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looking for lightweight, quick-dry travel pants

I am looking for a pair of lightweight, quick-drying men's travel pants. I have worn out a wonderful pair of REI nylon pants with deep pockets in front and zipper pockets in the back and vertically along both legs. I am looking for something with a similar configuration of pockets, probably nylon (but without spandex), not convertible or with roll-up cuffs. What can people recommend? Thanks.

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There's plenty out there but the "no spandex" could be a real problem. I think in part because nylon on its own doesn't "give" the way fabrics like cotton do so they add a bit for comfort.

My husband has travel pants and shorts from Costco ( he too doesn't like the convertible ones) but I believe they all have a small amount of spandex. Sources to try - Eddie Bauer, Lands End, Duluth trading, Travelsmith, Magellan, etc.

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There is a thread going right now about synthetics that might be helpful. My husband likes similar pants and I would suggest looking at LLBean. Also, if men want a quick dry and comfortable dress pant, think about a pair of tan golf pants (inexpensive at Sam's Club). Breezy and comfortable, dries fast, relatively stain resistant.

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As mentioned in a similar thread, my husband likes the quick drying Columbia brand. He has the Silver Ridge cargo style. My favorite is the Just Right style. We've been wearing the Columbia brand this past week in Central Europe with temperatures hovering in high 80's. They are wicking well and keeping us comfortable.

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I like UB Tech, made by Unionbay. Bought at Costco, they are 94% nylon 6% spandex. Thigh zip pocket on right side, both back pockets zip, front pockets are quite useless as they are not deep. Care instructions state "wash in cold water / tumble dry on low setting" - I have followed neither of these recommendations with no ill result. Cost? I don't remember but I am a cheapskate, so if they were more than $15 each, I wouldn't have three pairs in my travel wardrobe. I haven't been looking to "expand my collection", so I can't say for certain, but I haven't seem them, recently, at Costco.

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I have gone to Europe for 16 years in the last 18 for about a month each time and wear ExOfficio clothing almost exclusively. I do also have a pair of REI pants that I occasionally take along. I sink wash all of my clothing and it is always dry in the morning. ExO clothing tends to be more expensive but it is certainly long lasting.

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Based on someone else's recommendation here on the forum, I tried a pair of Duluth Trading Company's "Dry-on-the Fly" pants and like them better than other name brands I've tried. They are a bit pricy at $85-90 or so, unless they are on sale. They come in both cargo (which some people will sneer at) and plain versions. Wait for a good sale or coupon. Duluth pants Their underwear is good too, also pricey.

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I have 2 pair if the Duluth dry-on-the-fly pants and they live up to their name. Very comfortable. Get on their mailing list - they have very frequent sales.

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Clothing Arts travel pants are great, I would get the business version and not the cargo pocket style. The material and pockets are great for lots of travel locations. Lightweight but tough nylon material. It takes a while to get an order delivered, usually a few months, if you are in a hurry, I would not think about Clothing Arts, they are proven pick-pocket proof.

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Most of the suggestions so far are "Travel Pants", but most of my pants for travel are "golf pants", very thin, lightweight, dry quick,comfortable. Both Haggar and Dockers make some, several other brands as well. They look professional, but can pass as casual.

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REI’s Sahara pants/shorts series has diminished in quality dramatically since they were introduced 20 mor more years ago. Bummer. Heck, anything with the REI brand on it has risen in price and dropped in quality. Double bummer.

My travel pants/shorts these days are the Active Traveler series by Royal Robbins. Stretchy nylon, very quick to dry as long as there is some moving air. The top reasons I have them: 1) got 6 pairs at a huge discount on both RR’s site and at a local department store’s end of season clearance; and 2) the security feature (rear right zipper pocket concealed behind belt) is standardized on all the shorts and pants in the series so I always carry all the same stuff in all the same pockets all the time. Additional right thigh zipper pocket for phone. Umm, 6% spandex. So never mind. What’s your beef with spandex?

www.royalrobbins.com/collections/mens-pants/products/active-traveler-stretch-pant

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Ditto the recommendation for golf pants (and shirts). They are made for lots of walking in all kinds of weather. My husband took 4 pairs to Italy and was very comfortable. We got his at Academy and Belks.

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I welcome any additional replies, but I want to thank everyone for the very helpful comments and suggestions offered here. I look forward to being well and comfortably dressed.

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My husband also has some REI pants he likes for the deep pockets and zippered pockets. He is also a fan of Kuhl, so you might look at those as well. They have multiple styles and weights to choose, and are well made.

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Check out the UB travel pants on the Costco website. My husband loves these. A friend wears them all the time instead of jeans. $19.99 Their colors vary from time to time so keep your eyes peeled.

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I'll add another vote for the UB Tech pants, available periodically very inexpensively - 15 bucks, maybe, at Costco. You can also find them elsewhere, such as Amazon, at a higher price.

They're very comfortable and dry in no time. At home, I generally dry them on low for a few minutes, then hang them up. I left one pair in the dryer longer and the inseam shrank just enough to make the legs short enough to bug me.

I spent 12 days, plus travel days, in Scotland with two pairs of these pants. Besides the comfort, they proved to be at least a bit water-resistant. Not waterproof by any means, but enough to keep me from getting soaked on a cold, rainy day in Edinburgh.

For a bit dressier look, I also have a pair of Nike golf slacks. Quite a bit pricier - 50 to 70 bucks at Kohl's - but very, very lightweight, a bit stretchy and super comfortable.

I don't own the Duluth Trading pants mentioned above, but I'll vouch for their underwear. It's all I wear.

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Prana makes several versions with different technical fabrics that are excellent.

My favorite is the Brion as it drys fast, resists stains and looks more like a normal pair of pants instead of travel pants. Only downside is no security pockets, but I handle that in other ways.

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I have several pairs of Cresta Hiking Pants from LLBean. Lightweight, secure pockets, easy to wash in a hotel sink. They come in waist/inseam sizes and have women's sizes as well. They have served me well over several trips and tours.

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These are all good, useful suggestions. I have followed up on several recommendations. If anyone else has a favorite pair of pants, please mention it. This is a helpful list for the future as well. Thanks to everyone.

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Bluffworks makes great travel pants. There are expensive, but very functional with lots of pockets with zippers, lightweight, and quick drying.

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My husband wears Kuhl brand lightweight pants. I’m a fan. They are very lightweight.