Canadian Woodworking

Carhartt rugged flex loose fit canvas work pant


A great choice to wear on a job site, in the shop, gardening, or even loafing around town. They're comfortable, durable, and well priced.

Author: Carl Duguay

You should expect a lot from a company who has been manufacturing work clothing for over 100 years. And these rugged flex loose fit canvas work pants from Carhartt don’t disappoint. Relaxed fit pants give a bit more wiggle room in the seat and thigh areas than do slim fit pants, and have a wider leg opening than bootcut pants, yet aren’t baggy looking.

MODEL: 104495
PRICE: $44.99 US


Material: 8-ounce, 98% cotton / 2% spandex canvas
Available lengths: 30″, 32″, 34″, 36″
Available waist sizes: 30″ to 50″
Available colours: Shadow, dark khaki
Key features:
Rugged flex stretch technology
The most room to move with a loose fit through the seat and thigh and a straight leg
Right-Leg utility pocket and hammer loop
Left-Leg utility pocket
Reinforced front slash pocket
Strong sewn-on-seam belt loops

The pants are made from 8-ounce canvas fabric – 98% cotton and 2% spandex. I find them noticeably lighter than the 11-1/2 ounce weight pants I usually wear in the shop. The fabric feels just as durable, though time will tell how well they stand up to the rigors shop wear and tear.

The main seams are triple stitched where the major stress points are located. Most of the other seams are double stitched, which adds to the overall durability of the pants. You’ll also find a metal zipper, which I prefer over nylon. The pull tab is a good size making it easy to grasp.

The bottom cuff is single stitched – I would have thought to find a double stitch here, particularly on work pants. I also noticed that the pocket linings are single stitched. I have had pocket linings tear on several pants, which I attribute to single stitching (likely aggravated by a habit of putting screws and nails in my pockets as well). However, the good folks at Carhartt point out that cuffs and pocket bags ane not stress points, and that they use the same tensile/tear/abrasion standards for the pants fabric to ensure the most durable fabric for the pocket bags.

On these rugged flex pants you get the usual 4 pockets (two side, two back) along with 2 utility pockets on the right leg and one on the left leg, and a hammer loop. If you wear a work vest or tool belt then these pants provide enough real estate to house most of the personal gear you likely carry around during the day.

I like the large belt loops on these pants – they accept belts up to 1-3/4″ wide. And there are seven belt loops rather than five, which do a better job of holding pants snugly around the waist.

Carhartt’s Flex stretch technology enable these pants to move with you – whether you’re bending, kneeling, squatting or climbing they feel comfortable.

These Carhartt rugged flex loose fit canvas work pants are a great choice, whether you wear them on a job site, in the shop, gardening, or even loafing around town. They’re comfortable, durable, and well priced.

carhartt pants double stitching
Double and triple stitching on all the stress points.

carhartt work pants zipper
No nonsense metal zipper.

carhartt work pants
Right side hammer loop and two utility pockets.

carhartt work pants
Left side utility pocket and two sizable butt pockets.

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Flex stretch technology gives you ample room when you kneel, bend or crouch.

Last modified: September 29, 2023

Carl Duguay - [email protected]

Carl is a Victoria-based furniture maker and the web editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.

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