As Spring rapidly approaches, the trend of lighter, more breathable clothing, seems less like a trend and more like a necessity. Unless the protection provided by heavier clothing is required by the kind of work one does, it’s nice to slip into a lightweight pair of pants, or better yet, shorts, to go about your daily business. Whether you are a pants-man or a shorts-man, the Force Tappen Cargo Short and Pant from Carhartt may be right up your alley.
As mentioned previously, the Tappen Cargo Short and Pant are cut from a relatively lightweight 7-ounce 100% cotton ripstop material which strikes a perfect balance between protection, comfort, and durability. Both the pant and the short are covered in pockets of varying utility, some of which I’ve yet to fill, but since I’m the kind of guy who always carries, at the very least, a pocket knife, pen, Field Notes notebook, mobile phone, and wallet, the likelihood of me reaching maximum capacity is not out of the question. The question is, how would I keep my pants up if I had 12 pounds of stuff in the pockets?
While my pants (or shorts) are up, they are made comfortable by being designed to ride a little below the waist, and since Carhartt knows who they are making their gear for, they have a relaxed seat and thigh. They’ve also incorporated a subtle gusset in the crotch for ease of movement and less pinching and binding when crouching, bending, or climbing. This is one of those features you don’t really notice until a exceptionally awkward pose has been struck and all important body parts live to tell the tale.
Now, of course, since this is a review, there is one thing about the Tappen twins that I am not particularly fond of that must be shared, and that’s the hook and loop closure patches on the back pockets. While this type of closure is fine, and really quite necessary, on the cargo pockets, they can be a bit of trouble on the back pockets. As configured, when something like a wallet is riding along in one of the back pockets, it causes the pocket flap, where the hook portion of the hook and loop patches, is (was) affixed, to curl up just enough to catch on stuff. My office chair can certainly attest to this as can the hems of several of my shirts that, if left untucked would get caught on the hooks and pulled apart when trying to alleviate the situation. I know this “issue” may be not be an issue for everyone, and by no means would I consider the incorporation or placement of the hook and loop patches to be a design flaw. Instead of an issue, let’s just call it a Fishue (an issue perhaps unique to me).
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**Full disclosure: This pant and short were provided at no cost for editorial consideration, to think otherwise would be silly.