Runs small, but still a good solid choice for some
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- The waist runs at least one whole size smaller. Size up at least one size. For further details continue reading below.
- The seat is definitely low. I recommend wearing suspenders, otherwise plumber's crack will certainly occur.
- The inseam feels short due to the short seat. You may need to size up on the inseam too.
- The shell (outer fabric) is NOT heavy duty. I would be hesitant to recommend these pants to arborists, roofers, carpenters, etc, where frequent abrasion may occur. The shell is 8oz cotton duck; so it is not heavy duty like 12 or 14 oz duck fabric.
- For those who live in severe winter areas and intend to wear long johns or knee length socks, keep in mind the fleece lining and your long johns/socks may catch and pull each other when putting them on. In this case, if you will find that annoying, I suggest flannel lined pants, or even better yet, taffeta lined pants.
- They pick up lint and pet hair easily, noticeable in the dark colors.
- The pants are lightweight, soft, drapey and have a worn in feel. The fleece lining feels nice against the skin. The pants are definitely not stiff like other lined pants.
- They do not feel bulky, like insulated, taffeta lined pants/overalls.
- I would say they are warmer than the average flannel lined pants.
- Adequate for casual wear or light/medium duty work.
- The price!!!
I typically wear 34w or 36w pants (depending on the brand), and nearly all my pants are 30 inch inseam. Ideally, my size would be 35Wx28.
I originally bought these pants, a couple years ago, in 34wx30 and they were unwearable, they were sized like 32wx28. Thankfully, Key replaced them with 36wx30, which at least I could put them on. I tried them on again recently and they were snug in the waist, but wearable, so I suspect they might have shrunk (hard to tell since I haven't wore them for awhile and I forgot how they fit before being laundered).
I recently bought a pair in 38x30, the fit is loose, that is why I suspect my older 36x30 pants shrunk in the waist. The inseam feels like 28" inseam on both, because of the low cut of the seat. I measured the inseam of both of pants and they measured 29 inches with a tailors tape, which is not unusual of even "30" inseam pants, but the low seat makes the inseam feel shorter; this is not a problem for me since ideally my inseam is 28".
If you avoid wearing belts or don't use suspenders, these pants may be not for you, because of the low cut seat. I installed suspender buttons on my older pair and i don't mind the low cut. For comparison, the average jean in my size has a 12 inch length from the crotch seam to the top of the waistband, these pants, both of them, measure 10 inches from the crotch seam to the top of the waistband, so definitely a lower seat.
In my case, I am satisfied with these pants, but I understand how others would not like them. Just be mindful of the sizing issues I mentioned and size up accordingly. I personally intend to buy a different color in the future if Key still has them in stock. The price is a steal, and the sizing issues are not deal killers for me,