Triple Aught Design Intercept PD Pants


Triple Aught Design Intercept PD Pants

I like cargo pants. I am sure you like cargo pants. They are, frankly, so darn useful it is hard justifying wearing anything else except, obviously, cargo shorts, weather permitting. But if you are like me, or more to the point if your significant other is like mine, they wish you’d wear something else. Preferably something that doesn’t make you look like GI Joe at the Mall or a slightly-too-old-to-be-Special-Forces guy in the Target parking lot. You might get the hint when, surprisingly, your cargo pants are not in your dresser, but in the bin of seasonal clothes under your bed. How did they get there?


The problem I have found with jeans is that they don’t have enough pockets, and most jeans (or at least the non-hipster, non-bazillion dollar varieties that I buy) don’t hold up. My pockets are shredded, in no small part because of knife and flashlight pocket clips, and the heel area is just destroyed. I’d like a pair of jeans with more pockets, with reinforced pocket seams, and some reinforcement in the heel. Actually, I’d like a pair of jeans that worked like cargo pants and looked like jeans.

The Triple Aught Design Genie has, it seems, granted my first wish with the release of the Intercept PD Pants.

Image courtesy of Triple Aught Design and some really choppy dude (note the hatchet AND fixed blade)

Made of denim and elastine (a stretchy material to give the jeans a bit of resilience) and built here in the USA, the Intercept PD Pants are just what I have been wanting. They are pricey (shocking, I know) and they are, of course, perpetually out of stock, but they have everything we’d want in a pair of jeans.

First, if you have owned a pair of Triple Aught Design pants before, you know there are few niceties you can count on. There are tastefully done reinforced points on the pocket seams, perfect for clipping gear in place. Then there are the cool and functional Triple Aught Design custom buttons. I am not a huge fan of button flies, but they work well on TAD stuff. Finally, there is the muted aesthetic. Of all my cargo pants/shorts, my Triple Aught Design ones come with the highest WAF.

But these pants are also a little different from the Triple Aught Design offerings of the past. These are pants that put looks first. They are pants that, unlike the Shag Hoodie (hello, Mr. Sasquatch) and the bestrapped Litespeed Fast Pack (urban pack of mummies everywhere), regular dudes could wear. But looks aren’t where it ends. The jeans sport a bevy of pockets, and there are heel reinforced pant legs, designed to take the pull of a stray boot heel or two.

At $139 they aren’t cheap. They aren’t even close to cheap. But if they last as long as my other Triple Aught Design pants (I have both the Force 10 and AC 10 pants and shorts), they are worth it. When you amortize the cost of the life of the product, they are about 25% cheaper than the Levis I typically get from Kohls. And now the circle is complete–you can use the “I have to buy it to save money” logic on your significant other, just like they use it on you.

My other two wishes from the Triple Aught Design Genie?

  1. A small version of the production Dauntless.
  2. More stuff in stock.

Gianni, did you read that?

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