I work as hard as I play. As a rope access technician my work demands that I have full mobility, while being exposed to the elements. I have tried blue jeans, work pants, and even incorporated some of my outdoor apparel into the mix. The best solution I found was my outdoor specific pants; after all I am really just 'urban canyoneering'. They pants I have tried have worked, but there were still short comings. A secure phone pocket, stretch, and ease of cleaning are all things that they were missing.
I was introduced to a company out of Colorado that was taking on the task of clothing people in athletic industrial industries. Think rope access technician, arborist, rigger, etc. These individuals need a hard working pair of pants, that look presentable after a day of hanging on rope. Not an easy task. After some debating, I decided to give their work pants (Sorry I meant, werkpants) a try.
Use- Immediately after receiving my purchase the Truewerk T2 Werkpants were put into use. They replaced my organic cotton utility pants, that were severely faded and short (by rope access standards). The pants are by far some of the most comfortable pants I have ever worn. The 4-way stretch material makes moving around the job more comfortable then when wearing canvas duck pants or jeans. The sizing ranges from S-XL which is ok, but the waist is slightly larger then I would like. I would describe the fit as a cross between regular and relaxed. I have large thighs, and I have never felt restricted. While working on rope the softness of the material is comfortable against the skin, and has enough abrasion resistance to fend off most hazards. Unfortunately the first day on the job I was positioning myself to go over the roof edge, and snagged them on a exposed screw (would have done the same to my previous utility duck pants I had). Luckily the screw missed me, but punctured the pants. I left the hole to test the durability of the material and can happily report that hole has not grown in size. My favorite feature on the pants is the left leg stash pocket. Not only do my gloves fit in there, but it provides a secure (yet accessible) location for my phone while on rope. When working on the ground I tuck the pocket's lid into the pocket and it secures with the small velcro patch. This allows me to quickly access my phone when there is no threat of dropping it. Both the leg pockets fit below the harness leg loops making them ideal for rope work. I do wish that knees had a double layer of fabric or a more abrasion resistant material for when you are inevitably working on your knees. One of my favorite aspects of these pants are the ability to wash them easily. I own two pairs and sometimes work five days a week. My solution is to take these in the shower with me after each day. A light scrubbing and rinse (with water only), followed by a air dry and the pants are ready for a second or third day of work. This is incredibly useful for individuals working out of town that won't have access to laundry services easily. It should be mentioned that while wearing these pants for the first week I received multiple comments, questions and compliments about them. In a job site filled with blue jeans and work pants the Truewerk T2 Werkpants really stood out.
Final Thoughts- For far too long I have been searching for a pair of work pants that meets the high demands of working on rope. Truewerk saw a need for it and designed the Double-Stitch T2 Werkpants to deliver. And they have. Looking presentable, while being able to complete a physically demanding job is ideal and often unattainable. The T2s are changing that. If it isn't already clear, I would recommend these pants to anyone tired of the lack of options on the market for workwear. To find out more about the T2s or the other Truewerk products checkout their website.
*These pants were purchased for testing and working.