For every time you’re able to reach for slim dark denim or cool corduroys or go-anywhere chinos, there are times where you simply have to get down to business. For those times, you need a durable, rugged and dependable pair of pants cut out for work — one of our picks for the best work pants for men, as it were.
The great thing about durable work pants is that plenty of them feature the same DNA as other favorite pants in your arsenal — including a dependable fit and quality construction — yet this breed of pants features something a little more, well, work-ready.
There’s not a better time of year to stock up on dependable work pants, as the chilly fall and winter months call for gear that can get the job done regardless of what the weather is like outside. So, whatever might be on your to-do list doesn’t have to wait — one of these pairs of hard-wearing men’s work pants can take it on more than reliably.
Flint and Tinder Mill Pants
As the cooler weather ahead approaches at a record pace, a more rugged, durable approach to menswear is in order — even when it comes to your pants. And in our opinion, the Flint and Tinder Mill Pants are the real deal — a pair of work pants that are tough yet tailored, and ready to be worn on your next camping trip or to a casual weekend brunch with ease.
The heavyweight cotton canvas construction of these pants — in a wide range of versatile colors will stand up to the rigors of yard work or at the job site and are easy to wear with style staples like a blue chambray shirt or a white thermal henley and a waxed trucker jacket. Lastly, double-lined knees and double-needle stitching ensure maximum durability no matter what the fall and winter seasons throw your way. – Buy It
Taylor Stitch Chore Pants
Where to go but Taylor Stitch when it comes to tough menswear that can take a beating? The brand brings its same attention to detail and style to bear on its Chore Pants, offered in a range of versatile colors and featuring a stone-washed duck canvas for better mobility. Details like double-knee reinforced construction add mobility for tough projects, while front slash pockets make it easy to access your multi-tool or a pocketknife when you need it most. Does it get better than the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants when it comes to the best men’s work pants? Not really. – Buy It
Iron & Resin Union Work Pants
Iron and Resin knows plenty when it comes to making remarkably long-lasting gear that can tolerate just about anything — from a long day on the job to a motorcycle-driven road trip to hour upon hour of fall and winter chores (hey, that firewood won’t chop itself). The Union Work Pant can stand up to all of those tasks and more, what with its dependable 12oz. Cotton canvas and double-knee reinforcement. Add in a double-layer rear leg cuff — an unheard-of touch on most pants — and you’ve got a set of trousers that can work … and work. – Buy It
Taylor Stitch Camp Pants
It’s tough to go wrong with Taylor Stitch gear, especially pants like the Taylor Stitch Camp Pants that are made with tough work in mind. Like the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants before them, the Camp Pants combine toughness and the utmost attention to quality, from the light stone wash to the angled front slash pockets and the use of Mount Vernon duck canvas. They’re also handmade in California, a reflection of Taylor Stitch’s commitment to uncompromising style and durability. They’re cooler and sharper-looking than technical pants, and that’s something we could all use more of in our closets. – Buy It
Topo Designs Duck Canvas Work Pants
If you’re familiar with the Topo Designs bag line-up, or any of the brand’s remarkably well-crafted overshirts, pocket tees or sweatshirts, you know what your hard-earned dollars are going toward. That is to say, they’re going toward hard-wearing gear that doesn’t miss a beat, no matter what type of adventure (or massive yard project) awaits. Add the Duck Canvas Work Pants to that list, featuring 12oz. Duck canvas and versatile color options (not that that’s of the utmost importance … but it sure does help). Triple-stitch seams add another layer of dependable design, too. – Buy It
Edgevale Cast Iron Utility Pants
Edgevale knows how to make stylish, rugged shirt jackets and gear with the best of ‘em, and the brand’s Cast Iron Utility Pants fill a similarly dependable slot in your workwear wardrobe. They feature hard-wearing Cordura fabric, plus the brand’s Rugged Slim Straight fit — that’s versatility defined, without a doubt. And this fabric features terrific abrasion resistance, another quality that makes them a surefire workwear staple. A crotch gusset and curved waistband provide effective freedom of movement, too. And as with Edgevale’s other essential gear offerings, you get an array of color options and a price that reflects a worthwhile investment. – Buy It
