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There’s nothing worse than going into the fray unprepared. Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman, one who likes to keep prepared for any possible outcome or you simply live a rugged profession that is hard on your wardrobe, you want to equip yourself with special clothing to get the best performance in every situation. Tactical pants are the solution. The key is to do so practically, covertly, and comfortably.

Related to cargo pants and akin to pants found on mountain climbers, these rugged and practical choices are usually made of lightweight materials, typically 35% poly cotton ripstop and 65% polyester. They also feature durable pockets, well-sewn and oversized belt loops to support gear belts and other weighty equipment. There are knife pockets, hidden pockets, and areas that have been reinforced with extra material (such as the seat and the knees—some even include sewn-in kneepads).

Important when looking to purchase a pair of tactical pants is that they should be DWR—durable water repellent. Not only does that mean they dry quickly, but they are stain resistant. Durability in construction and attention to detail will mean your tactical pants will not only be practical and functional, but they will last a long time, too.

By the way, can you point us to the nearest fray?

 

BLACKHAWK
TAC LIFE

blackhawk-taclife001Features

  • Teflon coated
  • Articulated knees
  • Specialized knife pockets
  • Double front belt loops

Colors: Black, fatigue, slate
Material: 100% nylon
Sizes: 28-44-inch waist; 30-36-inch inseam
MSRP: $90

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5.11 TACTICAL
APEX

5-11001Features

  • Internal cargo pouch magazine pockets
  • Twin back yoke magazine pockets
  • Flex cuff pocket inside waist
  • Handcuff key pocket inside rear waist
  • Teflon treated to repel stains, soil, and moisture
  • Gusseted construction
  • Comfort waistband
  • Articulated knees
  • Deep cargo pockets
  • Reinforced knife clip area
  • Seven reinforced belt loops
  • Bartacking at key stress locations
  • Genuine YKK zipper hardware

Colors: Black, TDU green, dark navy, battle brown, tundra, khaki, storm
Materials: Flex-Tac mechanical stretch canvas
Sizes: 28-44-inch waist; 30-36-inch inseam
MSRP: $80

 

VERTX
PHANTOM LT 2.0

vertex-phantom002Features

  • Relaxed fit
  • Side stretch waistband
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Articulated knees
  • Soft mini rip-stop fabric
  • Back pocket credential flap
  • Concealed zipper pocket on right side
  • Lined tool pockets on each side
  • Multi-purpose insert cargo pockets
  • Interior pockets

Colors: Black, olive drab, navy blue, khaki, desert tan
Materials: 65% polyester; 35% cotton
Sizes: 28-54-inch waist; 30-36-inch inseam
MSRP: $61

 

CONDOR
SENTINEL

condor-sentinal004Features

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two wallet pockets on the back with hook and loop closure
  • Two open top hidden back pockets
  • Two knife/pen slots
  • Two cargo pockets with hook & loop closure and internal mag slots
  • Two calf pockets with hook & loop closure
  • Deep front pocket with coin slot and reinforced edge
  • Self-adjusting waistband
  • Internal knee pad pocket
  • DuPont Teflon treated for stain resistance
  • Fade resistant
  • Zipper fly with button
  • Constructed of durable rip-stop material
  • Self-adjusting waistband
  • Open top hidden back pockets

Colors: Olive drab, black, navy, khaki, tan
Material: 65% polyester, 35% cotton
Sizes: 30-44-inch waist with 30, 32 or 34 inseam; 32-44-inch waist with unhemmed length of 37-inch inseam
MSRP: $36

 

FIRST TACTICAL
SPECIALIST TACTICAL PANTS

first-tactical-specialist002Features

  • Front and back magazine/cell phone pockets
  • Lanyard web loops in hand pocket
  • Laminated stay flat pocket flaps
  • Streamlined pocket with internal organizer
  • Running gusset for unrestricted movement
  • Internal knee pad access
  • Teflon stain repellent finish
  • YKK zipper
  • Prym snaps
  • Triple stitching at critical seams

Colors: Black, khaki, midnight navy
Material: 52% polyester, 48% cotton
Sizes: 28-44-inch waist; 30-36 inseam
MSRP: $40

 

CONDOR
STEALTH OPERATOR

condor-stealth-operator002Features

  • Two low-profile cargo pockets inlayed to the side of the pants
  • Internal gadget pocket located inside of each cargo pocket
  • Deep back pockets with reinforced edge
  • Articulated knee construction with knee pad pocket
  • Elastic waistband
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Stretchable rip-stop material for maximum comfort and durability

