A while back, you were introduced to the Lined Quick-Dry Pants from Duluth Trading Company. If these were normal pants, this review would have been out a month ago, but since these are special pants meant for cooler weather, it seemed only right that I wait for some cooler weather before delivering a verdict. Having never owned a pair of lined pants, I had no idea what it would be like to wear them. I thought they would be too warm for the Northern California climate of the San Francisco Bay Area, but I was wrong.
Firstly, slipping into a pair of fleece-lined pants is definitely one of life’s great tactile pleasures. They are instantly warm and cozy, and until signs of overheating occur, they are something you just will not want to take off. All of this came as a complete surprise to me since I wear shorts all the time unless dress codes or garment tests dictate otherwise.
Secondly, once ensconced in these Quick-Dry Pants, it becomes apparent that they were not necessarily designed to be lounge-around-the-house-wear even though they are a great choice for such slothful pursuits. Like just about everything that Duluth trading Company makes, these pants were designed with the working man in mind, and the features they’ve incorporated fit the bill 100%. These pants are as tough as they are snugly.
These pants come into their own when the temperatures sink into the 40s. They are perfect for early morning hikes, rummaging through the leaf litter for a bounty of Chanterelles, or long periods reading, research and writing when you simply refuse to turn the heat on despite it being 52 degrees in the house. Think of these as sweatpants that lack the stigma of having given up on life.
Now, since this is a review, there’s a couple things that need to be shared that keeps these pants from being cozy perfection. The rear pockets are arranged in such a way that it makes carrying a wallet in them a bit uncomfortable. Luckily, these pants have six pockets in addition to the rear ones to accommodate a wallet and just about anything else you may carry on a regular basis. The other issue is about sizing. As best I can tell, the outer shell of these pants are sized like a regular pair of pants. This would be fine if they weren’t lined, but they are. What this means is that the pants plus lining plus underwear equals a fit that may be a bit tighter than you are used to. My suggestion is to go commando. This way there is no need to un-bunch what the fleece lining inevitably bunches up for you, and you end up with full fleece contact from the waist down which is very, very nice.
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**Full disclosure: These pants were provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise would be silly.