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I adore Anatomie Skyler pants and for my lifestyle, they’re unbeatable in terms of travel, but there are other alternatives that are easier on the wallet. Our readers generously share their budget favorites with you!
Alternatives to Anatomie Skyler Pants
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It’s no secret that I LOVE the Anatomie Skyler pants! In my humble opinion, they are the best slacks for travel due to their versatile design (I can wear them anywhere), and the incredible benefits of the fabric are continuously giving (check out my review on them).
Overall, Anatomie Skyler pants are stretchy, comfortable, and water-resistant to withstand the rigors of traveling. The polyamide fabric means they hold their shape and only need a quick hand washing to refresh them for a new day of exploring.
Their incredible versatility is also what keeps these on permanent rotation in my suitcase. I’ve worn them dressed up for a New York City conference with heels, all the way to explore the Grand Canyon donning my hiking boots. While they continue to be unbeatable for me even after many years, their price tag doesn’t suit every budget.
Anatomie is absolutely awesome but here are some alternatives recommended by readers that are easier on the wallet. Check out their faves below!
Top Affordable Pants for Women
Columbia Saturday Trail Pant
A big fave of TFG readers, the Columbia Saturday Trail pants can do no wrong. Though meant for the outdoors; they’re nice enough for casual wear too!
Made of polyester/elastane, they pull on easily and come packed with Omni-Shield to repel water and Omni-Shade UPF 50 to protect against UV rays. The zippered pockets make it easy to store a lip gloss or lipstick which is ideal for travel.
One reader adores these, and says, “I found my holy grail of travel pants!! Columbia Back Beauty pants!!” Note that you can also get this line in a knee style, and a convertible style, check them out here.
prAna Halle Stretch Pants
The prAna lined Halle pants are made from special stretch Zion fabric, which is abrasion-resistant, quick-drying, and has UPF 50. They have a durable water repellent finish, so they won’t soak through when caught in a rain shower. You can also roll them up to convert them into capris if it gets hot, and the trouser styling means they’re sophisticated for daily wear—pair with sandals or slip-ons!
One wearer shares, “I only own the Halle, but that extra front zip pocket on the thigh is fantastic. They’re my go-to travel day pants.” Note: you can grab these in short, regular, or tall sizing!
Check out this post for a roundup of alternatives to traditional travel pants!
Shop Sizes 0-20: Lululemon
Lululemon Stretch High-Rise Pants 7/8
Lululemon Stretch High-Rise slacks features a four-way stretch material called Full-On® Luxtreme, which is breathable, sweat-wicking, supportive, and feels smooth and light against your skin. All these ingredients make a comfy, easy to wear pant for travel, or daily wear.
These pack well and one reader describes how they are composed of a “forgiving material, washes well, and can be worn nearly everywhere,” while another reader says, “I highly recommend Lululemon. They are hands down the best travel pants I’ve ever had.”
These are the best travel pants for you!
Vuori Ripstop Pants
Talk about a lovely pair of slacks! The Vuori Ripstop Pants are made for comfort and style for daily wear. They have a flexible waistband and the ability to hug the body yet won’t feel constricting. There’s even a zippered hidden pocket in the leg allows you to stash keys and credit cards safely.
A traveler shares their review, “I bought these prior to a three-week trip to Egypt. I wore them nearly every day. The fabric is light enough for daytime temps in the mid-20s, the pants fit well, are stretchy in the right ways, and the zippered pocket is a great feature.”
Eddie Bauer Travel Pants
Described as “the best pants ever” by wearers, these Eddie Bauer trousers are a hit due to having the right amount of stretch and being amazingly comfortable. The secret is the polyester, and spandex blend.
It’s available in petite, regular, and tall, and they fall mid-rise but designed to be fuller through the hip and thigh to accommodate a woman’s shape. Easy to wash too!
A repeat buyer has this to say, “This is the second pair that I’ve purchased. Great for travel, especially for cooler climates. Can wear to work if necessary.”
Keep warm during winter travel with the best cold weather pants!
