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Editors Test the Mettle of Duluth Trading Co.'s Flex Fire Hose Jeans

Editors Test the Mettle of Duluth Trading Co.'s Flex Fire Hose Jeans

We put these work pants through the wringer and both of us will be buying more.

Several months ago the folks at Duluth Trading Co. called Farm Progress Cos. Executive Editor Frank Holdmeyer and asked if he'd like to try a pair of their Flex Fire Hose Work Pants. Since Frank and I haven't argued in years, he called me and asked if I'd like to get in on the action too since I do product testing for new product articles. Heck yeah!!!

Duluth has made a name for itself over the years with work wear made from canvas quite similar to that used to make fire hoses -- abrasion resistant in the most extreme way. Now with Flex Fire Hose garments, the canvas includes a 1% spandex addition to help make the pants more comfortable.

Deep pockets and Velcro closures are features that come in handy on Duluth Trading Co's. Flex Fire Hose work pants, along with a very tough canvas that resists wrinkles and abrasion.

For the past eight weeks Frank and I wore the pants (separate pairs, by the way) and put them through their paces in a number of activities. Both of us say these things have become our "go to" work pants, and both of us will be buying more as time goes on. They are everything the company says they are -- tough, comfortable, and handy.

No one ever said Dan Crummett had deep pockets. But, once I donned Flex Fire Hose jeans I found the pockets to be a school boy's delight! You can lose a pair of Channel Locks in those things! Frank particularly likes the Velcro pocket flaps which keep things secure but easily accessible.

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Frank adds this about what Duluth calls their "Flex Ballroom Jeans" (so-named because of a hidden crotch gusset to allow more freedom of movement and comfort while working), "These are my favorite go-to jeans for both work and casual wear. The 1% spandex woven into the denim helps make sure they're flexible in all the right places."

Modeling work pants isn't part of the daily routine for Farm Progress Cos. Executive Editors Dan Crummett, left, and Frank Holdmeyer, but hey -- someone's got to do it! AND, they have SPANDEX!

One of Duluth's eye-catching advertisements refers to these work pants and "ballroom jeans" and Frank notes the hidden crotch gusset is definitely noticeable, allowing more freedom of movement. 'Nuff said.

Another feature I enjoy is ample belt loops and room for a sturdy belt. Also, the big brass zipper handle on the fly is handy (particularly if you're in a hurry) and refuses to fold under as many front zipper handles do on blue jeans.

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We both found the pants launder well, look good and feel great right out of the dryer. And, when we both wore ours to a company meeting recently during a "business casual" event they fit right in, and got good comments

"I think these pants will last a long time, especially with the triple-stitched seams," Frank says, adding, "But, I'll probably order another pair or so to have a spare when one is in the laundry."

Ditto from me.

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