Genuine Gear tactical pants offer interesting features
The most unique feature is definitely the open compartments behind the cargo pockets
For more bargain tac pants options, the Genuine Gear brand has popped up semi-recently. With a little research it appears the pants are actually made by Propper, which I consider a good thing as they have been making solid uniform items for a while.
For an improved fit while not using a belt, there are elastic zones built into the upper waist sides. It's just enough to give some elastic flexibility. The fly area uses a simple button and YKK zipper, and the zipper has a fabric pull cord that is a small yet useful detail.
On the right hand side pocket, a bonus coin pocket is integrated, which I have mixed feelings about. Despite working well for coins (hence the name), the pocket also can be a bit of a snag point when inserting larger items such as a wallet in the main pocket. The coin area can potentially hold smaller folder knives, and I think the raised position makes for an easy grab.
The rear pockets utilize velcro flaps and are of decent size able to fit a 30-round magazine. The velcro spacing and strength makes for a solid hold without being a pain to open. Further down the legs are the cargo pockets, which unlike the old 5.11s, are also able to hold 30 round magazines.
Not to be overlooked is the upper left frontal thigh pocket. It has a velcro flap, and the sizing would be great for holding several phones or most pistol mags. The only down side to this pocket is the lack of another one on the right side. This pocket placement is handy and would still be accessible while sitting down (vehicle ops).
Overall, I like the fit, and the Genuine Gear pants can handle my best ninja impression without a crotch blowout. The main thing I look for is leg freedom, and that is delivered. So far durability has been solid, so I’ll continue to keep an eye on them in the long run.
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