Kuhl Deceptr Review
Cons: Abrasive fabric, no pocket closures
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|Pros||Comfortable waist, casual look||Airy fabric, very comfortable, maximum mobility||Supple and mobile, DWR coating works great, fair price||comfortable fabric, belt, zippered pockets||Comfortable fit and fabric, very versatile, perfectly functioning features|
|Cons||Abrasive fabric, no pocket closures||Waist fit is loose, not great in cool weather||Not many pockets, slim fit may not be awesome for larger adults||Shallow pockets, expensive||Not much ventilation, fabric absorbs water in a heavy downpour|
|Bottom Line||A pant for a pair of skinny legs looking for casual style||The most comfortable and breathable pair of pants that we tested||This stellar pant surprised us with its high performance at an affordable price||These pants are great for a variety of activities and conditions||The top-scoring hiking pants are not only comfortable, but also versatile|
|Rating Categories||Kuhl Deceptr||Ferrosi Pants||Patagonia Quandary||Chockstone/2||Prana Stretch Zion|
|Comfort And Mobility (35%)|
|Venting And Breathability (20%)|
|Versatility And Style (15%)|
|Weather Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Kuhl Deceptr||Ferrosi Pants||Patagonia Quandary||Chockstone/2||Prana Stretch Zion|
|Weight (in oz)||10.4 oz||12.2 oz||10.0 oz||11.5 oz||13.6 oz|
|Material||75% nylon/10% polyester/15% spandex||86% nylon / 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop||94% nylon (62% recycled) / 6% spandex||88% nylon, 12% elastane||97% Nylon / 3% Spandex|
|Water Resistance||DWR finish||DWR finish||DWR finish||DWR finish||DWR finish|
|Sizing (waist, length options)||W: 28" - 42" L: 30" - 36"||W: 28" - 38"||W: 28" - 40"
L: 30", 32", 34"
|W: 28" - 42" L: 30" - 34"||W: 28" - 42"
L: 28", 30", 32", 34", 36"
|Sun Protection||UPF 50||not specified||UPF 50||UPF 50||UPF 50|
|Convertible, or option available?||No||No, but convertible version available||No||No||No, but convertible version available|
|Pockets||2 front, 2 rear||2 hand, 2 back, 1 thigh zip||2 hand, 2 back, 1 zippered thigh, 1 coin||2 hand, 2 back, 1 thigh||2 hand, 2 back, one left side|
|Waist Strap/Fasten||Button and zip fly||Button and zip fly||Button and zip fly||Button and zip fly||Button and zip fly with waist cinch|
|Other Features||Suede lined waistband for comfort||Drawcord cuff closures, side zip pocket||Front and back knee articulation, gusseted crotch, slim straight fit||Cinch cord at cuff, removable belt||Ventilated inseam gusset, roll up leg snaps, adjustable waist tightening strap|
|Warranty||Limited lifetime warranty||Lifetime||Lifetime||Limited lifetime warranty||Full refund, credit, or exchange if you are dissatisfied|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This model has the versatility required for a variety of social settings. They dress up or down and have decent weather resistance. Their biggest issue is in the comfort metric, which is a hard factor to overcome.
Comfort & Mobility
These pants offer decent mobility but are lacking in comfort. The legs are very tapered, which makes them a better fit for hikers with skinnier legs. Typically, this would limit mobility, but the 76% nylon, 9% polyester, 15% spandex fabric blend is stretchy enough to overcome the tighter fit. In addition, the crotch is gusseted, so there is plenty of room at the top as well. The waist is lined with a different, softer fabric that reduces abrasion, especially with a backpack hip belt.
The primary drawback of this model is that the interior face of the fabric is quite abrasive. It seems to have a somewhat raised thread pattern, which feels rough and becomes fairly uncomfortable fairly quickly. During testing, we noticed it immediately and the feeling became increasingly annoying as the days went on.
Venting & Breathability
These pants offer a midweight fabric with a small amount of polyester. What this means in practice is that they are more breathable than they initially appear.
Though they don't have any notable ventilation points, the stretch of the fabric actually facilitates heat dispersion. During testing, we got hot rather quickly but cooled down equally fast.
Versatility & Style
These pants have an admirable versatility. We like them best for short day hikes, and could easily see them as frontcountry athletic pants for activities like golfing. They also make for a decent pair of travel pants.
They have the mobility of jersey knit lounge pants with a style at the intersection of athletic and dressy casual. They can just as easily go with a collared shirt as they can with a hiking tee.
The tradeoff with breathability and stretch is that these pants don't hold up in the rain as well as some others. They soak through with about 20 minutes of hiking in moderate rain. They do dry quickly, but we'd rather stay dryer longer on the front end.
Just like many other models, they have a UPF 50 rating for sun protection. Their wind resistance is above average, especially given their breathability, though they don't offer much in the way of insulation on cooler days.
These pants go for a robust minimalism with their feature set. There are six pockets including two front handwarmers with one coin pocket on the right side; two rear pockets; and a deep, narrow pocket on the right quad. They are all comparatively deep, but importantly, none of them have any zip or snap closures, leaving items susceptible to falling out.
This model also comes with standard belt loops (belt is not included), and a "donut" snap closure. They do not have any sort of ankle cinch cord like many other models in this review, however, the legs are tapered enough that they roll up and stay up without them.
The bottom line for value is that there are better options out there. While they have some versatility, we don't think that they are crafted particularly well for the long haul. Unless you can find them for a real steal, the short and long terms values just aren't quite there.
The KUHL Deceptr has a few things going for it. Namely, the pants can flex between front and backcountry utility decently well. They have a tapered, slim fit, which means they stay out of your way on trail, and they maintain solid wearer mobility. However, the comfort issue is enough to keep us somewhat cool on these pants.
— Ben Applebaum-Bauch