As you know, 5-pocket pants have become a major part of the #menswear space, and more than likely a part of your rotation. They are the choice for the in-between for jeans and khakis. I like them, but you know I’m picky. I view them as more casual than dressy. Of course they can be dressed up, but they are just as easily dressed down. The market has been flooded with 5-pockets, and I’ve got a few great options lined up to review so you are informed.
Next up: The 5-Pocket Field Pants from Duck Head. When I heard these were coming out, I was really excited. Since Duck Head was a workwear company, it makes sense that they release pieces that reflect that history. Duck Head is a partner, so they keep me in the loop on these sorts of developments. They sent me a pair for an honest review, so here you go:
Out of the box, the look of the fabric really caught my eye. It is a canvas look, which gives it a lot of depth. Not the Carhartt-esque canvas, but a nicer, smoother canvas. The color is really cool; I opted for ‘Buckskin’, which is an almond/caramel color. Good for this time of year. The feel of the pants is unusually smooth for a pair of Field Pants…we’ll get to that in a moment.
From fit perspective, these 5 pockets have a superb fit. They are what I would call a ‘slim-standard’ cut, in that they aren’t slim, but they are a touch more narrow than your standard cut 5-pockets. In a 33″ waist pants, the leg opening is 8″, which is great for loafers, AND fit over my boots. The labeling is subtle, with a yellow Duck Head tag on the change pocket.
The fabric is really the sweet spot. They have a canvas look, and a soft cotton feel, but are actually a blend. They are the heaviest fabric that Duck Head has released (9.4 oz vs. the standard 7.5-8 oz), but I would argue the softest. They are 73% cotton, 25% Sorbtek (tough poly/wicking fabric), and only 2% stretch (which is so little it’s almost not noticeable). Duck Head has a long, storied history about producing work wear, and these pants harken back to those roots, with a modern, 5-pocket style with a good fit.
Taking care of these is super easy. I wash them on cold, then run them in the dryer for ~5 minutes. After that, I stretch out the inseam/out seam (step on the cuff while holding the waist and pull gently), then hang to dry. I use these hangers…they are fantastic. The next morning, they are ready to go. Should you feel the need, give them a once-over with a warm iron, but honestly, I don’t think you need it. Here they are hanging wet, after being in the dryer for five minutes:
After washing and wearing these 5-pockets, my verdict is that they have a HUGE value proposition. They look like a very polished pair of 5-pockets, but are built to be tough as nails. The thick fabric with the Sorbtek blend make these 100% appropriate for a weekend at the lodge, chasing around a 2-year old in the back yard, or on a date with a sport coat.
These come in at under $100, and I think they are worth every penny. You see Buckskin here, but want them all. They are that good.