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Best Men’s Tactical Pants for Work, Hiking & More

Tactical pants are handy for many situations, whether you’re an avid hiker, working on a construction site, or doing maintenance around the house. This style is designed to offer complete mobility and generally features a heavy-duty, tear-resistant fabric that’s breathable and sometimes water-resistant. It’s also known for offering tons of pockets to hold all your essentials (even more so than most cargo pants styles), D-rings for carrying extra tactical accessories and sturdy belt loops that won’t rip. Ahead, we rounded up some of the best options on the market from respected brands. Each pair comes in multiple colors and is built for long-lasting wear.

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1. 5.11 Tactical Taclite Pro Work Pants

Constructed with a polyester-cotton ripstop fabric with plenty of stretch, this style is equal parts sturdy and flexible.

Pros: Its coated with Teflon for a protective finish that resists stains, soil and moisture without sacrificing breathability. The pair also features a hip-mounted D-ring, eight sizable pockets and a gusseted construction for flexibility and strength. It’s reinforced at the seat and knees for durability and comfort when kneeling. It comes in 10 colors.

Cons: Some wearers may find the waist sits too high.

5.11 Tactical Taclite Pro Work Pants

2. CQR Tactical Pants

A Duratrex ripstop fabric that repels liquid, dirt and other contaminants keeps these pants looking clean throughout the day.

Pros: They’re fade, shrink and wrinkle-resistant. They have dual D-rings and eight multipurpose cargo pockets for storing various tools and equipment. These are super lightweight and come in over 30 colors for multiple buying options.

Cons: Some may find they run baggy.

 

CQR Men's Tactical Pants
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon

3. LA Police Gear Tactical Pant

Also featuring a polyester-cotton blend ripstop fabric, this pair is tough, lightweight and fade resistant.

Pros: Extra padding in the seat and knees offers enhanced comfort. They have dual front D-rings and feature 10 pockets, offering the most storage space of all the styles on our list. Articulated knees and a gusseted crotch allow for freer movement. These come in nine colors.

Cons: They may run small.

LA Police Gear Men's Water Resistant Operator Tactical Pant
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon
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