Do you wear long pants during a long ruck hike in bad weather? What pants do you like to put on when its still cool outside and a chance or light rain?
Or you are hiking out in the field and need an extra layer of protection so you dont get all scratched up. Maybe your going to the range to shoot and the weather is pretty hot and dont want to wear shorts.
This is more than a pant it is a piece of gear. We talked about that in our last SGPT gear review of the TRUSPEC 247 Vector Pants.
We loved the Vectors, and we managed to check out one of their new offerings, the TRUSPEC 24/7 Xpedition Pants.
These bad boys are comfortable, rugged, lightweight, moisture wicking, and good to go. I was a fan of the Vectors, but I may like these even more. They don’t have as many pockets, but they still have a ton of features. Let’s get into it.
Starting at the waist, these fit very well with an integral spandex band. The buttons are solid, and the zippers all around are smooth pulling yet seemingly heavy duty, from the fly to the cargo pants to the zippers at the angles.
The front pocket is angled and reinforced exactly where you would keep your folding knife – very well thought out, and points to TRUSPEC. The cargo pockets have secure flaps embossed with their logo, and the left pocket has a zipper closure to keep mission essential items from falling out. The right rear pocket has the same function as well to keep that wallet safe.
On the legs you have the ability to zip open some leg vents to allow you to cool off. This I found clutch while testing, as I was hiking in 90 degree heat in the GA mountains with a 30 lb ruck in tow. Despite sweating profusely, I was cool, and my legs didn’t get clammy and hot as with your standard cammies.
I didn’t even need to zip open the flaps until towards the end of my hike, and that was just to check them out. Moreover, the pants have durable water repellent (DWR) on the poly-cotton rip stop fabric. These pants were actually designed alongside survivalist and winner of the first season of the hit series ALONE, Alan Kay. They are assuredly suited for camping, climbing and hiking as TRUSPEC touts on their website.
At the ankles there is an additional layer of nylon webbing for durability, as well as a strap adjustment with snaps and boot hooks to accommodate all types of footwear.
These pants have an integrated soft 4-way stretch flex panels on the hip yoke and on the back of the knees and front cargo pockets for ease of movement. Luckily these have Comfort fit slider waistband along with a French fly inside zipper for added security.
The front of the pant was designed to be funtional and has deep front slash pockets designed to hold most folding knives. It also has front-facing inset stretch cargo pockets with hidden snap closure and internal D-rings.
Really easy to clip in an item of importance like a key to your truck. Continuing on this run of functionality – the left cargo pocket has a zipper closure under flap for secure storage. A great place to put a map or your id and papers. You could even put an energy bar or GU if you are out on a hike. It also has an easy access DropN pocket behind the right cargo pocket.
One of the best features is the dual mesh zippered cooling vents on each leg at the thigh and calf for increased airflow and temperature regulation. This is key if you are hiking or the humidity is high.
This is a gusseted so you will be able to run through an obstacle course or even climbing at the gym without worrying about ripping out the crotch of your pants. If you need to hook in a carabiner or key chain it is easy to do with the front belt loops.
Moving around to the backside there is one pocket with an easy access flap closure and the other one with a secure zippered closure. The knee area has articulated knees with external knee pad pockets. This comes in handy for climbing or if you want to add the knee pads for tactical work. The pads not included when I purchased and not sure if I really need them.
There is a two-way zipper opening on the lower leg with expandable mesh lining.
There is also an additional layer of nylon webbing fabric for reinforced durability from boots. To finish of the legs there is a strap adjustment with snaps on ankle cuffs and boot hooks. Very good to have those when you are moving through the brush and wet conditi0ns outside.
Overall, we like the pants very much, and they held up well, served their purpose in spades, and we’re exceptionally easy wearing.
Pros, what we like:
Lightweight, rugged, well designed, secure pocket storage, lightweight water repellent fabric, and they keep you cool. All wins.
Cons, what we don’t like:
If you don’t like the two-tone look, these may not be for you. But don’t worry, they come in seven colors.
There is also a womens version of this same styling.
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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