15 Best Travel Pants for Hiking, Exploring, and Everything in Between

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Whether you are doing humanitarian work in Haiti, riding the rail in India, or trekking through southern Greenland, a good pair of travel pants may be the most underrated piece of apparel in your luggage (or on your person). While it ultimately comes down to personal preference, we have selected some of our favorite travel pants across a wide spectrum including convertible, synthetic, and hybrid.

The toughest part will picking the pair that’s right for your next adventure.


Patagonia Stonycroft Convertible Pant – $99
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These performance hiking/travel pants are made of 95 percent nylon (67 percent recycled) and 5 percent spandex with 4-way stretch and features a DWR finish and 40-UPF sun protection.

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Mountain Khakis Equatorial Stretch Convertible Pant – $90
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These relaxed fit, featherweight, 100 percent nylon pants are perfect when warmer climates are on the itinerary and you need the convenience of a quick-drying pant that easily converts to protect your legs from the sun or insects.

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The North Face Paramount 3.0 Convertible Pant – $90
The North Face Paramount 3.0 Convertible Pant

The DWR-coated, 100% Nylon convertible pant with integrated belt provides water repellency and UPF protection for wherever the adventure takes you.

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Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Convertible Pants – $63
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The 94-percent nylon and 6-percent spandex pants feature a StormRepel DWR finish along with sun protection.

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Prana Stretch Zion Straight – $89 
Prana Stretch Zion Straight 

This synthetic pant is cut from the brand’s original Stretch Zion fabric, complete with a DWR finish. Additional features include a ventilated inseam gusset, adjustable waistband, and roll-up leg snaps.

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ExOfficio BugsAway Sandfly Pant – $80
ExOfficio BugsAway Sandfly Pant

These lightweight, 100 percent nylon pants can convert easily into shorts. The pants also feature BugsAway technology that utilizes Permethrin, which repels insects for up to seventy washes.

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Strafe Recon Pant – $179

This soft-shell technical pant was created for the mountains, but we found it to be at home traversing airports and cities both domestic and abroad.

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Swrve Cordura Regular Jeans – $100

These “jeans” feel like cotton denim, but are durable enough for intensive travels.

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Bluffworks Chino Pants – $125

We have touted this line of travel pants before and couldn’t exclude one of our editor’s favorites from this roundup. Check out our review of the chino pants from last year for more details.

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Proof Nomad Pant – $98

Wander in style and comfort in this 90 percent polyester, 10 percent spandex blend with four-way stretch. This technical chino is stain-resistant and blue sign-approved for sustainability.

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Marmot West Ridge Pant – $85
Marmot West Ridge Pant

Made of 98 percent certified organic cotton, this mid-weight, stretch-woven pant features articulated knees, a gusseted crotch for increased mobility, and provides UV protection (UPF Factor 50).

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Boulder Denim – $148
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Created by self proclaimed dirtbags, these ‘jeans’ are both functional and stylish whether on or off the rock face. The two styles are available in athletic and slim cut and the 93% cotton fabric is treated with a hydrophobic coating to give the jeans a slight water repellency.

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Fjällräven High Coast Trousers – $120
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These lightweight, well-ventilated trousers are made of G-1000 Lite (65% polyester, 35% cotton) that is durable, wind-resistant and dries quickly for fast paced pursuits.

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Toad & Co. Mission Ridge Pant – $75
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These hybrid twill pants are sure to be a favorite as well as being sustainable for the environment. The pants are 77 percent organic cotton, 21 percent recycled polyester, and 2 percent Spandex for just the right amount of stretch.

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5.11 Defender-Flex Pant – $70
511 Defender Flex Pant

This tactical brand created a functional everyday pant utilizing a stretch Calvary twill fabric containing 66 percent cotton, 31 percent polyester, and 3 percent elastane.

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