Let’s face the facts: we’re all spending a bit more time indoors these days. And while that might not seem like the most interesting turn of events, it’s left us yearning for clothing that can act as both a relaxation piece and a multi-functional athletic staple. When life returns to normal, the ability to transition from your couch or living area to the gym in the blink of an eye will be more valuable than ever, meaning that if you’re running a bit short on lifestyle pieces like sweatpants and shirts, you’ll need to put some serious thought into your next big athleisure purchase.
Being stuck inside isn’t all bad, however. It means we have a lot more time to research, investigate, and look into products that might fare best when we take that indoor-to-outdoor transition in full stride. Navigating the athleisure and leisurewear worlds can be bit counterintuitive, so we’ve taken the time to sift through the multitude of sites, manufacturers, and designers that have been placing their best foot forward when it comes to the adaptation and innovation of the timeless sweatpant design that we’ve all come to know and love. Below, we’ll outline a handful of our favorite offerings, paying attention to those unique variants that bridge the gap between functional athletic use and a more laid-back, in-home approach.
Nike Sportswear Club Fleece
If you’re searching for staple simplicity from one of the world’s biggest athleisure brands, look no further than the Nike Sportswear Club Fleece sweatpant. These sleek joggers provide a slim-fit look that deviates from the cumbersome nature of the genre’s vintage variants, providing wearers with an elevated style piece that can be utilized for a night on the town, an evening at the gym, or a morning at home. And the best part? They’re available in a range of colors and sizes, including pastels.
Adidas Must Haves Stadium
Like Nike’s Club Fleece example, Adidas’ Must Haves Stadium pant provides the perfect pair of all-encompassing sweats for virtually every situation, without the unattractive price tag. Each pair is comprised of recycled polyester, cotton, and elastane double-knit, meaning that you’ll be treated to a range of durability, comfort, and adaptability that you might not find in comparable models. As a bonus, they’ve also been slimmed down for contemporary wear, providing a sleek, tapered style that looks great whether you’re at the gym or lounging around.
Rhone Heritage French Terry
Rhone’s athleisure staples are a favorite within the menswear community, and for good reason. The Heritage French Terry sweatpant, for example, boasts a lavish silhouette accented by an additional mobility gusset, a comfortable French Terry fabric, and an adaptive, elasticated blend that creates the perfect unison of comfort and warmth throughout the day. There’s even a zippered pocket on the Heritage’s exterior for secure storage of your smart device.
RicherPoorer Men’s Fleece
RicherPoorer has quickly become one of our favorite brands, and with an expansive catalog that encompasses virtually every aspect of menswear, there’s no telling when they’ll fall off that list. One of the company’s more understated offerings, the Men’s Fleece sweatpant, provides wearers with a classic fit that’s still unquestionably modern, thanks to the inclusion of a ribbed waistband and cuff, heavy-weight fabric, and side seam pockets that harken back to the genre’s original models. As you might expect, there’s also a diverse range of colors and hues to choose from, meaning that you’ll be able to style accordingly.
Mack Weldon Ace
Mack Weldon is well known or its modernized adaptations of iconic examples from the past, and the Ace sweatpant is no different. While it’s a bit more contemporary than many of the items on our list, that’s actually its greatest strength. It boasts a micro-sanded French Terry fabric, smart detailing that bridges the gap between a true athleisure piece and a relaxed, in-home item, and a stretchy silhouette that adapts to almost any body size and application. The result? A tailored fit that as smooth as they come, with more than enough storage capacity for your smart device or essential EDC items.
KUHL’s Freeflex sweatpant is one of the more technical offerings on the market today, thanks to its advanced moisture-wicking properties and quick-drying fabrics. Each example is outfitted with a wide pull-on waistband, an adjustable external drawcord, and a gusseted crotch to promote a wide range of movements, without feeling too restrictive. Plus, there’s the example’s interesting spandex blend, which allows for long-winded wear without having to worry about the Freeflex become baggy, or stretching over time.
Patagonia Mahnya Fleece
Patagonia’s Mahnya Fleece sweatpant is a model that places functional comfort above all else, providing wearers with an unparalleled experience through the implementation of an organic cotton blend. These aren’t as slim-fitting or tapered as some of our other picks, but they provide a roomier fit for those who are looking to give their legs some much-needed breathtaking room. To keep things cozy and warm, however, the Mahnya have incorporated rib trim at the ankles, as well as a drawstring waistband that’ll let you adjust your hip opening to your heart’s content. If you’re feeling like storage might be an issue, don’t worry — a suite of hand and rear pockets have your back when it comes to secure stow.
