Groundbreaker Work Pants


Featuring Lightweight + Breathable Fabric with a Contoured Waistband.


Hundreds of people weighed in on exactly what would make a perfect pair of work pants. The result is the Groundbreaker – and they’re here to make your workday more comfortable.

We heard you: first and foremost, it’s about fit. These pants have enough room to move comfortably without slipping, chafing or bunching, and the difference it makes is huge.

Also, you have stuff to carry. A lot of stuff. We added multiple pockets and dividers to stow the many tools of your trade: Sharpies, blades, pliers, zip ties, carpenter pencils, notepads, granola bars, etc. There’s even a skinny pocket that fits a tampon.

You’re not fans of the double-front look, but you are fans of pants that last season after season. Groundbreaker pants have interior reinforcement that gives them all the sturdiness of a double-layer knee without the bulky look of traditional workwear paneling.

Oh, crotch seams. Seems like they’re always the first to go. The Groundbreaker has a diamond-shaped gusset that takes stress off the seams, so they won’t rip or pull when you have to get low to the ground.

Tougher is based in the Pacific Northwest, where workdays tend to be wet. On the advice of our  community members out in equally soggy climates, we gave the pants an allover water-repellent treatment to keep out the weather.

  • Extra room through the quads and hips makes for easy movement.
  • Articulated knees prevent chafing and bunching through the leg.
  • The hem fits comfortably around a work boot (or can be tucked into a muck boot).
  • A gusset takes stress off the crotch seams, so you can crawl, squat and climb without tearing your pants.
  • A contoured waistband prevents waist gap and keeps your ass covered.
  • The leg tapers below the knee for a non-bulky look.

Fit is what makes Tougher pants altogether different from what you’ll find in the men’s department. To find your best fit, see our Sizing Guide.

As a long-time wearer of men's cut work pants I was ecstatic! No wide legs at the ankles; no gapping in the back due to my belt and pulling the pants down; no weird tightness or pulling at the thighs when kneeling down or sitting. – Kristen

The Fabric

  • It’s 8-oz. cotton/polyester fabric with two-way stretch — just as sturdy as heavyweight cotton duck, but weighs over a pound less.
  • A hidden reinforcement panel at the knee extends wear while keeping a seamless look.
  • A water-repellent finish gives you three-season protection.
  • Run ’em through the washing machine and throw ’em in the dryer.

The Pockets

  • Side utility pocket with suede reinforcement protects from open blades.
  • Divided pockets hold tools, shears, zip ties, Sharpies and/or carpenter pencils.
  • Narrow side pocket is perfectly sized for a Leatherman multi-tool or a spare tampon.
  • Main pockets are deep enough to actually hold hands and tools.

I have been wearing my Tougher pants for work lately as an animal management officer. I like the pocket designs for easy pen and notebook grabbing. – Paula

The Fine Print

  • Made in the USA.
  • Free standard shipping within the USA.
  • We accept returns and exchanges for unused, unwashed items. No restocking fee. Return postage paid by sender.

Customer Reviews

Based on 25 reviews
Good fit

So I’m a very difficult body to dress - I have a small waist and very robust hips. I was impressed by the fit! Of course the waist slightly too big and the hips are just the tiniest bit tight (that’s fine!), but that’s worlds better from what I usual experience. I love these work pants!

Exactly what I was looking for in a pair of pants & a company!

These pants are exactly what I was looking for, and just an importantly, this company is as well. I work for an environmental nonprofit and spend most of the year outdoors in the field and needed a tough pair of work pants to stand up to the elements while fitting well and offering lots of pockets and comfort. I found these in Tougher. But just as importantly, The customer service is unbeatable. The owner Stacey is thoughtful, speedy, and helpful. I needed to exchange mine for a longer inseam and Stacey had the new pants to me two days after I asked her for help. I hope Stacey and Tougher continue to make great work pants for women (and maybe even other items like jackets and work shirts?) so every working woman has a chance to wear pants that actually fit and serve our needs. I will be recommending these to all my friends. Thanks so much for a great product!

Finally! Pants perfectly made for my workday!

I work in a refrigerated warehouse, wear steel-toe boots and operate a forklift. I am responsible for quality assurance and need many tools including knives, pens, thermometers, etc. These pants fulfill every need for comfort, storage, flexibility, and unlike most women's workwear, STYLE. This is the first I've felt "cute" in my work attire. After the first time through the laundry, I was very pleased these pants did not shrink (like my C--h--tt brand workwear did). Stacey worked well with me to find my correct size. I'm so happy with these pants and 100% recommend them!

Tougher not just for active working

I received my pair of Tougher pants before a trip to Europe. Since I was only taking carry in luggage my Tougher pants were the only pair of pants I took. They were comfortable in all the air travel, walking around And traversing Europe as well as kept me warm in the colder Scandinavian countries. I am more than pleased with my purchase and will
definitely purchase another pair in the future.


Groundbreaker Work Pants


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