The Tru-Spec Lightweight Tactical Pant is a force to be reckoned with. If you want a tactical pant that is strong, durable, and utilitarian while being extremely comfortable, you found the pant to try.
I recently purchased the TRU-SPEC Men’s Lightweight 24-7 Pant on Amazon. I purchased the Charcoal and Coyote colors.
The company description stated that they are renowned for their military uniforms and such. I never really heard of them, but decided to try them out since the price of these pants were about that of a good pair of jeans.
The Lightweight 24-7 is 65% polyester and 35% cotton, although they have a full cotton version of this pant that I haven’t tried.
When I opened the box, and felt the material, I thought it felt extremely thin and a little stiff. When I put them on however… They felt THIN and STRONG.
So I had to put them on (yes I did so without washing people!), and this is what I noticed right away:
I couldn’t help but notice that the legs were a little too long. The reviews on this pant said the same thing. They WERE hemmed, which means that they are a finished product, and this length on a finished pant was a common complaint for these. I find this to be a normal thing from a typical high-end pant, so people can have it tailored and hemmed to fit their height perfectly, and something I like about these pants.
The next day, and during my trip to the mountains for some hiking and R&R, I wore the two versions of these pants quite often. I wore them to dinners because the charcoal dressed up extremely well with a nice polo or golf-polo and dress casual shoes (which I found some that had grippy bottoms because you always have to be ready to hike for miles, DUH). I also wore them ziplining where your pant can get rubbed by cable and get caught in the brakes and while hiking.
When it was hot, these pants breathed much better than jeans, but they can still cause you to sweat just a bit. This being said, they were still comfortable during all the different situations that I wore them in. Now if I can just get a more comfortable belt to go with them…
As I wore these, the reinforced knee and the hidden knee pad pocket went unnoticed. They were so comfortable that I wore them for 2 weeks without noticing that they had kneepad pockets.
I kept finding pockets!
As I wore these, I just kept finding different pockets. I think I found a total of 12 pockets (just a guess). There are two back pockets, two front pockets, two side cargo pockets. Each cargo pocket has a magazine pocket on the outside of it and on the inside of it. Then there are 2 hidden pocket on the back of the pants that are great for pocket knives or some other device of that size.
On a trip where we drove for about one hour thirty minutes and I had a cup sweat on my pants. I decided to leave the beads of water on the pants and see how long it took them to soak in..
The water was beaded up like water on plastic. The two smaller droplets lasted about 30 minutes to soak into the pant, and the larger one took about an hour.
Although these pants aren’t water proof, they are water resistant. This gives me the idea to try them as flotation devices when summer comes back around. Just tie the two leg cuffs together fairly tight and place around your neck, then slap the waste down and under the water to catch air into a pre-wetted pant. Then just hold the waste under water to keep the pocket.
I think eventually the air pocket will leak out, but refilling a life preserver every 5-10 minutes is better than the alternative in a pinch.
I will be doing a review of the 5-11s I bought soon, but overall I think these pants were better.
So, if you want some rugged and comfortable pants that are multi-purpose, skip the cargo pants at your local store and buy a pair of the TRU-SPEC Men’s Lightweight 24-7 Tactical Pants.
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