When it comes to packing for an adventure there’s usually a disproportionate amount of time spent pining over the technical specifics of the shirts you’re planning to bring on an upcoming trip. Pants, on the other hand, are usually relegated to the same level of importance as socks (another mistake) with most choosing a pair of zip-offs for “versatility”. While, in theory, there’s nothing exactly wrong with zip-off pants; most of them are designed for fly-fishing along a gentle stream—not being dragged over rocks while you’re underneath your vehicle trying to figure out why it stopped running in the middle of the desert. Triple Aught Design’s Force 10 AC Cargo Pant is designed for the latter.
In the five months I’ve been wearing the Force 10 Amphibious Cargo it’s done virtually everything I’ve ever asked it to do—including some stuff it was certainly not designed for. In fact, after picking them up straight from Triple Aught’s Dogpatch HQ in San Francisco, they quickly found themselves becoming a must-pack item for virtually any trip I go on. I’ve affectionately named them my tactical pajamas—because they’re so comfortable it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all, and yes, I’ve also slept quite a few nights in them.
The quick-drying, lightweight, and breathable fabric has proven itself time and time again to be much more durable than you’d think. Its strength is augmented with triple needle stitching on both the in-and outseam of the legs and the pockets have also been reinforced along with the seat. When combined with the ability to slide inTriple Aught’s T-Pro knee armor, and recurrent bar tacks throughout the construction there’s no doubt that this lightweight pant is built to take some abuse.
The two large pockets on each side have a few well thought out dividers, and even a d-ring where you can attach a variety of items so they don’t get lost. The upper flap, which is secured by buttons attached to nylon webbing, also has a small pass-through to allow smaller items to be dropped into the pockets without worrying about unbuttoning the flap. In some precarious positions this could create the potential for things to fall out, but I’ve never had an issue.
An interesting feature for international travelers is the double rear pocket, which allows a passport, money, or other relatively flat important items to be stored on the inside the pants, virtually removing the possibility of those items being pick-pocketed. Additional front d-rings allow items to be securely attached in either the two side pockets, or Triple Aught’s unique front pockets.
The lightweight, thin, breathable, and most importantly—comfortable Force 10 AC has also proven itself to be the perfect companion for number of my activities. For example, when combined with my armored motorcycle pants the two work together harmoniously. It’s also my preferred pant for air travel, driving, or any activity that leaves me sitting down for a while. The generous leg cut is great for relaxing on a long flight or drive; though at times part of me wishes for a more athletic cut, but that would come with other compromises.
Drawstrings at the bottom hem of the pants allow you to adjust the length of the inseam or further secure the pants to your footwear. A useful addition that in wet environments allows you to turn the pants into pseudo-shorts, and also allows you to keep the dust and rocks out of your boots in dry conditions. Occasionally the nylon webbing will come untied if you don’t make a good knot, which can get a bit annoying, but the functionality outweighs the inconvenience.
The Force 10 AC Cargo is a great all-around pant with purposeful, yet low-key styling also allows you to fly under the radar without drawing unnecessary attention to yourself. While it’s not quite heavy enough for use in cold climates, it is plenty breathable for using it in even the warmest climates. Especially those environments where covering your skin from the elements becomes more important than wearing shorts and keeping yourself just a bit cooler.
Cut and sewn in the United States, this might be the best lightweight adventure pant I’ve worn to date.
Available in grey, black, and desert tan.