Dilemma: you are taking a travel trip with a purpose. There is that business meeting in NYC, a wedding in Santorini or a date trip with the other half and you need to trade your boardies for the best travel pants. I (Craig) don’t believe we are one type of travel fan. At different times in our lives (or even a year), our reasons for travel differ and sometimes we need to look business even if we feel backpacker, so here is a guide to the best travel pants for men online has to offer with tips on what to look for before purchasing too.
Best Mens Travel Pants Overview
Choosing Your Travel Trousers
When deciding which pants are the best fit (boom boom) you may want to consider the following specifications.
Can the mens travel trousers fold or roll away neatly into small cabin bags or busy backpacks for days on end without resembling the skin of a Shar Pei? Materials such as wools, nylon and polyester tend to come out on top for crushability ratings.
Gemma’s uncle has to change his suit twice a day on business trips to Saudi Arabia. He needs this travel trousers review. We need our ‘trews to let our hairy bods breathe in warmer climates yet keep off the chill in colder.
The storage category is two-fold. Can the backpacking pants be packed (see crushability) and does it have pockets? There is an increasing trend for designers to add internal and hidden pockets for essentials such as passports and currency to help ward off opportunists. My friend is just back from Paris, there’s this scam where entertainers ask tourists to guess which cup the item is under while thieves rifle through bystanders pockets and bags – don’t be a fool! Finally, now that our phones resemble iPads we need these pockets to be big, Mary Poppins style.
This category covers the feel of the travel trousers on your body as well as the ability to carry them and keep to luggage restrictions; it’s not only the budget airlines that are cracking down now. If they are lightweight, it’s an excuse to pack two different colours.
Waterproof yet quick dry
Ever tried to dry your everyday threads on a bed and breakfast radiator after a Scottish downpour? Since many of our trips involve one-night stops the pants needs to keep the rain off but dry quickly with minimum support. No one wants to bag wet clothes (hello damp smell) or put on clammy outdoor trousers so quick dry pants are worth the investment.
Hey good lookin’
Finally, and most important, our new travel pants need to make us look and feel good. Especially when your other half is Instagram obsessed. Versatile colours that can match nicely with the limited clothes you can pack in a bag are a big win.
So now we know how hard it is to find the best travel pants let’s put the top seven through the wringer.
Travel Pants Review 2019
Convertible Travel Pants
The following travel pants have a split personality – turning from full length to shorts in less than two minutes flat. Avid travellers and adventure lovers will appreciate how versatile these converter travel pants are. Convertible pants don’t have to be ugly just because they are practical!
Columbia Silver Ridge
These stylish straight-legged Columbia Silver Ridges are 100% nylon travel trousers and have a lot to offer.
- Side cargo pocket
- Quick dry (Omni-wick material)
- UPF factor 50 material (Omni-shade)
- Zip-off above the knee (stylish, not frumpy)
- Right/left identified for ease while attaching
- Advised to order one size bigger
- ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Columbia's Silver Ridge Convertible Pant features Omni-Shade UPF 50 fabric for maxium protection against the sun and Omni-Wick technology that pulls moisture away to keep you cool and dry.
- HANDY FEATURES: This men's durable convertible pant features one zip-closure security pocket, side pockets with hook and loop closure, and mesh pocket bags for ultimate convenience and efficiency.
- ADJUSTABLE FEATURES: This men's convertible pant features a partial elastic waist, gusset detail, and zip-off legs for the ultimate comfortability.
- CLASSIC FIT: This pant is crafted of a classic fit for ultimate comfortability while active days outside.
- Columbia's men's Silver Ridge Covertible Pant features sun protection and quick-wicking fabric with multiple pockets and zip-off legs making them the perfect pant for active days in the sun.
White Sierra Point
White Sierra has been making travel pants since the 1970s and is a trusted family-run brand. The Sierra Trail zip-off action will keep you cool in warmer climates. 100% nylon material.
- Quick dry woven nylon
- Teflon fabric protection
- 10″ inseam shorts measurement
- UPF factor 30 sun protection
- Pockets galore – 2 front, 2 cargo, 1 ‘rip + stick’ back pocket
- Beige colour not to every man’s tastes (other colours available)
- UPF sun protection fabric reduces your exposure to harmful UVA/UVB radiation
- Water repellent fabric
- Travel friendly
- Convertible pant - zip off legs
- Comfort fit side elastic waist
Best Chinos Pants
A step up from the safari look, these pants are suave and more suitable for dinner dates and business meetings.
When it comes to best men’s dress pants these are my favourites because they are stylish yet practical combining the best of above-mentioned pants. Bluffworks comes is a variety of six colours (charcoal, harvest gold, steel blue, navy blue, khaki and stone) which you can mix and match with the suit jacket.
There’s also a choice of two fits ‘regular $98’ and ‘chino $125’ (I’m sporting steel blue chinos below). These Bluffworks really are comfortable pants for travel. Bluffworks are expanding their travel range, they now have a quilted travel vest which is stylish yet practical for storing your belongings. Don’t believe me? Read our review here.
