Solid work pants, disappointing fit
While I'm a huge Carhartt fan, these pants missed the mark for me, especially when compared to the old WB136.
Fabric is durable, which I put to the test daily. On any given day I might be falling trees, turning wrenches on equipment or building buildings. These pants hold up.
Inseam length works for me. Usually pants are either too short or too long, but these are the perfect length for me.
Waist doesn't come up to my armpits.
Double fronts. See above on durability.
Minimal shrinkage. Always nice to have pants fit the same coming out of the wash as they did going in.
While the fabric is durable, the color/colorfastness leaves much to be desired. I have to wear black pants at work, and these start out a faded black brand new and then get lighter over time/washing. My old WB136's and the men's black pants start out coal black and take a long time to fade, so I know extreme fading is not a characteristic of all Carhartt pants.
Have you guys seen a woman? Seriously? We have curves. The waist on these things is HUGE for the size and I'm not even particularly curvy. It's like they're designed for a no butt/all gut build. I have to get the waist taken in every time, which sucks when I'm already shelling out $55/pair and then have to tack on another $15/pair just so they fit right (they just bunch up uncomfortably if I cinch down my belt). This was NOT how the WB136's fit, nor, surprisingly, how the men's fit, even though I have to buy a size up in men's to accommodate my hips.
No hammer loop?!?!? The "utility bands" are anything but. What the heck am I supposed to do with them? Can't fit a hammer or other hand tools in them, tape measures clip on the belt and everything else goes in the pockets. Most of the time I forget they're even there, except when I try to put a hammer in the non existent hammer loop and get mad. You put them on the Crawfords and the 1889's(which I would buy if they came in black, but alas, they don't), why not the Kanes?
Don't get me wrong, I love my Carhartts, but please just give us working ladies pants that are functional and fit well. I guess I'll be going back to the men's pants, since I can at least get the features I want and I have to have them taken in regardless.