For years, I've worn my older clothes and t-shirts in the yard. This year, I decided to rethink that approach. The physical demands of working in the yard - stretching, kneeling, crouching - were harder when clothes originally purchase for fashion are worn when working. These clothes didn't provide the flexibility, room and coverage needed for yard work. It was time to consider clothing that was meant for tackling the yard without chaffing or risking unwanted exposure!
I've received catalogs from Duluth Trading Company for years, and decided to check out their web site. The Duluth Trading Site was easy to navigate. I quickly identified work pants, and was able to use their sizing chart to confirm my pant size and inseam length. The descriptions were thorough and easy to understand. I chose one pair each of the Crossover Quick Dry Pants and the Flex Quick Dry Convertible Pants and two Longtail T 3/4 Sleeve Henleys. All of the items chosen for this review were machine washable.
My order arrived with a week. The clothes matched the descriptions given and fit well, even after the first wash. The sizes of the clothing was generous, but still gave me a good fit.
The women's Crossover Quick Dry Pants are made from a lightweight fabric made of nylon and polyester with a small amount of spandex for stretch. I liked the double seams which are cleanly and evenly stitched, and the "double knees" with the extra layer of fabric. The waist band is made from comfortable knitted stretch fabric with a drawstring. The front pockets were roomy, and I particularly like the side pocket with the good, solid zipper. The fit is roomy but comfortable without looking slouchy. The pants contain a crouch gusset which allows free movement without bunching or pinching. I wasn't sure if I would like work pants that were not made from a cotton mix, but these are working out nicely.
I purchased the Flex Quick Dry Convertible Pants in an olive green. The fabric is a lightweight nylon with some spandex for stretch. The cut of the pants are less flowing than the Crossover Quick Dry Pants, but are more like the "Dockers" style of pants often seen in offices. The pants are roomy and allow free movement, also have the crouch gusset. The waistband is lined with a soft brush fabric that is very comfortable and seems to reduce painful chaffing by the waistband. My favorite feature was the snap tabs which allow me to roll up the cuffs of the pants and secure them.
The Henley shirts are 100% cotton and are available in a lot of nice colors. The length of the shirts allow me to move freely without exposing my stomach or back. The fabric is soft and stretchy, and the colors are lovely.
All in all, the pieces from Duluth Trading company were well made, didn't shrink more than expected when washed, fit according to the sizing chart and were very comfortable. I've given the pieces purchased 5 stars for comfort, accurate fit, not binding or chaffing when working in the yard, and good color. Each of these items can be found at the Duluth Trading Company website.
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