- Quick dry nylon
- Machine washable
- Lightweight 5.31 oz.
- Extremely good looking
- Cleverly hidden pockets
- Pockets big enough for a phone
- Delivers worldwide
- I like my suits super skinny so tailored to create an even slimmer fit look (I am very slim, not by choice!)
- Not on Amazon – buy direct (I’m a cheerleader)
Rainer Travel Chino
UNIONBAY men’s Rainer chino pants are lightweight and look great. Popular, so often difficult to find, the Rainer pants are dual purpose chinos – they look nice so work for smart travel gear but also work as active pants. They are water resistant and quick drying so ideal for those hiking and moving on between trips quickly. Made from 94% nylon and 6 % spandex.
- UPF 50
- Big fit
- Sell out quickly
- UPF 50
- Two Back Welt Zippered Pockets
- Two Mesh Lined Front Slant Pockets
- Button and Zipper Fly
- Zippered Pocket on Right Leg
Men’s Hiking Pants
From Tarzan to trekking, the following robust action pants are tough so suitable for many terrains.
Craghoppers Classic Kiwi
Smart yet sturdy, Craghoppers is a well-known brand, trusted by many internationally when it comes to hiking pants for men. The Classic Kiwi has nine pockets, five of which have zips and one big enough for a map for those who are looking for quality men’s hiking pants. The Kiwi comes with a belt and is made of 65% polyester, 35% cotton.
- Best selling Craghoppers range
- Water repellent
- SolarShield fabric (UPF50)
- 9 pockets
- Not waterproof
- Machine wash cold / Hang Dry
- Belt included
- 9 pockets - 5 with zippers
- Double seat and knee
These Free Soldier trousers are sturdy but also stylish. Made with 100% breathable nylon and comes in 4 colours (green, black, grey, mud)
- Rip-stock fabric
- Stretch waist adds 2 inches
- 6 pockets (hand, zipper, and back)
- Waterproof Teflon coated material
- Lightweight travel cargo pants
- Colour can vary from that advertised
- Limited reviews
- MATERIAL: 50% Cotton/50% Nylon
- FEATURES: DuPont teflon fabric, effectively repels stains and liquids. Fade, shrink and wrinkle-resistant. Fitness, scratch-resistant, wear-resistant and durable.
- FUNCTIONAL POCKETS: Up to 11 Multi-purpose cargo pockets (2 front slash pockets, 2 front thigh pockets with velcro and 1 concealed pocket, 2 back hip pockets, 2 back thigh pockets with velcro, 2 back shank pockets with velcro) for carring various tools and equipment.
- DESIGN: Strengthened knees part and 3D tailoring, wear-resisting and flexibility increased. MOLLE system and hanging loop, can hang the tools easily. Safe Velcro design. YKK Zipper fly closure.
- SUITABLE: Outdoor, four seasons, duty work, tactical, hunting, daily life, casual, military, climbing, hiking, camping, etc.
PrAna Stretch ZionPrAna Stretch Zion is a popular hiking pants. Prone to getting hot around the boys? PrAna offers a ventilated inseam gusset. You read that right. Made from 97% Nylon and 3% Spandex so scratch durable yet flexible.
- Ventilation around the privates
- Roll up leg snaps
- Cargo pocket
- UPF 50+ sun protection
- Variety of colours
- Not quite streamline if that’s your look
- The original Stretch 'Zion' fabric with durable water repellent (DWR)
- Quick dry stretch performance fabric
Best Comfortable Pants
Long haul flights or overnight bus journeys are not comfortable in the majority of travel pants so that’s where casual pants are recommended.
Not quite jogging pants because jogging pants would be too heavy for travel, the PrAna is a lightweight alternative that does not skimp on comfort. The Sutra pant is made from a mix of hemp, recycled polyester and spandex. The waist is held up by a drawstring and the pants come in a variety of colours.
- UPF 50+
- Variety of colours
- Drawstring belt not for everyone
- A favorite for yoga practice and bouldering
- Lightweight blend of hemp, PET (recycled plastic) or Organic Cotton and Lycra for slight stretch
- Wide legs and Inseam gusset
- Front pockets with stitch detail
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best men’s pants to wear on a long flight
PrAna’s pants are the most comfortable pants suitable for long-haul flights as well as overnight bus journeys and long road trips.
What are the best travel pants for hot weather?
It is advisable to go for a convertible pant if you are visiting warm climates. That way you can have the best of both worlds – long trousers for night and shorts for day wear/hiking.
- Which are the best travel pants for Europe?
Personally, I think Bluffworks travel pants are the top choice for a trip to Europe. They are classy enough for an evening at the opera in Vienna yet casual too, you wouldn’t look out of place at a sports game.
- What are the best pants for RTW travel?
Convertibles! Columbia Silver Ridges as an example.
At present, there is a huge variety of pants to suit every budget which this review has detailed from men’s walking trousers to the best backpacking pants. Whether you are bird watching on safari or at Dublin’s Temple Bar there is a type of travel pants for every male traveller.