Outdoor Research Women’s Voodoo Pant
Outdoor Research pants make great on-the-go companions. Made of nylon/spandex, they are resistant to too many elements to name here, including water, wind, and surfaces that snag. They’re also quick-drying and lightweight (so, super packable!).
These can handle the rigors of anything, as this reviewer says, “Love these pants. I bought a pair on a whim because of the style/cargo pocket for a work trip to Jordan. They’ve held up to being scraped on rocks, cement, oil, dirt, thistles. and getting caught on metal. They have good stretch in the fabric and while I need more thigh room, the waist isn’t as huge as most kinds of pants to make up for the legroom.”
Shop Sizes 00-18: Nordstrom
Wit and Wisdom Flex-ellent High Waist Cargo Pants
Adorably classic yet with modern touches, these Wit and Wisdom cargo pants are cotton/spandex with an elastic waistband for plenty of stretch and have front, side, and back pockets to hold tiny essentials.
Check out a review for these, “Needed to replace some casual pants and really happy I found these. They fit true to size and are soft and light enough to be comfortable in the Phoenix heat. Love the fit and the elastic waist is comfortable and sits nicely in place without cinching.”
Here are the comfiest airplane pants for travel according to our readers!
Shop XS-XL Regular, Short, Tall: J.Jill
J.Jill Wearever Slim-Leg Pants
For a dressier touch, the J.Jill Wearever pants are some of the most comfortable pants for traveling (says many TFG readers!). They’re knit, made with an elastic waist for movement and stretch, and create a flattering shape. Another draw is their range of sizing, from misses to plus-size.
One reader shares that her pair is “super comfortable,” while another one says that she simply “loves them.” You can dress these up with flats or wedges, or go more casual with slip-ons and a white tee. Either way, these work well on a plane or strolling down the cobblestones of Europe.
Shop Sizes 0-16: REI
REI Co-op Savannah Pants
Sure, these REI pants could be classified as more outdoorsy but these would still look mighty fine with a pair of ballet flats and a draped neck top, but the difference is these not only look good, feel comfy, but also have toughness: wrinkle-resistant and moisture wicking nylon spandex fabric that can handle the action.
The ribbed waist and drawcord mean you can personalize the fit and the zippered pockets allow you to stash things somewhat securely. One user says “these are great fitting pants that are really flexible,” while another fan explains they’re “great for working from home, travel, and walking the dog.”
Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Betabrand
Betabrand Pant Yoga Pants
These come in short-petite, petite, regular, and long lengths and women describe the elastic waistband and Ponte feel like being wrapped in easy comfort. A TFG reader shares their experience, “I purchased them for my trip to Europe and loved them! Very comfy like yoga pants but dressier, yet I can still wear slip-ons and be semi-casual.”
Read this style guide before buying your next pair of travel pants!
Shop Sizes 00-16: Athleta
Athleta Brooklyn Pants
A travel dream, readers highly recommend the Athleta Brooklyn trousers. They’re cute, comfy, stretchy in all the right places and the ribbed waistband moves with you. We can’t forget the four pockets, two in front, with two in the back that you can zip up.
Not only are these breathable, but you can also sit and walk around without wrinkled looking pants and if you get caught in rain, they dry fast too! Plus they’re available in regular, tall, and petite sizing.
This review sums up reader sentiments about these slacks, “I call these “anytime all the time” pants. I’ve traveled for two weeks with two pairs of these, and they handled long plane trips, hiking, city sightseeing, and elegant dinners. I’ve been stopped multiple times abroad by impeccably dressed women who wanted to know where to get them. Seriously, these pants are it.”
Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Old Navy
Old Navy High Waisted Stretch Tech Cargo Ankle Pants
Another reader fave, the Old Navy pull-on cargo pants are comfy, breathable, quick-drying, and have UV protection for toastier climates. The drawstring and the elastic waistband are flexible while the hip pockets are nicely convenient to slip in a phone or room key.
A TFG reader explains why these are SO great, “Lightweight, cute, hides the belly chub, and best of all deep pockets (and cargo pockets)!” And a big plus, the pants are available in regular, tall, or petite sizes.
