Finding a Great Pair of Sweatpants for Tall Men
You would think it would be easy to find sweatpants for big and tall men, since basketball is a tall guy's sport, but that's not the case. I've tried both Adidas and Nike sweat pants, and their XXL sweats are designed more for large waists than long legs.
The Ideal Sweatpant
If I had my choice, I'd wear sweats every day. I often do, though for the occasional business meeting where sweats are too casual, I wear jeans. I have a 36-inch waist and a 36-inch inseam. I like my sweat pants to touch the ground, and have a break in the pant leg where it touches my shoe, if I'm wearing running or basketball shoes.
Where to Find It
The problem is, it's hard to find a brick-and-mortar store any more that carries sweats in big and tall sizes.
Fortunately, Lululemon makes excellent tall sweats, available online and in their stores. They are known for their yoga athletic wear, but they have a couple styles of men's sweat pants that are 36 inches long and are amazingly comfortable. The fabric is super-soft, stretchy, and breathes well. The pants have an elastic waistband with a drawstring to tighten them up if needed, though they will easily expand to be comfortable for a large waist.
Since big and tall clothes are hard to find, I am less price-sensitive than I might be. Lululemon men's sweatpants are expensive at around $88 a pair. But at least you know where to go, if you need a really great pair of sweatpants.
Size Chart for Lululemon Pants
|Lululemon Size||Waist||"Regular" Inseam||"Standard" Inseam||"Tall" Inseam|
Nike and Adidas Aren't Long Enough
Not all manufacturers make pants for people with a 36” waist and 36” inseam. Nike pants, for example, have a 35 ½ inch inseam maximum, in their 3XL size, which is for people with a waist measurement of 47 ½” to 52 ½”. Adidas pants, according to Dick’s Sporting Goods, have a maximum inseam of 34.75” (in their 3XL size, which is for people with a waist measurement of 40-43”). That’s probably why Nike and Adidas pants don’t fit me!
Size Chart for Nike Pants
|Waist||Regular Inseam||Longer Inseam||Shorter Inseam|
43" - 47 1/2"
47 1/2" - 52 1/2"
Other Brands of Long Sweatpants
Size charts at online stores that carry multiple brands of “big and tall” pants—Dick’s Sporting Goods, Davis Big and Tall—suggest that several manufacturers, notably Russell and Reebok—have been making sweat pants with a 36-inch inseam and a waist measurement near 36”. Columbia used to sell long sweatpants that got good reviews, but doesn’t seem to be making them now.
Also some store brands—For the Fit, Sears (Canyon Ridge), and Old Navy—look likely to combine a 36-inch inseam with a small-enough waist, though I haven't tried them.
Russell says their pants are “guaranteed to shrink 1+ inches.” Maybe this is a possibility to keep in mind for other brands, though Sears says their house brands are preshrunk.
Fabric for Russell pants is on the thin side, not luxurious in feel. It's hard to tell at a distance what fabrics called "Jersey" or "Fleece" feel like.
Options for Tall Men's Sweatpants
|Brand||Long Sizes Available||Price|
Lululemon "Post Gravity"*
See chart above: "XL Tall" fits 36x36
Reebok "Play Dry"
XLT, 2XLT, 3XLT, 4XLT
$59 (at Sears)
For the Fit "80/20 Fleece Open Bottom Athletic Pant"
S,M,L,XL with inseam 27"-40"
Russell "Athletic Basic Fleece Sweat Pant"
LT, XLT, 2XLT-5XL
$55 (at Davis Big & Tall)
Canyon Ridge "Jersey Pants"
Various sizes including L (waist 36-39") come in a "tall" version (for men over 6'4")
Old Navy "Jersey Fleece Sweat Pants"
Sizes M-3XL come in a "tall" range, 36" inseam or longer according to reviews
Links to Some Tall-Sized Sweats
Marilyn Rosendahl on December 09, 2017:
I wonder why designers and retail buyers haven't noticed this yet. I know plenty of men 6'4" and taller. Why won't they make hardly any 34", never mind the desired 36 and 38" inseams? Seriously. This is rediculous. Nike customer service told me that I should "take it to alterations". Yeah righ! As if we can find ANY 34", and AS IF their 34" would have even enough fabric for a seamstress or alterations person to be willing to open up the seam! There is NO extra fabric. Hey designers: is this really worth pissing off tall men for? Another 1 cent for a little more material to enable alterations, folks? Hello...anybody out there?
Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on March 23, 2015:
I recently stumbled into Marmot Brand lifestyle clothing. I haven't tried the pants, but the tops have really long sleeves. The XXL fits me in my body (I'm tall, not really fat) and is long enough in the arms. This is my new favorite brand. Just thought I'd share.
Curious what brands other tall people like that fit well.
Smookiee on January 28, 2015:
I know this is old, but you may want to check out Dastockroom as they carry the longer Nike sweatpants. When looking for longer sweats you need to look for the XLT (3XLT or 4XLT). My son is a little over 7 feet and he has ordered 3XLTT from them which is even harder to find.
Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on December 04, 2011:
Just found out that Reebok makes a pretty decent pair at a good price of tall sized sweats.
Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on April 10, 2011:
I'm wearing lulu lemon sweats in that size right now. Give them a shot.
Robert on April 10, 2011:
Sorry this was a bogus information. Im looking for sweatpants 36" - 38" waist with 34" or 36" inseam
seams all sweatpants with a Large waist 36 - 38 only come with a 32: inseam
StevenPayne on October 25, 2010:
Makes me wish that there was one of those stores out here in Ohio, Im six foot seven and have only found one pair of sweats that fit me.....Im actually wearing them now lol I agree sweats are the perferred apparel of the day.
rosemere on October 13, 2010:
who knew? I would have never guessed that lululemon would be selling mens tall pants. I am a woman with long legs and is a great find. it is not easy getting the length in pants. wish I had known this summer time. they have a crazy sale...
Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on October 09, 2010:
Thank you for presenting this Hub. For the larger person, it is often difficult to find fashionable and sporting type clothing. I am forwarding this to my friends.
Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on October 08, 2010:
but I don't recommend ordering the pants online. Go into the store and try them on. Some cuts are longer than others.
chrislittleus on October 07, 2010:
I am running out to Lululemon to get a pair right now.
Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on October 07, 2010:
I love the Lululemon clothes for women as well. It's expensive, but the quality is the best!
grillrepair from florida on October 07, 2010:
wow paul you write about everything! how do you become an authority on so many things? do you research just for each post as the fancy takes you or do really just walk around with all this knowledge in your head?
alishaneuron from Colorado (U.S) on October 07, 2010:
Thanks for sharing this innovative fashion. May I hope for your next post.
larryfreeman from Fremont, CA on October 06, 2010:
It is always good to read hubs like this especially when I am looking to buy gifts for my friends who are of larger height.
Debra Allen from West By God on October 05, 2010:
Thank you for this hub. My husband is tall and I can't hardly find him the right length pants to wear at a reasonable price. Most time you have to get the length with a wide waist and he doesn't have a wide waist either. Could you possibly put the link for the store you mentioned in your article...please?
I would sew him some, but I don't have the room or the time now. Sewing used to save some money but with the price of material now it is not as thrifty as it used to be. I voted this up and useful.