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Broncokyle88

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I got into the Duluth trading pants a few years back, and I’ve been pretty happy with them. But their warranty has gone to shit now, and the pants are stupid expensive if you don’t catch them on sale. And I don’t think the firehose material is all that tough, I burn through a pair in about 6 months (I wear them 2-3 days in a row, then switch to a different pair when they get too dirty). Before that I was wearing carhartt double front loggers (the made in USA ones, the Mexican made ones don’t fit consistently) and liked them a lot. The duck fabric is tough as nails, but the crotch gusset and pockets have kind of spoiled me, so I’m hesitant to go back to them.

So what brand should I try next? I see carhartt makes pants that are similar to the Duluth’s, but they aren’t USA made so I’m worried about quality. And Dickies just came out with “Duratech ranger pants” that have the gusset and pockets, but I’m not familiar with their products.

What’s out there that’s reasonably durable, around $50 max a pair, and won’t crush my balls?
 

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I've been having good luck with wrangler Riggs work wear five pocket jeans. Good fit pretty tough they have reinforced back pockets and patch to clip your tape measure to.
 

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depends on what you do and where you live. ive been running mountain hardware and prana with good luck. prana is prolly a bit light if youre a roughneck, but as a carpenter, im doin ok. i also have outlets nearby. i was introd fo MH by guys that are notoriously hard on gear, but have insane budgets from their employers. that shit is Carhartt Varsity imo, but not cheap.
 

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I like Dickies Carpenter Duck jeans. I do wear them out, but they are more comfortable and lighter than the Duluth firehose jeans that I had (also wore them out too... started ripping and kept getting worse and worse before I could even make it home to change) Plus they are only like $25 a pair. They take a hell of a beating before giving up the ghost. I'm kinda hard on my jeans and do a shit load of grinding, welding, fencing, crawling around on the ground, etc.
 

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depends on what you do and where you live. ive been running mountain hardware and prana with good luck. prana is prolly a bit light if youre a roughneck, but as a carpenter, im doin ok. i also have outlets nearby. i was introd fo MH by guys that are notoriously hard on gear, but have insane budgets from their employers. that shit is Carhartt Varsity imo, but not cheap.

I've got a few of the Mountain Hardware, and love them. Great range of movement, tough, and not stiff.

The Camber 109 (I think) are double knee and can be found on Amazon for <$50 sometimes on sale. Next time I order, I'll go up a size in length. They're the only pants I've ever owned that seemed to shrink vertically after a few washings.. Waist size stayed GTG.
 

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I’m a big red kap fan. They are the ones my uniform company provided. I wear them 7 days a week. If I had to guess I get a 1.5 to 2 years on a pair of pants. I’m super hard on them as I’m constantly crawling under shit and climbing ladders. Best feature is when they get wet it only takes 30 mins or so to dry out vs jeans that take all day to dry,
 

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I wear Snickers work pants. They are Swedish made and are great. Many have the ability to insert knee pads.

https://www.snickersworkwear.com/products/88

I like that they incorporate flexible material where you need it, and the material doesn't run when snagged. Mine have a few holes in them and they have never grown in size.
 

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I like my Dickies, either jeans or canvas pants. I'll wear through anything in about a year so might as well save a few bucks
 

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dickies are the way to go. for the long pants the loose fit ones are way better than the regular fit ones. all I wear for work is dickies shorts and long pants and I got mor then a couple years out of a few pairs, when jeans would only last a few months.
 

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I wear the cheap walmart dickies for eceryday and have some carhart double knees for if I am going to be crawling on rough shit or working it shit or crawling around a lot. Honestly I prefer the cheap dickies because they are comfortable and I am so hard on pants anyways that I only get about an extra 2 months out or a pair of double knees vs cheap single knee dickies.
 

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I wear the cheap walmart dickies for eceryday and have some carhart double knees for if I am going to be crawling on rough shit or working it shit or crawling around a lot. Honestly I prefer the cheap dickies because they are comfortable and I am so hard on pants anyways that I only get about an extra 2 months out or a pair of double knees vs cheap single knee dickies.

I have a few pairs of the double knee ones, and I end up blowing out the crotch and pockets long before the legs wear out, so I decided from now on I will just get the single knee ones because that way the whole pair of pants is about done at the same time and I can just throw them out without spending extra $$$
 

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How had the deluth warrenty gone to shit? I just mailed back 4 pairs a month ago

It's now against manufacturing defects only. Wear isn't included.

I exchanged a pair 3 months ago that had a broken zipper. They tried hard to sell me a new pair, suggesting I could get the zipper replaced by a tailor. If I'd been going in for wear, I have no doubt they'd have turned me down.

I just bought 4 pairs a year ago, in part due to the warranty.. Fuck them. I won't be back.

https://www.ar15.com/forums/general/Duluth-Trading-no-longer-a-lifetime-warranty-/5-2244806/

And they gave me a flyer of this:

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I love my Duluth Flex Firehose pants, but my biggest issue with them is their sizing is so inconsistent. I have 4 pairs that are labeled the same size. One pair fits perfectly, one pair is slightly baggy, and two pairs I need to lose about 15lbs to fit into comfortably. I only buy them when they're on sale. No way I'd pay full price.

Regular jeans feel completely constrained after wearing these. I'm an electrician so do a lot of squatting and kneeling. I used to wear the Faded Glory carpenters from Walmart since they're cheap and seemed to wear the same as everything else. I wore an old pair recently and felt like I could barely move compared to the Duluth's.
 

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Are any of these come in a 31x38? :laughing: No. Not backwards. 31 inch waist and 38" inseam. Can get by with a 36. That's pretty much the only reason I've stuck with my Wrangler 13mwz's for so many years.
 

Broncokyle88

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How had the deluth warrenty gone to shit? I just mailed back 4 pairs a month ago

They are still honoring the old warranty on older purchases, but any replacements you get will only have a one year warranty just like a new purchase. And wear isn’t covered anymore. I’ve been wearing them for like 7 years, and I really did like them. I’m just looking to try something different if they are trying to change their end of the deal.

I once had them warranty a pair of pants that were cut off of me in a whambulance, they hesitated at first until I restated to them that I was dissatisfied that the crotch tore during the accident, not that they didn’t resist the trauma shears.


I ordered a pair of the dickies and wrangler “ranger pants”, and I’m debating ordering the carhartt. I’m sure the hiking pants that were mentioned are really abrasion resistant, but I’m worried how they will hold up to welding, cutting, and grinding.
 

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Wore Riggs double leg carpenter pants for a while they were good but hot. Switch to Dickies double knee canvas pants and would recommend them over jeans.
 

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I wear Key double front logger dungarees pretty much exclusively at Work (Mechanic / Fab.) They outlast anything made by Carhartt 2 to 1 and are only about $32 for a pair. I only buy the unwashed as the pre washed run small.
 

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I've been wearing the cheaper Wrangler cargo pants for two years now, going on three...they've held up well, working on and around heavy equipment.
 

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Blaklader. Some of y’all need to charge more if $10/month wearing out pants is breaking the bank. :laughing:
 
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