At a glance, tactical pants appear to be a simple cargo. Yet upon closer inspection, one finds strategic placement of an array of pockets tailored for the real-life action figure—someone ready to strike within a moment's notice with all the necessary tools in reach.
These über-durable trousers are far more than the average cargo pants. Reinforced with bar-tacks, gussets, and some even coated with DuPont™ Teflon®, tactical pants have become the everyday armor for those who put their lives on the line. Whether patrolling the streets or practicing at the range, men and women across the country select tactical pants as the choice operational wear.
However, the trousers didn't always hang in the closets of law officers, EMTs, FBI agents and military operators. Rather, it was first designed for those who opted to conquer the natural world—mountain climbers. It was initially developed by Royal Robbins, an outdoor clothing company founded by an adventurous husband-and-wife duo. Years later, a few Colorado FBI agents, who also happened to be avid climbers, found that the resilient pants could be used for more than scaling mountains.
Eventually, tactical pants made it all the way to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. And just like that, a pant once used for recreation became a major player in workday uniforms. As a result, tactical trousers have become as ubiquitous as gun holsters and pocket knives in the tactical world. Today, a number of brands offer countless options of these pants in many different styles, fabrics and colors. The options, at times, can be almost overwhelming.