Royal Robbins Cardiff Stretch Traveler Pants - Women's

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Don't waste precious vacation time ironing or prepping your clothes--hit the cobblestone streets in these Royal Robbins Cardiff Stretch Traveler Pants for women instead. These soft and durable pants feature Royal Robbins' Cardiff Stretch Nylon fabric, a resilient and nonrestrictive blend of nylon and Lycra Spandex. Royal Robbins treated the fabric with a stain-resistant finish that not only keeps drips from easily permeating the fabric, but also reduces the overall drying time. The Women's Cardiff Stretch Traveler Pants features back zippered pockets and a hidden zippered security pocket for your extra cash or travel documents. Buttons along the back of the cuffs allow you to modify the hem. To keep everything looking clean and slightly tailored, Royal Robbins gave their Women's Cardiff Stretch Traveler Pants a classic rise with a lean straight leg. A security button along the interior fly backs up the button-front closure.


  • Fabric: 4.4 oz Cardiff Stretch Nylon fabric consisting of 93% nylon/7% Lycra Spandex
  • Material has a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 40+
  • Classic rise with straight leg construction
  • Adjustable waist with button front closure and concealed security button at fly
  • Back zippered pockets and buttons at hem for easy adjustments

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

33 Reviews

  • Performance: 9
  • Ease of use: 6
  • Lasts forever: 6
  • Great design: 14

  • Bad design: 1
  • Cost: 1
  • fit: 1
  • short in rise: 1
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Comfort: 4.3 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

33 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Washington state
Over 65 yrs

Great travel pants for long legs
June 20, 2011

For my third pair of this brand, I bought khaki. My others are black. I like the fit of the higher waist, and the length, as well as the fabric. It's hard to find longs. They don't take up much room in luggage. I wash them by hand. Excellent for travel, these will be worn in China, Tibet, Nepal, and India later this year. This is a brand and style I have worn for several years. I hope they don't discontinue it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use

Great travel pants!
October 20, 2009

This is my third pair of Royal Robbins Traveler pants. 3 nice colors. These pants look great, don't wrinkle after hours on an airplane, hand wash well and dry quickly. I like the zippered pockets and smooth fit. I am quite tall so the long length is perfect.

Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Florida
35-44 yrs

Nice quality but not for me
August 20, 2011

I was looking for a higher quality pair of pants that I can basically live in when on trips. I ordered these, size 12 Long, based on the 5 star reviews not only on Altrec but from other sites as well. Yes, it is true, these are very well made pants however, I don't understand how they fit, seemingly everyone, so perfectly. I'm 5'8", normally a size 12 in pants. These fit everywhere but in the waist. The waist also seems very high to me. I'm in my 40s and not looking for hip huggers or low riders, just not so high on the waist. I do consider myself short waisted though so this could be part of the problem. The length was perfect! I like my pant a little on the longer side so the length would be great for those well over 5"8". The fit in the rear and thighs was also very good. Overall, these are well made. If you like your pants to sit a bit higher on the waist and don't carry extra weight in your middle, these could be great. If you do carry weight in the stomach area and still want to try these, I suggest going up a size.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Idaho Falls, ID
45-54 yrs

Comfy Pants for Hiking and Everyday
September 06, 2011

I bought these in Khaki for summer hiking. The slightly dropped waist feels great and the seams are smooth so no bumps under the pack. The material is smooth, so dirt doesn't stick. They are a quick-dry nylon, so even on hot sweaty hikes I dry out quickly. Love them so much I bought them in Black for everyday wearing and will buy the Portobello when I can find them on sale.

Pros: Build quality, Great value

Lightweight for packing, comfortable & great looking!
June 25, 2010

I own several pairs of these pants, and they are my favorites at home & when traveling. They work well for dressing-up, or for casual wear, and the adjustable waist makes for a great fit. They are very lightweight for packing & take up less space than most slacks. The only change I'd ask Royal Robbins to make is to have the elastic band at the cuff match the color of the pants. The black elastic band at the bottom of my new "bark" color pants will have to go...

Great pants!
May 03, 2010

I like these pants. They are super comfortable. However, I ordered the next size up (based on recommendations here) and they stretch during wearing and so are very loose by the end of the day. I would order them again.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from Birmingham, AL
25-34 yrs

Great pants for Hot Climates
January 20, 2012

I have owned this pant from Royal Robbin for several years but recently went to get a new pair because they finally offered LONG! Really grant pant for hot temps, durable, comfortable, extra features of hidden pockets are great. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Ketchum, Idaho
45-54 yrs

good travel pants
October 03, 2011

I bought these pants for a 5-week vacation in Europe. They were lighter weight than the convertible pants I already owned. I was really happy with the lightweight feel of the fabric and you could wash them at night and they would be dry by the next day. They look pretty dressy and any wrinkles hang out quickly. The only negative is that the waistband isn't lined, so if you aren't wearing a camisole tucked in you might find the seams a little uncomfortable, but it's not too bad. Also, I somehow managed to get a pinprick tear in mine right off, so the fabric is a little sensitive, but that's what gives them such a light feeling. I would definitely suggest these pants!

Pros: Build quality
Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from North Central Florida
55-64 yrs

Great for talls
April 13, 2011

Tall, lightweight pants for travel, are hard to find. I like these because they have a slim fit and not baggy. I'm 5'11" and these pants are fine. Off the rack pants are usually 2" too short. Haven't worn them on a trip yet, and would have preferred some that zip off to bermuda length, but these are better than nothing.

Great pants and good service!
July 01, 2010

I originally ordered the Bark in size 8 regular, but they were too long. Return was easy, and changed to Khaki size 8 Short and they are perfect. I love these pants--so comfortable and perfect for hiking and casual events. Plan to order Bark color once they are in stock. Great service from Altrec!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Over 65 yrs

March 19, 2013

I wear a size 6 or 8 and weigh 138 at 5'5. I ordered a 6 short and they fit the way I like, not tight but fitted....I don't like a lot of room or baggy pants. The short comes right to the top of my shoes with no break in the pants leg. I plan to travel with these to Europe and to go birding.I can tell they will be great!

Pros: Great design

Great pants for traveling
May 18, 2010

I love the fit of these pants and took 4 pairs to Italy for a week of hiking the Cinque Terra and sightseeing in Florence. They take up very little packing space. I was happy to find the navy blue option could be purchased in my size(6)from Altrec. All the colors are great - black is good for evening wear. The regular length was just right for my height - 5'7. I also enjoy wearing these pants when gardening for sun protection.

Great travel pants.
November 30, 2009

These are very light weight and stylish for travel. Other people have felt the pants run true to size, but they seem to run a bit large on me. However, the fit is fine, and it leaves more room to gain a few pounds while on vacation!

Great service from Altrec, but Royal Robbins sizing has changed.
June 16, 2010

I own two pair of these cardiff stretch traveler pants in size 6 purchased over the last five years. They are great pants and have held up extremely well. However, The sizing has changed considerably. I just ordered size 6 Regular in the color Bark. The pants look almost exactly the same as previous versions, but they are almost two inches longer than my old size 6. They are also at least 3/4 inch smaller in the waist, rise and hips. So, now I am trying to find a size 8 Short in Bark. There seems to be a shortage. Hopefully they are NOT being discontinued!

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

Travel pants for all weather
November 09, 2011

I wore these during my recent trip to England and Scotland. London was sultry with record temperatures (89F!) and Edinburgh was cool and rainy. The pants stood up to both tests - allowed sweat to evaporate to keep me cool in the London heat and were quick-drying when wet in the rain. These are now my favorite travel pants. Features I liked best: - Quick-drying: Dried within 2-3 hours when hung near an open window after washing. - Mesh pockets: Comfortable when the weather is sultry - Zipped pocket: Kept my small wallet safe - I didnt have to worry about pickpockets - Loop at the hem: Perfect to slightly shorten the pant leg height so that the pants stayed on top of the shoes - Short elastic in the waist: Makes the pants sit well on the waist without the waist-gaps at the back. (5'2" curvy woman) - Lightweight, and more importantly, crease-resistant. I may be on vacation, but I still like to dress smartly. Features I liked least: - Material makes a mild swooshing sound when you walk because its mostly nylon - can't help it perhaps because of the quick-drying and lightweight qualities. - I could manage the height with the loop and wearing shoes. These will not go very well with sandals if not altered.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

April 17, 2013

This is my third pair of Royal Robbin Traveler Pants. They are very comfortable, stay looking very nice after a days wear and wash and dry in no time. The fit is good. I have a smaller waist and the buttons on the waist band enhance the fit. It is so nice to find pants that fit at the natural waist. They are easy to pack and take up less space than other travel pants. I would recommend them to my friends and will order more of them for travel.

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Over 65 yrs

Great travel pants
December 04, 2013

I love these pants. They work great for the traveling I do in many foreign countries. They are easy to wash and dry while I am on a trip.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from RI
55-64 yrs

Excellent quality, great fit
April 20, 2013

Very comfortable, great fit, durable. Machine wash and dry or wash by hand and air dry if you are traveling. I bought these for travel and also use them for casual work days.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value, easy care
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
45-54 yrs

Jungle Pants
April 25, 2012

I bought a pair of these to bring with me to the jungle of Peru. When they arrived and I tried them on and spent half a day in them, I came back to my computer and ordered 3 more pairs. I love these. I am short and I did not have to hem these. The length was perfect. The fit was so comfortable I didn't have to adjust them in any way. I wore these everywhere I went in Peru - from Machu Picchu to the jungle and they were great. After hiking in the jungle, I rinsed them off in the shower and hung them up outside. They dried fast and were ready to go again. They made a huge contribution to my enjoyment of this trip. They are lightweight and I could stuff them anywhere in the backpack and shake them out and they were ready to wear. I will be buying additional pairs.

Pros: Great value, Great design, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from sacramento, ca
45-54 yrs

Perfect pants, almost perfect fit.
May 21, 2013

I'm 5'5 with an athletic build and usually have trouble finding pants that fit comfortably in the thighs without having to go up a size then have the waist taken in. These pants surprisingly fit my legs great but were a little short in the rise which caused them to ride up so unfortunately they had to go back. Too bad because the fabric and style were just what I was looking for. Hope this info helps.

Pros: Build quality, Great value, Cons: short in rise
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Grand Junction, CO
45-54 yrs

I'd wear them anywhere
October 04, 2012

Just got my size 10 Royal Robbins Cardiff pants. (I purchased the regular length; I am 5'8" tall, and the "long" would have been too long.) I bought them sight unseen because my RR Discovery pants have become a favorite. The Cardiff pants are giving me the same thrills -- good fit, classy cut, and comfortable -- but I can wear them to work as well as for a hike because of the clean lines and lack of wrinkles. These pants show attention to detail: the stitching is downright sharp, the buttons are sewn on well, the "secret pocket" is pretty darned secret. I hope all the extra buttons to adjust the fit at waist and ankle don't strain the fabric, because I want these pants to last forever! In case you care: no belt loops!

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 2 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

February 26, 2012

Pants are great for warm summer wear when you don't want to wear shorts. Downside is that the fabric gets thin fairly fast with extensive wear. But still, the design is great and fabric is breathable, and I love the zip pockets.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Cons: Wears quickly

Great Pants.
March 21, 2010

I originally bought these pants for travel in Europe, but now where them all the time. I especially like the bark color. It's a little bit different shade of brown...very flattering....and goes well with even black. These pants are soft, comfortable and can be easily dressed up or down and no wrinkles!!!!!

