From stretchy chinos to breathable cotton trousers, read up on what we think to be 8 of the best trousers for commuting which are both smart and stylish and will keep you pedalling away with ease throughout your commute.
[part title=" Howies Uptown Stretch Chino"]
The Welsh maestros have come up with the goods – their Uptown Stretch Chinos are just what we were looking for. Comfortable and normal enough to be worn off the bike and in a relaxed office, they’re constructed from super stretchy slim fitting cotton and have plenty of give in the saddle. Not only that, they come up high at the back so no drafts, and have a double-layered inside leg panel to help keep the hems out of your bike chain. Available in dark blue, as an added bonus they come in two leg lengths.
Price: £69, available from Howies.
[part title="Vulpine Women’s Cotton Rain Trousers"]
Made with love for cycling and a meticulous attention to detail, the Vulpine Cotton Rain Trousers are tailored for life on and off the bike. Epic Cotton ensures they’re highly water and wind resistant as well as breathable, and just like any cotton fabric, they’ll age beautifully. The gusset is free of seams, the legs are cut just a little longer, a subtly articulated knee adds comfort when you’re riding – plus the tapered ankles can either be turned up to reveal a reflective patch, or adjusted by a button to keep them out of the way of the chain. Available in indigo or sahara (a light khaki), they come in four sizes.
Price: £140, available from Vulpine.
Best Price: £105, Velovixen.
[part title="Gore Bike Wear Ladies Alp-X Windstopper Softshell Trousers"]
Stay warm and stay dry in these technical Windstopper softshell trousers from Gore Bike Wear. If you want the flexibility of Lycra without actually wearing Lycra, these have plenty of stretch in a slim fit, plus the comfort of a soft mid-layer and the water resistance of a shell. Plus, you get total windproofness, maximum breathability and reflective logos on the sides and back. Available in black, they’re available in five sizes.
Price: £139.99, available from Gore.
Best Price: £83.99, available from Wiggle.
[part title="Outlier Women’s Daily Riding Pant"]
If it’s just one pair of cycling trousers you’re looking for, to see you from the saddle to the office to the bar, it’s these, the Outlier Women’s Daily Riding Pants. Designed and manufactured in New York City, they’re a sleek pair of trews made from Outlier’s 4Season fabric in a doubleweave twill, which not only has four-way stretch and a soft inner face, but they dry fast and its Nanosphere treatment is highly resistant to dirt and rain, wearing and tearing. Available in four colours – indigo, olive, red and blue – and eight sizes, the website ships to the UK.
Price: £117.00, available from Outlier.
[part title="dhb Mono Waterproof Overtrousers"]
Commuter trousers come in many shapes and forms, and the dhb Monos are a great value example of overtrousers, a waterproof layer designed to be worn over your usual legwear. The elasticated waist means they’re easy to pull on and Velcro closures allow for an adjustable fit. Further Velcro fastenings at the shin and the ankle stop things from flapping around, and reflective detailing is sure to catch the eye. Available in black, four sizes and three leg lengths at each size.
Price: £37.99, available from Wiggle.
[part title="Union 34 Elements Water Resistant Women's Cycling Trousers"]
If you can track a pair of these down, you’re on to a winner. Currently in short supply, Union 34’s Elements trousers repel water, dirt and oil, and are flexible and stretchy when on your bike, but maintain a slim, flattering cut off it. The high-waisted cut ensures you won’t flash your pants when you lean forward, and reflective details at the ankles can be folded away when not needed but put proudly on display when they are. Available in navy and five sizes with two leg lengths.
Price: £99.99, available from U34.
Best Price: £12.99, available from Rutland Cycling.
[part title="Velocity Women’s Cycling Trousers"]
Designed and manufactured in London, Velocity launched last year with a dedicated range of womens’ shorts and trousers specifically made for urban cycling. Stuffed full of features to keep you comfortable on the bike, such things as a water and stain resistant fabric, articulated knees and a reinforced diamond seat have been included in such a subtle way as to ensure no one knows you’re wearing cycle-specific trousers. Sized from 8 to 16, Velocity’s trousers also have a high back for modesty and a low waist for comfort. They’re available in two colours, black and grey.
Price: £85, available from Velocity.
[part title="Gore Countdown GT Lady Pants"]
Another offering from Gore, the Countdown GT Lady Pants are a highly technical solution to wear when commuting. Waterproof thanks to their Gore-Tex finish, they have a soft lining to be worn next to the skin. An adjustable elastic waistband with flat cord provides comfort and fit, and the leg width can be adjusted with a Velcro fastening to keep it away from the chain. The Countdowns are lightweight enough to be stowed away when you don’t need them, and there’s reflective piping on the legs, plus a reflective logo front and back. They come in black and in six sizes, and also available in a three quarter length.
Price: £139.99, available from Gore.
Best Price: £118.99, available from TGstore.
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