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Help me find some high quality cargo pants.

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I seek the collective wisdom here in helping me find some terrific, high quality cargo pants.

I want these to be my everyday go-to pants that I use for 65% for work (I work in tech, so these are fine), 25% for social settings, 10% for biking, and hiking. Ideally, I want to select one to three styles, and buy a total of 5-6 pants in a few different colors, that I can use every day.

It would of course, help if they were stylish enough to go well with t-shirts in the summer, and sweaters in the winter (both mild, here in California).

Functionally, I want them to be lightweight, so almost definitely synthetic. At least one or two zippered pockets would be best.

Most importantly, I'm looking for high quality pants. Preferably with a lifetime warranty, since those are manufactured well in my experience. I don't want to have to replace these every couple years despite heavy usage.

I'm okay sacrificing on price if needed to get all the above.

What would you recommend? Thank you in advance!
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I like Prana cargo pants. I've gone on 100+ mile bike trips in their Zion pants and numerous hikes.
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Check out 5.11 Tactical for several choices of cargo pants. Some are all synthetic, some are cotton blends. I like the $80 APEX pants, a 67:33 poly/cotton blend that comes in several colors and, at least in black or navy, doesn't look like you're dressing for a SWAT team event. (In case you are on a SWAT team, they have a hidden little pocket for your handcuff keys so a perp can't grab them. :wink: ) They seem to be good quality - well made and durable.

Or if you want a cheaper answer, try Union Bay's UB Tech poly pants: stretchy with one cargo pocket. THey run a little short and are maybe not so much on quality, but they're under $20 at Costco.
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Truewerk makes fantastic products - I have a few pair of their pants, a pair of shorts, a few different shirts as well.
https://truewerktools.com/collections/m ... and-shorts
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Check out the offerings from Duluth Trading. Their stuff is pretty high quality.
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I like Lululemon pants. I wear them to work as they look good, are extremely comfortable and use high quality materials, so never wrinkle. Also they have a very smart pocket design.

One of the Lululemon pants I have even has a sort of a reflective strip on the inside of the legs, which is meant to make you more visible when cycling at night, assuming you roll your pants up.

Looks like they no longer have the cargo on their website (cargo seems to be falling out of demand) but you may find it in stores.
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I work in a really hot climate, so, if you want lightweight and cool, you can't do better than Columbia. Micro thin polyester. Very comfortable. Zip pocket and velcro pocket. Some have zippers that allow you convert them to shorts. It's all I wear now. 511s are good for warmer climates.
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Try Mountain Khakis. My husband swears by them.
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I think I saw some at Walmart.
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HawkeyePierce wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:33 am I like Prana cargo pants. I've gone on 100+ mile bike trips in their Zion pants and numerous hikes.
This is my recommendation. I have several pair of Prana's Zion pants and they're excellent.

I wouldn't wear them in a social setting though...unless you're already married or are not interested in attracting people with good taste.
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gmc4h232 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:36 am Check out the offerings from Duluth Trading. Their stuff is pretty high quality.
I bought a pair of carpenter type work pants from Duluth and am amazed at how comfortable and durable they are. They weren't cheap but I expect they'll last a good while.
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Check out Vertx. Durable, hard-wearing, and comfortable. https://vertx.com/tactical-pants
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Some of the other recommendations here are probably higher quality, but I've been happy with Tru Spec cargo pants (https://www.truspec.com/). I bought a pair that popped up on Woot one time, and liked them enough that I bought 3 other pairs since them. I wear them doing almost anything where I can't wear shorts, from hiking in the mountains to going out to dinner.
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www.Kuhl.com

Only problem is that there are too many choices.
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mak1277 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:31 am
HawkeyePierce wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:33 am I like Prana cargo pants. I've gone on 100+ mile bike trips in their Zion pants and numerous hikes.
This is my recommendation. I have several pair of Prana's Zion pants and they're excellent.