Duluth Trading Fire Hose Work Pants
You’ve seen the ads for the Duluth Trading Fire Hose Work Pants, right? While we don’t know if these pants are quite that hard-wearing, we do know that they’re more than dependable and durable for any situation you can think of in the cold months to come. Made with fire hose cotton canvas, these pants are actually pre-washed for softness — without losing any durability. Triple-stitched seams provide another dash of toughness, while the brand’s Comfortable Crouch Gusset and FendOff fabric treatment are design touches that set Duluth Trading (and the Fire Hose Pants) apart. – Buy It
1620 Stretch NYCO Single Knee Work Pants
When it’s really time to get down to business, reach for nothing less than the durable 1620 Workwear Stretch NYCO Single Knee Work Pants, because they truly mean business. It starts with full military-spec fabric, a development that means these work pants can handle just about anything you throw at (or on) them during tough projects aplenty. Heck, even the button front is done to military specifications, while the YKK zipper is as good as it gets. That the fabric is also oil, water and stain-repellant is just an added bonus, making ‘em quite likely the toughest work pants you’ve seen yet. – Buy It
Patagonia Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Double Knee Pants
For all its chops when it comes to making sustainable, mountain-ready gear, Patagonia also casts an eye toward pants that serve dual functions — like the Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Double Knee Pants. A fine pair of trousers that can take you on the trail and to a job site, these are part of the brand’s workwear line and feature the lauded Iron Hemp Canvas for extreme durability. Among the specs: Fair Trade Certified sewing and double-fabric knees for added durability. Another underrated touch? The fact that the legs of the pants are wide enough to fit over boots — lace ‘em up and get the job done. – Buy It
5.11 Ridgeline Pants
For just under $70, you get a pair of pants that pack a serious punch in terms of exceptional durability and covert looks that just simply get things done the right way. 5.11 Tactical fusses with the design and fabrication of its clothing, so you don’t have to — at least, that’s the way we see it. The Ridgeline Pant features Flex-Tac ripstop fabric, crafted with two-way stretch for comfort and durability. Plus, bartacking at major seams, plus double-stitching throughout, adds another level of quality without added worry on your part. – Buy It
Western Rise AT Slim Rivet Pants
It can be tough to find a pair of hiking pants that look as good as they perform — while we think the picks on this list are certainly up to snuff, it’s still a taxing endeavor for the discerning shopper. However, the AT Slim Rivet Pant might just take the cake when it comes to hiking pants that look stylish and perform very, very well. Based on the design of the original patent pair of jeans, the fabrication of the Slim Rivet Pant sheds water, dries quickly and looks quite good doing it. – Buy It
Wolverine Firezero Duck Cargo Pant
Is there a more ideal pair of pants for your rugged, hard-wearing Wolverine boots than the qually rugged, hard-wearing Firezero Duck Cargo Pant? Today’s guy might best know Wolverine for making handsome style staples like the 1000 Mile Boots, but the Firezero Duck Cargo Pant exists in another class when it comes to tough gear for tough work. They’re made with flame-resistant duck canvas and feature plenty of belt loops to handle your everyday carry — don’t overlook that essential design touch. Cargo pockets add to their utility — again, these are a fine match with your toughest Wolverine boots, we guarantee it. – Buy It
Arcteryx Rampart Pants
Arc’Teryx certainly has your bases covered when it comes to tech-heavy outdoor gear, with each piece featuring the sort of unique design and quality fabrication that other brands simply can’t achieve. The Rampart Pant fits nicely in their line, and features just enough to set it apart from other work pants. The lightweight-yet-hardy TerraTex fabric features enough stretch to handle hard climbs and grueling yard work, while articulated knees and a whopping six pockets allow for ease of movement and ease in terms of hauling your everyday carry, week after week and project after project. – Buy It