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It’s not denim. They’re not sweat pants. It’s tech fabric. And it’s damn comfortable. If you want to sport some extra comfort while still rocking the street style, the Outlier Slim Dungarees have it all.
The pants we’ve been testing are:
- Bluetint Grey 33 (Long)
- Charcoal Grey 32
These pants are incredibly versatile and their two-way stretch keeps them comfortable and looking custom-fit. You can wear them on a hike and they’ll repel dirt and water (although be aware that the water-repellent property tends to decrease with wear unless you retreat them with something like Granger’s Performance Wash) or you can dress them up with the right shoes and shirt and wear them to a fancy restaurant. Nobody has to know that you fell asleep in them the night before as you cut into your medium rare filet mignon. We won’t tell anyone 😉
The front pockets of these pants are deep and roomy so you can easily carry everything you need. When traveling, we recommend keeping your valuables in the front pockets because the back pockets aren’t as deep and items tend to slip out. They do come in different lengths if custom tailoring is your thing, or you can simply roll them up and still look styling.
You’ll hardly ever have to wash these pants (hooray!) because they don’t pick up smells and much dirt, but when you do wash them they’ll come out soft and fresh. They do dry fast and we’ve found that hang drying them works best. There’s no need to iron these pants. Even if they wind up balled up in your bag and a bit wrinkly, the wrinkles fall out after wearing them for a bit.
Although the pants repel dirt & grime, we can’t say the same for paint. This isn’t a fair test and is pretty ridiculous, but just don’t get paint on them and you’ll be fine.
At the time of this review, a pair of Outlier Slim Dungarees will set you back $198, but hear us out. We put two pairs of the dungarees to the test and wore each about 150 times. They do have some wear and tear but they are super durable so the cost per wear will be less than a cheaper pair of pants. Their versatility and not needing to wash them as often as other pants allows you to lighten the load and travel with fewer pairs of pants.
Lighter luggage + less laundry + good cost per wear…What more could there be?
Initial UsageCondition: Excellent
Right out of the box these pants are stretchy, comfortable and well fitting.
3 Months of UseCondition: Excellent
Still going strong - no updates.
6 Months of UseCondition: Good
They’re not as water resistant as they used to be and they’ve started holding more wrinkles than they used to. A quick tumble dry could solve for the wrinkles. As for the waterproof coating, this is temporary and needs to be treated to maintain it. We suggest using Granger's Performance Wash if the waterproofing has worn off.
9 Months of UseCondition: Good
Some of the thread has become exposed with the regular wear.
1 Year of UseCondition: Good
Still going strong.
1.5 Years of UseCondition: Good
Nothing new to report besides a couple small dings in the fabric. Normal wear & tear for pants that have been worn so often.
- The pajama-like comfort and stretchiness will make these easy to wear for long periods of time.
- Despite their comfort, these pants are aesthetically pleasing and look sharp.
- You can fit a LOT in the front pockets without the items slipping out- which is perfect for travel.
- These pants are expensive but in the big picture you get your money’s worth thanks to the good cost per wear.
- The water repellent feature requires maintenance using a product like Granger's Performance Wash, and decreases with wear.
- While the front pockets are deep and roomy, the back pockets are definitely lacking. If you prefer to carry things in your back pockets, these may not be the best fit for you.
If you’re okay with spending $198 on a pair of pants that you know you’ll get a lot of use out of and you don’t mind carrying things in your front pockets, you’ll love the comfort and versatility of the Outlier Slim Dungarees.
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