I can’t count how many pairs of pants I have gone through in just the past couple years. For those of you that are in the trades or just generally are on a search for the most durable (yet not ridiculous-looking) pants, we have brought you our picks for the top 5 most durable pants. We would argue that these are the world’s toughest pants.
The idea of this post is to highlight pants that aren’t too “heavy duty.” We’re not talking about khakis that make it look like you are shipping off to Afghanistan.
For the money the Carhatt Carpenter pants are great for someone working in the trades. In fact, these are probably the toughest work pants around. They tend to fit a bit large, so if you have a small waist, consider looking at the next four options. The 5.11 TacLite are probably the least civilian-looking pants on this list. But we had to include because they are such beasts. You can’t kill these things, featuring YKK zippers and enough pockets for pretty much anyone. If you’re not into cargo pockets (which to be honest, is not my cup of tea), check out the Pranas below. But overall, these are likely your best bet for the best work pants for construction workers or other trades.
I’m a huge fan of Prana pants. The Zion is kind of their all-purpose super comfortable pant. I use these as my goto “on the plane” pant due to how ridiculously comfortable they are. They use spandex but are also really durable. If you’re in the market for something even more robust, Prana makes the Brion. These are more of a hiking style pant but they still look pretty normal. You wouldn’t look out of place wearing a black pair of these at a bar while traveling. In a pinch you could consider these the most durable dress pants around. They can definitely pass in a work environment (albeit a little casual).
Lastly, we included the Fjallraven Vidda Pro trousers. These are a bit more expensive than the rest on the list but they really shine in terms of durability. And again, these are pants for normal folks, not Jason Bourne. These indeed might be the toughest pants on the planet.
From least expensive to the most, here are our picks for the top 5 most durable pants you can buy that can be considered BIFL: