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Arc'teryx Texada pants are rough and tumble yet soft and stretchy

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Price: $129

Sizes: 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38

Weight: 565 grams

Materials: 282 g/m² (8.3 oz.) stretch cotton canvas: 99% cotton, 1% elastane

Features: Articulated knees, gusseted crotch, resilient stretchy fabric, athletic with style, function, fit.

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“Are those an Arc’teryx version of Carhartts?” my friend asked while we hauled firewood in the Uinta Mountains. “Yup, and they’re way more comfortable and functional,” I replied. The Arc’teryx Texada pant has been a mainstay in my wardrobe since I first got its predecessor, the Aristo Pant. They have held up to serious abuse and life in general—from hiking, chopping and gathering wood, shoveling snow, après-ing, camping, you name it. They’re simply the best all-around mountain pant I’ve had in terms of function, fit, and design.

The Arc’teryx Texada is technically a climbing pant, yet has a loose fit and tailored style that works around town once you’ve wrapped up your lumberjack duties. The rugged pant weighs in at 8.3 ounces, yet has a soft feel due to its stretch cotton canvas. The fit is designed for a full range of mobility (which is what sets it apart from Carhartts) and features six pockets, one with a zipper. With built-in knee articulation for hiking burly trails, the fit is further enhanced with an integrated waist belt—a draw cord can also be cinched at the cuff to keep snow out or to simply reinforce the pant and footwear connection. The pant, also slated to sit comfortably under a harness with pocket accessibility, is similar to the fit and function of Arc’teryx’s White Line freeride collection. It’s clear the pant is impeccably designed with a functional fit that no longer screams tight ski-mo. Of course, the one part of these pants that doesn’t stand up to other canvas-style work pants is cost. The Texadas will set you back a pretty penny, and some would be aghast to pay over $100 for a pair of pants. But the Texadas aren’t just any pair of pants and are worth the splurge.

For almost five years I’ve been impressed by these pants. Not only have they been sturdy in every sense, but after heavy use they only have a few scuffs along the cuff from me banging around the mountains (aside from me breaking my old pair’s belt clip from my less than stellar laundry skills). With a fresh pair now in hand, I’m certain that they’ll hold up another five years or longer. And, even better, they look good—considering once autumn rolls around I’m either in these, snow bibs, or long johns around the cabin.

PHOTO: Erme Catino