You used to have two options for sweatpants: the casual and the athletic, with nothing really in between and certainly nothing you could wear outside without feeling sloppy or judged.
But thanks to the rise of athleisure and the advent of joggers, sweatpants have transcended their humble roots to assume their rightful place as a distinctly modern and versatile piece of clothing. Far from being the uniform of couch potatoes, the best sweatpants for men are now a streetwear necessity.
Now, you can buy stylish and comfy sweatpants and joggers designed for every occasion: work, travel, sleep, play and more.
Of course, if you’re anything like us (SPY has been 100% work-from-home since March), you’ve been spending way more time in sweatpants this year. And with COVID spikes happening all over the country as the temperatures drop, we expect to be spending the majority of our time inside as we head into winter. Whether you’re looking for cozy sweatpants to wear at home or technical sweats you can wear when the days of sweet freedom return, there are great options available.
We rounded up 25 of the best men’s sweatpants to get you through these hermetic times. And because the best sweatpants for men will depend on what you want to use them for, we’ve included pros and cons for each of our picks.
1. Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpant
These are the best men’s sweatpants on the market in 2020, full stop. Seriously, we love these sweatpants, which come in a range of great neutral colors. They have everything we look for in sweatpants, and they’re presentable enough for running errands or walking down to the corner store. Mack Weldon has a reputation for making comfortable, long-lasting men’s basics, and the brand’s famous sweatpants won’t disappoint you.
Pros: These premium men’s sweatpants have a tailored fit, complete with back-ribbed ankle cuffs and are designed to be worn every day. Micro-sanded French terry cotton and a bit of stretch make these super comfortable. Plus, you can choose from over a dozen colors.
Cons: They are pretty pricey for sweatpants when you can pick up a pair of generic sweats for $12 at Walmart. They also have a drawstring waist, which looks less professional, making these sweats less versatile. They also don’t mention what material gives the pants their stretch, though it’s probably polyester, elastic or spandex.
2. Under Armour Sportstyle Joggers
Pros: Whether the weather calls for tons of sun or freezing cold temps, a breathable fabric to keep you temperate is key if you’re working out outdoors. These highly-rated Sportstyle Joggers from Under Armour will do exactly that, no matter what the weatherman tells you. The fuller cut on the classic jogger style and sweat-wicking material mean complete comfort 24/7. There is even an internal phone pocket to ensure your phone stays on you during vigorous exercise.
Cons: After a few washes, these joggers tend to pill up a bit. If that doesn’t send you running, we suggest you either hand wash or run them in less robust wash cycle.
3. Champion Powerblend Sweats Retro Jogger Pants
Pros: When you think of classic sweatpants brands, Champion cannot (or should not!) be far from your mind. Champion’s designs have stood the test of time because they continue to promise casual comfort at a great value. These throwback sweats prove Champion’s classic design remains relevant in a world where athleisure is constantly evolving. Whether you’re wearing ‘em to chill or to dunk on your friends in basketball, you’ll never go out of style in Champion and, dare I say, you’ll feel like a champion.
Cons: These are all-around great sweatpants, but you’re not getting much more beyond that. No zip pockets, no spandex or elastics for added flexibility, truly no bells and whistles. That’s a pro for some people, but definitely a con for others looking for a more sophisticated, street-ready sweatpant.
4. Everlane French Terry Sweatpants
Pros: If you’re looking for a pair of sweatpants with the longest return policy we’ve ever heard of, you’ve found them. Everlane’s French Terry Sweatpants are part of the brand’s “Uniform” collection, where if they do not live as long as one whole year, Everlane will gladly replace them for you, free of charge. Meaning if they rip, tear or a hole occurs from washing, they will blame it all on themselves. These are 100% cotton and super comfortable and really act as a go-to pair of sweats to rock outside of the house. You can also get these in four different colors.
Cons: Because they’re made from 100% cotton and no mixed material, they generally aren’t the stretchiest sweats on the market. Additionally, the inside isn’t soft-lined and is made with a rougher material. It will keep you warm, nonetheless.
5. UNIQLO Men’s DRY-Ex Ultra Stretch Active Pants
Pros: Finding a pair of sweats that look just as good with a button-down shirt as they do with a sloppy tee can be hard to come by, but UNIQLO’s DRY-Ex Ultra Stretch Active Pants pull it off effortlessly. Comfort plays a huge role in the design of these bad boys by offering a lightweight feel and all-around stretchy mobility. Offered in five cool, neutral colors, it’s pretty tempting to grab them all.
