This story originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of our print edition.
Versatility is the name of the game when packing for international travel. Wool is ideal because it’s breathable, soft next to skin, dries quickly, and has excellent anti-stink properties. These pants up the ante with a touch of Lycra that gives them enough stretch for climbing. “Twelve hours on planes and in airports followed by a quick bouldering session to shake off the jet-lag, which then turned into an evening out having dinner and drinks late into the night—Euro-style,” one tester said. “These pants were perfect for all of it!” Two weeks and zero washes later, the pants were still in prime shape when the tester wore them on the way home, too. “Not to mention they feel more comfortable than my coziest yoga pants and look almost as good as my nice slacks.” Men’s is the Escape; women’s is the Swift.
$100 (women’s), $150 (men’s); icebreaker.com
Review: Adventure Travel Gear