Ladies and gentlemen, I begin with a question: is there anyone here who does not love corduroy?  The softness, the distinctive appearance – what more could you ask for?  Quite a bit, as it turns out, and Outdoor Research has chalked the Rutland full of quality.

OR Rutland Pants Features:

  • Breathable
  • Movement-Mirroring Stretch
  • Belt Loops
  • Button and Zipper Fly
  • Front Jean Pockets
  • Back Patch Pockets
  • Fit: Standard
  • Fabric 98% cotton, 2% spandex stretch slub corduroy
  • Avg. Weight (oz./g): 17.4oz / 492g (34)
  • MSRP: $85.00

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Rutland pants do it in style

As much as I love reviewing technical gear and the latest in backpacking developments, there’s nothing as enjoyable as getting a lifestyle product from a great company.  Good designers like those at OR can do an excellent job at translating the outdoor aesthetic into wearable, fashion-forward lifestyle pieces and the Rutland is an excellent example of this.  This sturdy pant is nice blend of the two.

The base of the Rutland is a cotton/spandex blend; it’s 98% cotton, so don’t expect a whole lot of quick-drying synthetic performance or anything like that.  That 2% of spandex does a heck of a job, though – the pants are not gusseted but they still have range of motion wide enough to boulder in.  For hiking and scrambling they are more than sufficient, but I suppose the purpose of this pant is to be more at home squeezing in and out of booths and striding around downtown.  A gusset would provide a little insurance against busting out the seams, but it would compromise the urban look that OR was going for.

Merry Christmas from Warren (5 of 12)

It should be noticed that this is a pretty light pair of cords as far as they go – you can see light coming through them if you hold them up to the sun, so don’t expect a heavy-duty pair of corduroys here.  Rather, they’re designed to breathe well for warm days or shoulder-season variety.  I found this to be the case and the cotton certainly does something to help you stay cool on warmer days.

The pants are consummately practical – plentiful belt loops and the normal slate of pockets coupled with a subtle stretch in the waist help these pants regularly sneak onto the front shelf in my closet.  They were comfy out of the box, but I have noticed that they’ve stayed with me through the vagaries of holiday-time waist-size shenanigans. They’re certainly comfortable, but OR might have done one or two more things to make them a wearer-friendly pant – I would have liked to see a back-pocket offset for my wallet.  However, the nice touches like OR-emblazoned button and rivets do something to elevate the sense of quality in the Rutland pants.

Merry Christmas from Warren (6 of 12)

The Good

  • Classic design in a classy fabric
  • Breathable and stretchy for activity
  • Quality construction with some very classy touches
  • Comfortable out of the box, slight elasticity in the waist

The Bad

  • A gusset would help preserve the crotch seams
  • Straight-forward pocket design; some nuance here would be appreciated

The Bottom Line: OR Rutland Corduroy Pant

On the whole, the Rutland has a lot going for them – they’re a sleek pant with all of the performance that you could ask for from a style piece.  I like the careful touches that OR included and my two quibbles are really points of preference – all in all, an excellent addition to any outdoorsy guy’s wardrobe.

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About Author

Kevin Glover is an outdoorsman living, climbing and biking in Spokane, WA. Originally from the Nevada high desert, he moved to the PNW for its mild winters and allergen-free summers. He has guided throughout the Cascades and Enchantments for Peak 7 Adventures.

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