Ah, the search for the perfect pant. Or pants. Whichever. I like to do my business casual shopping at REI and the like, and these days you can find styles that go from outdoor to office seamlessly, which is especially great for traveling.
The Marmot Torrey pants have been our go-to for active travel for over a year now, and we're still in love. Available in both a dark gray and khaki, the Torrey has been my go-to pant for dealing with the awesomely unusual hot weather the last few weeks. In the office the Torrey acts like a nicely-pressed khaki pant. No ginormous – and rarely used – cargo pockets here, just two open front hand pockets and two rear discrete flapped pockets, one with a zipper.
The waist has belt loops, a zip fly and snap closure, and the inside of the waist band is lined with a nice soft microfleece-like material. For trail use, the super-thin nylon/elastane soft shell has just the right amount of stretch and moves and breathes great. The crotch is cut for movement, so feel free to bring your climbing shoes. Oh yeah, did we mention it's UPF 40 for you sun worshippers?
There is very little to dislike about the Torrey; the material is noisier than cotton, but not so much that it's bothersome. It would be nice to have a smaller cell-phone pocket sewn into one of the front hand pockets to suspend a phone inside and above the main pocket, but these are minor quibbles. The Torrey is just about perfect for any weather and any wear, and we may have to spend our allowance next month to get the other color.