Comparing Different Tactical Pants

There is a psychological effect when you wear secure, sturdy clothes that you know will withstand any if not all damage while wearing them. It’s a fact that good clothes help build up an internal feeling of pride, as well as relaxes you from anxiety against wear and tear and dirt, depending on the clothes you wear.
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1. HARD LAND Men's Waterproof Tactical Pants1. HARD LAND Men's Waterproof Tactical PantsView on Amazon
2. 5.11 Tactical Stryke Pant2. 5.11 Tactical Stryke PantView on Amazon
3. Propper® Men’s Original Tactical Pant3. Propper® Men’s Original Tactical PantView on Amazon
4. BLACKHAWK!® Men's Lightweight Tactical Pursuit Pants4. BLACKHAWK!® Men's Lightweight Tactical Pursuit PantsView on Amazon
5. Vertx® Phantom OPS Men’s Tactical Pants5. Vertx® Phantom OPS Men’s Tactical PantsView on Amazon
6. LA Police Gear Urban Ops Tactical Pants6. LA Police Gear Urban Ops Tactical PantsView on Amazon
7. TRU-SPEC® Men’s Lightweight Tactical Pants7. TRU-SPEC® Men’s Lightweight Tactical PantsView on Amazon
8. Vertx Phantom Ops Airflow Pants8. Vertx Phantom Ops Airflow PantsView on Amazon
9. VertX Delta Stretch Men's Pant9. VertX Delta Stretch Men's PantView on Amazon
Clothes are split into two distinctive parts, upper body and lower body, where pants and shoes act as the outer covering, protecting you from your environment. It is imperative that you wear the right clothes for any activity, whether you are just going shopping, sitting in the park or climbing a mountain and jumping between obstacle to obstacle an urban warfare scenario.

When you think of tactical pants, you immediately think of soldiers and S.W.A.T. teams. However, tactical pants are as much for civilian use as they are for military or law enforcement purposes. In fact, tactical pants are designed for a lot of civilian purposes, including job-related to recreational.

Tactical pants come in a variety of sizes and colors, and also differ in design and pocket space. These designs will vary for different purposes, and the materials, pockets and overall structure will focus the use of each pant for some purposes.

The two most important parts of any tactical pant are the material it is made of and the stitching. The best tactical pants will have strong, wear resistant materials and extremely dense and reliable stitching.

Some pants are also coated with Teflon for that added stain resistant property, and the number of pockets, their sizes and placement also help to provide extra carrying space or in the case of less, easier running.

The following features are what make for the best tactical pants, so when you go and check out a pair, try a lot of different designs on until you find the pair that is both comfortable as well as functional.

  • Material: what is the material used, what percentage of materials in the mix?
  • Zippers/Buttons: does it use zipper or buttons or both, and if so, which zipper brand?
  • Pockets: how many pockets, what sizes, how are they places and how do they open and close?
  • Stitches: what stitching material is used and how tight is the stitch?
  • Waist Design: Is this a high or low waist design? How does it fit between your legs and how big are the belt straps?
  • Leg Design: is this wide or skinny? Does it flare or is it straight?
  • Width: are these pants wide enough to fit in easily and snug enough not to be baggy?
  • Length: do the pant ends touch the top of your feet or are they touching the floor with the extra material?

Pairing tactical pants to your body is an important affair. Since these pants must perform well for over 12 hours a day, they need to be comfortable as well as functional. They must also provide absolute security at work, you don’t want them to be too slim as to hinder your movement, or too baggy so that you constantly need to search for your pocket entrance.

You also want them to be snug and not too tight, nor too loose and capable of supporting any belt type, from a thick utility belt to a slim piece of rope. The end of the leggings should either be finished with a stitched seam or have a rope/elastic finish to allow them to fit snugly around your lower ankle.

Tactical pants are best used for the following purposes, and you should consider these functions per purpose when deciding which pair to buy:

  • General use: design, pocket space, durability.
  • Hiking/Hunting: durability, pocket space, thin or thick material (depending on the weather)
  • Mountain climbing: durability, pocket space and thin or thick material (depending on the weather)
  • Fishing or Waterlogged environments: waterproof, pockets and a tighter fit.
  • Security: lightweight (for pursuit), pocket space
  • Outdoor Work: durability, wear and tear, stain resistant, pocket space

Two major factors to consider weather and conditions. Are you going to wear them in hot climates or cold ones? Is it humid or dry? Are the conditions you are in hard, or soft? Soft is foliage and office, hard is urban or rocky.

