Lightweight pants for men? Any tips?

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#1 May 25th, 2014, 14:27
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Hey all!

I'm heading to India for roughly a year, starting in September. I understand that India is quite hot (at least in many (most?) places!).

I've tried to read all I can on what to wear, but a number of things I've read suggest "normal" clothes for a guy, that I might wear here in the US. That included jeans, from what I can tell.

Well, unless I'm really going to be offending somebody, and assuming that wearing shorts is not a good option, I'd prefer NOT to wear something heavy like jeans. I'd rather wear something super super lightweight, cotton, etc.

I also knot aht I can, and likely will, buy clothing as needed while in Inda, but I don't mind spending a bit extra here at home (US) if I can have at least one set of quality, comfortable clothing to wear when I get over there, so I can be as comfortable as possible when I hit the ground.

In SE Asia I wore these "fisherman pants" a lot, which are sort of like carries. They were super lightweight, and very comfortable. I washed them by hand most times, and they dried quickly as well. These seemed somewhat touristy to me, but I didn't mind so much (and didn't seem to be offending anybody). If there are similar clothes in India (again, the key being lightweight!) I'd love to know about it.

Bonus if anybody happens to know a pair of pants (and super bonus for a shirt as well) that they LOVE that's perfect for India on Amazon.com.

Thanks for any pro-tips
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Whichever type you go for make sure that they have a couple of zipped pockets.
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India is big and varied. In some places you might even be cold. Or wet. Or both.

And in some places, the wet might come from rain, in others it might come from humidity.

So, requests for such advice need to be more focussed than just "India."
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post India is big and varied. In some places you might even be cold. Or wet. Or both.

And in some places, the wet might come from rain, in others it might come from humidity.

So, requests for such advice need to be more focussed than just "India."

I always forget this (ignorantly!), or actually I odn't really forget it, but rather I don't really give enough credit to the country for how big/varied it's climates are!

I'll be in India for between 6 months and a year, depending on how sick I get of Indian food (semi joke ), and any other travel opportunities come up.

My GOAL is to track super light. I want to carry as little as possible, will generally wash my own clothing (or paid to have it washed) often, etc.

To answer your specific question, I guess I'd say for now I'm interested in Mumbai and Goa in the month of September and October. I've read that even as a guy wearing shorts is perhaps not always proper. I plan on wearing, where possible, lightweight cotton t-shirts.

For what it's worth, I'm guessing I'll buy pretty much whatever I need over in India, it's just if there are particular articles of clothing that I just can't easily get in India, or I can front-load the cost now, that I'd love to do that.
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First of all . . . just being in India is a touristy thing (Tat Tvam Asi - That Art Thou ) should I choose to play the Traveler/Tourist game (which I don't ), my own rules have nothing to do with clothes, with what a person wears. I usually have pants (and shirts) made there, and have found the cottons available are usually more India-specific than I can find at home. Having clothes made also lessens what I have to take with me, and these things I have made can easily be gifted before I go. Last trip I got five pairs of Thai fisherman pants made in Varanasi.
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Cargo pants come in a variety of fabrics and have closed off pockets that are extremely handy especially for getting past airline weight limits..
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3/4 length cargos. Modest enough, big/zipped pockets. OK so you look like some dork off Venice beach but you are too far from home for anyone to recognize you.
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Originally Posted by captain bruce View Post 3/4 length cargos. Modest enough, big/zipped pockets. OK so you look like some dork off Venice beach but you are too far from home for anyone to recognize you.
Oh god, my wife would kill me if I wore 3/4 length cargos. 3/4 length "capri" style pants seem fine, but... And don't get me wrong, my wife doesn't dress me, but I wear enough things she finds distasteful (see: crocs) that I try to comply with some of her wishes, and cargos would not fly .

The zipper is good suggestion though. I remember feeling much more secure with a zipper (sometimes I'd tie the zipper shut). In SE Asia (did 6 months backpacking there) I started with a money belt, that I always kept under my clothing, but that quickly got annoying/hot, so I switched to just keeping my money separated out. The debit card/larger bills/etc would go into a zipped pocket that i might tie shut or pin shut, and the smaller bills and change went into a front pocket.

Are "fisherman pants" a thing in India?

Also, I have zero problem looking like a tourist, looking silly, etc. As long as I'm 1) respectful and not offensive and 2) comfortable as possible.
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Its more a Thai thing. In my India stockpile I have a pair for lounging in the room..
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Shorts are fine for Goa.

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Do you have Kathmandu stores in the States? They have a wide range of outdoor clothes and the quality is good - you can get lightweight trousers with zipped pockets, likewise for shirts.
For what it's worth I don't see a problem with shorts most of the time; I take along a pair of lightweight linen trousers for those times when they are appropriate.
3/4 length cargos on men should be a hanging offence in my opinion.
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Shorts are fine everywhere, except where common sense dictates something more covering and formal, eg religious buildings, posh restaurants, etc. Actually, they might be fine even in the posh restaurants these days!

Do remember though, that keeping the skin covered is a very good idea in the tropical sunshine. It also acts as a deterrent against mosquitoes, although only a slight one.
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Looks like I have been outed. My favourite pair are cargos with zip off legs at 3/4. They are wearing out and funnily enough I cant seem to find a replacement pair..............
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Shorts are fine everywhere, except where common sense dictates something more covering and formal, eg religious buildings, posh restaurants, etc. Actually, they might be fine even in the posh restaurants these days!

Do remember though, that keeping the skin covered is a very good idea in the tropical sunshine. It also acts as a deterrent against mosquitoes, although only a slight one.
What's a slight mosquito?

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Originally Posted by captain bruce View Post Looks like I have been outed. My favourite pair are cargos with zip off legs at 3/4. They are wearing out and funnily enough I cant seem to find a replacement pair..............
I think I've got a pair in the wardrobe that I've never worn. Must have a search and throw them out.

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