Best Pants, Ever
I am prompted to write this review because of how well these pants dealt with the rain this morning. I usually always carry an umbrella, because with just my rain coat, all the water runs off to my pants and soaks my pockets. However, with the Tactical pants, the rain just beaded up and fell off. Everything in my pockets stayed dry, and once at work, I just took a paper towel and wiped the fabric down a bit, and it was as if it hadn't rained at all! Another big deal? - the pockets! Why I originally bought these pants over others was the pockets. I genrally always have keys, cash, wallet, phone, notepaper and chewing gum, and thus, I have a lot of "Cargo" type pants. I like how the big side pockets of these are not like the huge pillows most cargo pants have. These side pockets are slim; close to the profile. Also, the side pockets have either top velcro, or side zipper entry. The back pocket where I keep my wallet has a zipper for security. There are two mini-pockets on the front, and the right regular hip pocket has an interior space for change, or a watch, and an extra zipper-pocket that is kinda secret. In addition to all the pockets - I think there are 15, the pants are very comfortable. There is an extra bit of fabric in the crotch, and the sewing pattern is a bit different down there - a draw for me because most of my jeans fail first in that spot where all the seams come together. Another pocket that probably gets over looked, and I don't know if I will use it, but it is nice to have - on the inside of the legs, there is an opening for kneepads. Useful I guess if you are a plumber. If I never use them that way, they can be yet another super-secret pocket, or at least it is nice that the knee panels (another common fail point for my jeans) are double-layered for durability. Another advantage is the hidden expand-strap. The cargo pants I have now are too big and they bunch up under my belt. There were other pants I looked at that had those gathered expandable sections, but that just screamed "grandpa golfing pants" to me. These tactical pants can change size depending on which belt hole I choose to use that day, and they still feel like they fit the same, and they still look the same. The one negative is that you really feel the cold through them. Granted these are "lightweight" so maybe that is to be expected. Also, they were pretty pricey compared to others I was looking at. However, looking at the quality of construction and uniqueness of the pockets I think it is worth it. Oh, and I threw away the belt - it's totally stupid and I just use my own. I hate it when Pants people try to include a belt - they are always goofy.
STILL MY FAVORITE
I have several pairs of these in cotton. The lightweight blend is great for the summer. I am very abusive to these pants in my job, and they take it. I do own a few pair of the other competitors pants, but I like the fit and construction of these the best...