There is no “perfect match” there is only the perfect match for you, based on your personal attraction to a specific design and material. Some people react to materials differently, so when you buy, don’t go into the shop with a focused approach that only Teflon coated, or only gray pants or only 16 pockets will suit you. You need to consider every aspect and adapt them to the situation you will be facing.

Also, consider what the material is and how your body feels when wearing it, the last thing you want is to buy “the best” tactical pants and end up itching till you rip them off in public…you get my meaning.

One final issue to consider, cleaning and ironing. How easy is it to clean the material and how easy is it to iron? Sure, you can always give them to local laundry service. However, that won’t solve the issue of cleaning where the material does not repel certain stains. So make sure you get a pair that is stain resistant or even stain repellant, as well as maintains its colors even after a daily wash.

I have collected a list of the best tactical pants for 2018 based on personal preference together with reviews that have all come back raving about these pants.

1. HARD LAND Men’s Waterproof Tactical Pants

Quality84%
Reliability83%
Practicality83%
Price86%

This is hard Land’s waterproof tactical pants that are perfect for hunting and fishing as well as for general hiking purposes. These are great tactical pants for people living in wet climates. They are made of 65% polyester and 35% cotton in a twill rip-stop pattern and incorporate a triple-stitch with additional bartacking at all stress points to assure higher reliability and durability. The belt loops are 1.75” thick and can support a utility belt laden with tools.

The zipper is all YKK brand, and the crotch is diamond shaped for increases maneuverability. The waistband comes with elastic support for extra comfort, and the knees and seat come with double layers for added padding and protection.

There are 14 pockets with 2 slit types for mobile phones, magazines and another slide in and out devices. 2 Velcro back flap pockets and 2 slash pockets as well as 2 cargo pockets and external knife pocket. These pants also include 2 internal compartments in each cargo pocket.

My take: this is a great pair of tactical pants for any wet environment and provides all the comfort and storage space as well as maneuverability for any civilian, law-enforcement or emergency services use.

Features:

  • Climate: All weather climates
  • Material: 65% polyester,35% cotton
  • Color: Navy blue; Od green
  • Care: Machine wash
  • Waterproof.
  • They are fade, shrink and wrinkle resistant
  • Ripstop
  • 14 pockets
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Bart-tacks and triple-stitched
  • Reinforced knees and seat
  • YKK zippers;
  • D-ring

 

 

2. 5.11 Tactical Stryke Pant

Quality85%
Reliability84%
Practicality83%
Price84%

5.11 is a well-known international brand, and their Stryke™ Pants are right there at the top of the list of best tactical pants. As usual, 5.11 produces a quality product that is are durable, resilient to wear and comfortable. The material is their proprietary Flex-Tac, which is a breathable ripstop mechanical stretch fabric that also retains its color through many washes.

The 5.11 Stryke™ comes with 12 pockets, a self-adjusting waistband for extra support and comfort, wide front belt loops. This material is a spandex type material, which means it is extra comfortable as it stretches over knees and hips when running or sitting. The front pockets are all designed to hold EDC items, and the zippers are YKK brand. This design comes with an added Teflon coating so that the surface is silent and smooth.

Features

  • Climate: All weather climates
  • Material: Flex- Tac® 6.76 oz. ripstop fabric
  • Care: Rinse washed
  • Adjustable tunnel waistband
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Reinforced kneepads inside seam
  • Bartacking
  • Teflon® finish
  • 12 pockets
  • YKK® zippers including Prym® snaps

 

 

3. Propper® Men’s Original Tactical Pant

Quality83%
Reliability80%
Practicality79%
Price90%

Propper is another company that manufactures high-performance tactical pants. The Propper Men’s original tactical pants are made of a rip-stop stretchable Teflon™ coated 65% polyester and 35% cotton mix. This particular design is used by the LA Police as well as other law enforcement agencies around the US.

It is lightweight, come with a stretchable waistband as well as extra-large belt loops and D-ring for keys or tools. The seat and knees are reinforced, and the style is relaxed for higher tactical performance when running is required.

