We went through it last time we did a pants review with another TRUSPEC product, their Vector Pants; about how pants are more than just pants, it’s a piece of gear. We loved the Vectors, and we managed to check out one of their new offerings, the 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 lbs ruck in tow. Despite sweating profusely, I was cool, and my legs didn’t get clammy and hot as with your standard cameos. 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 DWR water repellent 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.
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.
by Alex Castiglione provided by Tru-Spec.