Jeans are essential — some of us think there’s no such thing as too many of them. And in that spirit, we put together some of the best men’s jeans out there. If it’s time to say goodbye to the pair you’re clinging on to or you want to upgrade to jeans designed more specifically for warmer climes or enhanced comfort and breathability of the athleisure class, we’ve got your back. Get one or get them all but be sure to find a pair that’s best for your jean-specific needs. And stay cool.
FOR A FLEXIBLE FIT
DUER Performance Denim Slim
I already love DU/ER for its new weatherproof denim and this performance denim, constructed with the brand’s flexible and breathable fabric will be a great choice for the months ahead. I’m not at all surprised more than 130 reviewers left DU/ER’s denim a 4.6-star average rating.
FOR A RELAXED FIT
Levi’s 559 Relaxed Straight Jean
Levi’s is the gold standard of jeans. These have a relaxed fit so you can wear them all day long plus they come in a ton of different washes and colors. They sit below the waist and offer a little extra room through the seat and thigh so you can sit without worrying about ripping them in half.
FOR A SLIM FIT
Everlane Slim Fit Jean
This Japanese-sourced denim is designed with a slight two-way stretch to allow for flexibility without too much give. The premium 11-ounce fabric feels substantial but stays comfortable. More than 1,300 reviewers gave the slim fit a 4.7-star average.
FOR A FAUX-DENIM
Banana Republic Slim Rapid Movement Denim Jean
Designed for moving around, the fabric looks like denim but is stretchy for comfort and a full range of motion — it’s composed mostly of cotton with nearly a fifth modal and touches of elasterrell and spandex.
FOR A CLASSIC PAIR
Wrangler Authentics Classic 5 Pocket Jean
Wrangler makes a mean pair of jeans. These are extremely durable and will hold up through pretty much whatever you put in their path. Plus, they’re comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time.
FOR A SUSTAINABLE PAIR
Clocking in with a 4.6-star average rating from more than 160 reviews, the Manchester is made of an organic blend of stretch denim with touches of the brand’s own version of polyester and elastane, the former specifically designed to add natural stretch in a durable frame — not to mention, these are sustainably made. Grab discounts for prAna by checking out our coupon page.
FOR A TAPERED LEG
Rag & Bone Fit 2 in Fire Island
I’d wear these jeans every day if I could. The Fit 2 is the perfect combination of tapered, but not too tight. The denim comes more or less pre-broken in, and they come in an array of colors, too. These are perfect for the denim novice.
FOR A NEAR PERFECT JEAN
Mott & Bow Mercer Slim
After Mott & Bow sent me the Mercer, I immediately recognized a unique set of jeans. The super soft twill denim gives them an extremely comfortable fit and they look dressy so you can enjoy that comfort anywhere you go. A 2% elastane construction leave these with a very slight stretch that doesn’t overwhelm the sturdy feel of the jean. They also look really good.
FOR A TEMPERATURE REGULATING PANT
Lucky 121 Slim Heritage Jean
These jeans are here to take you from morning to night in a comfortable and breathable format. The dark wash denim also looks good enough to wear to work. Don't miss out on discounts for Lucky from our coupon page.
FOR A RUGGED JEAN
Black Diamond Men’s Forged Jean
Scouted contributor John Brandon thinks these jeans are a step above the rest. “I’ve worn flexible jeans before… but never anything like the BD Forged Denim pants from Black Diamond. I was impressed from the first minute.The jeans in no way restricted my motion, they were comfortable in literally any position I could get my body into, and were I even more limber, I’m sure they would have kept stretching.”
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