The Best Joggers for Men, According to Style and Fitness Experts
Not strictly loungewear and not exactly activewear, joggers fall in that category of versatile everyday wear: They’re an easy wardrobe essential for working from home, running errands, exercising and traveling. To narrow down the many options out there, we spoke to personal stylists, fitness trainers and travel pros about their favorite pairs. These are the joggers you’ll want to add to your closet, whether you’re looking for a deceptively comfortable trouser style to wear to the office or a cozy terry pant to relax in on your next long-haul flight.
Sunday Performance Jogger
Several of our experts agree: Vuori joggers are a go-to for long travel days. San Diego-based travel advisor Jeff Willy likes that the Sunday Performance Jogger offers a balance of comfort and style. With his elite airline status, he explains, “I always want to be prepared for a last-minute first-class upgrade for ultimate comfort but don’t want to be too underdressed.” He admits: “I have these in almost every color”—a testament to how much he loves them, as they come in nine hues including Camel Heather and Platinum Heather. Ian Bentley, co-founder of leather goods company Parker Clay, also ranks these 5-pocket joggers as one of his favorites because the “quality, fit and style are a perfect blend.”
Cotton Relaxed Jogger Pants
For a pair you can wear to office or on the couch at home, Mauricio Laniado, the New York City-based founder of sustainable footwear brand Juntos, recommends these relaxed cotton joggers from Uniqlo, noting that the “the design has a street style angle to it and is very versatile.” Made from pre-washed cotton that provides a lived-in, soft finish, the trouser-style pants feature a faux fly, two hip pockets and two back pockets that make them look more like chinos than joggers without sacrificing comfort. Laniado adds that he wears the nice-price pants, which come in three colors, “to walk around town at night or go to my favorite pizza spot.”
For a refined pair of joggers with a wide range of sizes (XS to XXXL and three different inseam lengths) and 11 neutral colors to choose from, consider the Lululemon ABC Jogger. The recycled polyester fabric and paneled, relaxed tapered leg give the pants an elevated look—these aren’t just your average couch-lounging sweatpants. They’re another top pick from Willy, who has logged many airline miles in them, as they’re very comfortable and also offer an elevated airport look.
Mantas Zvinas, a Mexico City-based fitness trainer and founder of active adventure group travel company Surf Yoga Beer, wears joggers for work, travel, training and more. One brand he trusts is Alo Yoga: “I find most things Alo are very stylish and very in-trend now—including these joggers,” he says. The water-repellent, lightweight cotton ripstop fabric makes them resistant to tears and snags, making them a solid pick for outdoor wear, while pockets with hidden zippers will keep items secure as you move. Zvinas says he could “take (or teach) any fitness classes in them” because of their comfort and stretch, adding that they perform well while working out “or doing any big movement, even yoga.”
Waffle Knit Cashmere Trouser
These Ralph Lauren joggers “give off that quiet luxury look” and “can be effortlessly dressed up or down,” according to London-based personal stylist and image consultant Nick Hems. He touts that the machine-washable cashmere is “both breathable and practical and “the waffle knit adds some thoughtful and refined texture to an outfit.” Hems recommends pairing the pants, which feature a drawstring waist and two hip pockets, with a crisp white tee and plain neutral-colored sneakers for a “timelessly stylish” outfit.
Sportswear Tech Fleece Jogger
If you’re looking for a practical jogger to wear in cooler weather, Hems’ pick is the Nike’s Sportswear Tech Fleece pants. The smooth fleece will keep you cozy, and according to Hems, the “paneled structure means they won’t lose their shape like a lot of joggers do.” He’s also fond of the “well thought-out and positioned pockets,” including two front slip pockets and a long zippered side pocket with an additional interior compartment to keep your valuables extra safe while being active. The tapered, tailored fit “looks stylish and naturally flatters most physiques,” he adds.
Cozy cotton terry
Mid-Weight Terry Slim Sweatpants
“Reigning Champ has some of the best basics for men out there,” says New York City- and Los Angeles-based personal stylist Cassandra Sethi. These 100% cotton terry pants “look great if you’re going after that sporty but stylish look,” she says, noting that the pair keeps its shape. She recommends pairing the simple joggers with your favorite sneakers and basic T-shirt for a quintessential, go-anywhere style. They’re available in four colors, including classic navy and black, as well as a dusty mauve called Desert Rose.
Slim track pants
Trefoil Essentials Pants
These Adidas cotton joggers “are the most cozy ones I own, and you can pretty much live in them,” Zvinas says of the cotton and recycled polyester fleece pants. They “go best with an oversized hoodie” for the ultimate relax-and-recovery outfit. Zvinas also likes that Adidas is a Better Cotton retailer, which the brand says refers to its sustainable sourcing efforts. These are available in 10 colors, including light blue, red and pink.
Bentley often travels back and forth between his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for work. For these trips, he prefers the Vuori Fleet Joggers because their trouser-like styling, with a button waist, zip fly and relaxed fit, means that he “can wear them on a 16-hour flight and go straight to meetings around the world.” He also loves that they’re functional for almost every climate. “I like this particular style because of the moisture-wicking and lightweight fabric,” Bentley says. And, as a founder of a Certified B Corporation himself, he appreciates that Vuori notes it uses recycled materials in its clothing (this pair is made from recycled polyamide and elastane).
Straight-Leg Supima Cotton-Jersey Sweatpants
Though joggers are known for their tapered fit, Sethi also recommends this pair, which features a slim, straight leg cut. The jogger-adjacent pants are made from lightweight Supima cotton, which has extra-long fibers and gives the pants a luxuriously soft feel while also resisting pilling and stretching out. Sethi says they’re “good for those that live in warmer environments” since the fabric is breathable, and would pair them with a T-shirt, zip hoodie and fun sneakers for a “put-together leisure look.”
Fitz Roy Icon Uprisal Sweatpants
These simple, minimally branded sweatpants from Patagonia are among Laniado’s favorites for active days. He likes this pair, in particular, because it’s made from 100% recycled materials—a blend of polyester and cotton with a brushed finish—and is made in a Fair Trade Certified factory. He describes the pants, which have an interior drawstring waist and relaxed, slightly baggy fit as “very comfortable and warm.” Speaking to their versatility, Laniado says he wears them on hikes in cooler weather, but also loves to pull them on when lounging at home on rainy days.
Recycled cashmere pick
Recycled Cashmere Track Pant
Laniado loves these recycled cashmere joggers from Pangaia. The company notes these super-soft joggers are made from a blend of post-consumer recycled cashmere, cashmere and wool, and have a relaxed fit and ribbed, elastic waistband. Given their delicate material, the brand lists them as hand-wash wash only and recommends laying them flat to dry. Pair them with a matching cashmere hoodie in Oatmeal, Black or Chestnut Brown for a cozy lounge outfit during cooler months.
Bentley values practicality while traveling, so he packs this “extremely lightweight” knit pair from Zero Restriction that remains breathable in warmer climates and is water repellent so he can be prepared for any kind of weather. Two zippered side pockets, as well as a back zippered pocket, provide ample places to securely stowe valuables while in transit or being active. Shop the joggers in Black and Charcoal Heather in a sleek, slim fit.
These Mack Weldon joggers tick all the boxes for comfort, style and convenience, thanks to their soft, stretchy micro-brushed terry fabric, and the smart styling details: The ribbed ankle appears only in the back, creating a cleaner look on the front of the leg, and four pockets (including one with a zipper) make these the perfect pants for running errands, going to the gym, or travel. They’re also available in a wide range of sizes (regular and tall, from XS to XXL) and 12 solid and heathered color options.
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