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I hate wearing knee pads because they hurt the back of my legs. These I don't even notice they are there till I bend down.
Same here. Never wore knee pads much for the exact same reason. Thats one of the reasons I like the Armed pants, but thats only half the reason. I like the cut on me, heavier duty material and I love the pockets.

Need to also get more when the weather cools, as my fat but out-grew the ones I have. :censored:
 

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I have had them for a while. I am on my 2nd pair and can't bring myself to throw away the first pair. I have dickies too. Armed is made better and fit more comfortable. I just really miss my deep double side pocket were i kept a pud knife
, box cutter, and i swap out the pud for a set of channel locks when i am spraying.
With armed I can't get use to the short pockets. But I will buy another pair when needed for baseboard days and keep trying to get use to the short pockets.
 

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I have always gone for the Dickies although once I had some stan rays. Dickies are terrible and uncomfortable and I would prefer other colors. I buy them because they are at the paint stores.

but now RCP-is bringing my attention back to these Armored ones and I am gonna have to order some soon.

also the idea of knee pads inside a pocket is certainly going to be better than ANY knee pad with straps.

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I talked about the pants in the article I linked. After 6 months no holes, will know more after summer winds down and I begin wearing them again.

Dickies would be done in less than three.

I hate wearing knee pads because they hurt the back of my legs. These I don't even notice they are there till I bend down.
Should I get a pair to try? Think its worth it? How did the sizing work out? Were they true to the size chart for ordering or can u say u ordered the same size as Dickies and they were fine?

I'm really liking these Blaklader painter pants so far although I only have 2 days in them. Pockets galore. I'll get some better pics of all the compartments tomorrow but more pics on flickr.

 

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Sizing with Armed Workwear is pretty consistent with how you might order Carhartt. They are good.

Definite differences between them and the Blaklader, as one might expect. The pads are different for sure. As well as the pockets.


On the left is the BL pad. Right is that standard AW. Center is upgraded AW. In some ways the differences are a matter of preference, styling and fit.
 

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Sizing with Armed Workwear is pretty consistent with how you might order Carhartt. They are good.

Definite differences between them and the Blaklader, as one might expect. The pads are different for sure. As well as the pockets.


On the left is the BL pad. Right is that standard AW. Center is upgraded AW. In some ways the differences are a matter of preference, styling and fit.
Thanks. Would u say either of the AW pads form better or is one more dense than the other? I saw a review on the heavy duty BL pads, said they were like blocks on your knees and suggested buying the $9.99 pads. Never been big on pads but may order them with the AW pants this time. Are the pads heavy? I mean, does it feel like u have weights on your knees?
 

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Thanks. Would u say either of the AW pads form better or is one more dense than the other? I saw a review on the heavy duty BL pads, said they were like blocks on your knees and suggested buying the $9.99 pads. Never been big on pads but may order them with the AW pants this time. Are the pads heavy? I mean, does it feel like u have weights on your knees?
The Aw pad to the right is a soft foam. The problem with them was that they compressed and lost their rebound rather quickly, which is why they came out with the upgrade (center). Its more of a rubberized style, still soft and not bulky, and holds its thickness better over time.

The BL pad is thicker, cant really see it well in the photo, but its a good bit thicker. Because it is not as long as the aw pad, it feels different on your knee. Being shorter and stouter, it doesnt bend as easily on your knee, so positioning of the pad and pant leg are a little bit more of a thought when going to a kneeling position.

I like both, and choose which ones to wear based on what I am doing on the given day. If I want the bulk of the BL, say I am going to be on crushed stone rough grade on exterior, I want as much between my knees and the ground as possible. Or slate tile.

If wood floors, decks, most common surfaces, the aw are just fine. It really is two different pant wearing experiences, and I do like both.

Also, visually, the aw does leave you with a permanent waffle print on the front of your knees that really doesnt go away. The BL with the cordura wrap doesnt do that, which is nice.

Price wise, there is a noticeable difference as well.
 

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Should I get a pair to try? Think its worth it? How did the sizing work out? Were they true to the size chart for ordering or can u say u ordered the same size as Dickies and they were fine?

I'm really liking these Blaklader painter pants so far although I only have 2 days in them. Pockets galore. I'll get some better pics of all the compartments tomorrow but more pics on flickr.

