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Duluth Firehose canvas vs. Carhartt canvas?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Nimick, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. Nimick


    Jul 26, 2005
    I have a pair of the firehose canvas pant, and they're great, but it occurs to me thaat they might be glorified carhartts. And I was wondering if anybody could tell me if there was a difference.

    Of course, duluth has more options with more pockets, and more colors (like black, which is a necessity for a stage person like myself). The prices seem about the same.

    Does anybody have any opinions?

  2. spoonrobot


    May 1, 2004
    I think the Duluth brand is generally better constructed and more comfortable than comparable Carhartts at the same price. I have the 5-pocket Duluth pants and they generally feel heavier/thicker than Carhartt and have held up very well.

    Most of the Duluth pants/shorts also have a gusset. This by itself puts them well ahead of the competition.
  3. Gong


    Jul 2, 2003
    I gotta pair of the demin crotch-gussetted Duluth jeans. I like them, except, the inseam on the left pant leg is crooked and looks pretty bad(They're made in China so I imagine they're all gonna be hit or miss). They fit loose, but they are comfy, and excel when I'm kneeling and bending down.

    I've never owned a a pair of Carhartts so I have nothing to say about that!
  4. BostonBull


    Dec 15, 2007
    Arborwear make the best pants in this category, IMO.
  5. stjames

    stjames Sebenzanista

    Oct 26, 1998
    I much prefer my Duluth firehose to the Carhartt canvas, even though the former are twice the cost of the latter. And the DTC "Dare To Wear Them Out" guarantee is serious, I sent a pair back with a ripped hammer loop and got a new pair no questions asked.

    I can also tell you they are a good flat black for stage work, and the pocket set up is great.
  6. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    The problem that Ive had with Carhartts is their sizing is so inconsistent. I ve bought 3 pair in 34x36. One pair fit perfect. One was so big they fell off even after multiple washings and the 3rd pair I couldnt even button after 1 washing. Paid for 3 pair and had to give 2 away. Done with Carhartts!. I think I'm getting some of the Duluth ones for Xmas though!
  7. Nimick


    Jul 26, 2005
    good to know, because the pair I have are fraying at the pocket where I clip my headset pack.

    You're talking about the cargo's right? I know they've offered some of the others in black before, but that seems to be the only one available right now. I wonder if there was some way to convince them to market the other styles in black.

    I have to admit it's pretty specialized to stagecraft. There aren't many jobs that require clothing that is tough enough to be dragged across a floor repeatedly, is comforable to stand in for 12-18 hours straight, and it absolutly has to be black.
  8. Any Cal.

    Any Cal. Banned BANNED

    Jan 1, 2006
    Dickies makes some cotton duck pants that are pretty much indistinguishable from Carhartts,(They don't have the double knee though) and they are quite good,(and available in black). I have used those and the Carhartts, and think they are comparable in every way. Anyhow, they run $18 or so at Wally World.
  9. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    I've been picking up Duluth Trading gear for a few years now, and even the regular clothes hold up very well and fit consistently. The pocket system in the vests, jackets, and coats is excellent -- who needs backpacks? :)

    Get on their mailing list and buy when they go on sale.
  10. stjames

    stjames Sebenzanista

    Oct 26, 1998
    I wear the Firehose Work Pants, usually with a Carhartt long sleeve t-shirt.
  11. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    You could check RailRiders.com for their Men's VersaTac-Mid or Light Pant. I've got one of each, they are tough, they are cargos, expanding waistband for comfort, they do come in black.

    I took a crazy spill on ice a couple of winters ago in the Mids, slammed down on a broad patch of ice and had to crawl off it. The pants weren't even marked, weren't damp ... only my knee got hurt. :D

    Don't let "Mid" fool you. They are heavy-weight and warm. I wear the Lights more, in summer, and they have held up also against woods and dirt.

    Unfortunately they cost too much even on sale for me to look for a closet full of them.
  12. K Williams

    K Williams

    Nov 17, 1998
    I've worked(Structural Ironworker) wearing both pants. The Firehose material feels already broken in. They are holding up pretty good. I like the deeper pockets of the Firehose pants. I don't think you can go wrong with either the Firehose or the Carhartt 12oz duck pants.
  13. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    I got some of the Duluth Firehose Cloth pants since my initial reply to this and they are much better quality than any of the Carhartt's Ive had through the years.--KV
  14. cb4life_30


    Sep 18, 2006
    I like some of ranger pants by Wrangler riggs wear. They are ripstop fabric but really good quality for the price. This thread is making me think about the Duluth firehose pants. They will have to wait till fall because with temps consistantly over 100 degrees I don't even want to think about pants.

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