Three Things to Consider Before Buying Cargo Pants

A rugged, durable pant with plenty of pockets are as useful in the field as they are in the office.

Cargo shorts may be anathema to high-brow fashionistas, but full-length cargo pants are as popular as ever. Whether you actually use every single pocket is sort of irrelevant. The point is that you can. The extra compartments are there if you need them to horde the bits and bobs and tools and treasures that make life all the more worth living. If you are in the market for a pair of five-pocket pants that won’t ever go out of style and always say “Ready Freddy,” then take a look at these popular options.

Features 12 Pockets

Cargo pants are named for all the spots they have to carry your cargo. 5.11

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Cargo pants don’t have to be limited to the standard five or six pockets. But seriously, if you can’t carry it in one of these twelve pockets, then you probably don’t need it.

Super Sturdy

Eight pockets—two regular side-slant, two back, two flap style on each leg—hold everything you need. LA Police Gear

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Any pair of pants intended for hard use should have articulated knees and a gusseted seat. Action tailoring prevents binding behind the knees or ripping a seam when chasing bad guys.

Machine-Washable

Some styles are fancy enough to wear in an office setting. Wrangler

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Just because you work in an office doesn’t mean you have to limit your pocket count. A pair of business-casual twills looks just as smart on the job as in the field, and that fifth pocket is mighty handy for a cellphone or note pad.