I wouldn't wear them in a social setting though...unless you're already married or are not interested in attracting people with good taste.
https://www.prana.com/p/stretch-zion-st ... 89927.html

I see no problem with those for casual social events. Good thing I'm already married.
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2nd Kuhl
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Eddie Bauer or Land's End are great if you can find a style/material you like. They have a "lifetime" guarantee that I have used more than once. Latest time was for a pair of rip stop cargo shorts from Eddie Bauer that I had for 10 years. The zipper ripped out of them and I took them in to the store and they gave me $29 credit toward new ones - would have been more if we'd been able to find the receipt because I think we paid over $50 for them - but I was lucky to go in when I did, they had newer, better rip stop cargo shorts on season end clearance for like 60% off and I got two pairs for about $45 - ended up only having to pay $16 for two pairs of shorts with, again, a lifetime guarantee.
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fujiters wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:53 am
mak1277 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:31 am
HawkeyePierce wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:33 am I like Prana cargo pants. I've gone on 100+ mile bike trips in their Zion pants and numerous hikes.
This is my recommendation. I have several pair of Prana's Zion pants and they're excellent.

I wouldn't wear them in a social setting though...unless you're already married or are not interested in attracting people with good taste.
https://www.prana.com/p/stretch-zion-st ... 89927.html

I see no problem with those for casual social events. Good thing I'm already married.
There's a great line in the movie "Superbad" about cargo shorts which is fitting here, but inappropriate for a family forum.
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othermike27 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:53 am Check out 5.11 Tactical for several choices of cargo pants. Some are all synthetic, some are cotton blends. I like the $80 APEX pants, a 67:33 poly/cotton blend that comes in several colors and, at least in black or navy, doesn't look like you're dressing for a SWAT team event. (In case you are on a SWAT team, they have a hidden little pocket for your handcuff keys so a perp can't grab them. :wink: ) They seem to be good quality - well made and durable.

Or if you want a cheaper answer, try Union Bay's UB Tech poly pants: stretchy with one cargo pocket. THey run a little short and are maybe not so much on quality, but they're under $20 at Costco.
Yup. Have had a pair of the 5.11APEX for the past two years. Highly reccomend.
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I'm in the deep south. Any suggestions for ones that 1) don't too grossly violate business casual, 2) are durable but not hot, and 3) neither swish *fabric on fabric sound) nor are too clingy.
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rj342 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:16 pm I'm in the deep south. Any suggestions for ones that 1) don't too grossly violate business casual, 2) are durable but not hot, and 3) neither swish *fabric on fabric sound) nor are too clingy.
Kuhl has some pants that are light weight and mostly cotton. You have to check the fabric content on every style.

I find nylon to be very hot and sticky but some people like it because it dries quickly. That works great for baggy shorts (lots of air circulation) but not well for closer fitting pants...in my opinion.
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MrJones wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:25 am I seek the collective wisdom here in helping me find some terrific, high quality cargo pants.

I want these to be my everyday go-to pants that I use for 65% for work (I work in tech, so these are fine), 25% for social settings, 10% for biking, and hiking. Ideally, I want to select one to three styles, and buy a total of 5-6 pants in a few different colors, that I can use every day.

It would of course, help if they were stylish enough to go well with t-shirts in the summer, and sweaters in the winter (both mild, here in California).

Functionally, I want them to be lightweight, so almost definitely synthetic. At least one or two zippered pockets would be best.

Most importantly, I'm looking for high quality pants. Preferably with a lifetime warranty, since those are manufactured well in my experience. I don't want to have to replace these every couple years despite heavy usage.

I'm okay sacrificing on price if needed to get all the above.

What would you recommend? Thank you in advance!

After doing a lot of research and reviewing an earlier thread on travel pants I bought Eddie Bauer https://www.eddiebauer.com/p/12951063/m ... pants?sp=1. I used for recent 6 weeks trip to Europe. I absolutely love these pants. You can use them as travel pants, good for restaurants and definitely work if you are in a tech job. It is a high quality at a reasonable price. They have another style without the logo in the front.
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MrJones wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:25 am high quality cargo pants.

It would of course, help if they were stylish enough to go well with t-shirts in the summer, and sweaters in the winter (both mild, here in California).
I'm sorry, but are you sure you're talking about cargo pants?!
; )

Check out 5.11 they make some good stuff all around.
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My wife made me get rid of all of my cargo pants.
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Go to REI and check out the Prana and Kuhl pants. Also check out the Lululemon pants. I’ve picked all of these out for my boyfriend and he loves them. The Lululemon pants are business casual, but they don’t require any ironing. I wash them all inside out and then hang them to dry. So easy.

