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15 Best Travel Pants in 2023 For Both Comfort and Style

I love versatile clothes, and how it makes packing simpler. We’ve seen a lot of outdoor brands creating more lifestyle clothes as well as newer brands that are popping up all about making clothes that can transition seamlessly from the office to going out in the evening.

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Last Updated: February 1, 2023

In this post, we check out highly rated and recommended travel pants and also include our personal favorites that we’ve discovered over the years.

Things to Look for in Travel Pants

  • Comfort – Comfort is big for us, especially if we’re wearing them all day long in multiple scenarios.
  • Versatility – Our typical trip is a mix of fine dining, outdoor activities, exploring cities, and more. We want pants that can handle it all.
  • Wrinkle Free – Who wants to spend time ironing clothes when you’re traveling? Not me.
  • Packable – Light and easy to pack.
  • Performance – Sweat-wicking, quick-drying, or waterproof features are always great to have, but sometimes that comes at the expense of looking too sporty or outdoorsy. We love clothes that can handle both.

12 Best Travel Pants for Women and Men 2023

1. Du/er All-Weather Denim – Best Waterproof Everyday Denim

We both love our Du/er All-Weather Denims. They don’t look like waterproof or rain pants, so you can wear them around town without looking like you came from an outdoor adventure.

PROS

  • Waterproof and windproof membrane
  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Easy to wash and clean

CONS

  • One length so you’ll need to hem or roll them up

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2. Boulder Denim – Best Denim Travel Pants

I don’t know about you, but I’m never wearing stiff denim again. Ever since discovering Boulder Denim jeans, they’ve been our go-to jeans for any occasion. We first discovered them at a demo at our climbing gym, and we loved how stretchy they felt since mobility is so important for climbing.

We started with their original design, but they’ve improved the comfort and stretchiness for version two.

I currently wear the women’s straight-fit surf blue and skinny-fit new moon blue, and Jacob wears the men’s slim-fit. As you can guess, they are great for climbing, but they look great for any occasion. We wear them around the city and on all our travels.

PROS

  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Deep-pocket and hidden zipper pocket
  • Stain & water-resistant (for climbers, chalk comes right off)
  • Ethically-made and vegan-approved
  • Memory-shape denim

CONS

  • They come in standard lengths which require you to hem them yourself

Boulder Denim Coupon Code: Use code LOCALADVENTURER for 15% off your order.

More:15 Practical Gifts for Rock Climbers That They’ll Love

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3. Topo Designs Boulder Pants – Best Pants for Outdoor Adventures

Activities: Climbing, Hiking, Camping
Material: 95% Nylon, 10% Spandex
Size Worn: XS in Brick (true to size on me)

wear these a ton around town, and they go in my suitcase if we plan on climbing or doing anything outdoors. They are lightweight, comfy, and I love that they come in bright colors that other pants typically don’t. These are the ones Jacob wears.

PROS

  • Comfortable and casual
  • Built to handle the outdoors
  • Water repellent finish
  • 7/8 length with adjustable hem
  • Elastic waist
  • Zippered back pocket

CONS

  • Great for casual trips but can’t really be dressed up
  • No belt loops
  • Feels very durable but also more rigid and less stretch

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4. PRana Halle Joggers II

Activities: Urban exploration, Travel, Hiking, Climbing, Camping
Material: 95% Recycled Nylon, 5% Elastane
Size Worn: 0 in Earthbound (fits large on me)

These are so comfortable, that they’re my go-to pants if I’m headed to the airport or on a road trip. The waist fits large on me, but I was surprised that the length wasn’t too baggy around the cuff for being petite. If you’re much taller, I’ve seen reviews say it’s not long enough.

PROS

  • Comfortable
  • Uses a recycled nylon blend
  • Stretchy
  • Durable and abrasion resistant
  • UPF 50+
  • Bigger pockets that fit phones
  • Water repellent

CONS

  • Slightly baggier than I would like.

Pro Tip: Jogger pants can be challenging to dress up, but it’s still possible. Look for both slim-fitting pants and fabrics that give it structure.

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5. REI Co-op Take Your Time 7/8 Leggings

Leggings are always a part of my packing list. I can lounge in them, climb, or hike. I’m always looking for ones with pockets, and I love wearing these REI leggings (though pockets can be both a pro and con).

These are my go-to for flights.

PROS

  • Moisture-wicking and breathable
  • Wide waistband that keeps leggings snug and provides core support
  • Thigh pockets

CONS

  • Since they have pockets, these leggings are harder to dress up.
  • A bit long in the legs if you’re petite like me, but I always have this problem.

Pro Tip: The black ones are much more versatile. I ended up with the odyssey gray since I have way too much black in my wardrobe.

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6. Anatomie Skyler Travel Pants

A solid black pant is a must for any wardrobe. I had been looking for one for the longest time when I finally found the Anatomie Skyler Travel Pant. I love the versatility of these pants and it’s a great addition to any closet.

