This is a review of the Futureworks pants from Outlier. These pants are made with the same F-cloth material as Outliers New Way shorts (which I’ll be reviewing soon). However these are longer and are Chino style pant. The F-cloth material is a lightweight yet very durable mix of cordura nylon and elastane. Which gives it a comfortable to wear 2 way stretch. You can see that there is also a knee length gusset that further improves the pants comfort and stretch.
In terms of fit, I don’t know if Outlier has revised it sizing or if the Futureworks are just cut a bit slimmer. But I usually wear a size 30 in my Outlier Slim Dungarees. With the Futureworks I tried a size 30 and a size 31. The size 30 fit me firm around the waist but was a bit too snug around the thighs for me. The size 31 fits more like my Slim Dungarees size 30. But the Dungarees do tend to stretch out a bit with wear. Whereas the Futureworks don’t tend to stretch out much with wear. My actual waist measurement is about 32in (81cm) around. The Size 30 measured 15.5in across (39cm) and the size 31 measures 16in (40.5cm) across the waist.
The F-cloth material is very comfortable and breathable and is very nice to wear on hot days or cool days. For very cold winter wear though it would likely need a baselayer to keep you warm. I tested it through some 100 degrees fahrenheit (38 degrees celsius) and they felt nearly as cool as the Injected Linen pants. They do wick moisture and dry quickly as well. And they have a durable water repellent coating that repels water very well. This coating does wear down a bit with continued wear and laundering. However it can be revitalised by putting it in the dryer.
With pricing the Futureworks come in at USD $148 (AUD $208). Which actually makes them the most affordable pair of pants that Outlier makes. And for this reason I would say that they are a great ‘beginners’ pair of pants for those wanting to get into the Outlier brand. Or for those wanted to get into some serious techwear that looks and performs very well. This year the pants come in 9 colours of which there should be something for everyone’s tastes. I have the size 30 in Phantom Grey and the 31 in Dark Navy.
Overall I like the Futureworks more than I expected I would and they have proved so far to be very versatile and comfortable in a wide range of situations. I do somewhat prefer the jeans 5 pocket style layout like the Dungarees have. But the Chino style side pockets do make it easy to slip things into and out of your pockets. They’re also able to be dressed up and down more easily.