The 8 Best Golf Pants for Men of 2022

We round up the best golf pants, with Lululemon's ABC pants topping the list.

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Golf already presents plenty of challenges for athletes of all levels—you don’t need something like an ill-fitting pair of pants to get in your way. The ideal golf pants shouldn’t be noticed because they simply work so well, providing freedom of movement mid-swing or when crouching to line up a putt. They should offer durable weather protection in various elements and temperatures.

Here, the best golf pants for men.

Best Overall: Lululemon ABC Classic-Fit Utilitech Pants

Lululemon ABC Classic-Fit Utilitech Pants

Lululemon

What We Like
  • Unparalleled comfort and support

  • Can double as chino-style pants

  • Stretchy

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • The inclusion of 33% cotton means it may take a while to dry if they get wet

The seemingly simple ABC Classic-Fit Utilitech Pants from Lululemon actually grew out of years of research and development to deliver a fit that provides the right amount of room in the crotch. The ABC stands for anti-ball crushing, so yes, the pants are stretchy in the areas that matter. A reinvention of the classic five-pocket jean, these pants are made of four-way-stretch, abrasion-resistant Utilitech fabric (a mix of Elastomultiester, cotton, and elastane) without making you feel like you’re wearing a tech-centric product. In fact, you can wear them as everyday work pants.

A hidden zipper pocket lets you secure your keys, and reflective details line the inner cuffs, making them a versatile, travel-centric option when you’re not on the course. ABC tech can be found in five profiles, including jogger, slim, and skinny. We vote for the class-fit option–it’s streamlined without being too thin.

Best Budget: Under Armour Rival Fleece Pants

Under Armour Rival Fleece Pants

Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods

If you’re a year-round golfer who hits the links whenever there’s no snow covering the greens, the Rival Fleece Pants offer serious warmth without hindering your performance, and the price is more than reasonable for a pair of pants that can last you the whole year. The mid-weight pants are a 280-gram cotton-blend fleece (a mix of 80 percent cotton with poly for durability and wicking), with a cozy, brushed lining that traps warmth and feels great against your skin.

Much like traditional sweatpants, they don’t have belt loops, but the ribbed waistband does come with an internal drawcord, so it’s easy to layer them over long underwear without feeling bulky on days when the mercury heads south. Sizing breaks out from extra-small to 3X—so sizing (and color options) abound. If you’re looking for a pair of pants to fend off rain or snow, look for something with DWR treatments like their Fleece Storm line of products.

Best Lightweight: Callaway Lightweight Stretch Tech Pants

Callaway Lightweight Stretch Tech Pants

Amazon

What We Like
  • The fabric is also treated with UV protection

What We Don't Like
  • Only three color options

Engineered for flexibility, Callaway’s Lightweight Stretch Tech Pants come with four-way stretch thanks to the inclusion of 11 percent elastane, while the polyester main fabric proves weather-resistant, quick-drying, and durable. An Active Waistband enhances the overall fit (and keeps your shirt tucked in), while Opti Dry tech wicks away moisture.

Best Joggers: Adidas Men's Primeblue Jogger Pant

Adidas Men's Primeblue Jogger Pant

Adidas

Adidas Primeblue Joggers

What We Like
  • Comfort and style

  • DWR treatment

What We Don't Like
  • Some may want more pockets than the two hand pockets and the one in the back

The perpetual rise of casual wear has hit the golf course, as witnessed by the Primeblue Joggers from Adidas. But these are not a pair of slouchy sweatpants. The slim-fitting pants come with four-way stretch, affording freedom of movement, articulation at the knees, and a more sartorial profile. The fabric, recycled polyester with 14 percent elastane French terr, has also been treated with a DWR coating to shrug off rain. Belt loops help dressing this up even more.

Best Tailored Cut: Puma Men's Tailored Jackpot Golf Pants

Puma Men's Tailored Jackpot Golf Pants

Dick's Sporting Good

What We Like
  • Tailored fit with tapering at the ankles

  • UV protection

What We Don't Like
  • Needs a bit of stretch in the fabric

As is expressed in its name, the Tailored Jackpot pants from Puma come with a fashion-forward, slim overall design that won’t impede your play. Constructed of woven polyester that’s been coated with a moisture-wicking finish to keep you comfortable, it also provides UV protection equivalent to 50+ UPF. A stretchy, tailored waist allows for unencumbered movement, and double belt loops amp the durability. Bonus: slash pockets pair with “Duraweave Pocket bags” that will stand up to the sharp points of your tees for all your hauling needs.

