Are The Kühl Resistor Chino Pants The Best Stretchy Pants for Men?

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These are the first pair of stretchy pants I’ve ever owned. Admittedly, I’ve always been a little envious that the ladies seem to get all the fun when it comes to stretchy pants. But I also haven’t really been on the lookout for stretchy pants for men. 

Well, when my esteemed friends at Kühl Apparel contacted me about updating my wardrobe, I saw a golden opportunity. I’m grateful to them for sending me my choice of the Kühl Chino Resistor pants. So, today I’m going to offer my review of those stretchy pants for men from Kühl! 

What Do I Look For In a Good Pair of Stretchy Pants for Men?

Let’s be honest guys, most of us don’t think about how our butts look in our pants. And if I’m being overly general with that comment, I hope you’re not too offended. But for me, it’s just not something I’m thinking about when I put on a new pair of pants. What I am thinking about can largely be boiled down into two categories: comfort and functionality. 

Number 1: Are these pants comfortable and could I see myself wearing them all day long?

Number 2: Will these pants be functional for the various activities I like to participate in?

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s hard for me to predict everything I’ll encounter once I leave the house in the morning. I live in the mountains so the weather can change. I work outdoors so I’m likely to scrape against branches or accidentally step in a puddle. Sometimes I’m a little careless when I’ve forgotten to drink water for half the day and wind up spilling some on myself when I start chugging to play catch up. 

All I’m saying is that I search for pants that can suit my all-around needs. I don’t want to bring two or three different pairs of pants with me every day and waste time changing every time my external environment changes. Bottom line: I need all-around pants for my all-around active lifestyle. Do the Kühl Chino Resistor pants fit that need? Absolutely!

Are The Kühl Resistor™ Chino Pants The Best Stretchy Pants for Men?

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Stretching in Action!

Let’s start by getting into the nitty-gritty about these stretchy pants. They’re made of a blend of 65% cotton, 26% nylon, and 9% spandex. This blend gives these pants their stretch and makes them very comfortable as you move around. 

These pants have a GSM rating of 253. GSM stands for grams per square meter and is a metric used to measure the weight of a fabric. In general, a higher GSM rating means a denser fabric, and most outdoor clothing has a GSM rating above 200. 

In terms of pockets, Kühl has placed two front hip pockets and two rear pockets on the buttocks of these pants. The right-rear pocket features a zip closure and the front right hip pocket also has a smaller coin pocket inside of it. These pants also feature two double-welt cell phone pockets on either side of the pant legs, which also work great for storing a thin wallet. 

Some other features of the Kühl Resistor Chino pants include a tapered fit, twill weave, and high tear strength. Furthermore, they live up to their ‘Resistor’ name by being both water-repellent and abrasion-resistant. 

Why I Like the Kühl Resistor™ Chino Stretchy Pants for Men

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Remember what I said was important to me about pants? Comfort and functionality, right? Well, these pants meet and exceed what I’m looking for on both of those fronts. I love the way they stretch as I hike, even when getting into those deep knee-bends that are sometimes necessary when on the hunt for treasure rocks along the trail’s edge. 

They also function to suit my lifestyle. The blend of fabrics used in these pants dries quickly if I do get caught in a rainstorm and stand up against the prickly and spiny plant species that are common in the high deserts where I live. I also got them in two different colors (Dark Khaki and Stone Brown) so that it doesn’t look like I’m wearing the same pair of Kühl pants every day!

But perhaps my favorite feature of the Resistor Chino pants is the side pockets along the pant legs. Designed for your cell phone, I use them more often for my wallet. And this is a big deal because sometimes I feel like I’m imprinting a small rectangle on my right butt cheek when I’m wearing other pants and keeping my wallet in my back pocket.

With these pants, though, I don’t have to sit on my wallet when I’m getting work done at the coffee shop or sitting down for a beer with friends. In the long term, I think my butt is going to thank me, big time! 

Other Kühl Pants for Men

While I have to say I’m very happy with these stretchy pants for men from Kühl, the fact remains that they are the only pants from Kühl that I’ve personally tested to date. While I wish I could say I’ve tested them all and these are my absolute favorites, my focus is simply on sharing my experience with this specific product. 

That being said, while you’re here I can also give you several other Kühl options to explore. Here are a few other Kühl pants (see!) that you might be interested in! 

