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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Heavy-ish Weight Work Pants?


A reader question:

Hi, I'm a brewer & have been wanting to find some cream colored (similar to your pants here) heavy-ish weight pants for work. something i can get some nice character in for the winter months over the years. Any suggestions for a male, slim build 5'10 150lbs. Hope this is not a strange request I'm new to your blog.

27 comments:

  1. Dickie’s 874 are inexpensive and durable, they’re cotton/poly blend and available in pretty much any color. Bill’s Khakis and Jack Donnelly make great cotton khakis; kind of pricy for workwear that will get abused.

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    1. Hear, Hear on the Original 874's. Only comment is that the Leather Man Classic Motif belts tab & buckle are a bit tight threading thru the belt loops. Would classify them a semi high rise fit. Best value...you don't need to put on the dog with these trousers.

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  2. Try either Carhartt or Duluth Trading canvas pants...somewhat more utilitarian than regular khakis

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    1. Agree. Just about every guy you see on job sites is wearing them — or jeans.

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  3. Cordings moleskin trousers are great in the colder months, though I don't know if they would be considered work pants. They are heavy and I have found them to be very durable for work around the house. Spring for the zipper instead of the button fly is a lesson that I learned.

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  4. If you want something a bit nicer, O'Connell's offers corduroys, twills, gabardines, and more in cream and similar hues.

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  5. Orvis makes a great heavy ish chino. They don’t offer many colors but the British Khaki may fit the bill for the occasional brew spill. The Ultimate Khaki comes in two fits as well. They can be found on eBay like new but if you can’t find your size you won’t regret purchasing from Orvis. Their customer service is stellar. The only down side IMHO is that they are not made in USA

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    1. I second this. I've gardened in their chinos for years, and they hold up very well.

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  6. I suggest the flannel-lined Chinos from LL Bean. Great for the winter months:

    https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/18584?page=lined-double-l-chinos-natural-fit-plain-front&bc=12-26-590&feat=590-GN1&csp=a&gnrefine=1*FTRS*Lined&pos=8

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  7. Lots of good suggestions here. I actually wear plain old Dickies from Wal-Mart most of the time. They're the only thing list for less than $25. They're the only true wash and wear things I have but they really aren't heavy. Canvas pants from Duluth Trading and Carhartt are both practical and both happen to have stores near where I live. They also both come in a variety of fits these days. So do L.L. Bean pants and there's a Bean store near me, too. I notice that the cut of most fits is on the slim side now. The choices are almost endless.

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    1. Duluth, fire hose...

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    2. firehose/fit style:
      https://www.duluthtrading.com/men/pants/?feature=mn5

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  8. Proof Rover pants are available in slim or regular fit at Huckberry

    https://huckberry.com/store/proof/category/p/56516-rover-pant-slim

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  9. Seems like most of the brewers I see around New England craft breweries wear Carhartts. Shout out your brewery! Always looking for new brews.

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    1. Hog Island Beer Co in Orleans is a local favorite!

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    2. Bingo. Carhartts soak up more beer spills than any other brand of pants. Everyone knows.

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    3. @DCG - agree! We love Hog Island, both the beer and the brewery.

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  10. Moleskins all the way! A never fail classic! Thanks so very much!

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  11. Mountain Khakis. I'm a true believer on the prep, but MK's are the real deal. Wearing a pair right now I've had for 18 years.

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  12. Arbor Wear. The best true work pants made. Impossible, or damn hard, to wear out.

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  13. Hoggs of Fife 5 pocket moleskin jeans or their 'Monarch' moleskin trousers if you prefer a bit more room, although they currently only come in Lovat, Dark Olive and Navy. The jeans are superb. My go to winter jeans.

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    1. Endorse thoroughly Hoggs of Fife. I have bought from them several times. Great products, very good value for money and excellent customer service.

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  14. Carhartts or Brown Duck Jeans from LC King- American made. You can order them right off their website. I worked the docks in college summers- Carhartts were mandatory.

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  15. Working in a brewery, you may want something that washes and dries easily? I would suggest Fjallraven trousers. The brand has it's own fabric called G-1000 which is used in everything from their backpacks to their clothing. Lightweight, water and wind resistant. Lots of easy to access, secure pockets. My husband has a pair and loves them.

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  16. additional random thought: my sister is a commercial baker, her son is going into the brewing business, and she says look at chef/kitchen trousers.

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  17. You could try Filson's oil-finish single tin cloth pants, sadly nothing in cream.

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  18. 100% wool in cavalry twill, whipcord, other strong heavy twills

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