Features:

  • Climate: Hot, humid climates
  • Material: 6.4 oz 65% polyester and 35% cotton lightweight ripstop
  • Teflon™ coating
  • Fade-, shrink- and wrinkle-resistant
  • Waistband with action-stretch
  • Articulated and reinforced knee and seat pads
  • Duty belt loops
  • YKK zipper with Prym snaps
  • D-ring for keys and tools
  • Mag pocket with hook and loop closure
  • Two hooks and loop back pockets internal compartment

 

 

4. BLACKHAWK!® Men’s Lightweight Tactical Pursuit Pants

Quality87%
Reliability85%
Practicality84%
Price85%

 
The BLACKHAWK!® lightweight Pursuit Pant provides are top of the line performance pants. Extremely comfortable and extremely tactical, they come with a reinforced 10” inseam, Teflon ® coating for shielding and protection, articulated and reinforced knees and seat, an action waistband and a silicone grip in the waist to help keep shirts from slipping out.

These pants were designed for pursuit and extreme running and rolling conditions. Military/law enforcement/security in mind. The material is the industries standard 65% polyester, and 35% cotton mix ripstop fabric, which provides both strength and elasticity for high-performance conditions. These pants include a lot of accessories, so the features list is quite long.

Features:

  • Climate: Hot, humid climates
  • Material: 6.5 oz. 65% polyester and 35% cotton ripstop fabric
  • Unhemmed 37″ Inseam Pants
  • 10” inseam
  • Durable Polyester/Cotton Blend Ripstop Fabric
  • Teflon ® coating
  • Action Waistband
  • Articulated and Reinforced Knees
  • Cargo pockets include magazine compartments
  • YKK zippers and Prym snaps
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Extra-wide, reinforced belt loops for 1.75” wide utility belts
  • Silicone grip strip in waistband
  • Expandable waistband slides to adjust the width for comfort and mobility
  • Zippered, rear hip pocket
  • Large, hidden zipper pocket behind the right-hand pocket
  • An extra vertical, zippered storage pocket on the outside of each cargo pocket
  • 550 cord loop on the front waistband

 

 

5. Vertx® Phantom OPS Men’s Tactical Pants

Quality85%
Reliability84%
Practicality85%
Price87%

Vertx® is a well-known brand that produces amazing top of the line products. Highly popular, their lightweight Phantom OPS Pants are another top of the line brand that provides excellent results. The material is 65% Polyester, and 35% Cotton mixed mini rip-stop fabric that is coated with their proprietary IntelliDri® treatment that makes these a fast-drying pair of pants. Very comfortable and adjustable, perfect for most weather conditions ranging from cold wet to hot and humid.

These tactical pants are great for hot pursuits and fast action situations, used by security guards all over the US, a preferred comfortable fitting pant that maintains its smooth and comfortable appearance after 12 long hours of extreme and intense workouts.

Features

  • Climate: Warm to cold climates
  • Material: 6.4 oz 65% polyester and 35% cotton ripstop
  • IntelliDri™ coating
  • Fade-, shrink- and wrinkle-resistant
  • Waistband with action-stretch
  • Articulated and reinforced knee and seat pads
  • Hip located slim-line pockets
  • Dual concealed zipper pockets on both sides
  • Flap closed back pockets
  • Triple-bellowed inset cargo pockets for extra carrying capacity

 

 

6. LA Police Gear Urban Ops Tactical Pants

Quality83%
Reliability82%
Practicality83%
Price90%

This is LA Police Gear’s Urban Ops Tactical Pants commonly referred to as Shrike pants, but since this sounds so much like the competing “5.11 Stryke” pants, they changed the name. These pants are an upgraded modern version of the classical tactical pants you find on the market. While they are made of the same fabric everyone else uses; 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton mixed rip-stop fabric. These pants are sturdy and light in comparison and come with all the bells and whistles you expect from such a product.

