Reviews Best Concealed Carry Leggings: Fashionable, Practical, and Tactical Alice Jones Webb November 16, 2023 Join the Conversation Leggings are a wardrobe essential in the modern world. These versatile staples of the contemporary wardrobe come in every color of the rainbow and easily transition from the gym to the boardroom. A good pair of leggings can pair well with everything from your ratty old pump cover to an expensive tailored blazer. However, not just any old pair of skin-tight britches will work for tactical applications. To qualify as “tactical,” leggings should offer durability and utility beyond standard yoga or leisure wear. Tactical leggings should be made from tough materials to resist wear and tear in rough environments. Strategically placed reinforcements are a plus, especially around the knees and seat. Water and stain resistance also earn major bonus points. Above all, tactical pants need to accommodate a firearm, whether carried in the line of duty or concealed for civilian personal protection. If you’ve ever attempted to pair your EDC weapon with flimsy active wear, you already realize just how frustrating short the average pair of leggings falls in this area. Keeping these traits in mind, I scoured the internet, dove into hundreds of customer reviews, interviewed first responders, and then put some major brands through the wringer. Here are the leggings that came out on top. Best Concealed Carry Leggings Dene Adams Concealed Carry Leggings MSRP: $129 Sizes: XS – 3XL Color options: black Dene Adams has a well-deserved reputation for designing high-quality, American-made concealed carry options for women; these leggings are no exception. They are made with soft, moisture-wicking lycra athletic fabric that moves with your body, whether climbing a steep trail or folding yourself into some contorted yoga pose. I love these leggings because they offer five different holstering options. With five pockets around the waistband, they easily accommodate all the most popular carry positions. The pockets are extra roomy and can hold everything from a tiny micro pistol to a full-size competition pistol. All those pockets also mean there are plenty of spots to tuck extra mags and all your favorite EDC gear. The leggings also feature sturdy belt loops and spacious side pockets. Dene Adams Concealed Carry Leggings are designed to be used with a trigger guard and retention insert. A universal guard comes with purchase and includes a break-away retention strap. Although the guard is relatively soft, but thick enough that snagging the trigger through the holster is highly unlikely. Adding your own Kydex trigger guard as an added safety feature isn’t a terrible idea. Rounded Gear Beltloop Leggings MSRP: $64.99 Sizes: S – XL Color options: panther black, grey Featuring heavy-duty belt loops that will accommodate a gun belt up to 1 ¾ inches wide, for any Rounded Gear’s Beltloop Leggings are ideal for ladies who need to pack a full-size sidearm in a Kydex OWB holster. And while the fit is a little snug with an IWB, it isn’t impossible. These are nowhere near the least comfortable pants I’ve paired with an IWB. They also make a nice lounge-around-the-house pair of leggings because they are super stretchy and made from a durable yet breathable blend of spandex and polyester. The fabric is thick enough not to show your undies when you’re squatting heavy at the gym. It also wicks moisture like a dream, and it dries quickly if they do get wet, either from sweat or a spilled energy drink. (Don’t judge!) Rounded Gear also added two side pockets to its belt loop leggings. Unfortunately, they aren’t really designed to carry anything bigger than your phone. Color options are limited to panther black and grey which is fine when your trying to blend in, but can feel limiting if you prefer vibrant pieces in your wardrobe. 5.11 Tactical Ashima Legging MSRP: $64 Sizes: XS-XL Color options: Black The 5.11 brand specializes in all things tactical, and its gear caters to tactical professionals. The company has put out multiple variations of tactical leggings over the years. Their most recent version is their Ashima tights. These badass leggings are made from a nylon/elastane blend with moisture-wicking and anti-odor technology. They also feature abrasion-resistant panels at the hip and seat and highly comfy flat-locked seams, which make them great for intense training sessions, crawling under barbed wire, or jumping chain link fences. You know? Normal everyday stuff. The earliest versions of 5.11 tactical leggings were sorely lacking in the pocket department. Thankfully, the tactical powers-that-be realized the error of their ways. Ashima leggings come with a zippered waist