Cons: Although the bottom of the pants are tapered to give a slimming look, they aren’t necessarily tight. The taper design stays a little loose for movability, so if you want a snatched bottom, seek out a pair elsewhere.
6. adidas 3-Stripes Pants
Pros: These sweatpants have that sharp, athletic look you want in your day-to-day pair of sweats. That’s no surprise, as adidas has been in the sweatpants game for decades, and the brand’s athletic styles of sweatpants remain as popular as ever. Like a lot of the best men’s sweatpants, these adidas 3-Stripes Pants keep that OG, handsome adidas look while elevating the style with a modern tapered ankle. Since they’re tapered in the legs, it gives the body a slim look that’s fitted and sporty but not too tight. In the cooler months, wear these sweats with long socks and your favorite non-slip sneakers.
Cons: These sweats are made from a blend of cotton and polyester fleece to keep you warm. The warmer your sweatpants are designed to be, the more likely you are to actually sweat, and sweat on fleece can feel sticky and unpleasant.
7. Starter Men’s Jogger Sweatpants
Pros: Starter has been making premium basic athletic clothing since 1971 and has stuck around for good reason. Sometimes you just can’t beat a basic item made with just a little more attention to detail. These jogger sweatpants feature ultra-soft fleece, tapered legs and ribbed cuffs for a more modern cut. But Starter also added a back pocket — the most underrated sweatpant feature — and put the drawcord inside the front waistband so it doesn’t dangle out front for your cat to play with.
Cons: Though these are probably among the best basic men’s sweatpants options out there, they’re not perfect for all occasions. You probably couldn’t get away with these in a professional setting, and anything made with fleece will pill over time.
8. Southpole Basic Fleece Marled Jogger Pant
Pros: These are affordable, fleece sweatpant joggers for men from Amazon. They’ll keep you cozy and warm and won’t break the bank. Enough said.
Cons: Because they’re so cheap, we can’t promise they’re designed to the nines. Most customers do say that they’re built well and fit tremendously, but others say the exact opposite. We just suggest you read some of the reviews before you buy.
9. vuori Ponto Slim Fit Jogger Pants
Pros: The Ponto Slim Fit Jogger Pants from vuori are casual and versatile, perfect for hanging around the house or going for a walk or run. Soft tech fabric ensures durability and performance comfort while the classic elastic drawstring waistband means they’ll fit no matter how much you had for breakfast.
Cons: These babies cost $84, which is nothing to sneeze at for sweatpants. Though given the rave reviews and promised comfort, they’re worth the pretty penny.
10. prAna Outpost Pant
Pros: Ready to handle the most intense workouts and 13-hour Seinfeld binges alike, prAna’s Outpost Pants are the versatile sweat you’ve been looking for. And get this: the fabric is made of a primarily recycled, moisture-wicking, UPF 50+ material. There’s even a back zip pocket to keep your smaller belongings safe.
Cons: These sell for $85 and the front pockets don’t zip. So if those are some no-go’s on your end, these probably aren’t for you.
11. Hanes EcoSmart Open Leg Fleece Pant
Pros: It’s getting chillier and chillier each day out there, so now’s the perfect time to invest in something fleece. Well, we should probably say “get” something fleece, because these fleece sweats from Hanes aren’t an investment in the slightest. For just $13, these sweats from Hanes will keep you warm, cozy and, dare we say, stylish all winter long. They’re made from 100% cotton with a relaxed fit and drawstring closure for that effortlessly comfy kind of vibe. They aren’t the most in-style, but hey, they’ll keep you feeling temperate.
Cons: As mentioned, they aren’t the most stylish. You can definitely make ‘em work and wear these out and public, but if you try making an actual stylish outfit out of it, you’ll quickly discover that well, that’s not as possible as you might think.
12. Zella Pyrite Slim Fit Jogger Pants
Pros: Made with a trio of pockets and an up-to-date, modern look, the Zella Pyrite Slim Fit Jogger Pants have a five-star rating on Nordstrom for a reason. These true-to-size jogger pants are exceptionally cozy and moveable, yet sophisticated in their design, so you’ll stay looking dapper yet feeling comfortable on your day-to-day errands. They also come in grey, and we all know how popular grey sweats are for guys in 2020.
