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May 26, 2023

Or to be more precise: a short review of the the Adidas Go To Commuter pants.

As far as I can remember I’ve been (like most guys, probably) a jeans guy. Maybe shorts in the warmer parts of summer, but besides that, jeans it is. At some point in the last couple of years while working from home I noticed that there might be more comfortable things to wear when mostly sitting at the computer or running around one’s own apartment. I did some (not much, to be honest) research and got myself a bunch of inexpensive cotton “yogi” pants.
They work great for me, because they’re light, they still give me the impression of wearing clothes and they have pockets, which I need even at home.
But – and it is a big but – they are very much not in a style that I would wear outside. Where people can see me. I’m neither a yoga person nor a I-want-to-look-like-I’m-a-yoga-person person. I don’t meditate and I don’t have incense burning in a corner while listening to gamelan.[1] So now we have a problem. Over the years I’ve been getting very used to the comfort of these pants and suddenly wearing jeans wasn’t fun at all.

So I do what people like me do: I started to do “research” (reading reddit, mostly) to find some alternative. And this is how I found the Adidas Go To Commuter pants. Officially they’re made for golfing, which I don’t do, but with a name like commuter pants and positive reviews I pretty much decided that they’re probably comfortable pants that are still acceptable at an office. (Because that’s where people commute to, right?) So I ordered them and turns out: they’re not what I was looking for.

Even though they’re always shown in business casual in the marketing material and are meant to be worn with a belt, in reality they’re very obviously sports wear. There can be no doubt about it. The look and the material (and therefore the sounds) – there’s no denying it.
They’re very good sports wear and I guess in most offices (including where I work) they’re acceptable nowadays, but sadly: not for me. I can’t cosplay being a sports person, just because I happen to own these pants.

I guess I’ll just have to do what millions of men before me have done and just go to a real life men’s outfitter and get some proper pants instead of trusting the internet. Ugh.
Or maybe instead I start randomly ordering pants from DTC brands off Instagram? That might be fun, too.

  1. That does actually sound like something I might do, but that’s not the point.  ↩