In the past, my packing list didn’t have any merino wool pants or trousers in it.
Instead, I opted for a pair of Slim Dungarees by Outlier. I’ve had two models since 2013.
But now I run Merino Wool Rocks, so I wanted to research the best options for wool pants.
I like to travel a lot as well as hike and I also do CrossFit.
Merino wool does suffer from the drawback that it’s not as durable as other synthetic fabrics (although I feel this drawback is made up for with the lack of the disadvantages of synthetic or cotton fabrics).
So, I was looking for a pair of pants that could withstand a beating, yet keep all the benefits of merino wool.
Makers and Riders
This brand caught my attention with this testimonial via Tynan:
“So far this is the only wool pant that has had any sort of longevity.” – Tynan
I reached out to Makers and Riders, and I had a nice chat with the man behind the brand, Chris.
They have several models:
|Name||4 Season AeroDri Wool Jeans||4 Season AeroDri Wool Trousers F16||Womens AeroDri Wool Trousers|
|Material||Wool/poly mix||Australian Merino Wool 46% / Polyester 51% / Spandex 3%|
|Australian Merino Wool 46% / Polyester 51% / Spandex 3%|
|Check Price||Check Price at Makers and Riders||Check Price at Makers and Riders||Check Price at Makers and Riders|
Icebreaker have several different options ranging from 99% merino wool to 30%:
|Name||Men's Trailhead Pants||Men's Shifter Pants||Men's Perpetual Pants|
|Material||67% Nylon, 30% Merino Wool, 3% LYCRA®||98% Merino Wool, 2% LYCRA® and 260 g/m mid-weight fabric||52% Merino Wool, 48% Cotton and 130 g/m lightweight fabric|
|Check Price||Check Price at Amazon ($160)||Check Price at Amazon ($150)||Check Price at Amazon ($90 - $140)|
|Ideal for:||The 67% nylon means that these pants will be more durable, so they'll be a good option for outdoors work, hiking or hunting.||Jogging, lounging around, sipping coffee on the couch||These are a 50:50 wool to cotton blend, so they're ideally suited as travel pants, rather than outdoor pants, because cotton blends won't perform as well when wet.|
Ibex have four different pants, all of which are 100% merino wool:
|Name||Gallatin Pursuit Pant||Gallatin Straight||Gallatin Classic||Northwest Lounging Pant|
|Material||100% Merino wool with a 400 g/m weight and 22.5 micron fibers||100% Merino wool with a 400 g/m weight and 22.5 micron fibers||100% Merino wool with a 400 g/m weight and 22.5 micron fibers||100% Merino wool with a 300 g/m weight and 21 micron fibers|
|Price||Check price at Amazon ($250)||Check price at Ibex||Check price at Amazon ($130)||Check price at Ibex|
|Ideal for:||The water-resistant overlays make these pants suits for the outdoors, including hiking and winter sports.||These pants don't have the water-resistant overlays, but they have the same heavyweight wool combined with a modern tapered look.||These version of the Gallatin pants come with gussets, meaning more freedom of movement.||These 100% merino wool lounging pants come with a drawstring and deep pockets, so they are perfect for hanging out at home or lounging around a campfire.|
Here’s two pairs of pants that came in as runners-up.
On a Budget?
The ASOS Wedding Slim Suit Trouser clocks in at a very low price, and it’s 100% merino wool. Also, ASOS offers global free shipping.
These Ultra Merino 210 Zip-off bottoms from Kuiu are a good choice for outdoors activities such as skiing, snowboarding or hunting in cold climates.
• 210g/m² fabric weight
• 52/42/6 Wool/Polyester/Nylon blend
• Base layer or layering pant
• Full length leg zippers with Hook and loop tab closures
• Naturally odor resistant