Long before the Covid-era made it acceptable to wear sweatpants all the time, guys were, well, wearing sweatpants all the time. Over the past few years, comfortable bottoms have become just as important to the men’s style portfolio as dark denim, and men’s jogger sweatpants are at the forefront of that craze.
What’s the Difference Between Joggers and Sweatpants?
Are all joggers sweatpants? Are all sweatpants joggers? Is this another “is a square a rectangle and vice versa” argument? And does it really matter? Both generally tend to be comfortable, loose-fitting garments often made with cotton. Both are intended for some sort of athletic performance. But joggers are often made of a more breathable material for jogging and sweatpants being made of a heavier material for warmth. While this remains true in most cases, the lines are incredibly blurred these days.
There’s no hard and fast rule about what separates the best men’s sweatpants from the best joggers for men except that joggers tend to be cut more flatteringly and far more acceptable to wear in public. There’s often a taper down the leg or at the ankle rather than the more boxy look of sweatpants. We’re not saying you should wear any pair of sweatpants–tapered joggers or otherwise–to date night, but if you were going to… these are our favorite options out there right now.
The Best Joggers for Men
J.Crew Slim French Terry Jogger Sweatpant
There are plenty of other brands on this list that outshine J.Crew when it comes to performance athletics and “athleisure” options. That said, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a more familiar, affordable, and easily recognizable menswear brand. Case in point, the J.Crew Slim French Terry Jogger Sweatpant, the most affordable men’s jogger sweatpants out there. Available in five different colors ranging from muted classics to a deep red–many available at a hefty discount–these machine-washable sweats are the perfect drawstring combination of not-too-slim and not-too-baggy. An ideal jogger option for the stylish man.
Champion Reverse Weave Joggers
When it comes to old-school athletic wear classics, we don’t think it’s a stretch to declare Champion one of the makers of the best sweatpants for men. These classic, track-inspired men’s joggers are made with a standard fit and ribbed cuffs from Champion’s legendary heavyweight Reverse Weave fleece for the perfect combination of softness, stretch, durability, and retro vibes. Stay warm and look your best in these men’s joggers.
adidas Classics 3-Stripe Pants
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been sliding into 3-Stripes workout apparel with Trefoil logos since you were a kid. Their excellent workout pants get a deserved upgrade in the adidas Classics 3-Stripe Pants with sustainable fleece cotton construction, traditional detailing, and secure zip pockets.
Bonobos The WFHQ Pants
Whether you’re talking suits, trousers, or denim, Bonobos has been one of our go-to menswear shops for the better part of a decade. If we’re being completely honest, their recent The WFHQ Pants are one of the best garments they’ve ever produced in our opinion. Equal parts perfectly worn chinos paired with jogger comfort and details, these zip-fly/drawstring-waist pants are perfect for working from home, errands, or even happy hour. Just don’t mix these men’s joggers with your formal wear.
Nike Tech Fleece Joggers
Regardless of their style-focused attributes or performance-based features, joggers will still always be athletic apparel. When it comes to all things athletic apparel, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include at least one option from what is almost inarguably the greatest sports brand of all time: Nike. The Nike Tech Fleece Jogger Sweatpants are built with a relaxed comfort fit at the waist down through a taper below the knee–with a separate zippered side pocket–to create a pair of functional, warm, and stylish pants with just the right amount of minimal Swoosh branding.
Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger
The most true-to-form version of joggers on this list, the Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger is made with a special mid-weight premium technical knit fabric to keep you moving with little to no bulk around your ankles. They still have a hefty inseam and relaxed fit for comfort, along with the stereotypical tapered leg and cuff, but these are the kind of lightweight joggers you could actually wear for a jog… into a coffee run… into a business… into dinner with the better half–without having to worry about looking sloppy or feeling sweaty. If you had one pair of joggers to get, this might be the best option.
Mack Weldon Atlas Jogger
As with all things Mack Weldon, it might look like a stylish and simple pair of pants, but it’s so much more. Soft, naturally moisture-wicking comfortable construction. Sophisticated tailoring and premium fabric technology. Water and wrinkle resistance. Made from recycled plastic bottles. Added stretch and articulated knees. Expertly muted/classic black, navy, and heather gray colorways. Mack Weldon’s Atlas Jogger is the gold standard for men.
L.L.Bean Signature Heritage Cargo Sweatpants
For more than a century, L.L.Bean has been outfitting men across the world with the best of the best in outdoor gear. It should come as no surprise that their take on jogger sweatpants is made with a little something extra in the way of huge side pockets and some additional cargo pockets for good measure. Pair those details with a cotton/poly/spandex French terry construction for maximum comfort and ease of wear and you have the recipe for a pair of pants that will be hard to take off.
Rhone Spar Jogger
Rhone’s Spar Jogger is their most popular option that offers “softness and stretch way beyond its weight class, and always rises to any challenge.” That means construction with soft, durable and stretchy fabric. A full interior leg gusset. Zippered back pocket and two hand pockets. Drawstring for adjustable waist. Three solid, everyday colorways that pair well with everything. Most importantly, they’ll make your ass look great when you’re wearing them, and they’ll look just as good on the floor.
Lululemon ABC Jogger Warpstreme
Don’t get us wrong, we want to hate on the idea of Lululemon and the whole “yoga-inspired, technical athletic apparel company” vibe that led to “athleisure” being something we actually had to type out. But we’ll be damned if they don’t make some of the best athletic apparel options on the market despite the premium price tag. The Lululemon ABC Jogger Warpstreme is the perfect example. They’re comfortable, versatile, incredibly well-built, breathable, outfitted with hidden media/coin pockets along with a secure back pocket, and built with the kind of everyday performance that allows you to wear them multiple days in a row–without having to worry about getting yelled at for doing just that.