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 so you can pick the pair that’s right for your next adventure.


Outdoor Research Ferrosi Convertible Pants, $88

outdoor research

The 86-percent nylon and 14-percent spandex, paired with a convertible option, combine to make a highly adaptable pant for warmer climates.

Mountain Khakis Trail Creek Convertible Pant, $80

Mountain Khakis

These relaxed fit 97-percent nylon and 3-percent Spandex pants boast 98 percent UV light blockage. The design features color-coded left/right zippers on the removable legs.

The North Face Paramount Trail Convertible Pants, $70

The North Face

The DWR-coated (durable water repellent) and 100-percent nylon convertible pant with an integrated belt provides water resistance and sun protection for wherever the adventure takes you.

Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Convertible Pants, $72

Eddie Bauer

The 94-percent nylon and 6-percent spandex pants feature a StormRepel DWR finish along with sun protection.


ExOfficio Venture Pant, $90


With additional sun protection, this 96-percent nylon and 4-percent spandex pant is perfect for home or abroad. The right leg contains a security zip pocket that fits your passport.

Rab Route Pants, $90


The matrix double-weave stretch fabric in this durable pant is reinforced in the knees and ankles, making it a great choice for travel and trail.

Strafe Recon Pant, $185


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.

Swrve Cordura Regular Jeans, $100


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

Royal Robbins Long Distance Traveler Pant, $85

Royal Robbins Long Distance Traveler Pant

This adventure travel pant is 96- percent nylon and 4 percent spandex. Unlike other water repellent finishes, this pant is treated with eco-friendly, non-fluorindated DWR technology.

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.

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.


Fjällräven Vidda Pro Trousers, $150


These heavy duty pants are ideal for off-the-beaten path adventures. There are seven pockets, including a map pocket and knife pocket.

Toad & Co. Cache Cargo Pant, $85

Toad and Co

These hybrid cargo pants are sure to be a favorite — and they’re sustainable for the environment. The pants are 74 percent organic cotton, 24 percent recycled polyester, and 2 percent spandex for just the right amount of stretch.

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.

Natural Fiber

Ecoths Trace Pant, $79


The 2-percent lycra in these 98-percent cotton pants give them just enough stretch to make them super comfortable for any endeavor.

If you’re hopping on a plane to your next destination, treat yourself to this travel playlist: