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Comfortable Cargo Pants

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Piso Mojado, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. Clang!


    Jul 26, 2010
    Wrangler relaxed fit jeans and cargo pants. Just plain comfortable.
  2. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
    I don't know what kind of Wrangler cargo pants I got then, since I've got tech pockets on both the left and right sides.
  3. Bigfatts


    Mar 12, 2012
    Hm, I dunno. I have cargo pockets on both sides but only the left has a tech.
  4. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I got the short version of Vertx tactical pants (98% cotton/2% Spandex) as closeouts: well made and all the little details are right. Phone pockets inside the cargo pockets and side pockets are notched for a knife clip. NaturalMystic was concerned about fit. IMO they are cut for a young man in good training. I'm a portly old gent who wears 38": I bought these in 40" and they fit. For middle aged and out of shape, 1" up would be about right.

    Craghoppers Classic Kiwi trousers are tropical weight but not flimsy. Label says "S" length is 29" but it's actually 30", otherwise true to size. All pockets zippered + one cargo pocket with a zipper pocket underneath for your phone. Good travel pants. The pockets are a little shallow like everyone says: not a problem for me, if you're committed to a 7" folder these are not for you. Cheap nylon belt with a plastic buckle, the first good one I've seen and I'll be wearing it with these and other pants for air travel.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2014
  5. NaturalMystic


    May 24, 2006
    Thanks for the insight Piso. I usually wear a 31/32 waist so I'll probably try a 32 sometime.
  6. jacksterp

    jacksterp Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    You might consider Propper. Very well made and comfortable. Wear like iron.
  7. omenwolf


    Jan 5, 2014
    I have 2 sets of the Fire Hose Flex pants and they are awesome. Most comfortable pants I have ever had, and they have a super smart layout and pocket system. I wish the reinforced the knife spot on the pants. One pair of mine is starting to frey, not bad after almost a year of wear.
  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I also wear the Wrangler cargo pants that I usually pick up at Walmart. I find them to be very comfortable. I prefer the cotton ones that they usually sell from hangers versus folded on the shelves. ...just a better fit.
  9. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I finally went to Wally World to check out Wranglers. Actually went to Wally Worlds, there are big differences between stores and between stores and their web site. First I went to a super store with no Wranglers except jeans, then I tried an older store and got lucky. Wrangler Ripstop Cargo Pants are low rise "loose fit" and not for me. Wrangler Legacy Cargo Pants are better.


    Wally's web site calls them "Legacy": the label says "Wrangler Cargo" and they aren't in Wrangler's online catalog. They are OK wash pants for the price. The big attraction for me is 29" length, which is not online but real if you can find it. Wally had it but not in my waist size.

    Wally sells a bunch of Wrangler shorts. If you don't need a hammer loop, IMO the best are Hiker Shorts.


    There is a zipper pocket next to the right hip pocket, too small for a cellphone or wallet. For your keys? No, there's a key ring. Car keys? Cigarette lighter?
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2014
  10. bradpierson26


    Aug 7, 2008
    North Face

    Arc'teryx if you've got money
  11. karmatso


    Feb 2, 2013
    5.11 TDU rip-stop pants #74003. Roomy, comfortable, and have a built in elastic waistband that really helps if you are doing a lot of bending or twisting. Internal dividers on some of the pockets for organizing gear. They are basically a BDU type pant, but you can cut out the drawstrings on the bottom of the legs, and they look just like everyday cargo pants.
  12. NaturalMystic


    May 24, 2006
    Ac'teryx makes some really nice stuff but yeah, if you've got the $$. Vert'x is a collaboration between Arc'teryx and another Co called Fechheimer IIRC.
  13. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    5.11 in canvas. I've been wearing them long before 5.11 were ever considered "tactical" and since back in the day when the pants were only sold by Royal Robbins, a climber, as climbing pants. Even the strap and the slanted openings of the back pockets on the 5.11 pants give away the pants purpose as climbing pants. Form follows function. Regardless of what many think, the pants design is nearly 50 years old now, and climbing is the purpose for which Royal developed them. Back when I started wearing them, you only found them in outfitter shops. It was sometime in the late 1990s that 5.11 started becoming "tactical" pants (apparently thanks to the FBI) even though they were the same climbing pants. Royal Robbins sold the 5.11 name not long after the turn of the century, and the new owner marketed the pants, and other clothing they developed, as "tactical".

    Canvas 5.11 for me, though these days the canvas used in them isn't nearly as good as the canvas of yesteryear when Royal Robbins produced the line. The pants are good but not as good as they once were. I get the at an Army PX.

    As an aside, Royal Robbins chose “5.11” as the name for the pants because it's the rating of the most difficult climb in Yosemite back then.

    Lastly, Royal Robbins still makes great outdoor clothing you can get at great prices, even though the 5.11 aren't his anymore. His Billy Goat pants are 9 oz cotton canvas. His old 5.11 were 11 oz canvas IIRC.

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2014
  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I don't recall the name "Legacy" on the WM Wrangler cargo pants. I don't care for the low rise cargo pants and none of my WM cargos are low rise. I have been buying them for a few years, but noticed this year for the first time that WM may be treating them as a seasonal item and mostly have a bunch of shorts on the racks. They still have the folded ones on the shelf which I find to be a bit too loose for me. Basically I am an in between size vs even numbers and they tend to be a little loose on my waste especially after I have worn them for a while and they stretch out a little. The only time I like the rip stop fabric is where I may get the pants wet as they dry a lot quicker than the regular cotton ones they sell.
  15. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    You shouldn't have stopped reading. This was the next sentence:

  16. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I picked up a pair of the current low waisted Wrangler Cargo pants at Walmart just to give a pair a try (~$20). They say "slim fit" on the tag and they are certainly not relaxed fit slacks. I didn't try them on in the store as I have quite a few pairs of their pants and they have always been true to size. The low waisted aspect seems okay to me and the pants ride just about where I normally wear them, but they really are slim fit. That could be a big negative for many. Going to wear them a bit and see how I like them. The legs are certainly a lot tighter fitting than I am used to. I use the cargo pants a lot for work and the relaxed fit has always made for easy leg movement in tighter places. These, I don't think they'll work for that very well. We'll see.
  17. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Unknown in my area. Wally World's stores have Wrangler pants and pants sizes that have never been on Wrangler's web site or Wally World's web site. They also have old stock relabeled. Their clothing in stock varies from state to state and county to county, and in my county it varies from store to store. They are frustrating to shop at and the only reason to bother is price, but no price is the right price when they don't have what you need. The stores I can drive to sell Wrangler Cargos in 29" length but not in my common waist size, so they lost a sale. I won't buy them to have them altered because they won't last long enough to make it worthwhile. WW's Wrangler Hiker shorts are worth the price but their zipper pocket is a joke.

    I have ordered 5.11 tactical women's shorts as closeouts, and I will report unless my wife refuses to wear them. No way I can wear size 2.
  18. ron finkbeiner jr

    ron finkbeiner jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    Duluth trading company's flex fire hose pants are the most comfortable I have ever tried and they have a great guarantee!
  19. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I bought 5.11 Tactical Women's Shorts on closeout for my wife, who declined to model them. Black is discontinued and you can find them online for $11 or $12.


    My wife said they run true to size and the fit and finish are excellent, but they are the heaviest shorts she ever wore. They are heavier than Vertx Tactical Shorts (another closeout) which are too hot for me to wear in August. The narrow front pocket is 55mm wide, too small for a modern cellphone but just right for a folder like Victorinox's Rescue Tool.

    I finally found a pair of Wrangler Cargos in my size. For $20, the pants are acceptable but the cargo pockets are not. Cargo pockets should break above the knee not under, and these need to be moved up an inch. Did anyone try on a pair before they went in production? They are not comfortable for carrying my camera, and I won't buy any more.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2014

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