I want to pack as light as possible, with one pair of pants packed and the pair I'll wear on the plane. I've been looking at many web-sites for mens travel pants and they all semm to be quite expensive, $60.-$80. I won't be going to any high end "dressy" restaurants. Any reccomendations of which are best and where to get the best deals?
Jeff, I usually pack one pair of wrinkle-resistant khaki pants and wear another. Try Dockers.
Hey, if these travel pants can be washed in a sink and drip dry without ironing needed then 50-80 bucks is CHEAP,, and you ae spending thousands on this trip so the money would be a good investment in being able to pack light.
ps Women have to pay twice that for same item, men have it easy,, LOL
Tkae a look at some of the closeout websites for clothing.
I have found some nice looking choices from Columbia in quick drying nylon. There are a couple of choices in these pants. Ones that look more like normal dress pants but made out of wrinkle resistant fast dry and stuff that looks a bit more casual and outdoorsy. I have a couple of pair of Columbia cargo pants that work well.
It depends what you are looking for. Land's End or LL Bean have all types of quality khaki pants & other types at decent prices. I also agree that Campmor is another place & the prices are very reasonable. Although, they tend to have more of the hiking type of pants. All 3 places occasionally have mark downs. You might then be able to get something for less than $60. Check your local army-navy store & Cabelas. Finally, check department stores; they are always marking down clothes. Good luck.
My favorite travel pants is Outer Rim from Sams. Has 17 pockets !!! 11 secured by either zipper or velcro. My second pants is the Adventure Series from REI. A little dressier looking with a couple of secured pockets. I think the REI pant is a 30% cotton blend and the Sam's is all synthetic. The Sams was $15 and REI is around $30. REI also has some nice travel shirts.
try REI. I have some all-synthetic pants that look and feel like cotton, not rip-stop hiking pants.
I like the Columbia convertables myself - $60 when not on sale - just try to find them on sale. REI has another good similar style and a bit more affordable - lots of sales right now - try REI.com for about 8 different makers of travel pants. When you find one you like thats not on sale - google that name and model and try to find it online that it is on sale. Make sure they have closeable or zippered extra pockets for added security.
well..u didn't say WHEN ...[that's crucial]..i bought a cheap pair of black polyester-something pants at a thrift shop, as an after thought,.... was in rome in may, ..and after 4 days, i ditched my heavy duty-hiker pants...think light...the damn thing didn't wrinkle, dried in minutes, and SO light, both for baggage, and wear...i am NOT a "polyester" kinda guy, but if i go again, i am going with that.
by the way: cost of the pants? .75 cents. best travel item i brought.
I agree with others on the Dockers or Colombia brands, seems to travel easily.
I have travel the last 5 years thru Europe with 3 pairs of ExOficio mens pants - one pair is a zip-off- I travel in the summer so they are light weight, wrinkle reistant, and sink washable-overnight drying. Google their web site and they are always having sales.
Thanks for all the replys. I checked out several of the recommended sites and came up with a few good possibilities, all discounted. By the way, my trip is the first week of April in Rome and Sorrento, so still fairly cool temps.
Jeff, you solve the problem of light weight pants and cool weather by taking a pair of silk long underwear -- very light, very small, and very warm.
I don't think Jeff should wear silk long underwear in Europe. They already think we are bad dressers.
I've worn khaki pants from REI. They're currently having a sale, so you may be able to find something for a reasonable price. I'm not a fan of the zip-off style personally, but it does give you options during times of the year that it's colder in the morning and evening, but warm during the day.
Hey Kent, LOL!!!
Kent, I was suggesting he wear it under his pants not over as maybe the Oregon style.
I have two perfect pairs.
Izod golf pants. They come in a lighter tan or black. Are non-cotton permanent press and have extra (hidden) pockets. At Macy's, they were on sale for $30 (normally $60).
The second pair are Docker's (I think they are called elite or something). They feel like a twill pant but are made of microfiber, are stain resistant, permanent press. They also have a hidden zip pocket on the right hip. They come in multiple colors, mine are a greenish khaki. They are about the highest priced Docker's at $60 or so. Also at Macy's on sale for $35.
Both pairs wear well at home or on the road. They pack well. I can dress down or up in them. They wash and dry overnight when needed.
I've also had good luck shopping at JC Penney. Both stores have a good no-cotton selection and regular sales.
Hi Jeff. My husband found his light weight pants at Academy Sports. They have the zip off legs to become shorts. The best thing about them was the price...$19.99. His favorite feature was the very deep pockets.
This post is 2 1/2 years old. I doubt Jeff is still shopping for pants,
I love old posts! Reminds of old friends here!
Actually I'm going to The Boot in the fall and was just searching for a thread on travel pants. So this has been a great research tool. Thanks all.
Jeff, I have a couple pair of "Guides Choice" nylon cargo pants I got from Sportsmans Warehouse for $20 each. What's great about these is they don't wrinkle, can be washed out and dried overnight, and the legs zip off for those days I want to wear shorts. If there isn't a Sportsmans Warehouse near you, try REI (although I don't know what their price is). Another brand would be Dakota Grizzly and I'm sure there are others, too. Good luck!
David - thanks for the tip on Sportsmens Wearhouse - I will check them out on-line.
I've never been to a laudromat in Italy. I've worn Royal Robbins pants purchased at REI ($40-$50). They are ultra light weight, quick drying, dressy & casual. I love em. We wash our clothes in the sink at the B&B's we stay at, then hang them on a Rick Steves elastic clothes line that we bring with us just for this purpose. My clothes have to be quick drying (I also wear microfiber shirts, that are lightweight & quick drying). These pants are great for those hot days, when I'd normally be wearing shorts. Sounds like a TV commercial, but they've worked real well for me.