Men's Comer 608 Slim Fit Chino
Best modern fit at this price by far
This used to have a lot more reviews - it seems LE resets them regularly. I have been wearing this model since they first came out and think it deserves more than the 3 1/4 sailboats it currently has.
I'm not sure that LE has done the best job communicating what exactly they have on offer here. In a catalog always filled with near-misses, this is the most modern and fashion-forward menswear item they've ever had - a real hit. I've given Canvas plenty of chances over the years and have usually been disappointed - it's the desirable J.Crew type aesthetic with decent quality and lower price, but almost-there styling and, more importantly, poor fit ruins it. Not in this case - it's pretty much perfect. Next they need to figure out a new cut for their shirts, as they've done here for their pants, and things will be great.
These pants are better than anything at J.Crew (at least, anything less than 4x the price of these on sale) or any other common mall/high street brand. They don't just fit like jeans, they fit like the best-fitting pair of jeans you've ever worn, after you've broken them in and they've molded to your body a bit and are no longer skin-tight. This is something you'd pay quite a lot of money for from some cool, obscure brand you have to hunt around online to find.
A frequent complaint I've seen in the reviews on this regards the wax - as another current review points out, the fabric is like a 1950's waxed canvas tent (though not as thick). This is surely something you'll either love or hate - I think it elevates these above something a Best Buy employee would wear into a casual but cool rugged workwear type thing. It adds some structure like good denim has, and like good denim, it does soften up over time (though not a whole lot). The fabric is not lightweight, but it does well in heat and humidity - they wear reasonably cool and are great for summer when denim jeans are too hot and heavy but you don't want to wear shorts. Because of the wax, though, these probably aren't great as something to wear to an office job - they definitely have a workwear/jeans vibe. Presumably the Elston is better in that regard (haven't tried them).
As for sizing, to get a slim fit in other brands (and earlier LE Canvas iterations) I usually need a size 34 waist - because they're vanity sized. In raw denim, I buy a 34 and it's too tight at first (and stretches out) because my actual size is 35 or 36. In these, I wear a 36 - they're not vanity sized (and they probably run slightly small, intentionally) and you don't have to size down to get a slim fit. As with anything that comes as a slim fit, it's going to work for some people and not for others. For me, it's perfect. For you, it may not be - but it may also just not be something you're used to if you normally wear pants that aren't slim-fit.
Finally, my one complaint regards the colors. I bought one in "light beige" when they first came out, to try it. I found myself wearing it several times a week because I liked it so much, so I went to get another in a different color. Except all of the other colors were awful. I ordered a second light beige. Now there's a different selection of other colors, and they're still awful. I don't know... navy? white and/or wheat? other shades of khaki? an actually-nice grey? I realize there are other 608 pants available in some of those colors, but they use different fabrics (and appear to either be dressier than I want, or more like garment-dyed jeans than khakis).
I have worn my two light beige pairs well beyond the point that lesser pants would have worn out, and they seem almost like new. Barring disastrous stains or tears (they've been abused, had blood rinse right out of them, etc. as it is and held up fine), I expect to have them for a while without needing new ones. If there were better colors, I'd jump on them just to have them, and in any case I hope LE doesn't change too much on this model for when I need more in the future because they're the perfect pants for me. I can't see myself buying anything from any other brand (in this particular category of pants anyway).
You've finally come up with something great, LEC - now focus on getting the rest of your stuff up to this level, and don't fool around with these for now (other than the color selection of course).
July 5, 2013
The cut of these pants it's really good. The fabric tends to be a little stiff even after washing there Space a little crispy coming out of the dryer
December 7, 2013
Perfect, if you find your size
These are great. Heavyweight cotton and great slim fit. The only thing is finding your size. I ordered a pair in my normal size (32/30) and I couldn't even button them. Ordered a size up and they fit like a champ. Tempted to get a pair of the dressier 608s in the same size.
October 18, 2013
LE Canvas offers a better option than these
I'm giving these one star to get your attention, so that I can tell you that the Comer straight fit chino is probably more what you're looking for, if you're anything like me. The Comer straight fit has a very slim, modern cut, where the slim fit is EXTREMELY tight. I'm a runner, and I have muscular thighs and calves, and these slim fit chinos were skintight. I could barely walk in them. And they weren't really office-appropriate.
The Comer straight fit looks great, feels great, and is of excellent quality. You'll be happier with those, unless you genuinely want your chinos to look like they were airbrushed onto your legs.
September 18, 2013
Nice pants once you get used to the fit and stiffness
I like the modern look and fit.
The Canvass line seems to be high quality and the pants are well made.
The fabric is really stiff so they take breaking in. There must be a way for LE to soften them up in advance and make them exactly as I want them on the first wear (instead of the fourth).
August 5, 2013
Lands' End promised "slim" and that it is. I wanted it to fit close and it does: I am happy with the fit, but be aware that it is a tight-fitting pair of slacks. I am only partially happy because the fabric is like the canvas my 1950's tent was made of. It is very stiff and comes out of the dryer very wrinkled. After ironing, the pants swish and rub as I walk, and pinch my knees (and other areas) when I sit. But it looks good, and it will probably wear forever.
May 23, 2013
I like the pants but they fit small in the waist
These definitely run slim fit but are high quality and the color is very nice. As with most of the straight fit pants, I would tend to agree with the other reviews that the rise is very low. However, I'm very happy with these. Nice alternative to plain chinos!
January 6, 2013
Looks good, perfect fit
I purchased the green pair, and it's a great tone and a very versatile color. The fit is exactly as states, narrow 14.5 in opening at the leg, which is the same as the Levi 511's that I love to wear. They're comfortable to have on, and look great. My only critique is that after washing they get very stiff creases wherever they feel like.
December 23, 2012