Train in comfort and style at the gym – or lounge around watching Netflix – with a plush pair of the best sweatpants and joggers for men…
If you’re after a new pair of sweatpants, you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to finding workout kit for your bottom half, there are plenty of options to choose from, including gym shorts and running tights. However, if you prefer a little more coverage, gym joggers could be the right option for you.
A staple in any workout wardrobe, this versatile piece of kit offers a range of features, from sweat-wicking properties and four-way stretch to super soft fabric and unrivalled comfort, making them perfect for gym sessions and movie marathons alike.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best performance-focused gym sweatpants and joggers for men in 2023, to help you get your sweat on at the gym and your chill on at home…
Best sweatpants in 2023
- Under Armour Meridian Tapered Pants ($90 / £75, underarmour.com)
- Gymshark Retake Knit Joggers ($76 / £60, uk.gymshark.com)
- Under Armour OutRun The Storm Pants ($100, £89, underarmour.com)
- boohooMAN Active Tapered Fit Jogger ($45 / £32, boohooman.com)
- On Sweatpants ($119.99 / £100, on-runnning.com)
- Nike Dri-FIT Tapered Training Trousers ($70 / £59.95, nike.com)
- Nathan 365 Joggers ($85 / £84.99, nathansports.com)
- MP Rest Day Joggers ($44 / £34, mp.com)
- Gymshark Sport Joggers ($52 / £35, gymshark.com)
Keep reading for our full reviews of the best sweatpants and gym joggers.
Under Armour Meridian Tapered Pants
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$90 / £85/ underarmour.com
Materials: 83% nylon, 17% elastane | Features: Four-way stretch material; elastic waistband with external drawcord; zip hand pockets | Sizes: S – XXL | Colours: Black / marine
Top on our list of the best sweatpants are the Under Armour Meridian Tapered Pants. The close, tapered fit of the Meridian is one of the most flattering of any of the sweatpants here. Its cuffs aren’t elasticated but the leg tapers naturally toward the ankle, which combines with the super-soft and stretchy fabric to deliver all-day comfort.
Its material wicks sweat away from the body and dries quickly, making the Meridian suitable for intense gym or track sessions, and two zipped pockets are handy for stashing valuables too.
Read our full Under Armour Meridian Tapered Pants review
BEST SWEATPANTS FOR COMFORT
Gymshark Retake Knit Joggers
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$76 / £60 / uk.gymshark.com
Materials: 53% cotton, 47% polyester | Features: Slim fit; soft flat-knit fabric with good stretch; drawcord to waist; zipped hand pockets | Sizes: XS – 3XL | Colours: Black, light grey, moss olive
At first glance the Gymshark Retake Knit looks like many other joggers. Look a little close though and you’ll notice the little details that make it stand out as one of the best pairs of sweatpants for men. Subtle knit patterns around the ankle, calf and knee soften the parts that touch your leg as it moves.
Zipped pockets are a nice touch too, and although the Retake Knit is a little looser that we’d like, there’s no denying how comfortable it feels whether you’re in the gym or on the sofa.
Read our full Gymshark Retake Knit Joggers review
BEST SWEATPANTS FOR COLD-WEATHER WORKOUTS
Under Armour OutRun The Storm Pants
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$100 / £89, underarmour.com
Materials: 87% polyester, 13% elastane | Features: 4-way stretch material; soft-knit waistband; wind and water resistant; ankle zips | Sizes: S – 3XL | Colours: Black, steel
Excellent wind and water resistance makes these UA sweatpants a winner for cold-weather workouts. Four-way stretch fabric gives you freedom to move and aids breathability, while no-bounce pockets and ankle zips are useful details. If you want to keep your al fresco sessions up when the mercury starts to drop, these aptly named sweats have got you covered.
Read our full Under Armour OutRun The Storm Pants review
boohooMAN Active Tapered Fit Jogger
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$45 / £32 / boohooman.com
Materials: Polyester and elastane | Features: Stretchy fabric and tapered fit for optimal movement; unrestrictive design | Sizes: S – XXL | Colours: Black
BoohooMAN’s kit may be cheap as chips, but don’t be put off by the low price of these gym joggers. The Active Tapered Fit combines comfort with a great fit and unrestrictive design – suitable for anything from weight training to that yoga class you’ve not yet mustered the courage to go to.
