Rated 5 out of 5 by Duce My second pair
I'm an avid pheasant hunter. Twice a week as a minimum plus two trips to North Dakota. Warm and cold conditions. Perfect for layering. My title really says it all.
December 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Boatman25 Wow!
The ultimate Quail hunting pants!
No more soggy jeans, when walking through early morning wet grass, and brush.
The stickers and briers do not penetrate these hunting pants.
The knees have not gotten stained, when I kneel on the grass to pick up quail.
Good looking upland game pants.
I highly recommend these pants, as great upland game walking pants.
December 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by BirdNut Worked well enough. Some issues.
Just spent 10 days in Kansas hunting pheasants. Used these pants much of the time. As noted by a previous reviewer, they are really "noisy", which can be expected, to some degree, because of the material type. Hopefully washing will help that. Wearing them (a lot) did not. They are waterproof and worked well in snow, wet grass, etc. The zippered front pockets are, in my opinion, built backwards. You can unzip them, but when you try to zip them up, the entire pant leg raises. Unless you are a contortionist, plan on leaving them unzipped, and they will collect seeds and other debris.
My greatest concern is that the cut of the crotch is a little strange and caused some chaffing, which was uncomfortable, to say the least. All of us are built differently, so maybe that is just a problem unique to me.
December 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Wrede Rugged pants for rugged Iceland
We visited Iceland in February.
These pants were a great compliment to the cold, wind-swept terrain.
The Gore-Tex kept the biting wind at bay. I was concerned about sitting on the lava rock field tearing the fabric and literally freezing my butt off, but these pants handled it with no problem.
November 28, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by PheasantFamily Not as tough as the terrain
This is my husband's second season for these pants. The first season, he stepped in a hole and his knee caused the material to tear all across the seam of the briar cloth...I just sewed it back (he says not going to a fashion show). When he came back from this trip, he had several small tears in the fabric where thorns or briars got through and the bottoms of the legs are really ragged. Maybe that is typical for pheasant hunting in ND and SD. I was just hoping these would hold up better.
November 23, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Pheasant100 Noisy
The pants seemed to be of good quality and I liked the idea of the zippered pockets so that things would not be lost in the field. But, when I tried them on. they were very noisy when walking. Maybe they would be quieter after washing a few times but I was not going to take the chance. I returned them.
October 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NatefromVT Modern fabric meets classic looks
I've used every type of hunting pants imaginable during the last 27 years, and my complaint during the last decade was always the same - most of the classic stuff doesn't live up to modern fabrics used in ski pants and most technical outerwear. Then my best friend gave me these as a gift for a recent hunt. I'm sold; these pants are nothing short of a revelation. I hunted in them for 7 hours in 60 degree weather this past week - my legs never once got sweaty, and I never overheated (which is what normally happens in my current waxed-cotton pants). The next day, the temps dropped into the high 30's, and we hunted in pouring rain - these pants charged through briars, alder and pine scrub without so much as a nick. My legs stayed dry throughout. On the third day, the snow came - the temps were in the low 30's, and everything I wore got soaked... except my legs.
These are the most comfortable hunting pants I've ever hunted in. They are expensive - and they are worth it.
October 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by boltonguy Good solid upland pants; need suspenders
Wore them this morning for Massachusetts pheasant opening day. I like the zips on the legs (this is my first pair of pants with zips) as it easily allows me to wear these with my rubber boots when the ground is wet. The length at 29" is perfect for this application. They certainly kept me dry and didn't pick up in terms of briars, nettles, etc. and what they did pick up was easily brushed off by hand at the end of the hunt.
I did have some minor challenges with the fit. I would like them to ride higher on my waist and, even with a belt, they kept sliding down a bit on my waist and thighs when high stepping, which resulted in me hiking them up every few minutes or so. I feel like the rise is not as high as other brush pants.
I just put a set of suspender buttons on and will try them again with suspenders. Hopefully this will help. The fit could be a bit roomier as well in the seat and thighs given the lack of give in the gore tex fabric compared to my other cotton and tin cloth brush pants which are roomier and don't ride down. I did choose the correct waist and am of average build.
October 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MW4513 Well made, Great Fit, Waterproof
I purchased these pants to stay dry from the early morning dew while working my shorthair in the fields.....these pants survived the test and get 5 stars. Extremely comfortable and worth the extra $$$......they should last for years. Thanks LLB
October 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Timberdoodleshooter The only Goretex bird pants
Kudos to LL Bean for still offering Gore-tex Brush Pants! I couldn't find them anywhere else, since the world's foremost outfitter stopped selling them. I haven't used these yet; but, looking them over, they seem to be well constructed with quality materials. My last pair from the other guys lasted about 13 years; but, the Gore-tex is starting to break down. I'm hoping to get a similar amount of use out of the LL Bean pair.
My biggest criticism of the LL Bean Brush Pants is the use of zippered pockets. The people responsible for the design of these pants don't realize that if you're wearing them, it's wet or raining...so, you're wearing some sort of rain coat that hangs down over the tops of your pockets. So, the zippers are unnecessary at best, a nuisance at worst. So, flaps over the rear pockets would be nice. Nothing is needed to cover the front pockets.
Also, we're hunters; which means, we wear suspenders. There are NO suspender buttons on these bird pants!!?? I guess I'll have to use the old clamp-on suspenders. Maybe I can get some rubber buttons and sew them into the inside of the waistband myself. Seems a shame to have to modify a pair of pants that cost as much as an 870.
September 16, 2015