Do you want a pair of travel pants that can easily take you from day to night, from city to hike? A pair that is both lightweight and quick drying, and one that actually looks good when you pull it on?
I heard about Anatomie luxury travel clothes several years ago, but quickly shied away because of the price tag. Since then, I’ve grown in the way that I purchase the things in my life- and if something can offer me more purpose or value, then that’s worth the investment.
Recently, I became more and more intrigued with the Anatomie brand, especially with their pants that are often praised as the best travel pants… ever. Specifically the Skyler pants, which are in fact Anatomie’s biggest seller.
So I bought a pair earlier this year to see once and for all if the Anatomie Skyler travel pants would work for me, if they are worth the price, and if they are the best travel pants on the market. Here’s what I’ve learned.
When my Skyler pants arrived, I immediately noticed how light my package was. They were not lying when they said these pants were lightweight- they literally weigh ounces!
When I tried them on, they were a bit snug, but not in a bad way since the fabric is so stretchy and forgiving. I could see why so many women swear by these pants, even if they weren’t designed specifically for a woman with a bit more curve in the hips like me (FYI – they are best worn by women with narrower hips, slimmer legs, and a waist that is smaller than the hips).
Still I gave them a go because I am smaller in the waist and was willing to let the stretchiness do its magic. They tend to fit me more like leggings. I could have sized up for more room in the hips, but the waist would then require a belt. It was a trade-off.
Taking the Skyler Pants Traveling
Since getting the Skyler pants, I’ve worn them a couple times a week in my home life, took them on a couple weekends away in Australia, and they became an integral part of my ultralight packing list when I was overseas for over 3 weeks. They’ve been worn in 30+ degrees Celsius weather, all the way down to 3 degrees Celsius weather.
I’ll be honest, there were a few times where I was wishing I wasn’t wearing something so form fitting – specifically in the heat – but surprisingly, the breathability of the fabric meant that the heat didn’t stay, and have I mentioned yet that they dry lightning fast? Because they do! I’ve spilled drinks on my pants, sweated in the heat, and washed them in the sink. Each time, they dried faster than just about everything else I own (except for my Exofficio underwear, which dry about the same).
The Skyler pants have accompanied me on long days of walking and sightseeing, excruciatingly long days of sitting in transit, and to the fun of dinner or drinks.
My main concern is that they are very form-fitting on my body type, which may not be great for certain cultures when traveling. I tend to wear these pants with longer tops for that reason, but I tend to wear longer tops or light wraps and cardigans most of the time anyway.
These pants are versatile!
There is no getting around that point. Their flexibility in both fabric and style makes them especially nice for business travelers who need to look smart, but also don’t want to pack different sets of clothing for work and pleasure.
When you factor in all the uses and situations these travel pants work in, the investment is totally worth it. In fact, I might actually agree that these are the best travel pants on the market- if you have the right body type.
For me, they are pretty good, although I do plan to try other styles of Anatomie pants in the future (perhaps the Celine?) because I think they may fit my curves better.
Your Questions Answered
As promised, I am taking the time to answer all the questions that were sent to me via email regarding the Skyler pants. I hope these are of help to you when making your travel clothing decisions!
- Do they have any cool features that most pants don’t?
Anatomie is a luxury brand with well-designed products made in Europe. The fabric is high performing, quick drying, machine washable, and stretchy. Not only that, these pants are also super lightweight and wrinkle resistant. Anatomie is all about easy care for travelers with pants that can easily go from hiking to a night out (which the Skyler definitely do well).
- What’s the inseam? Do they come in short or long length?
The inseam varies by the size, so it depends the size you choose as to whether the inseam will be sufficient. Here are the measurements for the Skyler according to Anatomie (found in this document):
XS (0-2), S (2-4), M (6-8), L (8-10), XL (12-14)
- I’m only 5’3″. Too short for regular pants but too tall for petites. How do these pants fit for length?
I’m also about 5’3″ and even though the pants are technically too long, the tapered fit mean they don’t drag or get in the way. I also cuff them when necessary.
- Are they comfortable?
YES. Super comfortable.
- On a scale from yoga pant to dad cargos, how baggy are they?
Yoga pants on my body type. I’ve seen them quite baggy on other gals, but definitely not dad cargo baggy.
- Do the pants fit true to the sizing chart?
From what I can tell, yes. Plus, they are stretchy so it helps.
- Are they skin tight like leggings?
