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Lightweight pants for a big guy

Tough to fit.just over 6 feet tall, 285 lbs, 67 years young with sturdy German calves. Kackies feel heavy and like dressed for work. Jeans comfy but too heavy and it seams not common wear in Europe. Struggling to find a light weight, comfortable, appropriate for most contexts. Leave in 3 weeks for 100 days journey throughout Europe. Seeking good ideas including brands, styles and access to source for purchase.
Thank you

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Have you checked out REI and ExOfficio? I go to Europe every year since 2001 and am also taller and big and have found both places had X & XX sizes. I wear lightweight, comfortable, sink-washable pants from both.

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zagfam, with similar needs, for years I have traveled with Haggar Cool 18 slacks, lightweight various colors but I find “heather brown” works well, not too dark or too light, don’t show dirt easily, go with anything. Can launder by machine, or hand wash (dry quickly) or dry clean. They come in varied waist sizes and lengths, including some unusual lengths like 29”, which I use. Choice of flat front or pleated. I get mine from Kohls. The stores may carry limited colors and sizes, but the kohls.com web site carries them all. Including bigger waist sizes in their Big & Tall section on line. Prices are very modest, and they are often on sale. Good luck, travel well. As I write, I am in Barcelona packing for the long flights home to California, starting before dawn tomorrow. Wearing one pair of these slacks right now, packing the other.

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Since you are leaving in just a few weeks I want to add a word of warning about Kohls.com.

Kohl’s has slow shipping. If you select the cheapest option they will take one week to deliver it even though the item is local.
I ordered a scarf. It took 3 days to make it to San Jose. They then sat on the order and delivered it at one week. They will not deliver it sooner even though they can. I believe that they are trying to force you into paying for the faster shipping. It had the opposite effect for me - I stopped ordering from Kohl’s.

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Just to double check -- you are aware of the Schengen zone visa limit of 90 days since you mentioned 100 days.

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If you haven't read it yet, back at June 12, pjdouherty reported back on his 'packing light for a big guy's. Maybe that will have some tips for you.

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I believe with Kohl’s that you can have items shipped to a store for you to pick up. May be quicker that way. Also, when I am at a Kohl’s store and order online through their kiosk at the store, they do not charge for shipping. Also, if you find what you need with less than 3 weeks to departure, I wouldn’t complain about paying for shipping, to make sure you get them in time, and that you like the fit.

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REI Spokane -- ask them for recommendations. I like Royal Robbins pants for travel, but don't know the size availability. And REI can do ship-to-store with no shipping costs.

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Nylon pants from Travelsmith work well for me. They don't wrinkle, are lightweight, look decent for upscale venues, are comfortable, durable and dry overnight when washed.

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REI “Travelers” work well. Look at Royal Robbin brand too.

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Since you are in Spokane you might have already taken a look at Cabelas in Post Falls? I’ve not shopped for men’s sizes there but they do have plus sizes in their women’s lines.

My experience with REI in Spokane is that they do not carry sizes on the larger end of the scale for women's range so am betting that will be a no-go for you as well. Of course you can order but I like to try things on if possible.

Haven’t been to the TriState Outfitters in CdA in years but if you’re in Moscow they may have some larger sizes for men. They do in their line of work clothing.

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Larry, thanks for the info about Haggar pants at Kohls. My hubby has the opposite problem. He needs short and squawty and they are really hard to find. Shirts fit him like a mini dress. He’s happily a jeans and t-shirt guy but i’d prefer he dress better.

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Since no one knows you - what size are we needing? I prefer a pants with a small amount of cotton - 20% or so. Keeps them light weight but they hang and wear better. Not a fan of the all nylon.

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I am an Amazon girl so my suggestion......go to Amazon Wardrobe. You can choose a specific numbers of pants to try for like 10 days, send the ones you don't want back (with free shipping label included) and you are only charged for what you keep. That way you can try numerous pairs to see what works for you!

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Duluth Trading Company. We just got some great convertible pants (to shorts) from them.

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Cabela's. I like Columbia Silver Ridge for travel. They come in larger sizes.

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Prana has a great Zion nylon pant. You can wear it for a week without it smelling and they dry in a few hours, lightweight, bit stretchy and comfortable.

Up to waist 42 length 36.

https://www.prana.com/men/bottoms/pants.html?size=1730

Store locators for seattle.
https://www.prana.com/dealer-locator.html

If you don't want to go try pants on... search for hiking pants in your size. Nylon is great and they have styles now that look more like out on the town instead out on the trail.

Columbias big and tall choices
https://www.columbia.com/mens-big-tall-pants-shorts/

Rei's big tall and short choices
https://www.rei.com/s/mens-extended-size-clothing?origin=web&ir=collection%3Amens-extended-size-clothing&page=1

If you feel comfortable give us your waist and inseam. We can better help.

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Jeans are common wear in Europe, as I noted on another post there is no longer any difference in dress between Europe and North America.

Also jeans are not necessarily heavy. For Kohl's go in and check the fabric thickness, it can be very thin and lightweight. For Levi's look for 559 as a lightweight style, also maybe 569. And different colors and finishes in the same style may have different fabric weights.

I guess I don't believe in buying clothing specifically for travel.

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I liked the Duluth Trading Dry on the fly flex pants I wore on my recent trip. I am about your size. They are on sale now

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Another vote for Duluth Trading Company - Dry on the Fly flex pants.. Both in short and long. Just completed a two week trip to Paris and Switzerland and used both long and short versions. They are comfortable, not too hot (or cold), dry overnight, and keep their shape. In fact, Duluth's underwear, undershirts, and button down shirts are also great for traveling.

I am similar size and have no problems with fitting into Duluth's clothes.

If you're leaving in a few weeks, you may want to pay the extra $$'s for their quicker shipping. I have had their 'free' shipping take over a week to reach me (and I live in the NY/NJ metro area). Better yet, if they have a store near you, go visit and try them on!

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My husband is close to your size and a few years younger and he wears the DuluthFlex Breezeshooter Pants from Duluth Trading Post. He likes them very much. Before finding those, his lightweight pants of choice were from RailRiders.com and they were the Men's Adventure Khaki Pant. Both brands wash easily and dry fairly quickly, but the RailRiders may dry faster. Hope you can find a few pairs that you like!

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I’m a big guy like you and I’ve pick up some travel pants from Costco.

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My husband is 6'1", 220 lbs, 67 y/o, and he swears by golf pants. Very lightweight, travel friendly, and they don't look like "safari" pants. They were perfect for Europe in September, and now he wears them at home instead of jeans or Dockers. We bought them at Belk's and Academy Sports.