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- Price $158 on oliversapparel.com
- Sizing 6ft and 187lbs, usually a size 32/33. I am reviewing a size 32.
As a long-time Outlier Slim Dungarees wearer, I never thought I would consider any other travel pants. My recent experience with Seagale's Performance Chinos has really opened up my eyes to the range of options that other brands have to offer. This time, with Olivers Apparel Passage Pants.
Olivers love for technical fabrics and sleek design puts them in a similar category as Outlier for me, and I was excited to be able to review their Passage Pants. I've seen the pants come up on many “best travel pants” lists, so my expectations were high. And boy, I wasn't let down.
On first impressions, the Passage Pants remind me a little of Outlier's Slim Dungarees. The reason I felt this way was because of the way the stitching and pockets were designed. The overall style is very similar, albeit slightly slimmer. And I liked it.
It's not ultra-minimalist with double stitching throughout the pants and non-hidden pockets. The buttons and rivets are also not matte or black which makes it less muted than I would usually like.
However, as a package, its aesthetics is still pretty minimal for most people, with absolutely no external branding.
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I have more muscular calves than most from my days in the military, so it was pretty tight for me in the calves when I first put it on, while the waist was a perfect fit for me.
After a day or two in them however, the pants adapted to my body shape and I no longer felt the tightness like before. However, the waist became about half an inch more relaxed as well, but I didn't really mind it and it felt more comfortable.
While I usually need to roll up two or three folds for most of my pants, I did like that the length of the pants was absolutely perfect for me. While I'm sure not everyone has the same length of legs, I was just so amazed at the perfect fit that I felt like the pants were tailored specially for me.
Most pants tend to be longer than necessary to allow for hemming, but the Passage Pants certainly made a good guess with their pant's length.
In my experience, the pants are true to size as described.
If I have to nitpick, I found the color of the pants a lighter tint than absolute black, closer to charcoal. The difference is pretty obvious if you have as many black clothing as I do.
I also wanna say that I'm impressed with the attention to detail paid to this pants. Despite the many stitchings on the pant, I could not find any frayed edges or bad stitching. In fact, I could find only a total of two loose threads throughout the pant, insides or out. The delivery feels very well done and what you would expect from a high-end tailor.
The Passage Pants is made of 91% CORDURA Nylon and 9% Lycra, a material they call Passage Stretch Weave. This is a unique combination and while I've plenty of experiences with CORDURA bags, it's my first experience with CORDURA pants.
The pants are four-way stretch. While I found the stretch to be quite a bit more than a two-way stretch pair of pants, it's not as stretchable as the other four-way stretch pants I own. In other words, you can't do yoga in these like you can with most other four-way stretch pants.
For example, if you try squatting in it, the material would stretch, but not enough such that the position causes your pants to be pulled down slightly if you don't have a belt on. You will also feel the pressure of the pants squeezing your legs.
The pants use a gusseted crotch, which means the pants is connected to a diamond-shaped fabric at the crotch, rather than a cross-section which would cause all the stress to be focused on a single point.
This also allows for more freedom of movement. I've owned quite a number of pants with gusseted crotch and increase of movement can be noticeably felt.
Olivers claims that the pants are more durable than denim, and while it does seem like it, I would argue it depends on what weight of denim it is. As an ex-denimhead, heavyweight denim has a pretty good reputation for being tough as nails. I'm looking forward to see if these pants will outlast denim.
The zipper is from industry standard, the crème de la crème of zippers, YKK, and the buttons are from one of my favorite brand of buttons, Cobrax from button maker riri. Outlier uses a lot of Cobrax and I've grown to like them a lot.
While it isn't advertised, there is actually DWR treatment on these. I've been out in the rain in these and the treatment is not very apparent, they do get wet and water won't bead. (SMH at me expecting pants to be waterproof) But, because of the moisture-wicking material, the pants dry off quicker than most.
One thing about DWR-treated products is that the treatment would wear off in time and you would need to use a product like Nikwax to bring back the water-resistance.
I've only been using these pants for a few weeks and it has held up pretty adequately so far. I expected no less.
As mentioned the stretch is not as crazy as some other pants I own, but it is a super good-looking pair of pants for almost any occasion except the gym. I've worn it on weekend trips and to the office and it goes super well with my all black wardrobe.
The tiny pocket within the right front pocket, is also deeper and larger than most jeans. It's the perfect size for my TOM BIHN minimalist wallet.
A fun fact is that this type of pocket is originally introduced as a watch pocket, for men who wore pocket watches and needed a place to keep them protected. You're probably a level 99 hipster if you own a pocket watch in this day and age, but it's interesting to know that the design has outlasted its original intent.
Something I noticed only after some use is that if you look at the fabric up close, you'll notice that the pants have small white specks all over it.
This is mostly because of the threads being used and also partly due to dirt being gathered in between the weaves. It's not very noticeable unless you inspect it real close and I don't personally mind.
I will be updating this post as I bring these pants on a series of adventures, so be sure to check back for more insights.
The Olivers Passage pants is a well-designed piece of travel pants. There isn't as much stretch as I expected, but more than any non-travel pants you have. It more than makes up for it with its impeccable fit and great choice in materials.
I would recommend these pants for anyone who wants to look good while on the road.