Cargo pants have waxed and waned in popularity throughout the years, but today we’re living through in the zenith. Never before have pocket-loaded pants been so exquisite, coming not as a compromise for convenience and preparedness but as the focal point of a highly technical fit.
Military gear will always have a hand in men’s fashion, but our current cargo renaissance has been driven in equal part by the rise of outdoor apparel. Whether or not you need all those pockets is besides the point — what’s cool is too look like you’re equipped for a high-risk mission or a serious excursion into the wilderness.
With fall just beginning and days calling for shorts becoming numbered, we’ve put together some of the sharpest cargo pants you can pick up right now. If these don’t win you over, then you’ll just never understand the appeal of cargos.
Reese Cooper Ripstop Cargo Trouser ($348)
Reese Cooper’s “Ember” camo print may not solve a real world problem — who needs to blend into a forest fire? — but it’s a red hot look from one of the most promising young designers around.
Nike ACG Smith Summit Cargo Pants ($180)
Convertible cargo pants are no longer a red flag but a way to keep wearing your favorite bottoms at any point on the calendar.
Bobblehaus BH Tencil Utility Pants ($185)
If you’re more likely to spend your time outside at a rave than hiking, these neon green pants from the budding brand Bobblehaus are for you.
Noah Wool Knit Cargo Pant ($598)
Every season, Noah loves to apply high-end materials where you’d never expect them. Thanks to this heavyweight wool normally used for outerwear, you’ll never find a more dandy pair of cargos.
Arc’teryx Paltz Cargo Pant ($250)
This brand new silhouette from Canada’s slickest outdoor brand proves cargo pockets don’t always have to equate with bulk.
Acronym P34-DS (~$1,615)
Through Acronym and his former post atop Nike ACG, Hugh Errolson is the individual most singlehandedly responsible for turning cargo pants into worthy pursuit. With the advanced hardware and materials used here, you’ll be the main character in the action flick of your mind.
Goopimade MT-05 Tri-Dynamic Utility Pants ($190)
Japan’s Goopimade shows there are almost no limits to how roomy your pants should fit today.
Butter Goods Summit Cargo Pants (~$172)
Australian skate brand Butter Goods comes through with a lightweight polyester and cotton blend that’ll work just as well on a rock face as the street.