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A challenging number of cloths

These Mountain Research cargo pants are “multi-dimensional” according to retailer Haven. I can’t figure out how many dimensions, outside the usual three, are at play here? But I do know I prefer all my trousers to exist on at least three dimensions. I find two a bit snug.

What we have here is a pair of military inspired trousers, panelled together with five different cotton textiles. Count ‘em. There’s a herringbone weave, corduroy, chino cloth, moleskin and back satin. It’s is, by any measure, a challenging number of cloths for your legs to transport at one time.

Tonally we’re in the forest. Olives, browns… a darker olive, another olive that’s a bit lighter. It’s basically a bushy, mossy mix that would surely render your lower half nigh-on invisible were you to stroll in a wood. Onboard there are some patch pockets and drawstrings at the hem; meaning you won’t have to slop about like the guy pictured, with half a pound of cloth duveted around your ankles.

To avoid looking like you’ve just been ejected from SAS: Who Dares Wins, keep the top half neat and plain, and maybe add a chunky, semi-formal shoe. This will result in an edgy fit that implies you’re a guy with a wealth of counter-cultural wisdom. And not someone who garrottes people with his shoelaces.

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