Where To Find Kühl Stretchy Pants For Men

The most obvious place to start is on Kühl’s website. But we all know that we don’t have to go directly to the retailer these days. And you probably also know that you might find a better deal if you’re willing to do a little more homework.

My goal is to condense the amount of homework you need to do and give you a few options to choose from right here. So I looked around at various online outlets and found Kühl pants available at REI and Backcountry as well! 

All that being said, here’s where I browsed to get my two pairs of Kühl Chino Resistor Pants!

About Kühl Pants

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The Infamous ‘Alf Hat’

The Kühl brand actually got its start as a company called Alfwear. That was back in 1983. Their original focus was on designing and selling the Alf Hat, which was apparently quite the fashionable piece of headwear throughout the 80s. It’s still available today if the design pictured above suits you! 

Anyhow, the company owes its existence to four co-founders, John “Alf” Engwall, Conrad Anker, and brothers Jay and Kevin Boyle. Together, they were three badass skiers and a die-hard rock climber. After “Alf’s” untimely death in a car accident, Anker and the Boyle brothers nurtured the business until 1989, when Anker and Jay Boyle set out to pursue their individual endeavors. 

From there, Kevin Boyle took over the company and continued his dream to live in the Rocky Mountains and work for himself. One year later, Boyle introduced the Jacquard jacket, which was the first branch away from the company exclusively producing headwear. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since 1990, Kühl has focused “on the product and only the product.” As a result, they’ve demonstrated “how original ideas lead to creating the best outdoor lifestyle clothing.” 

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I want to inspire others to recreate in their respective wildernesses and to do so in the safest, most enjoyable manner possible. I’m also very interested in the experiences of others in the wild and I want to create a community of people that share those experiences and the lessons they’ve learned as a result.

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Other Backpack Guide Resources

Once you’ve checked out these ‘super-Kühl’ pants, feel free to peruse the articles in my Hiking Tips and Trails section. My Outdoor Gear reviews include water filters, tents, hiking shoes, trekking poles, and more. Also, you might enjoy my reviews of packs from brands like KeltyREI, and Gregory

Finally, my YouTube Channel has video reviews of packs and outdoor gear if you’re not really into reading! I do receive a commission on purchases made through the affiliate links on this website. Those earnings go directly back into my efforts to produce more informative content for my readers!

“The passion remains to get outdoors and have fun.”

– Kühl

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Kühl Resistor Chino Pant









  • Tapered Fit
  • Water-Repellent
  • Side Wallet Pocket (so you don't have to sit on your wallet anymore!)


  • May Cause Ladies To Stare
  • You Might Not Want to Take Them Off!


  1. Rodarrick

    This sounds very interesting and great to know of from my part. The fact that I’m a big time fan of stretchy pants and I also like to put on very comfortable wears. This is really good to know of. Thanks to you for giving so much information on it here. However, I would like to know if there is a way I can get this in bulk. I sell wears too and would love to retail something of this quality

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  2. Rose

    Thanks for this post about stretchy pants for men, my husband is not like most men’s that put on jean trousers he likes corporate dress and that’s why he always wear chinos, this article had pointed out the usefulness of chino and the materials they are made of, but I want to ask, can he wear these chino pants to exercise? Because he likes training so much…

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hi Rose! These pants are stretchy enough to be comfortable for hiking if that’s the type of exercise you’re speaking of! I wouldn’t really go for a run or be in the gym with this type of pant. I hope that helps, but please let me know if you have any other questions! 

  3. Julianne

    Great post here and surely a good one. To be honest, I am not a very big fan of chinos in the traditional sense because they are kind of tight to put on. But seeing what this kuhl pants can really do, I must say that this would make things a lot more easier while putting chinos on. Thumbs up to you for sharing this here. I really appreciate. I’d check them out

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  4. Josh

    Hey Tucker – thank you for the great review, I am close to pulling the trigger on these pants. Any size guidance for waist and inseam? Are their size options comparable to jeans? Any additional tips would be great, thank you!

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hey Josh!

      I would say yes that they’re very comparable to whatever your sizing is for jeans. I honestly went a little bigger than I should have and wound up always needing to wear a belt with them. That’s totally an option, but if you want to stay beltless, you might go a little smaller. Just depends on your personal preference. But to double back and answer your question, I would say you should be fine with going with your standard jean size when ordering these “Kuhl” pants. Hope that’s helpful!

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