Tactical Pants Fabric Guide

Whether you’re in the market for a new pair of tactical pants, or just staying up-to-date for when it’s time to pull the trigger to purchase, fabric is an important factor to think about before you make your final decision.

Here are some questions to consider:

1. In which climate will you be wearing the pants?

Regular weight pants work well in the winter, while lightweight tactical pants are better suited for warmer weather.

2. What color do you desire?

Certain colors may only be available in specific fabrics.

3. How much are you willing and able to spend?

It’s almost always true that you get what you pay for. Since this is the case, you can most likely assume that the durability of the pant is relative to the price you pay.

Now that you’ve answered the preliminary questions it’s time to choose a fabric. Use our Tactical Pants Fabric Guide below to decide which fabric suits your needs best.

Cotton canvas

Poly-cotton ripstop

  • 40% polyester /60% cotton ripstop
  • Weight: 6-6.25 oz. (lighter weight)
  • Durable
  • Synthetic fabric blend
  • Ripstop weave prevents tears
  • Fade resistant
  • Shrink resistant
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Wind resistant
  • Used by Genuine Gear, LA Police Gear

Poly-cotton canvas

  • 65% polyester /35% cotton canvas
  • Weight: 7-8.5 oz. (heavier weight)
  • Durable
  • Synthetic fabric blend
  • Fade resistant
  • Shrink resistant
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Wind resistant
  • Quick drying
  • Used by PropperKitanica

Cotton/Lycra oxford canvas

  • 98% cotton /2% Lycra oxford canvas
  • Weight: 9 oz. (heavier weight)
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Unique fabric blend
  • Stretchy for mobility
  • May wrinkle
  • Used by Vertx

For more detailed descriptions of each brand, visit the Tactical Pants Guide.

What is your favorite tactical pants fabric and why?

2 Comments on “Tactical Pants Fabric Guide

  1. Hey what is happening to the market for discreet denim pants suitable for CCW? In the last few months I have seen that both 5.11 Tactical Jeans and the EOTAC 205 have been discontinued.

  2. I like polly-cotton canvas. It’s quick drying, and even when wet it isn’t too uncomfortable.

    I also like polyamide-elastane mix for it’s stretchiness, although it’s not very windproof.

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