Tactical Pants Comparison Charts

Original or lightweight tactical pants: How is an elite operator supposed to choose? We've broken down our tactical trouser offerings into two comparison charts. In them, we've included the major specs that each brand boasts. This way, you can easily see what you're getting when you pull on this tactical uniform staple.

The Original Weight Tactical Pants

When tactical pants first made their debut, cotton or a poly-cotton blend was the fabric of choice. The material works well in temperate or cooler climates so that even when the degrees drop, you won't sacrifice comfort or protection. Additionally, the thick, durable nature of canvas makes these pants long-lasting.

The following chart shows the core original tactical pants for men from each brand side by side. Compare the features of manufacturers' original tactical pants at a glance.

24-7 Series 5.11 Tactical Propper Vertx
Price (MSRP) $51.95 $54.99 $49.99 $54.95
Fabric Material 100% cotton canvas 100% cotton canvas 65%/35% poly-cotton canvas 98%/2% cotton/Lycra oxford canvas
Fabric Weight 8.5 oz. 8.5 oz. 8.5 oz. 9 oz.
Pockets 14 7 9 9
Pocket Technology Velcro Velcro Velcro Zipper
Crotch Construction No gusset No gusset No gusset Gusset
Colors 5 7 4 6
Waist Style Tunneled elastic Internal elastic Internal elastic Internal elastic
Reinforced Areas Double knees Double knees, seat, pockets Double knees, seat None
Front Pant Style No pleats Pleated Pleated No pleats
Knee Pad Pockets Yes Yes Yes No
Water/Stain Resistance None DuPont™ Teflon® DuPont™ Teflon® None
Fly Type French fly w/ Prym snap French fly w/ Prym snap French fly w/ Prym snap Tack-button closure

The Lightweight Tactical Pants

It's not just your imagination—tactical pants are weighing less and less. Lightweight pants exploded onto the tactical scene with the introduction of the 5.11 TacLite Pro. This trend caught on quickly, and now most manufacturers offer a style made with a lighter weight fabric. Breathable and comfortable, these pants are ideal for warmer weather.

The following chart shows the core lightweight tactical pants for men from each brand side by side. Compare the features of manufacturers' lightweight tactical pants at a glance.

24-7 Series 5.11 Tactical Taclite Pro Blackhawk! Genuine Gear Propper Under Armour Vertx
Price (MSRP) $51.95 $54.99 $64.99 $29.99 $49.99 $64.99 $54.95
Fabric Material 65%/35% poly-cotton ripstop 65% polyester / 35% poly-cotton ripstop 65%/35% poly cotton ripstop 40%/60% poly-cotton ripstop 65% polyester / 35% cotton ripstop 60%/40% poly-cotton ripstop 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton ripstop
Fabric Weight 6.5 oz 6.14 oz 6.5 oz 6.25 oz. 6.4 oz 6.6 oz 6.5 oz
Pockets 14 8 14 9 11 7 9
Pocket Technology Velcro Velcro Velcro, zipper Velcro Velcro Velcro Zipper
Crotch Construction No gusset Diamond-gusset Gusset No gusset No gusset No gusset Gusset
Colors 8 8 4 4 8 4 6
Waist Style Tunneled elastic Internal elastic Tunneled elastic Internal elastic Internal elastic Fixed waist Internal elastic
Reinforced Areas Double knees Double seat and knees Double knees, seat, pockets, cuffs Double knees Seat and knees None Knees
Front Pant Style No pleat Pleated Faux pleat No pleats Pleated Flat No pleats
Knee Pad Pockets Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Water/Stain Resistance None Teflon Durable water repellent None Teflon Durable water repellent IntelliDry liquid repellent
Fly Type French fly with Prym snap YKK zipper with Prym snap Prym snap Plastic button and YKK zipper YKK zipper with snap closure Zipper with button closure Tack-button closure