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Top Men’s Merino Wool Pants 2018

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.

Pants from 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. Here are the two I have. +1 for being machine washable!

4 Season AeroDri Wool Jeans4 Season AeroDri Wool Trousers F16

4 Season AeroDri Wool Jeans

4 Season AeroDri Wool Trousers F16

50% Wool, 45% Polyester, 5% Spandex46% Australian Merino Wool, 51% Polyester, 3% Spandex
190 gm
It exists in 2 colours and I have it in both colors. The dark ones are my everyday pair. Actually, I even wore them on my casual wedding day!This trousers are a very slim fit and even lighter weight compared to the tan and coal jeans.
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Pants from Icebreaker

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

Men's Trailhead Pants

Men's Shifter Pants

Men's Perpetual Pants

67% 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
The 67% nylon means that these pants will be more durable, so they'll be a good option for outdoors work, hiking or hunting.
Price (estimate): $160
Jogging, lounging around, sipping coffee on the couch
Price (estimate): $150
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.
Price (estimate): $90 - $140
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Pants from Ibex

Ibex have four different pants, all of which are 100% merino wool. They are closing their business down so if you like one, pick it up while it last:

Gallatin Pursuit Pant



Gallatin Straight

Gallatin Classic

Northwest Lounging Pant

100% 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
The water-resistant overlays make these pants suits for the outdoors, including hiking and winter sports. Price (estimate): $250These 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. Price (estimate): $130These 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.
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Runners Up

Here’s two pairs of pants that came in as runners-up.

Budget option: the Slim Suit Trouser from Asos

  • Material: 100% Wool
  • Best for: Daily wear and special occasion
  • Care recommendation: Dry clean
  • Price range (estimate): $43 (currently in sale!)

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.
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Best baselayers pants for the outdoors

Ultra merino Kuiu bottom men pants image

The Ultra Merino 210 Zip-off bottoms from Kuiu

  • Material: 100% Wool
  • Fabric weight: 210g/m²!
  • Best for: base layer or layering pant
  • Construction: Full length leg zippers with Hook and loop tab closures
  • Care recommendation: Dry clean
  • Price range (estimate): $43 (currently in sale!)

These Ultra Merino 210 Zip-off bottoms from Kuiu look more like lounge pants and are a good choice for outdoors activities such as skiing, snowboarding or hunting in cold climates.
You can also check our recommendation of bottom baselayers for men.

4 responses to “Top Men’s Merino Wool Pants 2018

  1. Hi!

    I’m looking for 1 single pair of pants which I can do everything with, from biking to work, to traveling, hiking, to doing presentations for work. I read a lot of good things about the slim dungarees which you also have. I haven’t bought them yet since they aren’t made of Merino, so I was wondering weather they are also smell resistant when wearing them a long time without washing them. Since the 4 Season AeroDri Wool Trousers F16 are made from merino wool they also caught my attention, since I love merino wool in my shirts. Would you advise the 4 Season AeroDri Wool Trousers F16 over the Slim Dungarees? Thank you in advance!

    Best,

    Chipo

    1. The Slim Dungarees have amazing durability. I have a pair that is going over 3 years. I wore them today while cycling down to my CrossFit box in the rain. I’ve found, however, they do get looser over time.

      The 4 Season AeroDri Wool Trousers F16 feel nicer, however once you wear them in. Interestingly the first couple of days they were a little “prickly” but then they wore in fine. Additionally, the price is a significant plus with the F16 trousers – much cheaper than Outlier.

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