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The 14 Best Lightweight Chinos to Buy Now

In the warmer months, lightweight chinos provide a cooler alternative to jeans, whether by using less fabric or stretchier stuff.

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You might not call raw denim a warm-weather staple. So, as temperatures rise, consider lighter chinos — a cooler alternative to heavyweight jeans. Chinos, like denim, are made from cotton-twill fabric, which typically ranges in weight between 7 and 10 ounces per yard. Lighter weight summer options, meanwhile, are exactly that — lighter — and they provide a more flexible, less-insulating pant.

What Counts as a Lightweight Chino?

While there are the straight-ahead chinos some know simply as khakis, the range of this classic pant goes a bit wider than sandy tones and twills. You'll find options fit for the rising temperatures, both in hue and total weight. While most chinos range from 7 to 10 ounces, or occasionally even higher if you're buying something for work, these lightweight chinos rarely hit 10, promising a total weight of, well, way less.

You'll also find that most of these options feature an internal cooling mechanism like COOLMAX fabric or four-way stretch. If your pants give, they won't stick to sweaty legs, creating room for moisture to evaporate and a breeze to blow through. Naturally, chinos aren't all that bad in regards to breathability, but these brands make improvements nonetheless.

The Best Lightweight Chinos for Men

We’ve got a full spread of chinos ripe for the rising mercury and here are what we consider to be 11 of the best options out there.


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      Best Overall Lightweight Chinos
      Everlane The Slim Fit Performance Chino
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      Best Upgrade Lightweight Chinos
      Buck Mason Khaki Carry-On Pant
      Best Affordable Lightweight Chinos
      Uniqlo Slim Fit Chino Pants
      Todd Snyder Straight Fit 5-Pocket Chino
      Patagonia Lightweight All-Wear Hemp Volley Pants
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      Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino 2.0
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      Mott and Bow The Twill Chino
      Mack Weldon Maverick Tech Chino
      Madewell Athletic Slim Chino Pants
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      Lululemon Commission Slim-Fit Pant
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      Charles Tyrwhitt Lightweight Pants
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      Faherty Movement 5-Pocket Pant
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      Bills Khakis M2 Island Twill
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      Spoke London Cotton Lightweights
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