Men's Elston 608 Slim Fit Chino Pants
Excellent modern slim fit in a soft cotton fabric.
I first discovered the 608 when I tried the slim fit canvas, but that fabric was way too rough, even feeling a bit cheap. This chino fabric is especially nice, with a soft hand, medium weight, and very comfortable. The fit is excellent, a modern, slim fit that is quite flattering: no bagginess anywhere and a narrow opening at the cuff. I routinely take a 34/32 and the sizing was perfect. They have a moderate low rise, which looks great, but that would be the one thing to consider if you prefer or need a higher rise. There would be two ways to improve these --- put 2% spandex in the fabric blend, to give them a bit of stretch (we guys want a slim fit but also the ability to move and bend comfortably) and also make the pockets one inch deeper. I can have my tailor fix the pockets, but this should have been done right in the first place. Would also like to see more colors. The charcoal gray looks great with a casual blazer or leather jacket, or with an oxford shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Same with the dark blue, which, thankfully, is slightly more vivid than auto mechanics' work pants (that was the worry when I ordered them). I also wear the Levi 511 slim fit jeans/chinos, but I find these Canvas 608 chinos fit better, without being as slim as the Levi 510. In any case, this is a good quality, good fitting pant. I urge Landsend to add several more fashionable colors and add a bit of stretch to the fabric for an even more versatile and comfortable pant.
July 27, 2013
Good fit, with unfortunate tailoring shortcuts.
I like the fit and fabric, but there are two glaring shortcomings. I purchased three pairs, and the pockets are far too shallow, so change, keys, and wallets fall out. Also, all the button holes are too small for the buttons, so I needed to take a seam ripper to modify them. Why make pants with these problems, that are so avoidable?
January 19, 2014
Brilliant pant cut short by cost cutting.
I own chinos from a number of "premium brands" and these are every bit as good or better in some areas with some concessions in others.
The Elston has a modern cut, a low rise (I personally wouldn't mind it to be a bit longer), and stout fabric that should stand the test of time. They feature natural buttons and though the edges are unpolished it is something I can forgive. One minor quibble-which seems to run through the brand-is that I feel the colors are not a nuanced as some other companies; however, these are garment dyed and I anticipate that the colors will soften in time.
The strongest criticism comes in the area of the pockets which are all but unusable. They are so shallow that you'd be hard pressed to place anything in them. Your wallet and mobile will gladly peek out for all to see. If you value either of these things you'd be foolish to transport them from within for they will readily fall out. These pockets are 2 or 3 inches short of most other pants, including earlier versions of the same pant. Were it not for this one flaw, I would think I'd found my go to pant given the high value they offer. Because of the pockets, I will probably seek alternatives even though they will likely cost more.
December 21, 2013
GOD BLESS THESE CHINOS!
I live in chinos.
And I finally had to give up my beloved pairs of All Saints chinos after two years of continuous use. They were high quality and durable -- and I had no idea how hard they would be to replace!
It is very difficult to find quality chinos in a modern fit. I tried versions at Gap, J. Crew, Banana Republic and Brooks Brothers -- and none matched the quality and fit of these.
They are very modern, very trim, and very high quality. As I said, I live in khakis. And I would have died without these. Try them immediately!
November 22, 2013
These are *really* good pants.
I've worn chinos for a very long time and, by far, these are the best I have ever owned. The cut is slim but not tight. The one factor that make these stand out from other high-end retail brands is the material: it is hefty but comfortable and, I think (I hope) it would last a very long time. After I bought the blue one, I've decided to purchase the two other colors. It just doesn't look good if I wear the same colored pants every day. :-) I highly recommend.
November 8, 2013
Exactly as described. They were a little stiff the first few times I wore them but they broke in after 3 or 4 washes. My only pseudo-complaint is that the low rise makes it difficult to keep a shirt tucked in at times.
October 21, 2013
Wonderful fit, great material, very highly recommended
I wanted a pair of trousers that felt good, fit well, something to wear to work - and these were perfect for me. The material's strong and comfortable. Fit was just what I wanted - slim enough to look good, but without restricting mobility in any way. My only (very minor) complaint would be that the pockets are slightly shallow.
October 20, 2013
Really well made. Great Fit. Highly recommended.
October 17, 2013
Fits Well, Looks Great
Really liked these pants. They're slim but not skinny and work well with a t-shirt and sneakers or an oxford and oxfords.
October 8, 2013
Great fit but gives a wedgie.
Fits great in the legs but the pair I received were sewn oddly on the bum. Instead of a seam that gives a rounded area in the back of the pants, mine have a seam that creeps up into the lower part of my bum when I pull the pants up to be flush with my bum. Not the worst thing in the world and since I'm in Canada it wasn't worth returning them but still kind of disappointing for a first time purchase. If there were a Land's End in my town and I bought them in shop I'm sure I would have found a pair that didn't have this problem. I love the colour though, I bought the slate frost and it's a great mid grey pant colour, goes really well with Navy shirts.
September 30, 2013