Ben Davis trousers
Which model did you pick up? Always looking for recommendations for new pants.I skimmed the thread and I didn't see anyone mentioning Arc'teryx pants. They are really awesome. When I switched from jeans I bought six pairs of the dead bird a little over six years ago in different models and colors, and I am still wearing them. No holes, so stains, no problems except one (a zipper finally busted). These are the only pants I own.
I wear them camping, working, hiking, heck, for everything I do. Extremely durable and comfortable. If you shop around they seem to average about $100.00 per pair. Though it sounds expensive you have to take wear into account. I figure that of the original six pair, five are left and have at least a couple of years left in them. The pair with the broken zipper are now for painting and hardcore mechanic work...meaning very dirty work. I always wash and dry them on the delicate cycle. They dry very quickly, resist almost every stain you could get in regular life, and the gusseted knees keep them comfortable when you are crawling around or stepping over things.
Some models are cut looser than others and they only go up to a 38 inch waste (which was what I needed when I bought them). The current models are mostly different from when I purchased, so I can't vouch for them directly (Starke, Cronin, Stowe, Russet, Creston, Sullivan, Atlin, etc.).
Ironically, these are the exact two companies I've been considering as of late. I met the guys at Off the Grid at OE East this year and was pretty impressed with their stuff, especially for the price. Sadly, their Trailblazer pants are sold out in the size/color combo I need. I'm interested, though, in the longevity of the TAD pants. I've been on the fence about getting a pair of Covert DC or Agent ST Chino's. The price tag is a big deterrent, but if they're worth it, I will have no issue shelling out the money.TAD Agent XC Chino's:
I initially cringed at the $155 price for the Agent XC Chino's from TAD, but do realize that you often get what you pay for! So I bit the bullet and hit buy! So far I'm not disappointed and will be looking to get a second pair soon!
The quality appears to be top rate, with quality zippers, buttons and stitching. Not sure what TAD calls it but the button attachments are heavy duty pieces of flat "rope" rather than just stitched thread. These should hold up well to abuse but might make replacing a button harder if you don't have access to the same material.
As to comfort, fit and finish, these pants really shine. These pants look great and are equally at home in an office setting or in a less formal job site setting. In the few days I've worn them I've seen temps ranging from low 60's to mid 90's and these pants were comfortable throughout. Compared to jean's these pants breathe well but are thick enough that they should hold up to abuse just as well. Material wise they feel thinner than jeans but thicker/ stiffer than typical outdoor type pants. I feel like the material can handle some abuse, granted I would likely not try welding in them. One of the best features of these pants are the variety of pockets they offer while not looking "tactical". I can carry all of my normal EDC stuff like knives, leatherman, cell phone, voltage tester, etc. and not have ten things strapped to my belt. The hidden pockets will be useful for stashing things while traveling as well.
The last comment I have about these is the fit. I ordered per the instructions provided on TAD's site and for my 32/33 inch waist I chose the 34's. I'm tall slender guy at 5'11" and 165 lb's and these fit just fine but are just a bit more relaxed in the legs than I would like but don't feel like I'm a walking parachute compared to the Carhart's I've tried in the past. As ordered they are just slightly too loose in the waist area for my liking if I'm not carrying anything in the pockets. Its not terribly noticeable with an un-tucked shirt though and I gather the fit is per design. As such, they fit fine around the waist with plenty of room for my concealed carry and all EDC items with out looking out of place. I do think that I could have ordered a size smaller and they would have fit fine with empty pockets but would not have allowed the room for concealed carry or my other EDC items to fit comfortably. Despite the high cost of entry I feel these are quality pants that likely provide me years of service.