A great pair of pants is a perfect travel companion. You can wear them on the plane, around town, out to dinner, riding a bike, and out on the trail. Versatility is key when you want to pack light.


The next time you’re in need of the ideal travel pants, check out Topo Designs Dirt 5-Pocket Pants. Made from a fabric of 98% organic cotton and 2% spandex, the pants have the right amount of stretch and flex paired with classic 5-pocket styling. The pants are made using WRAP certified production, which meets fair labor standards for the safety, health, and wellness of employees. The GOTS certified organic cotton garment-dyed process results in 95% less water consumption, and advanced e-flow technology minimizes overall environmental impact by reducing energy usage, chemical use, material waste, and wastewater.


My tester has worn the pants to work, for casual hiking excursions, out to lunch, and to a book event (San Francisco Scavenger) for his favorite travel writer. Each time, he’s remarked about how comfortable they are for both outdoor activities and for looking good during more dressy events.


The Dirt 5-Pocket Pants have a zippered fly, an internal zippered back right pocket, and belt loops. The garment-dyed wash softens both the fabric and the color, giving the pants a vintage look and even more comfort. It’s the perfect elevated basic clothing item that’s versatile enough for most of your travel pursuits.


In the experience of my tester, the pants run a size small. We studied the size chart, but ended up having to order a size up (34), even when all his other pants are 32s.


The men’s Dirt 5-Pocket Pants come in dark khaki (pictured), olive, and black, and list for $109 on the Topo Designs site.

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