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Updated on December 13, 2013
Often overlooked in the tactical world, females will encounter a bevy of sizes and colors when it comes to the new tactical utility pants. Once as rare as tactical pants for fish, the market for ladies tactical pants appears to be growing significantly. Sure, it’s still a nascent one, but it has come a long way from not existing at all.
The women’s Magnum RD Pants ($49.99) joins a lineup that includes 24-7 Series, Vertx, Propper (who make both regular and lightweight pants for women) and Woolrich. Previously, TacticalPants.com gave 24-7 Series pants the Editor’s Choice Award as the best-fitting tactical pants for women. However, Magnum RD pants might give it a run for its money. Why?
First of all, the pants have a spectacular fit. And by fit, I mean the trousers don’t sit above your belly button or make you appear to be wearing a diaper. Whew, so that’s a relief. The pants actually sit an inch below the belly button. For me, there was no awkward tightness (or looseness) around the waist or rear area. However, after the first wash the pants were just a little tighter. I’d keep that in mind when ordering a pair.
Fit is always a concern, but functionality is by far the most important element of any pair of tactical pants. Bereft of that noisy Velcro, the pockets are symmetrical and are large enough to comfortably fit smart phones and PDAs. Can’t say the same for the iPad, but then again, who on Earth is putting an iPad in their pants? There are also some pretty sweet knife pockets that can come in handy for more than just weapons. Additionally the hand pockets feature a ventilated mesh that could prove to be a positive attribute in hot weather.
My only complaint about the RD pants was the pant length. On my first wear the pant were almost too short, but they weren’t “flooding” just yet. After the first wash? All bets were off. I am 5’5”, 120 pounds and ordered a size 2. Perhaps I needed to go a size up? (Note: Magnum has revealed that its next order of women’s pants will include an unhemmed version.)
Aside from the length issue, the pants are perfect. And I can still safely say they are the most comfortable tactical pants for women I’ve ever worn.
The pants are available in black, desert sage, mocha and navy in sizes 2 through 14.