Q. I’m looking for pants durable for trail building and comfortable for wearing around camp. Ideas?
— Alex in the Field, Palos Hills, Illinois
A. Sometimes the more durable a pair of pants is, the less comfortable it is.
I’ve found these fit both categories — especially after a few washings. Try the Carhartt Washed-Duck Double-Front Work Dungaree ($50; carhartt.com). Another less expensive option is the Dickies Loose Fit Double Knee Work Pant ($30-$35; dickies.com).