A friend recently asked me what pants to get for a photography assignment in Iceland. My answer surely surprised him: the Grinder Pants from Sitka. Designed with the needs of waterfowl hunters in mind, these pants have become a go-to for just about everything in my daily life and more.
The Sitka Grinder Pants are intended to be worn under waders and bibs or in the field, but while they are certainly ideal as a comfortable insulation piece, they have wider practical use for everything from pants on mountain big game hunts to pants for hiking in cooler temperatures to every day lounging pants.
The reason I’m now planning to grab a second pair of these pants is that I now wear them nearly all the time and often in place of jeans. The stretch material is comfortable and forgiving, and there isn’t as much of that feeling of a restrictive nylon blend. What also stands out is the fit. When walking up steep hills or even climbing in the truck, there’s more range of motion due to the stretch but also an articulated fit.
Another main reason I love these pants is the durability. While there are other standout features (such as the well-designed pockets), these pants have taken a beating since I’ve had them, and they have been standing strong in brush and rocky terrain. And the extra material in the pockets is a nice touch.
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