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8 Best Pairs of Pants for Athletic Men

There’s nothing quite as annoying as finding a pair of pants you really like, trying them on, and discovering they fit everywhere but the thighs. Or, if you have a big frame, maybe they don’t have your size at all. It’s an athletic guy’s curse, but there’s hope for athletic dudes yet. Lots of brands are not only catching on and making athletic cuts, but perfecting their pants with an athlete’s best friend: stretch.

From specialized fits to advanced fabrics and generous size offerings, these pants are designed for guys with big thighs and every size of waist. Here are the styles athletic guys should turn to first when it comes to pants that fit just right. 

Paige Elmwood Jogger

Paige Elmwood Jogger

If you have big thighs and want a sporty look, these joggers are for you. They use a sturdy stretch material that won’t give out and sag after a few wears. The brand offers pants up to size 44, plus a slim-straight Federal fit that fits. Hint: Check out the Federal fit. 

UNTUCKit Chino Pants

UNTUCKit Chino Pants

The brand that perfected the untucked shirt recently redesigned its pants in straight and relaxed fits. A hint of stretch and a curved waistline create a comfortable fit, and the lightweight material and flattering shape make it a good pick for everyday wear. 

511 Slim Fit Tencel Men’s Jeans

511 Slim Fit Tencel Men’s Jeans

Don’t let the name fool you. Slim fit just means a tapered leg (read: the opposite of boot cut.) The waist is still true to size and just like every pair on this list, there’s just a little bit of stretch, so breathe easy big guy.

Swet Tailor All-In Pants

Swet Tailor All-In Pants

Ever wish you could just wear your sweatpants all day? That’s what these pants feel like. This athleisure made its best fabric into a chino, which is insanely stretchy, but without looking like a performance material. 

Mavi Zach Straight Leg

Mavi Zach Straight Leg

If you prefer a straight leg, these twill chinos are a solid pick. Mavi is known for its excellent denim fabrics, but the brand’s chinos are secretly great, too. The material is one of the coziest on this list. 

Public Rec Workday Pant

Public Rec Workday Pant

Here’s another brand using athleisure materials in more sophisticated cuts. Pair this with a leather sneaker and a button-up for work, and you’ll not only get compliments, you can also literally do stretches on your lunch break.

Rhone Commuter Pant

Rhone Commuter Pant

This brand makes some of the best workout gear, and the company’s pants don’t disappoint either. Whether you ride a bike or drive to work, these pants will keep you comfortable and even wick moisture on a hot day. 

Mugsy Ports Chinos

Mugsy Ports Chinos

These guys design pants with big guys in mind. The stretch factor here is off the charts, and they have sizes that leave no one out. With this level of stretch, you could do HIIT training with zero restriction. 

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