REPLY To below ***
Thank you for the feedback, we have extended the size and position of the double knee. Please return your pair and in the Fall when the new designs arrive we can get you a pair with seam falling differently. ***
The pants are not in-expensive which can certainly be justified by their sturdiness and quality of materials. They arrived and did indeed appear to be quite well made. I tried them on and they fit comfortably around my waist so I sent them through a wash cycle after which they still fit well with no shrinking . I set them aside for my upcoming trip. HOWEVER-- when I wore them on the trail and actually walked in these pants, I realized that the top seam for the knee re-enforcement fell right across my kneecap and rubbed on my my knee when I walked. Every. Single. Step. Mid-trip I tried giving the irritated skin on my knees some relief by putting a piece of duct tape over the inside seam but this only helped some as the edges of the tape would tend to peel away snagging leg hair with duct tape glue. If this seam was only an inch or two higher there would be no problem and the pants would have been just fine for me. Hiking the pants up so the seam sits above my kneecap provides no solution because then pants no longer sit comfortably on my waist. After one trip the pants are now waiting to be donated to Goodwill. Dissapointing!
Original Piragis canoe pants
Just received my Original Piragis canoe pants. Absolutely delighted . Great fit, solid materials, well thought out canoe specific details. I will be surprised if you are not shipping more of these to Eastern Canada when my canoe buddies see these. Great service. Thanks, Ian.
Comfort & Durability
Purchased a pair of these for a week-long excursion in Quetico. They held up exceptionally well and stayed comfortable for hours in the canoe and while trudging through the mud on miles of portages.
Been using these pants for years, but the seams give out. Crotch split on last trip. Cloth is great, dries quick, tough, but the thread is wimpy.
I find it incredible that a reviewer wore through knees of these pants? I kneel when I paddle and I paddle almost every week of the YEAR. Plus, I wear them around the farm. In 3 years the only difference is they're a little softer and more comfortable. Those knees aint wearing through even under MY substantial weight. Best hunting, paddling, fishing, hiking, berry picking pants on the market IMHO? Only upgrade I'd make is to do what my wife did for me. She put elastic in the cuffs. GREAT PANTS!
I just got back from a Quetico trip. There were three pairs of this pant on the trip. Every pair ripped out above the reinforced double knee - two pairs both knees, one pair one knee. I really love everything else about the pants but there seems to be a material or design flaw. RESPONSE from Steve Piragis Our original version we have all the parameters met except the toughness. Tear outs above the knee were somewhat common although not universal. We may have had a dozen complaints of so. In the last two years we have been using a tougher fabric that still meets our criteria for feel and fast drying. We have had no complaints so far on this new version. Our #1 tester wears the pants almost year around and works in the woods. I personally wear the pant to work and on all my forays into the BWCAW and beyond with no rip outs. The nylon version that was new last year seems even lighter, faster drying and amazingly as tough.
Pants for Trail or Home
Having tested these pants way back when we first designed them and continued to wear them through the years I'm satisfied that our latest design is the most comfortable blend of design features and fabric available for canoe paddlers and campers today. Versatile. They help make my trips more enjoyable. Tim Stouffer, Piragis Northwoods Company, Catalog Director