Mission Workshop’s New Commuter Pant Can Take a Beating

Your boss won't know they're sweats. But you will.

January 22, 2018 9:00 am

Welcome to the future.

If you were expecting more driverless cars, you’ll have to wait. And sartorially speaking, if you were expecting Demolition Man, you’ll also have to wait. The future of fashion is in the materials more than the cut, and it intersects with the future of commuting, which, in cities where the young folk flock, is starting to favor bicycles, skateboards and foot traffic.

To appease that athletic-meets-professional lifestyle, you need clothing options that look good but provide a range of movement and durability. And SF’s Mission Workshop claims to have nailed that objective by using superlative materials made in Como, Italy, by textiles company Mectex M.I.S.

We just put their Icon City Pant — made from Mectex four-way stretch fabric — to the test on a four-mile bike ride to work three days in a row.

The first thing you’ll notice is that this pant looks more like a trouser than a pair of sweats or gym tights. The cut is tailored and modern, and it features five pockets: two at the hips and one in the back, along with knife pocket and zippered front thigh pocket fory our phone.

But the similarities with slack end there. The materials are pure activewear: breathable, sweat-wicking, water-repellent and odor free, with plenty of insulation for a chilly morning. It hugs your legs like a legging, but the heather grey has the texture of a light wool.

All in, it’s the best version of a work-to-weekend pant we’ve put through the ringer, and perfect for trips, too — you’ll board your next plane in comfort without looking like a bum on arrival.

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