A pant rant.

Over at Up The Poudre, blogkeeper Sanders inadvertently opened up a whole can of worms with his review of the Redington Sonic Pro Wading Pant.

Yes, you read correctly: Pant. Redington refers to the product in the singular:

In casual, everyday conversation we always refer to the garment in its plural form. When was the last time you heard someone say, “Hey, punk–pull up your damn pant!”?

A couple pairs of baggy pant.

We wear pants, or a pair of pants, but that doesn’t mean we’re wearing more than one even if we have two legs. If ever there were an instance where it should be referred to in the singular it would be the one-legged pirate, but even he wears pants.

Where does the plural come from?  Is it because one pant has two legs?  Fine. But if so then what about shirts?  A shirt has two sleeves and yet remains, in reference, a shirt. Singular. If you say to a person, “Hey, nice shirts!” it suggests they’re wearing more than one shirt. And maybe they are, although I can’t imagine why someone would need to wear multiple shirts. For the record a t-shirt worn under an outer shirt is acceptable.


The matter of shoes just adds fuel to the fire.  One shoe is just that: a shoe. Two shoes, or a pair of shoes, are plural, obviously. But shoes are different than pants. Shoes may be a pair, but they are individually separate, whereas pants are conjoined. Even though he wears only one pant, he’s not Spongebob Squarepant. Or is he?


When you buy a pair, you’re actually getting one. One way to make sure you’re getting more than one is to buy several pairs of pants, but who has that kind of money burning a hole in the pocket of their pant?

But back to the Redington Sonic Pro Wading…apparel. It’s an interesting “in-between” product and I can see the appeal for when you need some protection from the cold water but don’t want to end up panting in the heat while wearing a pair of full-on waders. Or is it wader?

It’s all so confusing and the complexity will drive you crazy if you let it. Or at least I speak for myself.

Anyway, Sanders clears up any confusion with a solid, honest review HERE.


  1. cofisher

    Life is certainly boring when all UA can do is rant about pant…or is it rants about pants? Hmm, now I’m confused.

    • Kirk Werner

      There’s no time to think about boredom with important matters such as this, Howard. Confused, eh? Told ya so.

  2. Sanders

    Hillary Clinton wears wonderful pant suits…although I don’t thinks she refers to her uniform as pants suits, but I might be confused. I was a little baffled at Redington’s unwillingness to add an “s” to the end of pant, but what do you do….it’s a solid pant

    I think that I am going to wear two shirt this weekend so I can pop two collar…sorry ladies, this guy spoken for.

    best pant rant of the day

    • Kirk Werner

      Don’t get me started on Hillary Clinton, Sanders. Doing so just gets my panty all in a knot.
      Thanks for starting all of this.

  3. cofisher

    Kirk, is it panty or panties in a knot. Better yet, why are discussing Hillary Clinton?

    • Kirk Werner

      I believe Sanders brought Billary into the conversation. Probably because she wears the pant in that family.

  4. Fontinalis Rising

    I’m with Spongebob on this one. He may be square, but he understands how the English language works.

    • Kirk Werner

      Damnit, I believe you’re right, FR. I hate when cartoon characters prove to be my intellectual superior.

  5. Erin Block

    “4-popped-collars-cool” hehe…that’s a new standard. 😉

    • Kirk Werner

      That sets the bar way too high for me. I’ve never popped one collar, let alone 4.
      I feel so..irrelevant.

  6. TimMc

    I’m more of a dungarees kind of guy. Er wait, I guess that would be dungaree guy. Does that mean I wear blue jeans or blue jean? Gosh…I’m fashionably confused and wardrobe challenged now.

    • Kirk Werner

      Tim, thanks for stopping by and declaring your confusion–you are not alone. I’m looking forward to warmer weather so I can wear short.

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