If you’ve been searching for the best travel pants for men, you may have just found them! Find out why Bluffworks travel pants have earned a permanent spot in my luggage.
When you travel year-round with just a carry-on suitcase, like I do, there’s no room in your luggage for unworthy clothing. Over the years, I have become very particular about what makes it into my carry-on!
Related: Read my post on How to Pack Light in Just a Carry-On →
Good travel pants are especially hard to find. Because I can only afford the space for one or two pairs, the best travel pants need to be multi-purpose. They have to look presentable on the streets of Paris and Milan and also stand up to the rigours of jungle-trekking in Southeast Asia.
I hate combat pants and feel ridiculous wearing those high-tech grey zip-off pants that the big outdoor gear companies make.
About a year ago, Bluffworks sent me a pair of their men’s travel pants to try out and since then, I’ve put them to the test, wearing them from Sri Lanka to India to Finland to Ireland to Vietnam and many points in between. I’m happy to say they’ve earned a permanent spot in my luggage — and I’m hoping to add a second pair once we stop long enough to get them delivered.
I got these pants for free but was not asked to write this post — I wrote it to help you find the best travel pants for men! I have used affiliate links in this post, so if you buy the pants using one of our links, we’ll earn a little bit of money at no cost to you. That will help us to keep bringing you lots of great travel, adventure, and inspiration! Thanks! –S.
Are Bluffworks Really the Best Travel Pants for Men?
Obviously, I have not tried all the men’s travel pants in the world but I can absolutely say that Bluffworks are the best travel pants I’ve ever worn.
Versatile Style & Function
I’m pretty picky about clothes. Hey, I like to look good!
My Bluffworks Chinos are stylish enough that I don’t feel like a grub on the streets of Milan (I got the pale blue ones for a little extra flash, but they also come in your standard guy colours like grey and tan).
They are also casual enough that they don’t scream “rich tourist” like a lot of speciality travel clothes do. Magically, they seem to be warm enough on chilly days in wintry Berlin, but they don’t leave me too sweaty in sizzling Chennai, or humid Hong Kong.
When it gets really cold, I layer them over my yoga tights for added warmth.
There are two styles of Bluffworks pants, plus one style of travel shorts.
The Chinos are great for a skinny guy like me who prefers a more fitted style. Initially, I wanted them to be even a little more fitted, but once we were in India where it was 38ºC/100ºF, I appreciated the air flow the slightly relaxed fit provides.
If you like your pants with a little more room, the Bluffworks Original pants are probably better for you.
Wrinkle-Resistant and Designed for Comfort
The fabric Bluffworks uses is almost entirely wrinkle-free. The pants also dry super-fast, which means I can hand-wash them at night and wear them the next day, no problem. They have a little bit of stretch to them and there is some extra room in the crotch, so I can even do full splits (Hanumanasana) in them without feeling any pinch.
“Great for street yoga” might not be a selling point for most travellers, but it also means you can use them for active stuff like rock climbing, hiking, and cycling — and even more importantly, you’ll be comfortable wearing them on the plane for eight hours.
Hidden Pockets for Added Security
Probably the coolest thing about the Bluffworks travel pants is the hidden zipper pockets.
We travel in all sorts of cities where “beware of pickpockets” signs are everywhere. The hidden zippers are sewn inside both front pockets and one back pocket — unless you know they’re there, you won’t even notice them. This extra protection against quick-fingered pickpockets gives me some added peace of mind.
There is also a secret smartphone pocket (which is just below the back waistline). Sadly, the pocket is not big enough for my current phone. I miss being able to safely hide my phone away in a super-accessible spot!
Check out the tech specs of Bluffworks Travel Pants →
A Mindful Company
Bluffworks is the brainchild of an adventurer just like us, Stefan Loble, who ditched his regular 9-to-5 to create a business out of his passion. Bluffworks travel clothing is designed and made in New York City, so you won’t be supporting poorly regulated sweatshop conditions when you buy them, either.
Oh yeah, and of course I love their slogan:
Built for life’s every adventure
During the past year, my Bluffworks travel pants have held up to every adventure I can throw at them, including biking, hiking, city-slicking, and many sessions of street yoga!
Even if you don’t plan to travel full-time, they’d also be pretty great for riding your bike to work, wearing to the office, and even doing a little no-mat yoga as you live your daily adventures.
Check out all the features of Bluffworks Travel Pants and grab a pair for yourself.
♥ Happy adventures, Stephen