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 17 reviews

Great fit. As a solar electrician I’m on roofs, in attics and crawl spaces all day and so far they’ve held up. Love the pockets.

Uncomfortable and Heavy

I really wanted these to be the answer to all my work pant problems. I think part of my problem was my fault, I thought they would be a medium weight. Not so. I was pretty warm working on a farm in Florida during the winter wearing these. They also happened to punch me in the gut every time I bent over, even though they were sized correctly. They were also much bulkier than I would have supposed based on the description. Never made it through a whole work day wearing these.


Love these pants )

Love these pants

My teenager “borrowed” my first pair of these pants in that permanent way teenagers can borrow stuff from your closet till they grow out of it. So I bought a second pair - but a size smaller which fit perfectly- and are MINE!


great pants


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