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Source for men's travel pants

Here is a tip for anyone looking for good travel pants for men. Look for "tactical pants" worn by plain clothes police officers. The pants are usually lightweight but sturdy, resist stains, are made of a blended fabric so they dry quickly, and, most important, have great pockets. Some have hidden pockets so they don't stand out too much. My current choice is a 5.11 brand that has two hidden pockets that are in the outer seams of both legs with hidden zippers. These two pockets fit a US passport perfectly. The pants pass for semi-dressy work pants just fine.

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Paul,

Those look like great pants for travel, and I'm sure their shirts would be equally as durable. I'll have to try and find a source for them in this part of the world, as I'd prefer to try them on to get the right sizing. It's always a gamble ordering clothing online as sizing can vary between manufacturers, especially when border tariffs are involved.

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I bought a few pairs of dockers mobile pocket pants. They sound similar to what you were describing and worked great for me. A zipper pocket along each outer leg seam and a hidden zipper pocket inside the normal pocket for extra security.

DJ

Edit: looks like they call it their Alpha Tech and Alpha Seasonal line now.

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Paul US Cavalry might have what you're looking for. I think its uscav.com or something like that. I know BrigadeQuartermaster used to carry 5.11 but I think they are out of business.

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My husband is a police officer and he wears these pants as his summer/lightweight uniform. I think we've decided these will be good pants for him to take, with maybe one pair of cargo shorts and a pair of jeans for travel. Maybe one pair of dress slacks for London and Paris. When he is not in uniform he is a jeans or shorts guy - and those both take up a lot of room. He gets hot, so we think these work pants will serve him well during our trip. The one thing I am not sure about is if I can get him to wear/carry a daypack to help minimize the stuff I have to carry. I have a Travelon cross body purse that is kind of heavy due to its steel cord in the cross body part. I don't want to have his extra day stuff in that bag or it will make me want to take it off (defeating its purpose). I have neck passport holders for us but think he can also wear a money belt, especially if he doesn't like the neck pouch. He would probably wear a backpack but those are not the safest I think. Still trying to figure this part out for him - but I agree that the 5.11 pants are a good travel idea for men's pants.

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Thanks for your comments. It is good to hear that Dockers still makes pants with an inseam pocket. I bought some years ago and wore them out and then couldn't find a replacement. The advantage for traveling with the 5.11 pants is they have a polyester content to the fabric so they dry faster than the cotton Dockers. The Dockers have the edge in comfort, though. The 5.11 version I've settled on are the Covert Khaki 2.0 (but they come in at least one other color than khaki).

I'll check out US Cav, too. Always nice to find another supplier.

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Just a question -- do the zipper pockets trigger security at airports ?? DH gave up wearing his favorites when they got him repeatedly stopped and wanded.

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I just bought two pair of Bluff Works pants. They look like normal dress pants and come out of the dryer wrinkle free. They are also hard to wrinkle when you wear them. There is a zipper in the back left "wallet" pocket and a zipper in the left front pocket for valuables. They don't have as many pockets as the tactical pants but they are dressier and very fast drying.

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I bought two pairs of convertible pants from Costco for about $20 each for our recent Euro trip. One tan and one dark gave me four combinations of pants and shorts (more if you want to mix the two colours, LOL). I usually wore them as shorts with the bottoms in the cargo pocket for churches or cold. I carried a water bottle in the other cargo pocket. We went to nice restaurants, but nothing requiring a sport jacket or tie. The nylon/polyester was easy to wash and dried in a few hours.

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Many of these pants are either nylon or 100% polyester. I'm going to Italy in late October and I'm concerned they may be too hot for me with daytime weather in the 70's.

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I was just in Italy 2 weeks ago (along with a couple days in Spain as part of a cruise) and I was fine. October should be cooler than May, right? The new synthetics are quite thin and very breathable. I found my pants cooler than jeans, I am quite warm blooded (Canadian) and I usually zipped off the bottoms. I only went full legged for churches and dinners.

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I'm glad someone mentioned BluffWorks because that is my fathers day gift this year now. This thread got me thinking about upgrading some of my travel gear so researching different pants options I came across this very informative blog:
http://snarkynomad.com/in-search-of-the-best-travel-pants-for-men/

There is even a review of some decent sounding travel jeans:
http://snarkynomad.com/rohan-jeans-plus-make-levis-look-dumb/

Just thought I'd pass this on if you are like me and want your travel clothes to work in all situations (hiking or the theater).

In a related topic, for travel shirts the non-iron technology has come a long way in the last 5 years. My current favorite are the CK non-iron shirts. The fabric is soft and breathable almost like cotton but they pack well and don't wrinkle much. If they do wrinkle I just rub a little water on them and they smooth right out. I get mine from Costco when they have them in (about once a year). Cost only $30.

DJ

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yes, no-iron no-wrinkle technology has really help make travel easier. Just be aware that apparently they use fomaldehyde during processing to give the shirts this magic ability, if you might have allergic issues with that.

Stores like Macys and Marshalls have a large assortment of these cotton/poly blend shirts ranging from about $12 to $20.

The other thing that has changed is that so many hotel rooms now have irons and ironing boards tucked in the closet. Which is also a quick and useful way of drying something that is still a bit damp after being hung out to dry.