Vuori Ponto Performance
Vuori’s Ponto Performance sweatpant takes light, cozy, and soft to an entirely new level. Calling upon a comfortable polyester and elastane blend, each model provides exceptional all-day performance through the implementation of standard drawstring enclosures and tapered legs. There are even moisture-wicking qualities to keep you dry during more strenuous activities, making these sweatpants an attractive prospect for gymgoers who like to transition from the bench to the couch without any lag time.
Outdoor Voices CloudKnit
Outdoor Voices touts these CloudKnit sweatpants as the softest examples you’ll ever wear, and that’s a large order when compared to some of the other offerings on this list. If you’re willing to take their word for it, you’ll be treated to the company’s supple polyester and spandex blend, a slim-fitting, tapered style, and innovative, Bluesign-approved, CloudKnit fabric construction, which promotes lightweight wear alongside a variety of your favorite indoor/outdoor activities.
American Giant Classic
American Giant’s Classic sweatpant has served as a great foundation for the company’s athleisure line since its conception, but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t use a rework. Luckily, the brand’s latest model has been outfitted with an all-new cotton fleece fabric, a channeled waistband, and double-needle straddle-stitching for additional reinforcement throughout its key areas. It also features two distinctly side pockets, as well as a back pocket area that can carry larger smart devices or accessories. Of course, all of this would mean nothing without the sweatpant’s timeless design to back it up.
Lululemon City Sweat Jogger
Lululemon and athleisure go together like ice cream and apple pie, and thanks to the brand’s City Sweat Jogger, it’s easy to see why they’ve become a household name for wearers looking to straddle the line between great-looking style and functional use. Whether you’re headed to the studio or a yoga session or catching up on some of your favorite films, the City Sweat features a comfortable, four-way stretch architecture, breathable French Terry fabric, and Lycra fibers for additional strength and form retention over long periods of use. They’re even a little roomier in the legs, allowing you to move and adapt based on your application, without having to worry about the constraints of tapered models.
Reigning Champ Men’s Mid Weight Terry
If you’re an avid gymgoer who’s looking to take his workout clothing in a more relaxed direction, Reigning Champ has introduced the Men’s Mid Weight Terry sweatpant. This simplistic variant is as classic as they come, offering wearers a modern-day rendition of iconic, relaxed examples that have laid the groundwork for today’s purpose-built leisurewear. As such, they maintain a more relaxed fit than most, boast a roomier feel, and include a luxurious French Terry fabric that’s comfortable, capable, and tested for use in a variety of different environments.
Todd Snyder Heavyweight Classic
As part of the designer’s co-opted Foundation Collection, the Todd Snyder Heavyweight Classic sweatpant is a stylish rendition of the classic athletic piece. Each variant is crafted from a 16-ounce fleece that’s been contracted from a family-owned factory in Toronto, as well as a healthy inclusion of elasticated openings, slant side pockets, and a garment-dyed persona that provides wearers with a “lived-in” feel. Of course, the Heavyweight Classic is still a performance piece. Inside, you’ll find a suite or ribbed gussets and reinforced edges that make them pleasurable to wear during gym or in-home use.
Olivers’ Transit sweatpant is a calm, calculated, and construction-focused piece that traverses the boundary between sophisticated outerwear and in-home loungewear. Each example has been tailored for specific use in performance-oriented situations, while still remaining true to its identity as a wearable style piece, thanks to the implementation of an odor-resistant, temperature-regulating Merino Fleece fabric. A slim, tapered silhouette, dual side pockets, and an adjustable drawcord waist round out the suave legwear accessory.
To bring an end to our list, Wings+Horns’ Original sweatpant is making its debut. A clean, concise silhouette harkens back to examples of old, drawing upon classic design principles, a more relaxed, slim-fit orientation, and long-staple Pima cotton for unparalleled comfort and warmth. Inside, you’ll find an array of high-end components, including jersey-lined pockets, flatlock stitching, a herringbone tape drawcord, and ribbed closures to keep your body heat regulated throughout the day.
The 20 Best Sweaters For Men
Now that you’ve found the perfect piece of leisurely legwear for relaxing indoors, or taking on the training area, head over to our guide on the best men’s sweaters to check out some more style-focused pieces that place an emphasis on warmth and comfort.
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