Take a look at our convertible travel pants for women!
Shop Sizes XS-XXL Regular, Petite, and Tall: Eddie Bauer
Eddie Bauer Women’s Departure Ankle Pants
Readers have been raving about the Eddie Bauer Departure cropped pants and say they’re an amazingly lightweight and travel-friendly option. The fabric is moisture-wicking, offers UPF 50+ sun protection, and the stretch gives you plenty of mobility.
The elastic waistband and pockets make them comfy and practical, while the polished, trouser-like look allows you to dress them up, too!
A reader says, “I now own two pairs and they are my favorite pants ever. I can dress them up or wear them on hikes, and when out and about. They’re the best!”
Affordable Pants for Ladies Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Columbia Saturday Trail Pant||“I found my holy grail of travel pants!! Columbia Back Beauty pants!!”||Check Price|
|prAna Halle Stretch Pants||“I only own the Halle, but that extra front zip pocket on the thigh is fantastic. They’re my go-to travel day pants.”||NO RATINGS Check Price|
|prAna Briann Pants||“I ultimately went with the Briann because I found them more versatile for travel. I can dress them up or down more easily.”||Check Price|
|Lululemon On the Fly Pants 7/8||“forgiving material, washes well, and can be worn nearly everywhere,” while another reader says, “I highly recommend On the Fly. They are hands down the best travel pants I've ever had.”||NO RATINGS Check Price|
|Vuori Ripstop Pants||“I bought these prior to a three-week trip to Egypt. I wore them nearly every day. The fabric is light enough for daytime temps in the mid-20s, the pants fit well, are stretchy in the right ways, and the zippered pocket is a great feature.”||Check Price|
|Eddie Bauer Travel Pants||“This is the second pair that I've purchased. Great for travel, especially for cooler climates. Can wear to work if necessary.”||Check Price|
|Outdoor Research Women's Voodoo Pant||“Love these pants. I bought a pair on a whim because of the style/cargo pocket for a work trip to Jordan. They’ve held up to being scraped on rocks, cement, oil, dirt, thistles. and getting caught on metal. They have good stretch in the fabric and while I need more thigh room, the waist isn't as huge as most kinds of pants to make up for the legroom.”||Check Price|
|Wit and Wisdom Flex-ellent High Waist Cargo Pants||“Needed to replace some casual pants and really happy I found these. They fit true to size and are soft and light enough to be comfortable in the Phoenix heat. Love the fit and the elastic waist is comfortable and sits nicely in place without cinching.”||Check Price|
|J.Jill Wearever Slim-Leg Pants||“super comfortable,” while another one says that she simply “loves them.”||NO RATINGS Check Price|
|REI Co-op Savannah Pants||“these are great fitting pants that are really flexible,”||Check Price|
|Betabrand Pant Yoga Pants||“I purchased them for my trip to Europe and loved them! Very comfy like yoga pants but dressier, yet I can still wear slip-ons and be semi-casual.”||Check Price|
|Athleta Brooklyn Pants||“I call these "anytime all the time"||Check Price|
|Old Navy High Waisted Stretch Tech Cargo Ankle Pants||“Lightweight, cute, hides the belly chub, and best of all deep pockets (and cargo pockets)!”||Check Price|
|Eddie Bauer Women’s Departure Ankle Pants||“I now own two pairs and they are my favorite pants ever. I can dress them up or wear them on hikes, and when out and about. They're the best!”||Check Price|
How to Pack Your Pants
If you’re planning a trip and want to bring your pants, start with packing cubes, they will seriously change the way you pack! We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything. See more in the video below.
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This method has helped me travel carry-on only!
What are your favorite pants for travel? Share in the comments!
For more travel pants, please read:
- Most Comfortable Pants for Women: 13 Travel Faves
- Elastic Waist Pants for Women: The Ultimate in Comfort
- Female Travelers Love Ponte Pants. Find Out Why!
- 6 Best Black Travel Pants According to our Readers
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