Dockers mailed me a free pair of these, so I figured the least I could do was write a review. To summarize: 5 stars because they're comfortable, I really like the cut, and the seem durable.
Pros: -I really like the fit. I prefer slim-fitting, tapered pants, and Dockers seems to have hit the mark on this particular cut. I wear a 33x30 typically, and these are spot-on, with just the right leg openings at the bottom. -Seem more durable/rugged than my other Dockers chinos. But the lighter color means I won't be changing my oil in these bad boys. -Really comfortable, and if they "break in" as much as the advertisements suggest, I think they'll be a regular in my wardrobe.
Cons: -I still don't think they're a "jeans replacement." For work, their color means stains, etc., they're just not quite as rugged as jeans, and there's no other comparative advantage over tried-and-true denim. For fashion, they look a lot like normal chinos, so I can't see why I'd prefer them over jeans in a jeans-appropriate setting. -The double-button waist is nice, but I'd prefer metal buttons and a button-fly on pants that are supposed to be this durable.
Amazon has them for less than Dockers.com, and I think they're well worth the $45. If you're skeptical, just wait for a sale: Dockers has them pretty frequently.
These pants are really nice. I love the slim fit! To me they seemed a little pricey, but it was a good investment. They seem to be very durable. I would consider going a size up if it's a close call, but don't take my word for it. I usually wear 29X32 but the 30X32 is perfect for me. I wish I could afford more of these pants haha. If you want to have a more modern look then definitely go for these. Keep in mind, these pants are made of a bit heavier material. Overall, they look and feel fantastic. Exactly what I was looking for.
Been looking for a pair of pants to supplement my APC denim when I want to wear something lighter in warm weather. The Dockers Alpha pants have gotten some attention from style blogs because apparently Dockers sent a bunch of people free pairs of pants to review. After receiving my pair that I purchased through Amazon (Dark Pebble 32x30) I have a few thoughts to contribute to those looking for a versatile pair of pants that can be worn like denim. First, the fit of the Alphas is great as far as khakis go. Usually khakis are loose, even when labeled "slim fit", with a drape similar to dress trousers. The Alphas are cut like a slim, european style denim. They hug the legs close and will be a little higher in the crotch and rear seat area. This was a fit I was looking for and am happy in that regard. I also like the color selection and the coin pocket on the right side. Nice touches.
However, the areas I am not happy with are first, the material of the pants. The cotton used is rough and cheap feeling. Perhaps I can wash the pants several times to soften them up, but I don't think that would solve the problem. In the Alpha's actual retail price range (not Amazon price), I expected the material to be closer to something like a J.Crew style chino; soft and on the mid/heavy side of weight. In my opinion, the material on the Alphas is comparable to Old Navy khakis; rough and crinkly like a cotton tarp (not to be confused with the rough fabric on work pants like Dickies which will soften over time). When I wear the Alphas, the area behind the knees and around my lower thigh immediately create spiderweb-like creases. The material doesn't have much give if I squat down - I feel like my knees could rip through the fabric. If I get on my bike and attempt to pedal, I'm conscious of the thinness of the material around my knee and obviously, elsewhere. The pants don't appear like they could handle abrasion on a day-to-day level without getting holes. I suppose if I was to just wear the pants to an office and sit or stand most of the time, I would be less concerned, but I work as a photographer so I'm sitting on studio or location floors, squatting a lot, working with lots of grip equipment and so don't think I'll be keeping the Alphas around to test out their durability.
Dockers Alpha Slim Fit Khaki combines the ease of denim with the polished look of an iconic khaki pant. Alpha features a slim fit, low rise, heavyweight fabric, and rugged construction, so it looks and feels more like jeans. An ideal match for motorcycle boots, oxfords, and sneakers alike, Alpha delivers day or night, week or weekend.
Men's Alpha Slim Fit Khaki
At a Glance:
Sits low on waist for casual comfort
Features a slim thigh and tapered leg for a modern look
Dense, rugged fabric
Heavy stitching and reinforced seams for a durable jean-like feel
100% cotton, machine washable
Slim Tapered Design for a Modern Fit
Dockers Alpha Khaki provides the modern man with a comfortable, form-fitting pant that can be worn both in the office and out on the town. Sitting low on the waist, Alpha features a slim thigh with a slight ease in rise for comfort. The tapered leg gives the khaki a contemporary look.
Alpha is ideal for the leaner guy or anyone seeking modern style. Even if you size up for more room, you will still get a sleek fit thanks to the versatile design of this unconventional khaki.
Khakis That Act Like Jeans
Alpha Khaki uses a heavyweight fabric that has a soft feel. Thanks to the dense material, Alpha wears, wrinkles, and ages in ways denim would soften and break over time. Alpha also features heavy stitching and reinforced seams, adding traditional jean feel to a classic pant.
About Dockers: Perfecting the Khaki Style
Dockers has led the khaki industry with their pants and accessories since 1986. Today Dockers has reinvented the khaki category by offering working men and women more styles, new fits, and bold new colors. Dockers khaki, find yourself a pair.
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Dockers Men's Alpha Slim Fit Khaki.
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