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|
|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.|
|Crotch Construction||No gusset||No gusset||No gusset||Gusset|
|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|
|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|
|Pocket Technology||Velcro||Velcro||Velcro, zipper||Velcro||Velcro||Velcro||Zipper|
|Crotch Construction||No gusset||Diamond-gusset||Gusset||No gusset||No gusset||No gusset||Gusset|
|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|