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Not as Tacticool as they could be.
on December 3, 2012
I’ve been wearing Tactical 5.11 pants for several years and have liked them. I decided to try the BlackHawk pants because I think the quality of BlackHawk gear is usually good and the product designs are well thought out.
The silicone band inside the waistband is a good feature. It does keep my undershirt from pulling out as described in the product features.
The “magazine” pockets on each leg are not quite functional as magazine pockets for full size magazines. A 10-round double stack .45 barely fits. The bottom of the pockets are not gusseted, and the resulting taper makes it a very tight fit. I already have a hole wearing in the pocket bottom where the feed lip for the magazine rubs. Also, the tight fit has caused the top flap to break loose on the hook-and-loop fastener. I almost lost a loaded magazine. Not good. The pocket is just big enough for an iPhone 4, but only if it is not in a case. I use a “LifeProof” brand waterproof case that adds about ½” height to the phone and I cannot close the top flap to secure it. The last problem with this pocket it is positioned directly over the normal front pocket. When something is already in the front pocket, such as a wallet or hand, it serves to make whatever is in the magazine pocket really stick out. – In comparison to the 5.11 pants, this mag pocket is much worse, but there are two of them as a consolation. BlackHawk needs to shift them down and in slightly, make them about ½” deeper and add bottom gusset.
The “magazine” loops in the thigh pockets are also not well suited for magazines. While standing, the mags do stay vertically oriented. When running, the mags bounce and move too much. When seated, the mags can slip right out. Again, not good. The loops are OK for keeping small lightweight items in place, such as a small coil of paracord, Pepper spray, key(s), pens, etc.
The string attachment loop is just regular braided string, like boot laces. I suspect it will fray and break in time.
The extra zipper pockets are a nice feature if you have additional low profile items to carry. They have a mesh liner to the other pockets they are part of.
I won’t be buying more of these unless BlackHawk makes some improvements to the magazine pockets. I like to carry my spare mag there, but it is not secure with this design.