Carhartt’s Duck Work dungarees.
Carhartt’s Duck Work dungarees. (Tim Tomkinson)

Tough-Ass Pants

Carhartt’s Duck Work dungarees.
Tim Tomkinson

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A term for rugged work trousers that are particularly good at handling abuse. While it can apply to any long-lasting britches, the most notable example is Carhartt. First created by Hamilton Carhartt for Michigan railroad workers in 1889, the pants have always prioritized durability over style and are most often covered in stains paired with a strong work ethic and the aroma of chopped wood or motor oil. They are also prized by climbers, who appreciate their aptitude for holding up in a variety of conditions.

From Outside Magazine, August 2015 Lead Photo: Tim Tomkinson

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