Well, I attempted to get an expert to weigh in on the Norwegian Olympic curling team’s pants, but that didn’t work. But somebody needs to step up and analyze the pants, and I guess it has to be me.
If you’re not up on this, here are the pants:
No, I’m not watching the Olympics. But these pants are a lot more interesting than the Olympics. And yes, those pants are the Norwegian curling team’s official uniform pants, not something they wore as a goof during practice.
Here’s the deal, as I understand it. There’s no crazy-pants tradition, or obnoxious apparel tradition, associated with curling. Normally, curling athletes, or curlers, or whatever they’re called, wear plain pants — black, gray, that sort of thing. The Norwegian team decided they wanted something more snazzy.
Why? Well: Why not?
I’m going to take a wild guess that I was not the only person who read this item, which mentions that anybody can buy these pants online, and soon found myself on Loudmouth’s site, out of curiosity. The pants for sale — not just the ones the Norwegians chose — are kind of astounding. (Pix after the jump.) I’m also probably not the only person to immediately think: “You know, I could see these pants catching on.”
And in fact, just a few hours later (as I type this) the brand’s online store isn’t functioning –because its server is overloaded. Coincidence? I don’t think so. (The pants are also available at this site.)
Two things here. First, I think it’s pretty cool that these guys got their official uniforms just by picking some easily-available off-the-rack product from a golfing apparel website.
The second thing about these pants is, they’re kind of amazing. I’m not saying I would wear them, but I am saying that they could easily escape the confines of the golf course, which is where they’ve evidently been stuck before now. But check out the pants after the jump. How long before some celebrity turns up in a pair of these at an awards show or whatever? How long before some alpha ironic hipster strolls down Bedford in a pair of these? Not with the white belt of course, but maybe with a Three Wolf Moon T-shirt.
Maybe it won’t happen — these things are always at least slightly random — but I think it certainly could. See what you think:The below all available at ReadyGolf.com, if you’re interested in starting a trend.