Western Rise Diversion Pant Review

We’re digging the Western Rise Diversion Pant for their soft, stretchy fabric, sleek look, and stain-resistance—although we've found lots of loose threads.

Western Rise Diversion Pant In Detroit
Western Rise Diversion Pant In Detroit

Our Verdict

7.4 /10
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Form

77/100

Design

77/100

Value

70/100

Pros

  • Super soft and stretchy
  • Water and stain resistant
  • Sleek look

Cons

  • Abundance of loose threads
  • Phone pocket is too tight for larger phones
  • Tight fit (even more than most pants with a “skinny” fit)

Technical Details

Full Review

The competition for the best comfortable, casual and yet nice-enough-to-wear-out-of-the-house pair of pants is fierce. Because we take our job as gear-testers very seriously here at Pack Hacker, we’ve been testing several pairs of this athleisure style pants, so you can find a pair that works best for you (yeah, poor us, right?).

Western Rise Diversion Pant In Detroit
Western Rise Diversion Pant In Detroit

One solid contender is the Western Rise Diversion Pant. We’ve been putting these pants to the test for a month in Detroit, Michigan. And, spoiler alert, they’re our favorite pair of Western Rise pants to date. Why? Read on.

Fit, Fabric & Features

The Western Rise Diversion Pants nail that athleisure genre. They’re super comfortable—never-take-them-off kind of comfortable—but definitely don’t look or wear like sweatpants. You can wear them to the grocery store, a bar, running errands, a more casual office, or to other similar activities. There are a couple of simple details—like the double hemmed cuffs and matte hardware—that elevate the overall look of the pants. (The double hemmed cuffs also allow you or a tailor to easily redo the hem.)

Western Rise Diversion Pant Cuff
Western Rise Diversion Pant Cuff

At the time of this review, they’re available in two colorways—Flat Black and Blue Grey. We’ve been digging the Blue Grey color we’ve been testing, but you can never go wrong with black.
The fit is slim and tailored. (Western Rise says the Diversion Pants are the slimmest pants they offer.) Obviously, personal preference comes into play here, but we like the fit as it kicks the pants further away from the sweatpants category. That said, they run small. Not only in the waist, but the crotch area as well. We recommend sizing up.

Western Rise Diversion Pant Material
Western Rise Diversion Pant Material

Looks-aside, let’s talk about that comfort we mentioned earlier. The pants are made from a blend of spandex and nylon, which has been bluesign® approved. The spandex gives it a 4-way stretch (which we’ll discuss further in a moment), while the nylon helps with durability. Now, the interior of the pants feature a dobby weave. And, no, we’re not talking about the House Elf. A dobby weave is produced on a dobby loom, which gives the fabric some extra texture. Think sweatpants.

This texture—and the overall softness of the fabric—makes these pants as comfortable as your favorite sweats. The gusseted crotch adds great stretch, flexibility, and overall comfort. We don’t want to scare you, but once you experience wearing pants with a gusseted crotch, you (likely) won’t want to wear guesset-less pants—like standard jeans—ever again.

The 4-way stretch is also a game-changer. You can easily whip out a few yoga poses, eat your way through a city, or try out kickboxing.

Western Rise Diversion Pant Stretch
Western Rise Diversion Pant Stretch

There’s also a DWR coating on the fabric to repel dirt, dust, stains, and water. In testing, we’ve found that this coating works as advertised (meaning it actually does repel said things). And we probably don’t need to point out that this is an awesome feature. You can down coffee or slurp up messy spaghetti without worrying about ruining your pants. However, because this is achieved through a coating, its effectiveness can be impacted by body oils, abrasion, and repeated washing. You’ll just need to take care of the pants and, as the DWR coating fades, apply new DWR via a spray or wash-in product.

Western Rise Diversion Pant Water-Resistance
Western Rise Diversion Pant Water-Resistance

Alright, let’s talk pockets. You’ll find the four standard pants pockets—two on the front, two on the back—with two additional, travel-oriented pockets. The first one is the phone pocket on the wearer’s right side. It has been specifically designed for phones, but will work for other things you want to compartmentalize—cash, coins, gum, etc. If you have a regular-sized smartphone, the phone pocket will likely work well for you. But plus-sized smartphones with a case don’t fit as nicely.

Western Rise Diversion Pant Phone Pocket
Western Rise Diversion Pant Phone Pocket

We’ll put it this way. You know how when you have a belt on and you bend over, you can frequently feel the belt press against your stomach? The same kind of thing happens when you put a bigger phone inside this pocket—only its bigger, more annoying, and on your leg. Of course, a workaround here is to stash your phone in the larger, regular pocket or carry it in a sling bag or daypack. (Or, you know, get looser-fitting pants.) That said, even the regular pockets feel a little shallow. Not to the point of being a deal-breaker, but they’re on the shallower end of pants’ pockets and that’s worth keeping in mind.

Western Rise Diversion Pant Zipper Pocket
Western Rise Diversion Pant Zipper Pocket

The second travel-focused pocket is tucked into the right back pocket. It’s hidden and secured with a zipper. It’s also a decent size with the same depth as the regular pocket it’s tucked into. Because it’s secure, it’s a good spot for cash, a wallet, passport, or love note to your secret admirer.

Durability & Testing

As we mentioned earlier, we’ve been testing the Western Rise Diversion Pants for approximately a month in Detroit, Michigan. It’s made of solid components—durable, abrasion-resistant fabric, zippers from the trusted brand YKK—but the craftsmanship isn’t as high of quality. There are loose threads abound. You can find them along the inseam, waistband, cuffs, and pockets. We’ve experienced such an abundance of loose threads on other Western Rise gear, so, while we’re somewhat disappointed, we’re not surprised. While loose threads are not the end of the world, they make us concerned about longevity.

Western Rise Diversion Pant Loose Thread
Western Rise Diversion Pant Loose Thread

Other than that, the pants seem to be doing just fine durability-wise. And, overall, we’ve enjoyed lounging around in them. And, as mentioned earlier, these are good daily drivers too. What we’re trying to say is that they’re comfortable enough to wear all the time and sleek enough to make us feel put-together.

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • Fabric is soft and stretchy making these pants very comfortable
  • The phone pocket fits an iPhone Pro Max but can get in the way when you try to bend over
  • Fit looks and feels great
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Good

  • Soft fabric is stretchy, feels great to the touch, and still looks professional—like pants instead of sweatpants. Excellent fabric choice
  • One of our favorite releases from Western Rise to date
  • Seem to run a little small compared to other pants brands of the same size
  • Noticing a lot of loose threads on the pants
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By Tom Wahlin
Created April 20, 2020 • Updated April 20, 2020