Features:

  • Climate: Hot, humid climates
  • Material: 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton mix rip-stop fabric
  • Expandable Cargo Pockets
  • Single front slip-pocket
  • Slip Back Pockets
  • Articulating and Reinforced Knee
  • Elastic Waistband
  • YKK Locking Brass Zipper
  • Brass Tac-Stud closure – extremely reliable and tough
  • 6 belt loops providing a massive 2” belt access
  • Gusseted Crotch
  • Slanted Cargo Pocket Flaps that give you Seated Access
  • 22 individual bartacks for increased strength

 

 

7. TRU-SPEC® Men’s Lightweight Tactical Pants

Quality84%
Reliability82%
Practicality83%
Price85%

There is a comfort, and there is TRU-SPEC® original 24-7 Series® Tactical Pant. What can I add to this? Not much. These pants were designed for comfort with function ability in mind, the design proves aimed at providing pants that would be worn on duty as well as off-duty for just comfortable wear.

These tactical pants include a waistband slider for increased control, ultra-light 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton mix rip-stop fabric with a DWR water-repellent coating, so you repel those bothersome stains. They come with reinforced knees and expandable pockets and are just a great pair of pants to wear for work and for recreation.

Features

  • Climate: Moderate to hot weather
  • Material: 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton mix rip-stop fabric
  • TRU-SPEC® original PRYM snap with YKK® brass zipper
  • Comfort fit slider waistband
  • 2″ wide belt loops
  • Extra deep front pockets
  • 2 accessory pockets suitable for knives
  • Expandable back pockets using a hook & loop closure
  • Two hook and loop closure cargo pockets with 2-internal compartments
  • Cell phone and a magazine pocket on cargo pockets
  • Articulated reinforced knees with pad pockets

 

 

8. Vertx Phantom Ops Airflow Pants

Quality83%
Reliability84%
Practicality83%
Price85%

Its time to return to Vertx, and I will do so again. This company has winning tactical pants, and their Phantom Ops Airflo is by far the best for those hot climates or situations. These pants add an extra dimension to their Phantom Ops design.

At first, these pants might seem a bit tough and rigid, but after a few washes, they become nearly as light as 5.11 TacLite, which is saying enough. Airflow is a mesh design integrated into the pants that allow air to flow through them as you walk, increasing the internal flow of air and reducing heat.

The mesh in the cargo pockets will hinder some extra packing, so ease up on the mags when using these. The waist elastic inserts give you extra comfort, but if you conceal a lot of weaponry or devices in your waist, I suggest you buy a wider waist size to accommodate those items. These pants come with their proprietary IntelliDri™ coating that makes drying quicker when leaving wet (water) situations.

Features

  • Climate: Hot Humid Climates
  • Material: 6.5 oz 65% polyester and 35% cotton ripstop
  • IntelliDri™ coating
  • Active Airflow System™ mesh inserts enable the movement of air for cooling purposes
  • Mesh is 100% Polyester
  • Fade-, shrink- and wrinkle-resistant
  • Waistband with action-stretch
  • Articulated and reinforced knee and seat pads
  • Hip located slim-line pockets
  • Dual concealed zipper pockets on both sides
  • Flap closed back pockets
  • Triple-bellowed cargo pockets that expand for extra capacity
  • Dual concealed zipper pockets
  • Slim-line pockets at each hip
  • Articulated, double-reinforced knees

 

 

9. VertX Delta Stretch Men’s Pant

Quality85%
Reliability83%
Practicality82%
Price84%

Where would I be without a pair of stretch pants, that looks so good on you bodybuilding dudes band gals? This is Vertx tactical pants for bulging muscles and wearers that want to look good when in pursuit.

They also offer extreme comfort with their skin hugging design and are perfect for any weather condition. These use the different material mix to the standard issues and provide extreme elasticity for best performance.

Actually, these are the pants for those fast sprinters and extreme pursuit officers, where you need the material to be tight, and not snagging when jumping over weird obstacles or balconies.

Unlike your standard tactical pants, these do not feature all the pockets you would expect since that would defeat the object of a stretch pant design. However, the tool pockets come leather lined for extra strength and protection for your body as well as articulated knees for extra mobility.

Features:

  • Climate: Cooler climates
  • Material: 98% Cotton and 2% Spandex Stretch Tricotine
  • Concealed carry compatible waistband
  • Interior back pocket credential flaps
  • Knife notches on front pockets
  • Concealed vertical zipper pocket
  • Leather lined tool pockets on each side
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Articulated knees