Outlier OG Pants

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

At $180, the Outlier 4Season OG Pants are a specialty product created for a small, affluent market niche. Essentially, these are “performance dress pants,” a unique hybrid for office workers who bike commute or active types who want a comfortable pair of pants to do double duty in social situations and during moderate physical activity.

Made in New York City with Schoeller Dryskin Extreme fabric, the OGs pull influence from sources as distant as the world of fashion and mountaineering. The company (http://outlier.cc) calls the pants “the ultimate in versatility, both socially and technologically.”

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Outlier 4Season OG Pants

In my test this past fall, the OGs have held up to bike commutes and long days sitting at a desk working. They are comfortable and nice-looking. The Schoeller fabric is a great choice, cloaking its inherent technical characteristics — water and stain resistance, stretchiness, breathability — with a look and feel that could be mistaken for a fine wool.

The cut is medium to slim, but it is comfortable because the fabric has built-in stretch. The leg opening is small, though most cyclists will want to still employ a Velcro strap on the right cuff to keep fabric out of the bike chain.

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Rain beads on the Schoeller fabric

In a light rain, water beads and rolls off the OG pants. But raindrops soak in during a downpour. They are water resistant, though don’t confuse the OGs with rain pants.

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Posted by larry j - 07/21/2010 12:08 AM

i am tired of the levis, dickies, etc for riding. i average over 40 miles a day everyday, and would like what outlier appears to have on their website; a straight, simple, clean lined, well tailored bike pant made with good quality bike-functional material. the problem is in reality their tailoring is terrible. their patterns are poorly designed (too much flare and too high rise as well as bad clowny pockets on og’s and workwear, bad gussett design in workwear, etc). really, jeans have far more moveability than the workwears (they really are the most difficult pants for riding i’ve ever worn). the climbers look cool and with a better cut; but like all the pants, the stitching is twisted or they don’t lay smooth on sides, etc. really, just poor craftsmanship. if they made a climber cut with a thicker material to rest better, or did their workwear with a lower rise, more tapered leg, no gussett, and just a little stretch…i would happily support these guys. bottom line: poorly designed and poor/random/inconsistent construction. hopefully this review will encourage better quality from outlier, as i really do like their asthetic/idea, and i would love a good quality bike pant. otherwise it’s a matter of time before rapha makes one out of their schoeller. maybe rapha’s design will be lame, but the quality will be there.

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