These were my favorite work pants right here, Carhartt's Loose Fit Canvas Carpenter Jeans. I bought them just over two years ago. They're comfortable as hell and have good utility with all of the pockets and hammer loops, but despite the name, they're certainly not made for a carpenter—I don't even work in the trades, and here's what they look like now:
A tape measure clip has made short work of pockets on both sides. The coin pocket has been abraded by nothing more than the physically-smooth Zippo lighter I carried (before I managed to quit smoking).
I'm not breaking rocks in a salt mine or clearing logjams on the Mississippi, just shuffling plywood through my weekend warrior shop. Under such use, shouldn't a $50 pair of pants last longer than two years, particularly from a workwear brand? Or am I out of touch with the times? Either way, when I tried to replace them this week, I discovered Carhartt no longer manufactures them in my size. So that's the end of the line for me and this model.
During a search for more durable pants, this Kickstarter campaign caught my eye. Manuel Rappard is the founder of jeans company RPMWEST, and recently launched The Quarter Century Pant project. While these are not branded as workwear, Rappard's aim is to provide "the most durable pants you've ever had" and is backing that up with a crazy 25-year guarantee. What's even more insane is the price: Just $85 a pair, yet they're actually manufactured in America.
For those curious about what makes these pants different from a materials perspective, Rappard explains:
What is 3-Ply twill? A plied yarn is one where multiple strands of yarn — already spun yarn — are put together and twisted in the opposite direction from that in which they were first twisted. A 2-ply yarn has two strands; a 3-Ply yarn has three.
Any time you ply your yarn, you’re making it stronger. This is because twisting adds strength; multiple directions of twist add even more strength. You’re also tucking some of the surface of the yarn inside, away from the elements and wear and tear. Plied yarns will always be stronger and sturdier than singles yarns.
But this is only one reason to ply your yarns. Plying can also even out unevenness. Plying regularizes yarn, and also changes how the yarn behaves, how it feels, and how finished fabrics made from it behave and feel. You will notice that our pants are incredibly soft and durable.
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Success for the campaign came swiftly: At press time it had netted $65,000-plus on a $20,000 goal, and there are still 31 days left to pledge.
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