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I've used various pants from various price ranges and I'm always trying new ones just out of curiosity. I'm going to consolidate a bunch of reviews here for people to use as a quick reference. 1/10 sucks, 5/10 average, 10/10 great


5.11 fast tac cargo
https://www.511tactical.com/fast-tac-cargo.html]5.11 website

SPECS
-Lightweight 4.7 oz. 100% polyester Fast-Tac™ fabric manufactured for maximum durability to stand up to hard-use
-Water resistant finish
-9 total pockets
-Dual magazine pockets at back yoke
-Cargo pockets with side bellows for extra capacity
-Reinforced front utility pocket edges
-Flexible, self-adjusting waistband with 7 loops
-Bartacking at fly corner
-Nylon reinforcement on back magazine and front utility pockets
-Gusseted construction to enhance seam strength
-YKK® zippers
-27 ligne Melamine button for center front closure
Imported

My Thoughts
Lightweight, comfortable, and clean looking. A little more tactical looking than other offerings. Very affordable. I've owned tons of pairs of these

Appearance-This includes fit and finish as well as overall cool factor
These are very cleanly designed pants. Cargo pockets are low profile. Fairly tactical looking without being over-the-top larper.
6/10

Features-Not just what it includes, but how well thought out they are
Teflon coating, 4 way stretch, lots of pockets. My favorite is the phone pocket on the front of the pant leg. The main hip/butt pockets are mesh on the interior. I like the mesh with empty pockets, but having things like keys in them can be annoying as they poke you. Pockets are also a little shallow. The front uses a double button system to fasten the pants, but the front button often breaks off. They tend to wear out quicker than some other pants I've worn.
6/10

Ergonomics-Not just how comfortable it is but how well it stacks up against competition
As I mentioned they are quite comfy. As with most types of these pants, they ride a little high and tight in the groin area. They are decently breathable and quick drying, making them suitable for summer wear. Surprisingly enough through some form of sorcery they are also warm in colder weather provided you are moving. With how light these are I'm not sure how they pulled that off.
7/10

Value-Based off MSRP vs competition
$49.99
9/10

These pants aren't perfect. That being said I've bought more pairs of these than any other tactical pant. They wear out quicker, but for the price these are my go to when I need something that I can beat up either in a course, or just because. Only minor things hold these back from being the best bang for the buck (like the interior button snapping off 80% of my pairs). If you're looking into trying a tactical pant but dont want to spend loads of cash take a look at these.
8/10 overall

 

Vertx fusion stretch
https://vertx.com/mens-fusion-stretch-tactical-pants

SPECS
-Relaxed fit features side stretch waistband and a higher rise in the back to maintain proper fit
-Articulated back yoke with two convenient utility pockets
-Lower front hand pockets for easy access with or without a holster
-Vertical zippered pockets above cargo pocket for added storage and ease of access when sitting
-Additional vertical zippered pocket behind cargo pockets for quick access when sitting
-Fully gusseted crotch allows for extended comfort in virtually any position
-Angled back pockets for ease of access and credential flaps to protect important items

My Thoughts
Sturdy, thick, and durable. Still has some stretch to it.

Appearance-This includes fit and finish as well as overall cool factor
These are a very tactical/military/swat style pant. Clean stitching and well designed pockets make it all work together. This pant doesnt try to hide as low profile, it owns what it is.
8/10

Features-Not just what it includes, but how well thought out they are
Teflon coating and stretch material make these quick dry despite being thicker. Not terribly hot and help keep warm in cooler weather. Deep pockets. Very utilitarian
7/10

Ergonomics-Not just how comfortable it is but how well it stacks up against competition
This is where these suffer. The fabric is soft enough and stretches, however they are tight in the groin and knees. They claim gusseted crotch but it's so tight and thick that you lose a lot of mobility. They also fit tight in the waist.
4/10

Value-Based off MSRP vs competition
$79.99
5/10

On paper these things are sweet and well designed for that person not trying to blend in. However the lack of mobility makes them a poor choice for a tactical pant. Their overall thickness and long lasting design make them suitable for someone doing lots of physical work.
6/10

 

Helikon-tex hybrid tactical polycotton ripstop
https://www.helikon-tex.us/hyb...ycotton-ripstop.html

SPECS
-Hybrid construction composed of ripstop fabric and VersaStretch®
-Hook&loops closed waist for additional adjustment
-Crotch gusset
-Six hip pockets (two front, two sides, two rear)
-Two cargo pockets with internal organizers
-Reinforcements on lower leg
-YKK® zippers

My Thoughts
These things are awesome and simple. Only missing a few features that would make these exceptional.

