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.
With that change in perspective brought changes to the marketplace, and now you can buy sweatpants or joggers designed for every occasion: work, travel, sleep, play and more.
Even though most Americans are stuck in their homes right now, we won’t be stuck there forever. 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 16 of the best men’s sweatpants to get you through these hermetic times. And because the best sweatpants for you 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
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. 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.
3. adidas SPRT Icon Sweat Pants
Pros: These sweatpants have a sharp, athletic look. 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 SPRT Icon Sweat Pants offer a fresh take on their classic look. They’re tapered in the legs for a slim look that’s fitted and sporty but not too tight. The ankles are also cuffed to help keep the cold out and the warmth in. In the warmer months, wear these sweats with no-show socks and your favorite 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.
4. 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 that it does 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 5 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 tape design stays a little loose for movability, so if you want a snatched bottom, seek out a pair elsewhere.
5. 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.
6. 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 remain 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Amazon Essentials Men’s Fleece Sweatpants
Pros: These are cheap, fleece sweatpants from Amazon. They’ll keep you cozy and warm and won’t break the bank. Enough said.
Cons: Amazon calls this line of products “Essentials” for a reason. You get the essentials, and that’s it. If you’re looking for a modern taper or strategically placed features, these are the wrong sweatpants for you.
10. 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.
11. Lululemon At Ease Jogger
Pros: Add a pop of color to your daily life with Lululemon’s misty pink At Ease Joggers. 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 zipper pocket and a back locker loop, carrying all your tiny belongings is easy. Afraid of pink? No worries, Lululemon also makes them in black and grey.
Cons: We’ll be honest here, these are pretty pricy — but it’s Lululemon, so what did you expect? Standing tall at $128, you might have to put these on your credit card.
12. 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.
13. prAna Outpost Pant
Pros: Ready to handle the most intense of 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.
14. Nike Men’s Dri-FIT Tapered Fleece Training Pants
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 Dri-FIT Tapered Fleece Training Pants will keep your body warm during training no matter how cold it is outside. Sweat-wicking fleece fabrics keep the warmth in and moisture out, while 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 of hard exercise.
Cons: Without zip pockets, it’ll also be a bit more difficult to hold on to your valuables if you’re strenuously exercising. Additionally, the primary purpose for these pants is heavy exercise, so they might not be as comfortable as other options.
15. Kappa Authentic Culbio 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 Authentic Culbio Tye-Dye Sweatpants fit the bill of the streetwear look, they’re more than just a statement. Built from ultra-comfortable cotton to 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 in 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.
16. 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, made in Middlesex, North Carolina. These men’s sweatpants have ribbed ankle cuffs and the always valuable back sweatpants pocket and feature double-needle straddle-stitching with extra-strength thread 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 fleece, so though they’re comfortable, they won’t have the stretchiness of a mixed-material sweatpant.