Colors: Olive drab, black, khaki, urban green
Material: 39% polyester, 59% cotton, 2% spandex
Sizes: 30-40-inch waist with 30, 32 or 34 inseam; 32-40-inch waist with unhemmed length of 37-inch inseam
MSRP: $39

 

BLACKHAWK
PURSUIT PANTS

blackhawk-persuit004Features

  • Teflon coated
  • Reinforced knee patches
  • Interior slot for kneepads
  • Flexible waistband
  • Specialized magazine pockets
  • Reinforce back hem
  • Double front belt loops

Colors: Black, fatigue, jungle, navy, steel, stone
Material: Polyester/cotton blend
Sizes: 28-52-inch waist; 30-37-inch inseam
MSRP: $70

 

KUHL
RADIKL

kuhl-radical001Features

  • Enduro fabric, the comfort of a knit with the durability of a woven
  • Strategically placed stretch panels
  • “Free Ryde” waist with stretch panel yoke
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Zero-pivot snap
  • “Born-Free” gusseted crotch with stretch panel
  • 7 pockets, including side 3-D and stealth phone pockets
  • Slanted rear pockets

Colors: Olive, pirate blue, khaki, carbon, breen, black, sawdust
Materials: 68% cotton; 29% nylon, 3% spandex
Sizes: 28-42-inch waist; 30-36-inch inseam
MSRP: $89

 

LA POLICE GEAR
URBAN OPS TACTICAL

lapg-urban-ops002Features

  • Cargo pockets with LAPG pass through
  • Single front slip-pocket
  • Slip back pockets
  • Front pockets optimized for knife or flashlight clip
  • Articulating knee
  • Elastic waistband
  • YKK locking brass zipper
  • Brass Tac-Stud closure
  • 6 belt loops, 2-inches wide
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Slanted cargo pocket flaps for seated access
  • 22 individual bartacks to increase strength

Colors: Black, brown, coyote brown, charcoal, khaki, navy, olive drab, sierra
Materials: 65% polyester; 35% cotton rip-stop fabric
Sizes: 28-44-inch waist; 30-36-inch inseam
MSRP: $20

 

TRU-SPEC
24-7 DELTA

truspec-delta001Features

  • Traditional fitted waist
  • Silicone inner waistband shirt stay
  • Deep front pockets with hidden pistol mag pockets
  • Inset cargo pockets with hidden mag pockets
  • Additional zipper pocket and accessory pocket on top of cargo pocket
  • Reinforced, articulated knees for a streamlined appearance
  • Prym stud post button
  • YKK brass zipper
  • 3 3/4-inch-wide knife pocket outside of cargo pockets
  • Internal knee pockets for optional knee pads
  • Gusseted crotch

Colors: Coyote, black, khaki
Material: 98% cotton; 2% spandex
Sizes: 28-44-inch waist with 30-34-inch inseams
MSRP: $49

 

KUHL
THE LAW

kuhl-law003Features

  • Heavyweight stretch canvas
  • Double-ply front with a lighter double ply canvas
  • 2 side pockets; 1 zip for security
  • Non-stretch on the outside, but allows skin-like flexibility for natural stretch and comfort
  • Gusseted crotch for freedom of movement
  • Articulated knees
  • Athletik fit

Colors: Dark khaki, espresso
Materials: 100% cotton
Sizes: 28-42-inch waist; 30-34-inch inseam
MSRP: $89

 

TRU-SPEC
24-7 COY VECTOR

truspec-vector002Features

  • Comfort fit slider waistband with silicone inner waistband shirt stay
  • Deep front slash pockets designed to hold most folding knives
  • Inset cargo pockets with utility pockets inside
  • Easy access DropN pocket behind each cargo pocket
  • Back pockets with outside accessory pockets
  • Reinforced, articulated knees for a streamlined appearance
  • Internal knee pockets for optional knee pads
  • Gusseted crotch
  • PRYM snap
  • YKK brass zipper

Colors: Coyote, black, khaki, navy
Material: 65% polyester; 35% cotton rip-stop
Sizes: 28-44-inch waist; 30-34-inch inseam; 28-54-inch waist, unhemmed
MSRP: $43

 

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the November-December print issue of World of Firepower  Magazine.

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