Duer-ing it well in the DUER Pants and Shorts

We have partnered with DUER for over a half dozen years. This clothing company was featured back in 2016 as a Kickstarter of the Week and their A/C Pants remained in my closet until about a month ago when continual wear over YEARS eventually caught up to them (more specifically – the crotch).

We are checking out a couple new options – the No Sweat Pants (relaxed) and Live Free Journey Short.

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Live Free Journey Short

The Live Free Journey Shorts are an item that is both stylish and comfortable, surprisingly not the easiest combination in the world.

I have found that few shorts find that sweet spot. One one end of the spectrum, you have gym shorts, a super comfortable and non-restrictive item but having literally zero style. On the other end are high end options that I have seen movie stars wear, but don’t look all that comfortable. Many companies try to find the sweet spot, and I truly believe DUER nailed it. When I first tried these on, I had planned on just an initial opinion but instead left them on for the rest of the day. I didn’t want to take them off!

While still fitting slim, the waist has a stretch to it that with achieving maximum comfort. Basically, they offer a little more room than a tight slim short (which they also have in their lineup), but they are absolutely not 90’s cargo shorts. There is also enough stretch that these can easily be worn without needing a belt.

They are also anti-microbial and odor resistant, which are more-or-less imperative during the summer short-wearing months. Sometimes, things can get a little…swampy.

The No Sweat Shorts come in seven colors. These shorts, and all their other gear, can be purchased online and at some stores in the PNW, including Portland, Eugene, Sisters, Bend, and Hood River.

No Sweat Pants

The No Sweat line is sort of a staple line with DUER. The fabric combines cotton’s comfort and the flexibility of Spandex with Eucalyptus-derived TENCEL, a naturally anti-bacterial fiber that’s softer than silk and cooler than linen.

This line comes in a variety of fits from Slim to Relaxed fit. The relaxed version  is perfect for an athletic build or someone who prefers a little more room. As a runner who is not built like most runners (I am 6’2 and 190-200 depending on the week), I appreciate the roomier fit in the thighs.

I have worn these in a variety of situations that required a lot of bending, moving, stretching, and sweating profusely – things that aren’t usually ideal in pants. These held up to the task with no issues at all. This is partially due to their signature invisible seat gusset and moisture-controlled TENCEL fibers. I also like the fact that it appears these will hold up for the long haul. There are triple stitched inseams, gussets and back rises, as well as double layered back pockets.

As far as sizing goes, I really like that DUER doesn’t just stick to the standard even number sizing. I can fit into most 34’s quite well, but my truest size is just a tiny bit smaller than that. Usually that means I end up going with the 34 because 32’s are just a tad too snug. The 33 is my sweet spot, but not many companies produce that in between size. Thank you DUER – my waist thanks you!

Depending on the style you select, there are up to 10 color options available.


While we acknowledge these obviously aren’t running specific items (duh), we also believe that we can’t – as much as we want to – wear race gear 24/7. Thus, these fill that gap as an item that runners can appreciate in wearing between runs.

The price for both pieces are more in line with pricing for higher-end pants (which these are), but I can attest that DUER gear is built to last. It took 5 years of heavy and rugged use for my first DUER pants to bite the dust – and I know that their new gear is constructed even more solidly now.


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More about DUER:

DUER started in 2013 when an entrepreneur wanted to bridge the gap between fashion and functional clothing. With 25 years making jeans for big names like Levi Strauss and a new love of cycling, Gary Lenett saw an opportunity for purposeful fashion that didn’t exist on the market. He partnered with Abid Hafeez, a performance fabric expert with over 25 years of experience with technical brands, and DUER was born.

Since then, our clothes can be found on the likes of professional athletes, commuters, and every adventurer in-between.

Thank you to DUER for providing us with sample pairs. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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