I know it’s a bit odd to review pants. Pants are pants are pants, right? Wrong!
The Vector 24/7’s from Truspec had me thoroughly impressed when I wore them on a 8+ mile ruck in the Georgia mountains. They are lightweight, flexible, and very breathable.
Unlike some other BDU pants I’ve worn, these wick away any moisture very, very quickly, and I felt like I had more mobility in them. Lifting a boot up high to get over a felled tree or massive rock, I didn’t feel like I was fighting my clothing like I do when I wear milsurp or standard issue BDU pants.
But these pants not only are comfortable, lightweight, and moisture wicking – they have bells and whistles – more so than most tactical pants I’ve worn. On first inspection, I noticed the waistband. It was stretchy, getting rid of the old school BDU style cinch straps, and had a silicone lining which keeps the pants where they are, and allegedly serve a secondary purpose as a shirt stay.
You want pockets? We got pockets. There are 2 pairs of back pockets, called accessory pockets, and ones on the side to accomodate a folding knife.
Deep front pockets as well, these have front slash cargo pockets, with internal comparments of their own,
perfect for a radio, pen, light, or extra mags.
Behind to the cargo pockets are 2 smaller ones (one on each side), roughly the size of a cell phone or notepad.
This I liked very much, as I didn’t need to stow my phone in my pack to know it was secured, I had it in what seemed like a specially designed pouch.
To top it off, the pants have reinforced knees, with internal pouches for knee pads – great for LEO or PMCs that don’t want to deal with clunky external knee protection. They also have a Teflon coating which helps with color retention.
Overall, after wearing these for several hours, loaded out with a heavy pack across many miles, I was dry and comfortable. I had plenty of gear within reach without the need to mess with my pack – namely phone, map, compass, and flashlight, with plenty of room to spare.
You have plenty of room for the essentials, extra ammo, a folding knife, or whatever else you can think of.
The teflon coating helps friction, and they breathe, which really helps keep you cool in the line of duty or on a long ruck. I’d recommend these pants to LEOs, first responders, civilians headed out to the woods to ruck or hunt, or at the range.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Castiglione lives in Atlanta, and is an avid outdoorsman and competitive shooter.
Where-abouts include getting after it in his garage gym, practicing martial arts, hitting the trails, or running CrossFit and Strongman competitions for his non-profit, Barbells for Bullies, which holds fundraiser fitness competitions dedicated to aiding Bully breed rescues, dog rescues, or other non-profits with similar missions.
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