What is a gusset? Why do some pants have a Gusset?
Some of our favorite pants have what is called a Gusset, but what does that even mean? First, let’s look at the technical definition of a gusset:
a piece of material sewn into a garment to strengthen or enlarge a part of it, such as the collar of a shirt or the crotch of an undergarment.
I first learned about a Gusset when trying out the Lululemon ABC Pants.
You’re starting to see more and more pants with a Gusset and for good reason. Here are a couple of reasons Gussets are showing up in more and more pants and shorts:
Why a Gusset? Fit and Lasting power
You may have laughed at the to “enlarge a part of it” part of the technical definition. But in reality, it’s what makes (for the most part) the ABC Pant the ABC Pant. It allows for extra room in the crotch area, hence ABC = Anti-Ball Crushing. Read our full ABC Pant Review and the only worthy alternative (with a gusset, too), in our Myles Tour Pants Review (also see our best ABC Pant Alternatives).
It truly does give some extra fabric space “downstairs” – but it works even better when you combine Gussets with a four-way stretching fabric (like the ABC Pants or Duer Jeans). This also does wonders to add strength and make the pants more durable.
There are just many more ways for the fabric to move with you when you have a gusset. It also avoids awkward seams going in places they shouldn’t – so it won’t cramp your style at all.
Some of our favorite pants with a gusset
The best ABC Pant, at least in our opinion. Styled more like a classic chino, these pants provide a more sophisticated look than other tech chinos.
If we had to pick one jeans brand to wear all the time, it would probably be Duer. They are incredibly comfortable, are packed with features, and have a wide variety of styles.
Why a Gusset? Durability
If you’ve ever ripped a pair of jeans or worn out a pair of khakis/chinos, it’s probably because of a lack of a gusset. Most jeans wear out close to the crotch area and the gusset simply helps avoid the strain typical pants face.
Why does a gusset work?
The gusset allows for extra movement in the area where the jeans move the most – near the crotch. The simple seams on most pants just wear out and because of the extra strain on those areas.
Not only are pants with gussets usually (not always) more comfortable, they also help extent the life of the pants. Quality still plays an important part. Just because pants have a gusset doesn’t make them automatically more durable, but well-made pants with a gusset will last longer than well-made pants without a gusset.
Can you see a gusset?
Nope! They are really hard to see unless they are taken off…or you are doing a roundhouse kick:
If it’s good enough for Chuck Norris, isn’t it good enough for you?
What brands use gussets?
A couple of the brands/products we love that have a gusset are:
- Duer Jeans (read our Duer Review)
- Lululemon ABC Pants and ABC Shorts (Read our ABC Pants Review and our Lululemon Swim Review)
- Outlier Pants (we ended up not recommending, but Outlier make very high-quality products)
- Western Rise – see our Western Rise Review and Western Rise Promo Code.
- Some Twillory clothes have a gusset, too.
There are many more, but these are all great options. There are even tutorials online about how to ADD a gusset to your favorite pair of pants. I wouldn’t go that far! I would start with our Mega Pants Review and go from there.
Ministry of Supply (read our Ministry of Supply Review) and Bluffworks (read our full Bluffworks Review) feature a ton of different clothing items with a gusset.
Lawrence Hunt (which we hope to try soon!) uses a triangular gusset in the armpit area of their dress shirts.
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