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tapered, looser, longer and poly-blended (compared to D2)
on March 30, 2013
I've been wearing Dockers for at least 10 years and I've tried numerous varieties of them. Lately I have been wearing the D2 and D3 types. The difference between the two is that the D3 is cut looser, longer, and has a slight taper. These factors combined with the poly blend fabric make the D3's a better choice for work or dressier occasions. They look good with tucked in long sleeve button down dress shirts and black leather dress shoes. The D2 Dockers have a straight-leg cut that's not as comfortable for me. They also run slightly shorter and look more casual due to being 100% cotton. The poly-blend of the D3's help them stay wrinkle free and hold a crease better. The other difference between D3 and D2 is that the D3's also have a different way of closing. The D2's use a single button whereas the D3's use a metal clasp AND a button. The button is a secondary/backup closure. I like metal closures because they tend to stay attached to the pants better. The thread on buttons often gets loose. Metal clasps are also easy to open and close but the downside is that they can come undone easier. Having a button in addition to the metal clasp stops that problem. However, the fact that there's two closures is slightly more inconvenient than a single button closure. Overall I recommend the D3 fit for dressier situations and the D2 for more casual situations. The D2's look good with sneakers and an untucked t-shirt whereas the D3's do not. The D2 and D3 Dockers are both great pants at a great price and I recommend them both, you just need to know what you're going to use them for and what sort of cut you want. I'm 5'9" 148 lb and bought 32x30 in both the D2 and D3's. The D3's don't look too baggy although I might try a waist size of 31 or 30 next. The length is perfect in the D3's but a little short in the D2's.
UPDATE: I no longer wear Dockers and since product lines change yearly the information in my review may no longer be correct. I switched to L.L. Bean chinos almost two years ago and like them MUCH better. I would lower my rating but that wouldn't be honest since I haven't worn them in so long that I can't remember much about them. I also don't want to delete my review because it's generated comments, some of which others might find helpful.