Hardland continues to evolve their house-label products, with the Basic Operator Pant, the Urban Ops Tactical Pant and the Tactical Pant.They sent me a pair of each to try out.
At first blush, these pants seem pretty similar to each other. They are all made of 65% polyester/35% cotton rip-stop fabric. They all have front pockets optimized for clip-carrying a knife or flashlight and D-rings to clip keys, IDs or whatever suits you. They all have YKK zippers and brass stud closure buttons.
Digging a little deeper, I found that these pants have different features that serve different functions.
Basic Operator Pant: The Basic Operator Pants are one of the Hardland pants I wear off duty. The belt loops accommodate 1.5-inch or 1.75-inch belts on an elastic waistband, and the pants are available in sizes 28 to 50 (inseam 30 to 36 or unhemmed).
Made of fade-resistant 7.5 oz. fabric, they have a total of eight pockets, and the large cargo pockets each have a D-ring to secure keys or other important items. The dual front slit pockets are where I usually carry small items like a small OC can or a few keys. The large slanted cargo pockets are great for retrieving and stowing your phone while seated.
These pants feature a gusseted crotch for increased comfort. The double knees and double seat are also great features to have in my experience. Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time in training knows those are the first places to wear and tear.
Urban Ops Tactical Pants: Hardland’s Urban Ops Tactical Pants are also part of my off-duty wardrobe. Like the Basic Operator, Urban Ops pants have a fabric weight of 7.5 oz. and pass-throughs on the cargo pockets for larger items like duty-size flashlights or small batons.
The Urban Ops pants also feature slanted cargo pockets, a gusseted crotch and 22 individual bar-tack stitch points to increase strength in critical areas. They are available in sizes 28 to 50 (inseam 30 to 36 or unhemmed). The elastic waistband provides an inch of stretch and belt loops that accommodate up to 2-inch belts. LAPG recommends going up a size or two if you will be using an inside-the-waistband holster while wearing them.
The slip back pockets are nice when you’re about town and in little danger of losing one’s wallet. Personally, I prefer the Basic Operator pants with their covered, button-securable pockets for hiking and other times when this might be a concern.