• Garment Weight 172 grams (size 38 x 32L)
  • Sizes 30, 32, 34, 36, 38
  • Leg Length 32
  • Colours Carbon
  • Garment material Fabric: 58% Cotton, 29% Nylon, 13% Spandex | 254 GSM
  • Cost $169.95

KUHL Men’s Resistor Jeans



Rating: 9 / 10
Value for Money 2.2 / 2.5
Comfort 2.4 / 2.5
Weight 2.3 / 2.5
Durability 2.1 / 2.5

KUHL Men's Resistor Jeans Review

I’m a big fan of Kuhl pants and have been wearing them as my main pants choice for the past 3 years but I hadn’t tested out the Kuhl Resistor Jeans until now. I’m very happy with my Kuhl Radikl Jeans but I regret not testing out before Resistor Jeans because I really like them.

First up these pants are sold as jeans and that’s what the styling is, complete with rivets. The Resistor pants are stylish, slim fit outdoor pants. The fabric is a composite material consisting of 58% Cotton, 29% Nylon, 13% Spandex with a weight of 254 GSM which means they don’t feel like jeans. In fact, the material  has a 4-way stretch which allows you to lunge or reach to your hearts content because the pants flex with your body rather than restrict your movement. While I haven’t worn these pants for an extended period, I expect them to last for a long, long time.

The cuffs are reinforced which is typically something you tend to see on alpine pants to cope with hard wearing. One downside of the pants is that because the fabric is so heavy duty, I found them a bit too warm and as much as I love the Resistors, from my perspective I won’t be wearing them on hikes with temperatures over 20 degrees. For warmer weather, I prefer to wear the Kuhl Radikl pants that breathe better and are lighter in weight but still coping with my cooler hikes.

The stitching and panel configuration on these pants is typical of other Kuhl pants – the panels are well positioned, robust and the construction has been well thought through which contributes to the comfort of these pants.

While Kuhl in the USA has a huge range of colours and sizings, the range is reduced to a more concise range for Australia. At 185 cm in height I found that the standard 32″ leg length suited me well which is something that is not always the case. That’s lucky because its hard to get longer pants in Oz. You may find a broader range of colours and sizes if you look around.

One of the things I love about Kuhl pants is the pocketing system and out of the Radikl, Renegade, and Resistor men’s pants, the Resistor has the best pocket system. There are rear jean pockets that I don’t use on any pants. The front jean pockets are very comfortable and I can actually fit my Sony ZV-1 compact Camera without having to force it in. The side leg pockets are one of the best pocketing systems that I have seen on outdoor pants and this is now where my iPhone and camera live which means that if I am using a pack without hip belt pockets, my paints do the work.

I really do love these pants and while I won’t wear them in the hotter months they have found a home in my wardrobe for both hiking and casual use. At AUD $169.95 RRP I think they are really good value given the sale, comfort and durability.

Kuhl Resistor Jeans in Carbon colour

Side pocket left leg Kuhl Resistor. This pocket is slightly smaller than the pocket on the right leg and fits my iPhone 12 Mini and battery pack case quite comfortably

Side pocket right leg Kuhl Resistor. This pocket is larger than the one on the left leg and quite comfortably fits my GPS or my Sony XZ-1

Kuhl Resistor Jean front pocket. These pants are sold as jeans and come complete with rivets as you would expect

Khul Resistor rear pockets

Kuhl Resistor reinforced cuffs. This reinforcement is rare in hiking pants and more common in alpine pants

We Like

  • Stylish cut and fit. These pants can be used as casual pants as well as hiking pants
  • Hard wearing main construction material
  • 4 way stretch material allowing for movement in any direction but also ensuring a snug and comfortable fit
  • Good strong stitching and panel construction
  • Excellent waist pockets that will comfortably fit a compact camera
  • Side phone/snack pockets

We Don't Like

  • Australia doesn’t rate the full range of sizes and colours that are available in the USA but that’s something that is common to any imported clothing range
  • From my perspective, these pants are too hot for mid summer Australian heat and I tend to save them for hikes where the temperatures are lower that 20 degrees Celcius but if you feel the cold they may suit you for higher temperatures

Best Uses

Great multipurpose pants that can be used for hiking, outdoor recreation or casual wear in cooler weather

Buy One

You can purchase the Kuhl Resitor Men’s Pants from Macpac

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AUD $169.95 RRP

Other Versions

Kuhl also make a range of different pants including the Renegade, Contra and Radikl. These pants are available in female versions. There’s a model and style to suit just about everyone


This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker

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