Appearance-This includes fit and finish as well as overall cool factor
These are very clean looking pants. Extremely low profile pockets make this suitable for low pro. The different shades from the gussets hold them back from being fully low pro as they stand out in certain light conditions.
8/10

Features-Not just what it has, but how well thought out they are
First off, these pants don't use buttons. They are fashioned via velcroc flap at the front. It makes them look funny without a belt however makes them super slim and comfortable with a belt. Also contains a well designed elastic waist. Fewer pockets than the completion however they are deep and useable. Hip pockets have additional material on the outer top lip for protection from clips of items hanging off belts. Also contains front loops for lanyards and keys. Lightweight, breathable, teflon, and quick dry.
8/10

Ergonomics-Not just how comfortable it is but how well it stacks up against competition
These are comfortable. The material in the groin and knees are not only super stretchy, but there is enough room in the groin for me to sit down and put my balls on the ground and not have it crush them. Like insane amount of movement.
9/10

Value-Based off MSRP vs competition
$71.90
7/10

These things are awesome. I haven't had them long enough to evaluate how long lasting they are. The only things it's really missing are multiple cargo pockets and internal sections for knee pads. If they could make the materials match in any light source these would make very good low pro pants too. I keep the overall score the same as the fast tac simply because they are more money.
8/10

 

Helikon-tex outdoor tactical pant versastretch
https://www.helikon-tex.us/otp...ts-versastretch.html

SPECS
-Elastic waist with velcro fastener for additional adjustment
-Two key loops, D-ring or karabiner compatible
-Two mesh front pockets with strengthened edges for gear clips
-Two mesh wide back pockets with easy access. Adaptable for dump bag use
-Two slim back pockets for folding knives, flashlights, pistol magazines inside back pockets. Depth-adjustable
-Two mesh thigh cargo pockets with YKK® reverse zipper for documents and small personal belongings
-Two front velcro-closed flapped pockets for smart phone or AR magazine
-Blue-jeans cut to reduce pants sliding down
-Pant leg rears profiled – divided and connected with profiling pleat under the knee
-Reinforced knees with internal kneepad compartments
-Cuffs with cord channels
-YKK® zippered fly

My Thoughts
I love these.

Appearance-This includes fit and finish as well as overall cool factor
These are similar to the hybrid tactical. Low pro with non extruding pockets. However, using the same material all the way around makes them blend together in all light sources.
9/10

Features-Not just what it has, but how well thought out they are
All the features of the hybrid tactical plus more. Additional features are more pockets, multiple cargo pockets, and internal knee pad slots.
9/10

Ergonomics-Not just how comfortable it is but how well it stacks up against the competition
If they hybrid tactical are super comfortable, these are tactical pajama level comfort. Equally as moveable but somehow more comfortable
10/10

Value-Based off MSRP vs competition
$95.40
7/10

These things are awesome. I haven't had them long enough to evaluate how long lasting they are. They pass for low pro, have all the things needed for an hiking or tactical pant, and are stupid comfortable. While expensive, these are my current favorites.
9/10

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Original Post

Nice. 

There is a ridiculous amount of choice out there now and new styles get added all the time. My current favourites are 5.11 Capital pants, lightweight, low profile and very comfortable but expensive.

I’ve been considering the Helikon Hybrid for a while,  may give them a go now based on this. I especially like the Adaptive Green colour that Helikon offers, changes tone dependant on the light, very cool.

@Community Member posted:

How about ... is there a difference in fit between the various trousers? And if so, which way? Tighter, looser, shorter, etc?

This is difficult to answer because of the difference in how the materials. The UTP/OTP seem to be a bit tighter than the hybrid by looking at them, however they are much much stretchy-er having a bit of a form fit while being loose. In both the hybrid and otp I can literally squat down the whole way and not feel like my balls are being squished. Its not because of fitting loose, it's simply the way the material stretches. The overall lengths seem to be the same. The waist is cut the same too, but the utp/otp has better ellastic in the waist somehow. 

Since I wrote this review I've purchased additional pairs of the otp's and have worn them everyday. Zero signs of wear and they are just as comfortable as the first time I tried them on.

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