pocket and envelope-flap side pockets that are roomy enough for your phone, keys, and maybe a spare mag. While these leggings are perfect for vigorous activity both indoors and outdoors, what they still need are belt loops. Toting a Glock 19 in these leggings is nigh on impossible, and I miss the ability to pair my leggings with a tac belt like I could with the (sadly) discontinued 5.11 Raven Range Tights. So, if you’re listening 5.11, make a girl happy and bring back the belt loops. Defender Tactical Premium Full Length Leggings MSRP: $89 Sizes: XS – 3XL Color options: black, red, teal Designed by We the People Holsters, the Defender Tactical Premium Leggings go above and beyond basic concealed carry tights. These high-compression leggings are handmade in the USA using thick four-way stretch material. Defender Tactical Premium leggings are also rated 50 SPF (sun protection factor), wick moisture like there’s no tomorrow, and are squat-proof. Taking tactical to the next level, the pockets on these premium leggings are partially lined with heavy-duty ballistic nylon. They are deep enough to hold all of your EDC items securely. They have rugged belt loops so you can pair them with a sturdy tac belt and your favorite Kydex holster. While the Defender leggings come in standard black, you can also get them in bright red and vibrant teal for those days when your outfit needs a splash of color. Concealed Carry Leggings by Tactica Defense MSRP: $69.99 Sizes: S – 2XL Color options: black Tactica Defense, a spin-off business of Alien Gear Holsters, aims to “bridge the gap between the gun industry and the world of fashion.” Founded in 2019, the company makes dresses, sweaters, jackets, purses, holsters, and, yes, leggings, all designed to make it easier for more women to carry concealed without sacrificing fashion or femininity. These leggings provide full coverage (even in the tushie area) and medium support. While they fly easily under the radar as everyday casual wear, they are one of the few tactical leggings on the market with a built-in trigger guard. The holster pocket has a detachable retention strap and a strong layer of TPE polymer sewn in for extra safety. The panel also offers a bit of friction that helps hold your handgun firmly in place. Unfortunately, the panel can cause some issues on the draw, but like most draw issues, it can be smoothed out with practice. These leggings run a bit small in the size department. I had to order a size up from what I would typically wear in other brands, which was definitely a hit to my gym rat ego. However, Tactica Defense also offers a 10-day trial period and a 30-day warranty, so you can put these leggings through a thorough test run before you commit. Alexo Athletica 7/8 Carrywear Legging MSRP: $89 Sizes: XS – 3XL Color options: black Alexo Athletica leggings were initially designed for runners, so they are perfect for more physically demanding days. They offer tons of support, which in girl speak means they hold in your belly and lift the buttocks. That’s good, but you might need to shimmy your way into them. However, the nylon/spandex fabric is super soft and comfortable once they are on your body. These leggings also don’t scream “Operator!” They look like standard gym leggings, which is an asset when trying to be covert. The downside is that they aren’t really built for an ultra-rugged lifestyle. These leggings feature ambidextrous kidney and appendix carry pockets. They don’t have any built-in trigger protection. However, these leggings have plenty of pocket space to accommodate the extra bulk of your favorite Kydex guard, although it might make it more difficult to keep a low profile. Undertech Undercover Women's Concealed Carry Original Leggings MSRP: $89.99 Sizes: XS – 3XL Color options: black Designed as a versatile concealed carry option for everyday use, Undertech Undercover’s original leggings feature front and rear holsters roomy enough to carry “1911s, SIG Sauer, Berretta, and virtually every Glock.” Both holster pockets feature the company’s patented retention strap and can also hold your keys, phone, or credit cards. While the leggings seem capable of accommodating most handguns, they aren’t really built for hard-core tactical use. Even with light jogging, the gun ends up bouncing around like a toddler on cocaine. These leggings are far better suited for walking the dog or quick trips to the grocery store than they are for doing serious goon shit. Still, if you need to pack heat to pick up milk and eggs (and who doesn’t these days), these leggings are certainly up to the task. They’re also squat-proof, breathable, and comfy enough to double as pajamas. 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