Okay everyone… In celebration of the fact that I turned in my final paper last week and am as ready as I can be for my first final exam of the semester tomorrow, you all get to take a pop quiz! Put down those leftover turkey sandwiches and think back before the holiday craze…
Remember early October when Jeanette with TacticalPants.com emailed me to let me know that there was a site out there with an entire section dedicated to women’s tactical wear? And then, remember how after I put her email on my blog, she offered me a pair of tactical pants to review? I got to pick out any pair I wanted from the site; the shopping was exciting! Remember how quickly they shipped and that they didn’t fit when they arrived? And remember how Jeanette jumped right on that and fixed all of my fit problems?
Remember how my fit problems didn’t get fixed in time to wear them for the Halloween Appleseed (Saturday and Sunday) and the shooting booth at church? Right after that, I tabled at the Big Reno Gun Show (I still need to write about that, don’t I?) and then delved into writing papers and studying for finals and ignored you all! Is this sounding familiar?
You remembered all of that? Really?! Well, A+ for you! Now, I’m trying to get back on the blogging track, so let’s continue the tactical pants for women saga. I last blogged about how I found a cute pair of pants on their website,the 24-7 Series Lightweight pant. The specs on the pants (taken from TacticalPants.com) are:
- 6.5 oz. Lightweight 65% Poly / 35% Cotton Ripstop
- Unique Pocket Design and Configuration Allows For A Completely Casual Appearance While Providing Secure Storage For All Of Your Duty Requirements
- Comfort Fit Slider Waistband Construction Which Eliminates The Need For Gathered Elastic Or Adjustable Side Tabs That Accommodates Either Paddle Style Or Inside-the-pants Holster
- Extra Deep Front Pockets
- Customized Tru-Spec Original Prym Snap
- 2-Knife/Accessory Pockets
- 2-Cargo Pockets With Hook & Loop Closure and Bellowed Side Gussets
- 2-Internal Magazine Compartments In Both Cargo Pockets
- Cell Phone/Magazine Pocket
- All Women’s Tru-Spec 24-7 Pants are Unhemmed
The reasons why I picked these pants among all of the others available to choose from on their site, and they have quite a selection compared to other shops I’ve patronized, was that these pants had a more modern fit to them because of how they sat across the waist and the specs mentioned holsters and magazines, which as a Gun Girl, that was a big selling point. Another reason why I picked these pants to review is that the staff over at TacticalPants.com had reviewed every woman’s pant they have for sale on the site and they scored this brand very highly. I want a pant that fits me and I thought that since their reviewers had a positive experience with this one and since it had the modern waist fit that tends to look better on me than other fits, I should order this pant.
But it turns out that this pant wasn’t the pant for me at first. I ordered a size 16 on Jeanette’s customer service representative’s advice. And the size 16 didn’t fit! Jeanette went above and beyond to help me with that problem. Many other companies would have offered an exchange for another size. But I don’t know how many companies would have mailed me two additional pairs of pants in two other sizes to try on and decide which I liked best. Additionally, the shipping of the pairs to try on and the pairs to return was covered for me.
Here’s how the trying on various sizes went (I’m a 16/18 in Lane Bryant. My waist measurement is 36″ and my hip measurement is 44″):
Size 16: Fit around the hips. Tight around the thighs and the waist. The waistband in these pants has a stretchy part, which stretched, but it still wasn’t an attractive fit.
Size 18: Fit around the hips and thighs. Tight around the stomach like the 16 was, not any difference there at all actually, but had the butt/small of back giant gap thing going in the back. These pants have a stretchy waist, but it didn’t make the front fit looser or the back fit more snugly.
Size 20: Fit! It still looks tight like the 16s did, but it doesn’t feel tight. That stretch is finally working for me!
(TacticalPants.com took my advice and added sizing information to their pants (yay!), but when I checked out their recommendations for my measurements, their size chart, like the size chart I found at the manufacturer’s website, says I’ll fit into a size 14. Not! Plus size chicks: be careful when ordering.)
Now that I had a pair of tactical pants that fit me horizontally, I had to go get them hemmed so they’d fit me vertically. These pants were a foot too long for me! As are all 24-7 series and a couple of other brand tactical pants available at TacticalPants.com, because they are shipped unhemmed. This allows a variety of sized and shaped women to find a customized fit with the help of their seamstress, but it adds to the expense of the pant and the timeline of the pant. Researching, ordering, shipping, exchanging, shipping and now altering! Oy.
Here are some pictures of what the pants looked like straight out of the box and unhemmed. Next time, I’ll write about how they’re performing as a final product: washed and hemmed.