Best for Warmth: Mizuno Move Tech Winter Trouser

Mizuno Move Tech Winter Trouser

Mizuno

What We Like
  • Brushed lining

What We Don't Like
  • Only available in three colors

Sophisticated in style, the Move Tech Winter Trouser from Mizuno uses a brushed lining to add warmth and comfort for the colder days on the links. The Move Tech fabric (a mix of polyester and elastane) comes with four-way stretch, belt loops adds another touch of style options, and the pocket configuration mirrors most pants, with twin hand and back pockets.

Best for High Temps: Under Armour ISO Chill Tapered Pants

Under Armour ISO Chill Tapered Pants

Amazon

What We Like
  • Smart tech that really cools things off

  • Stain resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Only available in black or gray

Braving the game during the most punishingly hot days of July and August just got a lot easier thanks to the ISO Chill Tapered Pants from Under Armour. The brand integrated “Iso-Chill” technology in the fibers to disperse heat, along with titanium dioxide to pull away heat. The stain-resistant fabric also comes with four-way stretch and a stretchy waistband for unrestricted movement while swinging. Belt loops and a flat-front four-pocket design complete the look.

Most Stylish: Peter Millar Durham Performance Trouser

Peter Millar Durham Performance Trouser

Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Lots of color options

  • Quick drying

What We Don't Like
  • Stretchiness in the fabric would be nice

  • Only available in three lengths

Boasting a streamlined aesthetic, the classically designed Durham Performance Trouser from Peter Millar uses a polyester woven twill fabric that’s quick-drying and moisture-wicking, crafted into a fashion-forward flat-front design. Stretch at the waist enables freedom of movement, and belt loops and off-set button closure amps the style points even higher.

Final Verdict

The ABC Classic-Fit Utilitech Pants from Lulumon (view at Lululemon) aren’t marketed as golf pants—and they don’t need to be. The secret of their success lies in the stretchy fabric and the brand’s ABC tech, which provides the optimal fit at the crotch for any activity. But if you want a more teched-out pair, consider the Tailored Jackpot Pants from Puma (view at Zappos). The woven polyester fabric has been treated with a moisture-wicking finish to help regulate the internal temp, along with 50+ UPF protection from the sun and a stretchy waist for unencumbered movement.

What to Look for in Golf Pants

Material

Most golf pants are made of polyester due to the fabric’s durability. It also dries quickly and blocks out moisture. But most brands also blend in other fabrics—elastane for stretch, a mix of cotton for a comfortable next-to-skin feel—that improve the pants’ performance-oriented tasks.

Water Resistance

Rain is an inevitable reality with golf, so look for pants made from durable materials like polyester that provide some water resistance and will dry quickly. Some also come with DWR treatment on the outside to further increase their water resistance. Avoid all-cotton pants unless you only golf on bluebird days; the fabric takes forever to dry if it gets wet, and they won’t keep you warm once they’ve wetted out.

Warmth/Breathability

Brands do their best to help regulate your temperature in most circumstances by using fabrics that breathe well, but not so well that you risk getting cold. Cold-weather pants use more rugged materials and inner linings to add warmth, while warm-weather pants employ wicking solutions and other technologies to keep things cool and comfortable. The bulk of golf pants should perform well in most circumstances, but if you tend to golf in either hot or cold climates, consider a pair of pants built to handle those temperature variations.

Stretch

From walking to swinging to crouching down to line up a putt, golf is all about movement, and you want a pair of pants that will move with you. Most golf pants achieve this by using fabrics like elastane or Spandex to provide four-way stretch, which also affords designs that are more streamlined, providing a tailored aesthetic. You absolutely want to ensure that your golf pants stretch, if not throughout the fabric, then at least at the waist.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

Nathan Borchelt has been testing, rating, and reviewing outdoor and travel products and apparel for decades, with a special emphasis on finding products that can have more than one application. Each product was selected based on price, tech features, fit, comfort, and overall performance.

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