Cons: The sole person to rate these one star on Nordstrom say they are too short, so we think that potentially these are not well crafted for the long-legged.
13. Todd Snyder x Champion Slim Jogger Sweatpant
Pros: Thankfully, if you dig Champion’s sweatpants but wanted something on the fancier side, the Todd Snyder x Champion line of clothing is exactly what you’re looking for. These sweatpants take what’s great about Champion and mix in a few upgrades. These slim jogger sweatpants come in multiple colors and feature French terry cotton, elastic cuffs, a ribbed waist and interior chain-stitched seams for extra reinforcement and durability. These sweatpants are high-quality and stylish, and you’ll feel that when you walk around.
Cons: After a certain dollar value, a pair of sweatpants likely offers you everything you need, so the real question to ask is whether the price is worth it to you. For most people, $118 is too much to drop on a pair of sweats, even high-quality ones. But if you’ve got the coin, these are some of the best sweatpants for men available right now.
14. Rhone Commuter Jogger
Pros: Rhone’s Commuter Joggers are posh enough for the super, super casual office yet comfortable enough for travel. They’re made from a Flexknit fabric with polyester, so they’ve got a nice bit of stretch.
Cons: Because they’re designed to resemble khakis, these joggers are pushing the definition of sweatpants and they certainly won’t feel as comfy as traditional, roomier sweatpants. Also, $128 is an objectively large amount of money for most people, especially when you consider spending it on what are basically cotton pants.
15. SAXX Snooze Sleep Pant
Pros: While we are still unsure of whether or not to call these sweatpants, what we can say is that the SAXX Snooze Sleep Pants are the most comfortable pair of pants we’ve ever put on our bodies. They’re soft as can be and genuinely feel as if you have nothing on at all, making them the perfect at-home sweatpant. The amount of stretch you can get in these is insane, too.
Cons: While they might be tapered at the ankle making them pretty fashionable, we don’t recommend wearing these on the streets. They’re super pajama-y and don’t have the same weight your average pair of sweatpants have, so your frank and beans are often pretty obviously shown through the front.
16. The North Face TKA Glacier Pants
Pros: Material, material, material. In a world where sweats are almost consistently made from a cotton/polyester blend, check out these cozy fleece Glacier pants built to act and look a little bit differently from the rest of the sweats on this list. These babies have a relaxed fit to keep you comfortable at all times. The color makes the pants fashionable enough for ditching the gym and throwing the pants into your modern, day-to-day look. The pants also have two side pockets and one zipped pocket on the back to hold any valuables you need to carry on your body. And, they’re 100% recycled, how cool is that?
Cons: Fleece isn’t for everyone, let’s get that straight. These pants might make you sweat a bit more than your average pair and they aren’t necessarily the best at wicking moisture.
17. Urban Outfitters Nirvana Nevermind Sweatpants
Pros: Can’t get enough of 90s alternative rock? Neither can we. Rep one of the OG 90s bands you grew up with time and time again with these gnar as hell Nirvana sweats. These killers are tapered at the bottom (the way most sweats are nowadays) and are essentially black as night. To take away from the dark overtone, the pants are clad in yellow detailing that shows the word “Nirvana” in caps on one leg with the classic tongue-out X-eye smiley face strewn about.
Cons: Oh, you don’t know who Nirvana is? Don’t get these. You won’t want the ridicule when people start bringing up their favorite songs and you have no idea what they’re talking about.
18. ASOS DESIGN Oversized Tapered Smart Sweatpants
Pros: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably figured out by now that cargo pants are coming back in style — specifically in the realm of men’s joggers and sweatpants. We don’t know why it’s happening, but we are definitely here for it. Who doesn’t love a ton of extra pockets? That being said, add a pop of color to the traditional cargo look with these pastel pink jogger cargo sweats from ASOS. Pair ‘em with your favorite denim trucker, a casual tee and your favorite pair of sneaks for the perfect OOTD.
Cons: Do not work out in these. We repeat, do not work out in these. Why? Just look at them. These babies are meant for fashion purposes only and will look semi-ridiculous on a run. Plus, performance-wise, they aren’t going to stretch as your go-to workout sweats do. Just stick with those.