On me, yes. I could have sized up for more give in the body, but the waist would then be big. If you have skinny legs and narrower hips, then these will fit looser.
- I worry about visible dimpling of such a thin material. Is that a problem?
If you’re not the ideal body type for these pants and are wearing them close to your skin, then it could be a problem.
- Can they be cropped?
You can cuff them to a capri length if you desire.
- Could these pass in a nice restaurant?
- Are they really only for skinny girls? From one of the articles on their site, it indicates these pants are not for “women with curves”. Do you think this is true?
While they are not designed for women with curves, they can work. If you’re comfortable wearing leggings or yoga pants in public, these may fit similarly. Athletic bodies will wear these well. However, there are other pants in the Anatomie line that are better for women with curves.
- Do they work for women with midsection weight?
The Skyler pants are high-waisted pants that are smaller around the midsection. Therefore, if you carry more weight in your belly, these will not work. It is best to check out some mid-rise pants from the Anatomie range that sit on the hips, specifically the Kate, Fiora, or Celine.
- Do they come in plus sizes?
The XL size is the equivalent of a 12-14 (US sizes) according to this doc.
- Are the pockets deep enough (front and back) so that nothing pokes out (cash, cell phone, passport)? Will they fit an iPhone 6?
While the pockets are standard pocket size, the close-fitting nature of the pants and the thin fabric mean they show everything. I can have a hair tie in my pocket and you will see it. That said, I’m wearing pants that were made for slimmer women, so if you are able to have a baggier fit, then this may not be a problem. I don’t have an iPhone 6 so I can’t help with that.
- Will they shrink?
- How well do they stay in shape after wearing them for a longer time and sitting on a flight?
- Can they be worn several times without needing a run through the dryer to shrink them back into shape?
They cannot be placed in the dryer, but you don’t need that anyway. They dry super quickly and keep their shape naturally.
- I have to go out into the elements a lot for my travel. Would those pants hold up to a long day out in island heat?
For me, the biggest issue was them being so close to the skin. I don’t like that when it’s really hot. That said, they dry lightning fast. If they were to get dirty or dusty, you could run a wet cloth over and it would freshen them up quickly!
- Are they more suited for warm/autumn-like climate? How will they fare in the winter? Better as a layer?
I think these pants work in all seasons, but winter cold is not the best. They are very, very thin, so it’s a good idea to either wear tunics, long coats, or boots with them to help cover the legs more. Or, you could wear a pair of tights underneath.
- How fast do they dry if they get wet?
SO FAST. Seriously, I have spilled things on myself while out and I was surprised at how quickly it all disappeared! On a warm or breezy day, these could dry in minutes. I found that they were the first of my clothing items that dried when I traveled and washed clothes in the sink. To test this out, I actually washed them the other day and left them in my living room to dry, on a damp rainy day. Things don’t dry well in my apartment (let alone on a rainy, cold day), and they got there within a few hours without extra air flow or heat.
- As they are expensive, how do they hold up in the longer term? Wash well, pilling of the fabric, etc.
I’ve had my pants for about 6 months now and there is no fading, pilling, or other issues. I can’t say about the long-term usage of these pants yet.
- Do they have a lot of stretch and can you describe the weight and feel of the material (heavy, light, soft, stiff, etc.)?
Yes, plenty of stretch. You could do yoga in them if you wanted! The material is extremely light, not stiff but not really soft either if that makes sense. They kind of have a little shine to them.
- How heavy are they?
My medium sized Skyler pants weigh about 5.9oz (167g). I weighed a pair of jeans and they came in at 1.12 pounds (17.9oz / 508g). To put it in perspective, I could pack 3 pair of the Anatomie pants in place of 1 pair of jeans!
- How small will they roll up to pack?
Use this image as a reference against those same pair of jeans.
- How much do they cost?
- Would you spend that amount of money on these pants again?
On pants from Anatomie- yes. On these specific pants- probably not; I think there are other models of their pants that will fit me better.
- What did you like about the pants the most?
The versatility is brilliant enough for travel on its own, but they are also feather light and quick drying.
- Can you hike in them?
Yep. This girl did it. This one, too. And her. However, they are very, very thin, which means they will not be as rugged and ready-for-anything as standard hiking pants.
- Where can I find these pants?
There are a number of stores and outlets across the US. Use their store locator to see where you can find Anatomie near you. For everyone else, it looks like online is the way to go.
I hope this review helps you make a decision on the Skyler pants!