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$119.99 / £100, on-runnning.com
Materials: 82% recycled polyester, 13% Lyocell, 5% elastane | Features: Zippered side and back pockets; tapered cuffs; drawcord to waist | Sizes: S – XXL | Colours: Black, navy, grey
On’s trademark is simple yet sophisticated style with subtle technical twists, so it’s no surprise these sweatpants have both style and substance. There aren’t many sweats that can make the gym-casual crossover as effortlessly as these do. A combination of classic style and colours and impressive durability, storage and performance makes the On Sweatpants a versatile choice.
Read our full On Sweatpants review
Nike Dri-FIT Tapered Training Trousers
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$70 / £59.95 / nike.com
Materials: Recycled polyester and organic cotton fibres | Features: Sweat-wicking; streamlined design; stretch cuffs; pockets; standard/relaxed fit | Sizes: XS – 4XL (including Tall options) | Colours: White, black, grey and navy
Fleece fabric partners Dri-FIT technology to move sweat away from your skin for quicker evaporation during heart-racing workouts. But as with most Nike products the training aspect is just part of the appeal, with good looks making these joggers just as at home on a Sunday stroll to the shops.
Nathan 365 Joggers
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$85 / £84.99, nathansports.com
Materials: 88% polyester; 12% elastane | Features: Technical knit / 4-way stretch waistband / Hand pockets / Zipped coin pocket / Tapered leg | Colours: 5 available | Sizes: S-XXL
These are as comfortable as they come, with material described by the brand as ‘ultra soft’ living up to that billing. Practicality is provided by deep side pockets and the added bonus of a smaller zipped pocket.
Wearing these around the house is a dream, but for anything much more active the thinness of the material might make thicker, more durable sweatpants a better option.
That said, Nathan’s 365 Joggers are hard to beat if comfort is your number-one priority.
Read our full Nathan 365 Joggers review
MP Rest Day Joggers
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$44 / £34 / mp.com
Materials: 66% cotton, 32% polyester, 2% viscose | Features: Zip closure at hem; adjustable drawcord waistband; welt pockets | Sizes: XXS – XXXL | Colours: 7 colours available
Described as ‘slim fit joggers’ on the MP site, but really these are of the loose and comfortable variety. In fairness, the clue is in the ‘Rest Day’ name, and while you’re not going to want to go for a run in them, for lazy days at home you won’t find many better.
In terms of the materials make-up, 66% cotton is a very good thing – generally speaking, more cotton equals more comfort – and it is the comfort that’s the standout factor here. And we tested the ‘Smoke Blue’ pair, which make a nice change from the usual grey or black colourways.
A couple of gripes – and whether minor or more significant depends on your own needs. Firstly, the drawcord waistband doesn’t actually draw that tight. The counterpoint is that there are eight sizes available, so it should be easy enough to find a fit that doesn’t need too much tightening. However, if there is a little bit of wiggle room around the waist, pulling that cord tight isn’t quite as easy as it should be.
Secondly, and more importantly, the side pockets are extremely shallow – to the extent that an iPhone only just about fits in. It’s a problem part rectified by the addition of zips to keep everything secure, but a bit more depth would provide some more peace of mind.
Gymshark Sport Joggers
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$52 / £35, gymshark.com
Materials: 92% polyester, 8% elastane | Features: Zipped pockets; drawcord to waist; reflective details | Sizes: XS – 3XL | Colours: Black, silhouette grey, navy, willow green, evening blue
Performance is at the heart of everything Gymshark does and its Sport Joggers are no different. They’re tailor-made for dynamic or high intensity sessions, with plenty of give, stretch and breathability. Their flattering, slimline fit is super supportive, with a wide drawcord waistband keeping comfort at a premium.
Read our full Gymshark Sport Joggers review
How we tested these sweatpants:
While testing out these sweatpants we were mainly looking at fit, comfort and style. We also paid close attention to the fabrics used and whether they offered specific sporty features like 360-degree stretch or moisture-wicking abilities, alongside any additional features, like pockets, drawstring waists and elasticated cuffs.
What to look for when buying sweatpants:
When shopping for sweatpants, your perfect pair will largely depend on the type of training – or lounging – you’re planning on doing. For example, if you’re up for a sweaty session, finding sweatpants with sweat-wicking fabric and added breathability is a must. If you’re going for a run, you might want to look for sweatpants with zip-up pockets to hold your valuables.
Not sure which option is right for you? Check out our guide on the difference between sweatpants and joggers, which includes more handy buying advice.
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