While the late-’90s and early-’00s successfully turned cargo pants into a fashion staple, and ultimately, a wardrobe laughingstock, recent years have shown us that the “pant with side pockets” is a lot more versatile than you might think. While the origins of the style—a military uniform pant with various extra storage pockets attached to the side—are purely rooted in functionality, modern takes on the pant have proven that it can be recreated both as an homage to the pant’s original use or as a unique twist on a flat-front dress trouser.

Of course, as outerwear has evolved in both the techwear and mountaineering (see: gorpcore) spaces, so too has this silhouette. With weatherproof materials and streamlined pocket placement, the modern cargo pant doesn’t even need to look like a cargo pant.

Whether you’re in the market for a workwear classic, a archival signature or a technically advanced trouser, Grailed has got you covered. Check out the best cargo pants to buy in 2021.

The Best Cargo Pants
1. Acronym P10 Cargo Pants
2. Ader Error Ronil Cargo Pants
3. Aimé Leon Dore Utility Cargo Pants
4. Carhartt Rigby Cargo Pant
5. Dickies Painter Pants
6. Engineered Garments BDU Pants
7. Fear of God Jiujitsu Pants
8. Nike ACG Woven Cargo Pants
9. Number (N)ine Hybrid Cargo Pants
10. Rick Owens Creatch Cargo Pants
11. Stone Island Cargo Pant
12. RRL Surplus Cargo Pant
13. WTAPS Jungle Country Pant
14. Gramicci Cargo Pant
15. Stussy Belted Cargo Trouser
16. Visvim Jumbo Eiger Sanction Pant

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