After working in the concrete industry for over a decade, I’d been unable to find the best pants for concrete work…until now.
Since I can’t stand when blogs don’t give you the link right away I’m going to give it to you right here, and after I am going to rant about why I love these pants and why every other pant is a joke.
Also, why is it that when you sweat, your pants grow 2 sizes? I would wear jeans and in the morning they would fit great and by noon I’m putting another notch in my belt. And forget it if I ever forgot my belt at home. I’d be walking around like a hoodlum constantly pulling my pants up.
Best Pants for Concrete Work
The Dickies Men’s Tough Max Duck Carpenter Pant
As a Prime Member I got my pants in 2 days!
My list of reasons why these are the best pants and every other pant sucks:
Fit True to Size and Stay There
What is the deal with some of these clothing companies deciding that size 32 pants are not longer size 32 but 34. When you go somewhere and they ask your size and you tell them and they go “these pants run small you’ll want to size up.”
Why? 32 is a measurement. Get your tape measure and make it that size, no?
Call me crazy but all pants should be true to size. Let’s start a revolution here guys. No more off size pants.
Also, why do some pants grow in size with sweat? Like I said earlier, the jeans I would wear would grow two sizes when I would sweat and then I’m dragging ass all day.
These Dickies my friends don’t move a muscle. I work in Chicago where the humidity starts at 90% and only goes up exponentially in the summer. So I’m constantly sweating my balls off and my pants usually follow suit.
I don’t know what Dickies did to these pants to make them perfect but I do not even wear a belt to work anymore because they fit all day in every climate.
Durable as Donkey Breath
I know what you’re probably thinking, “what does it mean to be durable as donkey breath”. The quick answer is, I have no idea what it means but it sounds good and you get the idea.
I have clipped myself with wire mesh more times than I’d like to think about. With my jeans in the past, immediate ripping and immediate hole in my pants exposing my skin to cuts.
For some reason, the wire mesh seems to bounce off these pants like Nate Robinsons head in the boxing ring.
Don’t get me wrong, they will cut if you cut them, you aren’t buying these pants from the same place Jack bought the magic beans. They just seems to be more durable than any other pants I’ve been wearing in the last decade of working concrete.
Concrete splashes do not dry out these pants either for some reason.
Durable as Donkey Breath is now a unit of measure and you are free to use it as you wish.
The Hammer Slot from Heaven
This is no special hammer slot in these pants and they are no different than any other carpenter pant slot; but I just love hammer slots in work pants.
When I’m stripping forms and have to carry around a hammer, either I’m constantly putting it down and losing it or leaving it behind or i have to put on a belt with a hammer slot and just too many steps and way too annoying.
Hammer slots on pants are essential for any worker who uses a hammer. Let’s stop pretending like these aren’t the greatest inventions since the wheel.
There’s not much more to say here, if you’ve never experienced working with pants that have hammer slots, do yourself a favor and start. I would put my life savings on the fact that you’ll never turn back.
I love Costco and their Kirkland brand but for some reason, their cargo pants suck. I bought 5 pair because of course they were a great price and they lasted me a good couple months.
Great pants, zero longevity.
The pants were decent and they went through a good rough run, as all my pants do because I’m work horse and I get shit done, but after a couple months of washing and cleaning, I lost about 4 inches of length on my legs.
I went from swinging a sledge hammer like Thor to looking like I’m apart of the village people and worrying about what color socks I’d have to wear that day because you can see up my calf.
These Dickies I’m suggesting to you have been washed all year like I just got back from a date with a lady of the night and they fit like the first day I bought them and they are ready to take on year 2.
There’s nothing more embarrassing for a man that severe shrinkage, let’s make sure it doesn’t happen to your pants either.
Last but not least, obviously, money.
These diamonds in the rough are like $40 on Amazon.
I’m not sure why pants these days all made by slave laborers cost $100 to the end user as if they were hand stitched by Italian tailors.
Pants are made cheap and they should be cheap.
$40 is literally the most I’ll consciously spend on work pants and these bad boys hit that threshold.
If I’m being honest tho, I’d pay $100 for these pants because they are the best. Obviously, I’m writing a whole blog about them.
YO! I just noticed they come in different colors too hahahaha no way.
Ok so I love khaki because it makes my butt look good but I am going to buy some different colors to make sure the colors don’t affect the quality.
Needless to say, these pants are the best and Dickie better sponsor me after this review.