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.

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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