants53% elastomultiester, 47% recycled polyester180 gsmTrue to size12.5 oz.Yes
DUER Live Free Adventure Pant62% cotton, 30% TENCEL Lyocell, 6% polyester, 2% spandex280 gsmTrue to size28 oz.Yes
Public Rec All Day
Every Day 5 Pocket Pant
88% nylon, 12% spandex290 gsmTrue to size16 oz.No
686 Everywhere 2 Pants92% nylon, 8% spandex 160 gsmSpot on13 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

Fit

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.

(Photo/Emily Malone)

Function

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. 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)

FAQ

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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