PROS

  • Can easily dress up or down
  • Low maintenance fabrics
  • Breathable, stretchy, and comfortable
  • Lightweight and extremely packable
  • Moisture-wicking and wrinkle-free
  • Machine washable

CONS

  • The waistband is not as stretchy, so I don’t have as much room to eat a gigantic meal.
  • They require air dry so if you like washing your clothes while you’re traveling you need enough time to do that.

Pro Tip: I have both the gray ones and the black ones, but the black ones seem to run a bit smaller than the gray.

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7. Prana Kanab Pant

These joggers are made to handle the outdoors and abrasion from climbing. They’re comfortable with a knit waistband that moves with you.

PROS

  • Comfortable and durable
  • Zipper pocket on left leg for secure storage
  • High and stretchy waist band

CONS

  • Looks outdoorsy so it’s less versatile

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8. Livsn Women’s Flex Canvas Pants V2

Jacob loves his Livsn Pants so I was excited to try their women’s pants. They fit well and I’m excited to put them to the test while bouldering!

PROS

  • Deep front pockets
  • Flattering fit but still flexible
  • Zippered security pockets
  • Adaptable cuff
  • Reinforcements at stress points

CONS

  • Looks outdoorsy so it’s less versatile

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9. Royal Robbins Spotless Traveler Pant

These pants are included in a lot of the best travel pants post so I had to check them out. Unfortunately, even the XS looks too big for me. I did however fit their culottes version much better (pictured below).

PROS

  • Really soft and built for travel
  • Spills and dirt wash out easily
  • Bluesign approved lightweight stretch fabric
  • Zippered hand pockets

CONS

  • Have seen multiple reviews stating that they fit baggy

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10. Uniqlo Legging Pants – Best Affordable Travel Pants

These are the best bang-for-buck pants that I really loved. I used to own them in so many colors. Over time, I’ve replaced them with better-quality pants that last longer, but I still have a few.

PROS

  • Priced lowest out of all the travel pants
  • Soft and fits well at first
  • Comes in a ton of colors
  • Doesn’t look like leggings

CONS

  • They stretch out over time, so at the end of the day, they fit loose.
  • It isn’t the best quality, so you may go through them quicker if you wear them a lot.

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11. 686 Everywhere Pant Slim

These have been the perfect pants for summer here in Vegas. They are lightweight and super stretchy. He wears them to the gym, outdoor adventures, and to run errands. Right now, he only has them in Golden Brown which looks more outdoorsy, but the black and navy can be easily dressed up.

PROS

  • 10 pockets without it looking overly cumbersome
  • Super stretchy and breathable material
  • DWR water and stain-resistant finish
  • Drawcord (can be adjusted to run inside or outside the waistband) and belt loops
  • UPF 40+
  • Packs into itself for easy travel

CONS

  • We’ve read reviews that darker colors will show dust easily
  • The material still looks casual

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12. Prana Stretch Zion Slim Pant II

Made with ReZion, Prana’s earth-friendly performance fabric, these pants are made to go from the conference room to the crag. I’ve taken them climbing and have worn them in urban settings too. The color does make a difference on how well it blends into the city.

PROS

  • Recycled nylon blend performance fabric
  • Adjustable waistband
  • Good slim fit with tapered leg opening
  • UPF 50+
  • Stretchy and comfortable

CONS

  • The thigh pocket makes it look a little less sleek
  • Some colors look more outdoorsy than others.

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13. Livsn Ecotrek Trail Pants

I love these pants. They are light and comfortable but still can handle being beaten up while bouldering. I’ve used it more than any other climbing pants this year.

PROS

  • Very comfortable and durable
  • Made with sustainable Blue Ocean Nylon
  • Breathable and water-resistant
  • Can blend into the urban setting

CONS

  • Some colors look more outdoorsy than others

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14. Royal RObbins Alpine Road Pant

Whereas most outdoor pants can disguise as city pants, these look more like city pants that can perform like outdoor pants.

PROS

  • Clean city style but proven trekking performance
  • Bluesign approved durable stretch fabric
  • Zippered thigh pocket
  • UPF 50+
  • Hidden corded angles

CONS

  • The thigh pocket makes it look a little less sleek

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15. Public Rec WOrkday Pant

Jacob used to wear colored pants so he’s been looking to bring them back. The Workday Pant Slim in Maroon is the perfect way to get back into it, and it definitely helps that they are super comfortable. 

PROS

  • Super stretchy and soft material
  • Lots of color options
  • Hidden back zipper pocket
  • Easy care and quick dry

CONS

  • Run a bit short, which you can take into consideration when ordering

Pro Tip: They run on the shorter side. I normally wear a 30/30 and might get a longer one next time.

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BONUS: Western Rise AT Slim Pant

This is another pair of durable and comfortable pants great for the office and weekend activities. I wouldn’t wear them climbing or hiking, but they are great for exploring the city and light activities.

PROS

  • Water repellent treatment
  • UPF 50+
  • 2-way stretch
  • Hidden zippered pocket
  • Bluesign approved fabric

CONS

  • Thicker material makes it less stretchy

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Can you think of any others that belong on our best travel pants list? What are your go-to pants for travel?

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