Four years ago, I first told you about the Coalatree Trailhead pants over on WWR (this was back before Knapsack existed). Since then, the world had changed a lot, and I’ve come to a conclusion. For me, the Coalatree Trailhead pants are the perfect pair of pants for working from home in the summertime.

Now, to be certain, we’re not supposed to play favorites with anything that we’re reviewing, and I’m happy to check out any challengers to the Coalatree Trailhead. Given the fact that I’ve now got four pairs of them hanging in my closet, it’s safe to say I’ve become a bit partial to them. It started with them being a good warm weather layer for being active in the outdoors (say, those cooler mornings and evenings when you’re camping), and they’re still great for that. Since 2020, though, they’ve been put to another use.

Since we all entered this brave new world of remote work, I’ve had a space setup in my basement where I do my work. In the summer, this means it’s a good bit colder than the rest of the house, and I found that shorts left me feeling a bit too chilly. Enter the Coalatree Trailhead. The lightweight nylon/spandex (88% / 12%) blend is just the perfect weight to allow you to feel cool in the basement, and then not feel like you’re entering the heat death of the universe if you head upstairs or outside. The stretch that they’ve got in there, along with the drawstring at the waist, means they wear like your favorite pair of joggers, just a whole lot lighter.

So, for me, the Coalatree Trailhead has basically become my “uniform” for the summer months, and at least a pair or two come along for the camping trips as well. For those more active times I do tend to put a belt through the loops to ensure they stay in place (as I tend to load my pockets), but at home, it’s all the elasticized waistband and drawstrings, keeping comfort high. YMMV, of course, but for me, they’re great. I tend to prefer the “regular” fit to the “slim”, but both get the job done. Whatever the color (there are now six, in both fits, they’ll run you $89 a pair. Check them out over at coalatree.com

Details from Coalatree

  • DESCRIPTION: Waterproof and breathable, four-way stretch, antimicrobial, tear-resistant, packs down into front pocket for travel or for use as a small pillow.
  • MATERIAL: Fair Wear® bluesign® 88% nylon, 12% spandex with DWR finish. Made from recycled materials.
  • WEIGHT: 10.9 oz
  • CARE: Machine wash inside out, on cold, with other technical fabrics. To keep the DWR feature lasting long, always hang dry. Do not bleach. Do not iron.

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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