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US brand Roark are bringing their Western-influenced throwback style to a pair of travel-featured pants - our itinerant writer reviews them

Roark Layover 2.0 web
Best for...
Overall Score
Well designed, with comfort and function in mind
Fit won't be for everyone

The first version of the Layover Stretch Travel pants from Roark passed us by, so it's tricky to make a direct comparison with the newer 2.0 version. Nevertheless the travel-specific feature list is exhaustive; zipped hand pockets, ventilated yoke panel for breathability, a couple of handy stash-pockets (including one with document security in mind) and all wrapped up in a stretch material for comfort.

The material is genuinely ideal for travel; the weight of fabric makes it very versatile in terms of the weather you might expect at your destination - not too light and not too heavy. And there is enough stretch in the material to offer all-day comfort however much you have to fold yourself into a third-class seat.

The fit however may not be as universally loved. The waist sizing seems to run big, which is fairly common among American brands. But what is described as a straight fit actually has a noticeable taper toward the lower half, and is a touch close fitting for travel in particularly warm climates. This is clearly a matter of preference, and the tapered style is fashionable, but it won't be for everyone.

It's the details that are particularly impressive though. The drawstring waist is very welcome at airport security, as are the zipped pockets for wider security. There are also loops both inside and out for hanging the pants up to dry or for attaching things via carabiner etc.. Both super useful for travellers.

These are a very well thought out pair of travel pants available in loads of colours, and the price compares very favourably with the competition. Great value and hugely wearable.

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