Tactical Pants Size Guide

Tactical Pants Size Guide

Having pants that fit correctly goes beyond fashion and delves into functionality when you're an operator or first responder. Whether you're at an official event or chasing a perp, you need your tactical pants to look, feel and function right. That way, you stay at the peak of your performance. We've come up with several tips to help you find that perfect fit.

When shopping for tactical pants, the most important thing to know is your measurements. For tactical pants specifically, being armed with accurate measurements of your waist and inseam will help ensure a glove-like fit.

Find Your Waist Measurement

To find your waist size, you'll need to measure your waistline with a flexible sewing tape measure. Without sucking in or puffing out, wrap the measuring tape around your stomach directly below your belly button. Make sure it's lying flat on your skin and isn't twisted or flipped. We recommend putting one finger in between your skin and the tape to ensure your pants don't fit too snugly.

Once the tape measure is wrapped around your waistline, take note of the number the metal tab hits in inches. This is your waist size.

Something to keep in mind when considering your waist size is the rise of the pant. The length of the rise indicates where the waistband of your pants will fall using the crotch seam as a starting point. Tactical pants typically fall higher on the waist than your average pant, especially in women's styles. This is to accommodate heavy equipment and duty belts that weigh pants down. The high rise prevents the pants from dropping down inappropriately. To find the rise of your tactical pants, consult our Tactical Pants Guide.

Find Your Inseam

Put on your best-fitting pair of pants. Next, remove your shoes, and stand up straight with your back touching a wall. You might feel a little awkward, but it's all worth it. We promise. Place a notebook or folder between your upper thighs and make sure one full edge is touching the wall behind you. Step away, leaving the notebook or folder on the wall. Measure the distance from the top of the notebook to the floor. Inseam measurements are taken to the nearest half-inch. Be sure to double-check the measurements. You can never be too careful.

When shopping for pants online, be sure to find out all specifications of the particular pair that interests you. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact our customer relations department via email or at 877-579-0555 (M - F 8AM - 5PM CT) to ask for assistance. You can also visit the Tactical Pants Guide for an in-depth review and breakdown of all our brands and styles of tactical pants.