19. Lululemon City Sweat Jogger French Terry 29″
Pros: Lululemon’s heathered, true navy City Sweat Joggers are the comfortable sweatpants you’ve been looking for to take on your city. These texture pants feel cozy against your skin and offer four-way stretch mobility, so they’re perfect for runs and sit-downs alike. Finished with a secure zippered pocket on the butt, carrying all your tiny belongings is easy.
Cons: We’ll be honest here, these are pretty pricy — but it’s Lululemon, so what did you expect? Standing tall at $118, you might have to put these on your credit card.
20. Keith Haring Dancing Men Sweatpant
Pros: These effortlessly stylish sweats are a hot commodity on Urban Outfitters right now, and we can totally see why. To the fashion-forward type of guy, these are a closet staple no matter the season, and to art lovers, the Keith Haring homage is something that will never go unnoticed. Matched with a jean jacket and classic white tee, you’ve got yourself a look you can rock no matter what the day brings.
Cons: These are primarily made for style purposes only. Yeah, they’re comfortable, but they aren’t the “all that and a bag of chips” type of sweatpants that wick moisture and excel in moveability. In this case, you’re paying for style, not practicality.
21. Public Rec All Day Every Day Jogger
Pros: A comfortable everyday jogger made for guys on the go? I’ll take 20. The very appropriately titled All Day Every Day Jogger is a tapered take on Public Rec’s best-selling pants, ensuring an ultramodern look for when you’re out on the streets. These joggers have “chill weekend” written all over them, taking you comfortably from the coffee shop to lunch to drinks in the evening.
Cons: Exercise isn’t the best while sporting the All Day Every Day Joggers. Walking around or hitting the bike to get from place to place is really the most these sweats can take. If you’re looking to pump some iron or hit the treadmill, try something else.
22. Entireworld Loop Back Sweatpant
Pros: It doesn’t get cozier than a pair of sweats from Entireworld, let us tell you that. These sweats come in an array of candy-esque colors to make you look and feel as stylish as you can be when throwing on a pair of sweatpants for the day. They’re made from a mix of organic cotton and recycled polyester to perform as an environmentally positive product you can rock day in and day out.
Cons: Some users might not be big fans of the colors from Entireworld. But, we will have you know that the brand does have some neutral colors to check out. Also, these sweats get snagged up quickly, so there’s a good chance that as you’re reading this, somebody’s purchasing the last pair in your size until they stock up again. Don’t worry, they do stock up pretty frequently, but it gets kind of annoying.
23. Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece Joggers
Pros: No list of the best sweatpants would be complete without Nike. What can anyone say about Nike’s athletic wear? To start, Nike is one brand you can trust for proper athletic wear, and these Sportswear Tech Fleece Joggers will keep your body warm during training no matter how cold it is outside. These pants also have a gusset stitch in between the pant legs also keeps the wear and tear to a minimum so you’re not throwing these away with holes after a few months.
Cons: These are seemingly more fashion-focused than they are for training purposes, even though the title makes it seem otherwise. Yes, you can train in these, but they don’t seem to be sweat-wicking and might be a bit too hot to train in.
24. Neon Riot Tie-Dye Sweatpant
Pros: Not every pair of sweats has to be for sweating. In recent years, wearing athleisure has turned into an all-around streetwear fashion statement for men. Though these trendy Neon Riot Tie-Dye Sweatpants fit the bill of the streetwear look, they’re more than just a statement. Built from ultra-comfortable cotton/polyester blend, these sweats will keep you looking cozy and cool whether you’re hitting the shops with friends or grabbing some tacos to snack on at home. They’re also super lightweight, making them multi-seasonal.
Cons: Unlike the majority of the options on this list, we don’t recommend you wear these while working out. They don’t necessarily offer the durability, flexibility and breathability classic sweatpants have to offer, so keep these for the streets.
25. American Giant Classic Sweatpant
Pros: SPY loves to showcase products made in the United States when appropriate, and American Giant presented that opportunity with its Classic Sweatpant, which is made right in Middlesex, North Carolina. These men’s sweatpants have ribbed ankle cuffs and the always valuable back sweatpants pocket and use double-needle straddle stitching for long-term durability.
Cons: It costs money to manufacture in the United States, so these sweatpants are on the pricier side. They’re also made of 100% cotton, so though they’re comfortable, they won’t have the stretchiness of a mixed-material sweatpant.