merino wool pants

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:

Name4 Season AeroDri Wool Jeans4 Season AeroDri Wool Trousers F16Womens AeroDri Wool Trousers
4 Season AeroDri Wool Jeans4 Season AeroDri Wool Trousers F16Womens AeroDri Wool Trousers
MaterialWool/poly mixAustralian Merino Wool 46% / Polyester 51% / Spandex 3%
190 gm
Australian Merino Wool 46% / Polyester 51% / Spandex 3%
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Icebreaker

Icebreaker have several different options ranging from 99% merino wool to 30%:

NameMen's Trailhead PantsMen's Shifter PantsMen's Perpetual Pants
Material67% Nylon, 30% Merino Wool, 3% LYCRA®98% Merino Wool, 2% LYCRA® and 260 g/m mid-weight fabric52% Merino Wool, 48% Cotton and 130 g/m lightweight fabric
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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 couchThese 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

Ibex have four different pants, all of which are 100% merino wool:

NameGallatin Pursuit PantGallatin StraightGallatin ClassicNorthwest Lounging Pant




Material100% Merino wool with a 400 g/m weight and 22.5 micron fibers100% Merino wool with a 400 g/m weight and 22.5 micron fibers100% Merino wool with a 400 g/m weight and 22.5 micron fibers100% Merino wool with a 300 g/m weight and 21 micron fibers
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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.

Runners Up

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.

Outdoors Pants

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

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