Friday, March 14, 2014

Gear that Works: Duluth Trading Company "Fire Hose Work Pants"

For years, Carhartt dungarees have practically been my uniform. Steve Jobs wore jeans and black turtlenecks, I wear canvas pants and polo shirts. He was a billionaire, but I have a hotter wife. 

Carhartt's quality has been slowly slipping, though. I've discovered something better: "Fire Hose Work Pants" from the Duluth Trading Company. They're very well made out of a particularly strong cotton canvas, and treated with something (presumably silicone) that causes water to bead and run off them. They aren't waterproof by any means, but they'll keep you dry in a sprinkle, and they resist stains. The pockets are nice and deep, and not prone to puncture and wear out. Velcro flaps keep your wallet and cell phone secure. The flaps can be tucked in and not used if you don't feel the need. There's also a clever inside hidden pocket.

The pants are nice enough to wear casually, and rugged enough for barn work. If you like cargo- or tactical-style pants like 9/11's or Carhartts, give these a try.

They retail for $64.50, which is pretty steep. But Duluth regularly runs sales and free shipping offers, sometimes both at the same time. Best of all, they come with this guarantee:

If your Duluth Trading Fire Hose Work Pants ever let you down, fray, tear, rip or give out, send them back to us. No questions asked, we’ll send you a brand spankin’ new pair, and the shipping’s on us."