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Cargo pants without accursed Velcro

Discussion in 'EDC Clothing' started by GrantC, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. deeker

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    I was going to suggest Mountain Khakis. I have a couple of pairs and am quite fond of them. Have you looked at what Kuhl has to offer?
     
  2. GrantC

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    I've seen some Kuhls, and disliked the styling enough that I didn't even consider them.

    MK seems to be a relatively small company that doesn't have a big stock - they're out of most everything right now.
     
  3. mrdabble

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    Vertx Phantom OPS after much searching! the pockets are amazing, except the 2 butt pockets have flaps that make them hard to access.
     
  4. herman30

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    :hug: Me, too.
     
  5. GrantC

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    Just found the 5.11 Covert Cargo pants - unexpectedly un-tactical (especially given the company), and not exactly the styling I had in mind, but they sure look nice.
     
  6. Cprrckwlf

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    Now that I'm thinking about it there's close to 0 Velcro (patch panels aside) on any of my tad stuff. The hood keeper on my stealth. Nothing else I can thing of. But all of the pants use button flaps (cargo or pocket) where flaps are. The recons have low volume, hidden-ish cargo pockets that zip.


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  7. Tom Aiello

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    It's pretty easy to pick off the velcro and replace it.

    I use a lot of rare earth magnets instead. It's actually pretty nice.
     
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  8. MezmerizedOne

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    Check out RIGGS WORKWEAR by Wrangler. The cargo pants are ripstop fabric and have snap buttons to close the pockets. They run $35-50 depending on where you get them.
     
  9. Towanda

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    Wrangler Riggs Workwear Ranger Pants. Pretentious name, fantastic pants. The cargo pockets have snaps instead of Velcro.
     
  10. GrantC

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    You guys missed the part where I said I've worn Riggs Ranger pants for a decade and am not happy with the drop in quality over the last several years...
     
  11. veriest1

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    I think he meant LA Police gear BDU's. They're pretty much all I wear anymore at work or at home and they have no velcro (I've grown to hate it as well).

    It doesnt hurt that their BDU's have held up a lot better than their "tactical" pants in my experience.

    And they're cheap. Can't complain about that.


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  12. Westerdutch

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    That. Take out your sharp knife (if you dont have one you dont belong on this forum) and get a nice little punch n rivot set to put your own snap buttons instead! Now you are no longer limited to buying clothes because they have no velcro!

    Personally i dont like magnets but if you do thats also a nice way to replace velcro.
     
  13. Mudinyeri

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    What's your budget GrantC? There are numerous brands of cargo pants without hook and loop closures. It might also be helpful to understand your intended use. Basic everyday casual wear? Heavy use work environment?
     
  14. GrantC

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    I keep hearing that there are "numerous brands" but am having trouble finding them!

    Budget? Whatever it takes, but it would be nice to hold them to $60/pr.

    Use: basic indoor/outdoor casual wear, suitable for going to a decent restaurant but well built enough for long life and the occasional scramble through the black berry bushes. Looking for a hiking appearance as opposed to a tactical appearance (trying to blend in, not stand out like Tactical Timmy) or the urban hipster look (I'm too old for the trendy nonsense, and where I live they stick out like the city folk they are.)

    The pockets need to be functional; I like the look of Cabela's 7-pocket hikers, for instance, but the pockets are useless for anything thicker than a credit card.

    Yes, I'd thought about adding snaps to existing pants but would rather not have things look modified or added-on. (My wife, a leather worker, has TONS of snaps and the proper machine for inserting them, so it's not a big deal and I have done it. I'll do it again if I have to, but would rather have something a little less obvious.)

    (Oh, regarding Mountain Khakis: their cargo pants are officially discontinued and I can't find a pair in my size anywhere. They were PERFECT; that's the look I'm going for.)
     
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  15. sungame

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    I have done this to two pairs of cargo pants, and agree that it is pretty easy to install snaps yourself. However, I find that the snaps come off equally easily. On both pairs, one of two snaps on each pocket flap was pulled out after only a couple of weeks.
     
  16. GrantC

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    The key to doing snaps properly is a) have a tool that swages the stud really tightly and b) use a hole punch just big enough to accept the stud. I've never had a snap pull out when done in that manner.
     
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  17. sungame

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    You're probably right. I've been using the cheap tool that comes with the studs.
     
  18. Mudinyeri

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    OK, here are a few brands:
    1. Triple Aught Design
    2. VertX
    3. Military Surplus BDU Pants (Woodland & Desert)
    4. Old Navy
    5. Eddie Bauer
    6. LL Bean

    Sounds like the VertX pants might fit your requirements very well.
     
  19. sungame

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    I don't know what they are like these days, but US Military BDUs used to be the bees knees back in the nineties!

    The poly/cotton blend ripstop fabric was truly durable, the fit was great and adjustable waist tabs made it even better. The pockets were good, too! I haven't been able to find a good pair locally for quite some time, but I seem to remember that you could get them in OD Green (or was that olive drab?), black, khaki and, if you were really lucky, navy, if you wanted a more civilian look that the different camo patterns.
     
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    The pocket issue is something I've encountered on the "tactical" pants they issue us. They have velcro pockets that can't even carry a thin pair of gloves comfortably. I'm not impressed at all and have gone back to wearing regular BDU's until someone complains.

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