Strange cut to the pockets
June 01, 2010

I returned these pants because I didn't like the cut. The picture doesn't show the way the pocket on these pants are cut. There's a seam on the front pockets inset 2-3" from the side of the pants. It gives you a weird, boxy look. I'm giving an average rating because a lot of outdoors clothing is functional yet unflattering.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from San Antonio TX
55-64 yrs

Outstanding fit and features
April 30, 2012

Love the front zip security pocket. Fit and length are great. Would recommend all travelers and active women consider a purchase of these pants! I would recommend any of the Royal Robbins clothing line.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from IA
35-44 yrs

Best pants!
June 11, 2011

I am 5'2" and 107lb. I ordered two pairs of these pants in both colors, in size 2/short, and they fit perfectly! I always have problem with the length of pants and it's really hard to find a pair without having to fix it. Also it is really hard for me to find the right size around the waist. I have 25.5" at natural waist but usually those sold in USA are too big even when I buy an XS! I usually have to wear a belt and I really envy those kids' pants that have adjustable bands and buttons inside at the waist! But not these pants! They're just perfect! Good enough length and the waist feels just right. These pants even have adjustable buttons at both sides so if you are slimmer you can tighten it up without sacrificing style!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 2 / 5
FitClothes: 5 / 5
from Bay Area, CA
45-54 yrs

Very large!
January 11, 2013

These pants have the potential to be nice, like the RR Discovery pants. However, they run very large. Many RR pants require sizing up one. Do NOT size up with these! They are cut very wide through the legs. They also make a loud swishing sound when my legs move. The Discovery pants are extremely lightweight and much nicer, in my opinion.

Cons: Bad design

Awesome Pant
June 21, 2010

This has become my work dress pant, travel pant and general wear-around-on-the-weekend pant. So comfortable, such a great fit. NO wrinkles. It's very slimming and dressy enough to wear with a sport jacket for meetings.

Great pants for traveling!
August 04, 2010

I really like my Royal Robbins Cardiff stretch Traveler pants. Great colors and no wrinkles. Can be hand washed and hung to dry in a short period of time. Very light weight but kept me warm in Alaska.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from phoenix

January 30, 2012

I'm ordering a second pair. They fit well and are great fro traveling. The length is also just right, unlike most pants I see these days in the store.

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 1 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
45-54 yrs

too small
January 13, 2012

I usually take a 4 sometimes a 6 in pants. I ordered these in a 6 becuase I wante da looser more comfortable fit and they are tight. While they fit, and would be fine if they were dress pants, i'm returning them because I want them more comfortable.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Alpine, TX
55-64 yrs

Very comfortable, but....
September 12, 2011

they made my legs look like tree trunks. I'm familiar with Royal Robblns so I'm assuming the quality was good - it looked and felt well made. It would be nice if the legs were more fitted. I also had an issue with the material making noise when I walked. Still, they felt fine in the waist and hips and would make nice walking pants for some. I usually wear a size 8 and the 8 in RR was a good fit. I'm sorry to have to return these pants. So again, I'm off on my search for the perfect pair of pants.

Pros: Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from a beautiful MN lakeshore
55-64 yrs

love women's cardiff stretch traveler pants
July 19, 2013

I live in my 3 pairs of these pants! They are lightweight, cool, and have enough pockets, including a concealed zip pocket inside a front pocket. The older tan pair are a perfect waist/hip/length fit, but the 2 black pairs I purchased recently required 1-1/2 inch shortening of length (and replicating loop/button detail at bottom) and also a little tapering of the legs. I am about 5"4"--5'5", average weight, and had bought regular length all 3 pairs. The black pairs have mesh (cooler?) pockets (inside) and the older tan pair has lining fabric pockets, but otherwise the styling is identical. I thought the "swish" sound of the fabric was going to bother me, but my husband said it's not disagreeable and I'm used to it now. Anyway, I love these comfortable, packable pants!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, lightweight fast dry, good color choices

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Royal Robbins Women's Cardiff Stretch Traveler Pants Photo

Bark, Chicory, Espresso, Jet Black, Khaki, Navy, Portobello and Regatta.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 2, size 4, size 6, size 8, size 10, size 12, size 14, size 16, size 18 and size 22: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 22.

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