1620 Workwear is out to be the ultimate in apparel for the working man in and out of doors. They eschew the stiff heavy fabrics that have been synonymous with the get hands dirty crowd for high-tech fabrics, four-way stretch and water resistant coatings. I’ve been wearing Carhart work pants as long as I can remember and there is something reassuring in pants that nearly stand up on their own. It makes you feel like they might just give you a little help at the end of a long shift. That said, they can be unforgiving when you need to crouch for any amount of time or get flexible to get something done. You won’t have that problem in 1620’s Shop pant or Double Knee pant. The Shop Pant appeals most to me. It’s made of 91% nylon and 9% spandex, has a left hand watch pocket that fits even today’s big phones, a gusseted crotch, angled back welt pockets for easy access, 3/4 in. wide belt loops, so you don’t bunch up, and right leg lower pocket. Overall, they have a much more modern fit than most work pants out there that haven’t changed since your grandpa was wearing them. here’s the catch. They are $198 a pair. That’s right almost $200 for a pair of pants you’re supposed to do real down and dirty work in. Understanding you may be a bit hesitant, 1620 offers a lifetime warranty for the original owner against defects. That isn’t exactly a don’t worry about it, we’ll take care of it warranty, but it’s something.
I can’t decide how to feel about this trend of super high-quality gear for insanely high prices. One the one hand, you have a cooler or pair of pants that will last forever. On the other hand, you paid a gillion dollars for them and anything can happen. You can find out for yourself if it’s worth it by pre-ordering on their site.
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