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Like many men’s clothing, from bomber jackets to chinos, cargo pants began as a piece of utilitarian military-issued clothing, but have morphed over the years into a fashion staple. Cargo pants are practical thanks to their many pockets, and easy to wear because of their slightly loose fitting structure. They’re also having a moment as an essential style piece that pairs perfectly with a fitted tee and an overshirt or a knit sweater. We’ve gathered the best men’s cargo pants with a variety of styles, uses, and price points. Note: While you may be inclined to load down the pockets, be judicious if you want to maintain a put-together look.
The Duer Adventure Pants are our pick for the best overall. Like all the brand’s products, these are super-comfortable and hard-wearing. The Adventure Pants are sleek, but still have all the essential elements of the style with well-designed cargo pockets and a slim cut that’s still roomy and flexible enough for strenuous activities. Prana’s Zion Slim Pant II is another standout. If you’re looking for black cargo pants that have the look without the bulk, these are the ones.