I think they were pretty true to size. They are for sure the heaviest I have worn. Want to try the new dickies, and those you last blogged about.
 

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Scott, The photo in the mag shows pic kneeling down. They look very slim, tight or fitted? Any comment on that? I'm not into baggy but I like relaxed fit for work. The BL are more relaxed than Dickies for sure. It's nice bending and squatting in them. That and durability are probably most important to me.

Also, the review covered common paint tools one might want to carry. Do u personally carry regular tools on u? I do not so the BL pocket fest is a bit much for me. Up until these BL pants, never had anything on me but now carrying a 5-in-1 again. The only gripe about the 5-in-1 pocket is that it seems like u need to assist it into the pocket. Maybe because they are stiff and new, not sure but it would be great to slide it right in one-handed.
 

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I think they were pretty true to size. They are for sure the heaviest I have worn. Want to try the new dickies, and those you last blogged about.
One of the guys at work said he tried the double knee Dickies but did not like them. I'll ask what he didn't like tomorrow to see if I can relate. I think the Double knees are actually nice, just having that extra layer there helps and it does not feel at all like they are doubled there. They basically feel like the regular pants at SW.

The BL pants... they feel noticeably different on vs Dickies. Feels like I have protection gear on or something. haha
 

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Scott, The photo in the mag shows pic kneeling down. They look very slim, tight or fitted? Any comment on that? I'm not into baggy but I like relaxed fit for work. The BL are more relaxed than Dickies for sure. It's nice bending and squatting in them. That and durability are probably most important to me.

Also, the review covered common paint tools one might want to carry. Do u personally carry regular tools on u? I do not so the BL pocket fest is a bit much for me. Up until these BL pants, never had anything on me but now carrying a 5-in-1 again. The only gripe about the 5-in-1 pocket is that it seems like u need to assist it into the pocket. Maybe because they are still and new, not sure but it would be great to slide it right in one-handed.
Aw is a loose fit. Very similar in fit to Carhartt. I dont consider them a tight fit at all. For a frame of reference, I have never liked the fit of Dickies.

Generally, when I am painting, I prefer to be prepping for my painters. When prepping, I am likely to have a rag, putty knife, 5, dust brush, always a sharpie and a pencil, and I never leave home without my razor blade. Thats pretty much it.

I felt the same initially about the flip out BL pockets. I was planning to keep those internal. Until last week when we were reinstalling gutters on a place we just finished. Those freakin pockets...I could keep the pan heads in one, the Phillips in another (just in the divided set) and then on the other side about 40 brackets and clips. That was pretty cool. But that happens about once every three years. The flip outs to me are for fasteners, maybe window locks and screws, etc. I also found the 5 pocket on the BL to be about 3/16" to narrow. I've been carrying a brand new Hyde 14-1 lately which Wolfgang could hurt someone with, not pleasant on the in and out. The pocket makes me want to flip it and carry it blade up, which I no longer do. The security pockets are nice when pressure washing, but generally kind of baggy on the left outer thigh.

Anyways...I do like them. Bottom line, no more conventional kneepads. Inserts are the way to go.
 

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I bought some AW after reading about them here.

The first day I popped in the knee pads to see what they were like. It was exterior work and hot outside. I forgot I had them in until I went to set up my sprayer a couple hours in the day. And I LOVE having them in just for the occasional kneeling on concrete or gravel.

My favorites about them:
Keeping my phone on my thigh where I can answer it in time, even in weird positions.
Keeping my 5-in-1 in a place where there's no car seat damage potential.
The knee pads.
The fit - loose enough to dig into my pockets, tight enough to be safe and comfy.
The material - dickies are hard and scratchy. These are soft.
The look - I feel like a show-off in the paint store. Hey man, you got a sharpie in you front-thigh pocket? Didn't think so, sucka!

My one complaint - the back right pocket. I'm sure it's useful the way it's divided up - I've used it for a dust brush once. But I usually keep my wallet on that side.
 

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ok ,I bought three more pairs.. the first ones I bought were made in Thailand, they were fabulous, BIG AND COMFORTABLE,The new ones are made in Pakistan,and fit like Levis, tighter, more constricting,and the fabric is a bit thinner,zipper is a bit smaller....May have to go back to Carhartts.... Just can't see spending 90.00 on Blakladder's
 
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