The 20 best golf pants you can wear this summer without overheating

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August 23, 2023

While shorts reign supreme as the choice men’s golf bottom for summer, a solid pair of golf pants is essential for those scenarios in which a course requires them or when you don’t have time to change before post-work rounds. The key to finding the perfect pair of golf pants that can be worn in the summer without overheating comes down to fit, fabric and performance technology. Looser fits are naturally cooler in hot weather to allow air for better air flow and expediting evaporation of excess heat. Fabrics with loosely woven fibers, like cotton, will also allow for more air flow and ventilation against the skin. Cotton is typically preferred over synthetic fabrics like polyester, but when it comes to golf, polyester is a lightweight option that’s more durable, wrinkle-resistant and able to have performance tech added more easily. Cotton is naturally wicking, but polyester fibers are hollow to encourage the moisture to be moved away from the skin instead of sitting against the skin uncomfortably. Now try to find all that in a pair of golf pants that is also stylish, flattering and easy to match with—not so easy. We’ve scoured through dozens of golf pant options, reviewed fabrics, tested propriety fabric technology and evaluated versatility in fit and style to find the best golf pants for summer golf that will transition into fall golf rounds with ease.

Adicross Zip-Off Golf Pants
Adicross Zip-Off Golf Pants

We just couldn’t resist including these zip-off pants on a list of summer-ready golf pants. Now, before you scoff at the kitchy detail, zip-off pants and cargo pants are all the rage in the fashion world right now, so it is inevitable that the trend bleeds into golf sooner or later. And the utility of having the option of pants or shorts in one product is obvious. They’re also made with a stretchy fabric, have a looser fit that will encourage temperature regulation in hot weather and have three cargo pockets in total for just a bounty of storage options. Laugh if you want, but these do kinda make sense.

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