I am not new to this kind of pants. I have been wearing military tactical pants to work for the past decade. You see, I work in a warehouse setting where I deal with all sorts of rolling equipment that have edges that can easily rip through clothing. It is very important that I come to work dressed in pants that can withstand tears.
To date, I have been wearing military BDU pants. These are probably the most well-built pants that one can buy. After all, they are used by military soldiers. There is a website dedicated to the sale of BDU wear and I have been dealing with them for years.
I happened to come across these pair of tactical pants from Hard Land and thought that I would give them a try. It was a blind purchase, as at the time of this writing, there are no Amazon reviews. I am proud to be the first to put these pants to the test.
I bought this pants in navy blue. At the time of ordering, there was only navy blue and green selections available. I do hope there will be more colors available in the future. Black would have been my choice.
The pants arrived within two days with Prime shipping. They arrived well packaged.
Taking the pants out of the package, I could immediately sense that this was well-constructed. The fabric had a heavy feel to it, with a good amount of stitching. Upon slipping my legs into the pants and pulling it up to my waist, I was pleased to find that it fit perfectly. No excessive bagginess to be had and it hugged my rear very nicely. Most importantly, though the fabric is tough (65% Polyester and 35% cotton rip-stop), the pants didn't feel too heavy. In fact, they felt as light as the many BDU pants that I have been used to wearing over the years.
Because I knew I wanted to do a review on these pants, I took the liberty of walking around the house and doing some bending to see how flexible these tactical pants were. There was a lot of leeway in the fabric allowing full movement without any restriction.
The only sizing issue that I had was the fact that being a short guy, my inseam is 29. These pants start with an inseam of 30. The legs were very long, but I am taking it to a tailor later today to get it taken in.
These pants have pockets all over the place. There are standard pockets for throwing your keys or wallet into. There are extremely deep velcro enclosed side pockets further down that fit my large iPhone 7S Plus perfectly. There are velcro enclosed back pockets as well. The description of these pants indicates 14 pockets in all. That may indeed be the case -- I would not doubt the manufacturer's description. I just haven't found them all yet. I can say that there is a multitude of storage pockets in various sizes and some pockets have slits in them with additional pockets. So, these pants are designed to store and carry quite a bit of personal gear.
Additionally, two things I am happy to see here is a solid keychain holder on the front loop of the pants, and, large enough waist loops to handle a military type belt. Let me also point out that the front zipper is well constructed and the fastening button at the waist has ample stitching behind it.
As someone who has been wearing tactical/BDU pants for years, I want to point out to those of you who may be unfamiliar with them that these can be worn for any occasion. The great thing about these type of pants is that while they are made for aggressive outdoor activities, they also make for great casual wear. I have walked into restaurants wearing these pants with a nice polo shirt. When I am hanging out with friends, these are the most comfortable types of pants to lounge around in. They have so much more "give" than normal jeans that despite the heavy fabric, you tend to think you are not wearing anything at all.
If there is anything negative to say about these pants is that are priced a bit high. Most BDU pants can be had for between $25-$30. Personally, after trying on the product and seeing that it had more pockets than my normal BDU wear (plus the keychain holder), I didn't quite mind paying more. I like these pants so much that I plan on buying more, but I am going to wait for a sale.
So, from someone very familiar with this kind of pants, let me be the first to say that these live up to what one should expect from tactical wear. These pants look great. They fit great. There is lots of flexibility once inside them. They are made to withstand the rain. As perfect as they can be for outdoor use, I think many of you will find that they also make for the most comfortable casual wear pants --- far better than jeans.
I have no major issues with these pants. I would highly recommend them! These really are top-notch in construction. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.