Ben B.wrote a review of Marmot Arch Rock Pant - Men's on May 5, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I recently moved to Hawaii working in the construction industry. The average days run from 65F-85F with 70%+ humidity and can be quite uncomfortable in standard denim pants. I picked up a few pairs of these pants to give them a try based on aesthetics (office & field work), durability (have to withstand daily abuse), and comfort (SWASS!)
Aesthetically, these are some of the best looking synthetic pants on the market. They have a slender profile while also accommodating an athletic build (30" waist, 29" inseam, 22" thigh, 16" calf plus leather boot top). Other pants were either un-shaped cylinders or overly aggressive with cuts and colors. Speaking of colors, I bought 1 pr of khaki, 1 pr of black, and 2pr of grey. The khaki is great in my free time but didn't jive with my work-ware tops. The black was too black and I returned them since they looked like they would show too much dirt/staining. The greys are fantastic. Dirt and dust blends in but easily washes out. Aesthetically - 10/10.
Durability - I'm a pretty no frills kind of guy. The same pair of pants that I start my week with, I end my week with. That means the pants typically go 5 days in a row without washing. I also work around dirt, rock, concrete, grease, oil, and steel. There are lots of abrading surfaces as well as sharp metal that tends to snag, rip, or tear anything that drifts across it. So far, so good. Rain and drizzle bead right off. Oils have washed off without any pretreatment. These pants have been bulletproof without even a loose thread end so far! -10/10
Finally, comfort, the most important characteristic. What can I say? These pants rock! Pun intended and so, so deserved. The weak link in my functional wardrobe is no longer my pants. My back might be sweaty but my nether-regions are not! If I take my junk out of my pockets, I can even feel the A/C vents in my truck blow through some cross-ventilation.
Summary - I love these pants. If I can find (2) more pair of 30/short in grey, I would buy them in an instant. Based on wear and tear exhibited so far, I'm expecting my first (2) pair to last me at least a year wearing them 5 days/wk on alternating weeks.