You might also check out the Everyday Pant at hillcity.com. They look awesome, but I haven’t ordered any for my bf yet. Hill City is a new men’s athletic brand by Gap. I hope they’ll open up some stores since they’re online only now.
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gr7070 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:42 pm
MrJones wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:25 am high quality cargo pants.

It would of course, help if they were stylish enough to go well with t-shirts in the summer, and sweaters in the winter (both mild, here in California).
I'm sorry, but are you sure you're talking about cargo pants?!
; )

Check out 5.11 they make some good stuff all around.
I'm not sure that he really is talking about traditional "cargo pants" (with noticeable external pockets, generally closed with a flap), or the current style of pants with relatively small and hidden interior pockets suitable for a phone. Many of the suggestions are for the latter, and at least in places or population segments with significant interest in outdoors activities (or the aesthetic marketed through a connection to those activities), those pants will be acceptably stylish. Go to your local rock-climbing gym and see what the 20-somethings are wearing when they flirt before or after their workout (which may also be what they wear in their workout, and then to work).
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EddyB wrote: Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:33 am
gr7070 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:42 pm
MrJones wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:25 am high quality cargo pants.

It would of course, help if they were stylish enough to go well with t-shirts in the summer, and sweaters in the winter (both mild, here in California).
I'm sorry, but are you sure you're talking about cargo pants?!
; )

Check out 5.11 they make some good stuff all around.
I'm not sure that he really is talking about traditional "cargo pants" (with noticeable external pockets, generally closed with a flap), or the current style of pants with relatively small and hidden interior pockets suitable. Many of the suggestions are for the latter, and at least in places or populations segments with significant interest in outdoors activities (or the aesthetic marketed through a connection to those activities), those pants will be acceptably stylish. Go to your local rock-climbing gym and see what the 20-somethings are wearing when they flirt before or after their workout (which may also be what they wear in their workout, and then to work).
Ahhh! You mean parachute pants.

I've finally gotten old (late 40s).

Cargo pants belong on SWAT teams and BDUs. And that's coming from a guy who wears jeans to work, not dress pants or even chinos.

All tongue in cheek. Mostly. ; )
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gator15 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:39 pm My wife made me get rid of all of my cargo pants.
Me too, and that was probably 10 years ago! However I am still allowed to wear cargo shorts around the house :D
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Not sure anyone wears cargo pants these days. The best quality, fit and comfort trousers in the casual/khaki category I own or have ever owned are Orvis 5-Pocket Stretch Twill Pants. I have several pair and get compliments often. Go to the Orvis website and search using the wording I used, 5-Pocket Stretch Twill Pants.
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Count me as one who regularly wears cargo pants, mostly from REI, and couldn't care less what others might think about it. I dress for my comfort and convenience and I have no idea why any intelligent person would not do otherwise.
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It seems the term "cargo pants" means different things to people of different generations.... :D

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... ts_001.jpg

An example of the original meaning....probably not what most people wear to work.
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spectec wrote: Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:22 pm Count me as one who regularly wears cargo pants, mostly from REI, and couldn't care less what others might think about it. I dress for my comfort and convenience and I have no idea why any intelligent person would not do otherwise.
People who are interested in attracting romantic partners.

Also, there are plenty of trousers that are just as comfortable as cargo pants but also have the added benefit of looking good.
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mak1277 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:04 pm
fujiters wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:53 am
mak1277 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:31 am
HawkeyePierce wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:33 am I like Prana cargo pants. I've gone on 100+ mile bike trips in their Zion pants and numerous hikes.
This is my recommendation. I have several pair of Prana's Zion pants and they're excellent.

