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Light And Comfortable Pair Of Pants With A Couple Of Caveats
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2014
I purchased these because at the time I was looking for a pair of light cotton pants for summer (to give some sun protection and keeps the mosquitoes at bay) and, well, the local stores sure didn't stock any, especially not for men. So when I saw these pants I jumped online to see what they were all about and, more importantly, how to wear them. Now I'm 5'11" and about 150-155 lbs with a 32 inseam, so I wasn't too sure how they would fit - would they be too long, too wide, too short? Still, for the money, and the fact there was nothing local, it was worth taking the chance. I'm glad I did.
The pants arrived wrapped in a plastic bag with a small set of instructions for how to wash (hand wash/gentle cycle) and wear/wrap them. They were indeed cotton and very thin, though they seemed robust and well sewn. Unfolded, the pants looked huge and yet short, but putting them on I found I could wrap and tie them around my natural waist and have the legs end just about ankle height. Perfect! So why am I not giving them five stars? A couple of reasons:
1. There is only one pocket. Now that is a glass half-full/half-empty kind of thing. On the one hand, most pants like this don't have any pockets at all, which means if you want to wear them out of the house you have to find some other way to carry wallet, keys, cell phone, etc. (I use a fanny pack). So having a pocket is a good thing. Unfortunately, that pocket can't carry all the stuff I tend to take with me and, because the material is so light (though the pocket is sewn on securely), anything not smooth - say a set of keys - quickly becomes irritating and is also likely to wear away the material prematurely. Finally, I simply don't like being unbalanced; putting what I can in one pocket with nothing to balance it out on the other side is, for myself at least, uncomfortable.
2. The waist tie is very thin - think shoelace thin- though, like the pocket, it is sewn on securely. I would have preferred a thicker tie as, depending on how tight you tie it (and if you're using the pocket, you'll have to tighten it more than you would if you didn't), it can "cut" into the waist a bit. Nothing dramatic by any means, but it is noticeable.
Since purchasing these I've worn them at least one day every week around the house, out in the yard, while doing yoga (cliche alert!), and going for walks in the neighborhood and find them - with the two exceptions noted above - to be very comfortable pants and solidly recommend them.