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Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« on: May 04, 2021, 07:00:20 pm »
My two old pairs (jeans & chinos) reserved for such jobs fell to pieces almost simultaneously. I bought a pair of Dickies work trousers online, & they're almost good. Size, fabric, knee protection all fine, all the pockets I want & more, & at a very acceptable price indeed. I'd buy another pair, except for the one fault.

They have what I think should be called a builders cut. It is less than ideal for anything that requires bending over in cold weather. A bit draughty at times.

Does anyone have any suggestions for something cheap without that flaw?
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Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 07:11:52 pm »
Dungarees.

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Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 07:23:25 pm »
I think Dickies stuff is no longer available in the UK.

Scruffs is the other brand that looks good - no idea about the cut though.  Tip: wear braces with the trousers - 2nd tip - an overall/boiler suit is excellent for keeping warm.
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Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2021, 09:04:43 pm »
I have a pair of Lidl workies trousers. Capacious, loads of pockets and lined.  £15 and worn most days since November.

Boiler suit over if working outside.

Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2021, 09:16:34 pm »
Lidl? Interesting. One of their periodic sales, or permanently available?

I think Dickies stuff is no longer available in the UK.

Scruffs is the other brand that looks good - no idea about the cut though.  Tip: wear braces with the trousers - 2nd tip - an overall/boiler suit is excellent for keeping warm.
I bought my Dickies here in the UK about a month ago, online from a UK supplier. Multiple outlets still advertising 'em, including Screwfix.

Yes, overalls would solve that problem, but what I really want is some trousers with the waist at a proper height.
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Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2021, 09:18:31 pm »
I've used these https://www.siteking.co.uk/ Trousers and shorts. One pair of the shorts the stitching did run and I had to fix it myself. The other pair I wore to death over a year or two e.g. I used them every day in the bike shop etc. Trousers I have had for a few years now and still going strong.

I find them good fit, nice and lose, and durable. Never had that issue of having to arrange oneself before crouching with regard to draft or pinch. OK they aren't on par with a pair of Fjällräven but you don't really wanna do DIY and gardening in them.

You can't go wrong for about £15-20 a pair and sometimes you can get them cheaper via ebay.

 
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Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2021, 09:36:20 pm »
Ta. Look interesting.

Fjällräven? I have a very old Greenland jacket, worn in several countries. Still fine, apart from a minor stitching problem inside a pocket.

A few days I saw the price of a Kånken recently, & was shocked. I don't remember what mine cost, many years ago (1980s IIRC), but I recall it seeming not excessive.  So I looked to see if the Greenland jacket was still available. It is - & the price is mind-blowing, when I look at mine. It seems well-made, but it's a rather basic garment. Now £240 on the Fjällräven website. It's changed a little bit, but £240? Really? Maybe it's the organic cotton.
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Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2021, 09:45:03 pm »
I've used these https://www.siteking.co.uk/ Trousers and shorts.
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Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2021, 09:53:33 pm »
Fjällräven have added a bit extra to their cost for sure over the years. The Fjällräven KÅNKEN (backpack) we used in DK in 80s a school bag and it was dear but not £85 dear. My mum would never have gotten me one, for me to treat like hell as most 12 year old boys would. A school bag last less than a school year, back then. But this one were bombproof, stuffed with clothing and used as a football, mud, water, sand, dragged after you on foot and bike even got it stick in the chain. Then in the later years brilliant help on the beer run or tool box. I have never manged to wear one out or snap the zipper etc but sadly I lost my last one.

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Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2021, 10:01:15 pm »
Mine wore out eventually. It'd been to a few continents, & heavily used in the UK.
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Re: Trousers for gardening & other manual work
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 01:11:12 pm »
Combats from your local tacky surplus store? The standard British ones are surprisingly lightweight, but you can find interesting German, Dutch or Italian variants.
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