I wouldn't wear them in a social setting though...unless you're already married or are not interested in attracting people with good taste.
https://www.prana.com/p/stretch-zion-st ... 89927.html

I see no problem with those for casual social events. Good thing I'm already married.
There's a great line in the movie "Superbad" about cargo shorts which is fitting here, but inappropriate for a family forum.
Hehe, I was thinking of the same quote....well done.
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I bought a couple of North Face Motion Pants (comes in 6 colors) a couple of years ago when it went on sale and that's all I wear for outdoor activities now. Comfortable, looks great, great fit and transitions well to a more casual setting. It has a somewhat stretchy fabric which accommodates rigorous activities.
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Wow, all these responses. And here I thought that cargo pants were a 1990's thing. :wink:
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CardinalRule wrote: Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:23 am Wow, all these responses. And here I thought that cargo pants were a 1990's thing. :wink:
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sk2101 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:45 am I like Lululemon pants. I wear them to work as they look good, are extremely comfortable and use high quality materials, so never wrinkle. Also they have a very smart pocket design.

One of the Lululemon pants I have even has a sort of a reflective strip on the inside of the legs, which is meant to make you more visible when cycling at night, assuming you roll your pants up.

Looks like they no longer have the cargo on their website (cargo seems to be falling out of demand) but you may find it in stores.
I thought lululemon was just for yoga pants for women! I didn't know there made cargo pants also.
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HawkeyePierce wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:33 am I like Prana cargo pants. I've gone on 100+ mile bike trips in their Zion pants and numerous hikes.
This. These are the best. You can wear them anywhere. Nice enough for the office, casual enough for everyday use, and the utility to work in just about any situation. And there's a non-cargo version if you don't want the extra pockets or utility. Prana is the only pants I wear now.
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Check out LL Bean. I won't buy pants from anyone else.
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TheOscarGuy wrote: Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:42 am
sk2101 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:45 am I like Lululemon pants. I wear them to work as they look good, are extremely comfortable and use high quality materials, so never wrinkle. Also they have a very smart pocket design.

One of the Lululemon pants I have even has a sort of a reflective strip on the inside of the legs, which is meant to make you more visible when cycling at night, assuming you roll your pants up.

Looks like they no longer have the cargo on their website (cargo seems to be falling out of demand) but you may find it in stores.
I thought lululemon was just for yoga pants for women! I didn't know there made cargo pants also.
I don't think they make cargo pants anymore, but they make some very nice dress pants. Those are the most comfortable pants I own, not counting sweatpants :happy

https://shop.lululemon.com/p/men-pants/ ... olor=31382

https://shop.lululemon.com/p/men-pants/ ... olor=30084
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ddurrett896 wrote: Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:25 am Check out LL Bean. I won't buy pants from anyone else.
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or check into Deluth Trading as someone else mentioned. They make great stuff
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Socrates wrote: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:54 pm or check into Deluth Trading as someone else mentioned. They make great stuff
Yeah not sure about cargo pants but I love their normal flex pants.
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CardinalRule wrote: Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:23 am Wow, all these responses. And here I thought that cargo pants were a 1990's thing. :wink:
They are!
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gmc4h232 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:36 am Check out the offerings from Duluth Trading. Their stuff is pretty high quality.
+1, Duluth's firehose flex line is my daily wear. Highly recommended. Buy them a little baggy/long because they will shrink a bit in the wash.
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rj342 wrote: Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:16 pm I'm in the deep south. Any suggestions for ones that 1) don't too grossly violate business casual, 2) are durable but not hot, and 3) neither swish *fabric on fabric sound) nor are too clingy.

Adding to my other Duluth recommendation above their dry-on-the-fly line might fit the bill for you. And before someone asks I have no affiliation with them beyond owning a lot of their clothes. :D
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Duluth does make several kinds of cargo pants. I don't have any, but I have several pairs of their cargo shorts, and they seem pretty great. I've also started wearing their firehose flex 5-pocket pants (essentially jeans made out of flexible canvas) to work, and love them. Super comfortable.
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retiredjg wrote: Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:12 am It seems the term "cargo pants" means different things to people of different generations.... :D

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... ts_001.jpg

An example of the original meaning....probably not what most people wear to work.
These are basically what I wear every single day. Carhartt Force Tappen (their lightweight material).

Did I miss a fashion shift? Meh.
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Fitted pants with little flat pockets on the side?

I think you may under-estimate the bagginess and sloppiness of true cargo pants. :D
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