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Picking the Right Shooting Slacks for Summer

During our hunt for the perfect summer shooting pants, we zeroed in on two key factors: breathability and functionality. After all, what's the point of wearing pants in the baking sun if it hinders our ability to shoot and causes us to sweat buckets? Fabric definitely affects the first factor. So, we weighed each pair to see how they tip the scales against our pair of 32-inch-waist Gap jeans, which weighs 1 pound, 9 ounces. Design determines the second factor. So we wore each model while shooting, hiking, and just running errands to see how well they functioned. Read on to see if there's a pair of pants that meet your range-apparel needs this summer.
  • Gen 2 Pants
    All-Season Pants 1 pound, 12.9 ounces Black, Khaki, Green -percent nylon/50-percent cotton $185
    Innovations: PALS webbing on left hip, expandable rear pockets, removable/adjustable magazine closure, kneepad insert sleeves, articulated knees, gusseted crotch
    Pros: Ideal for hardcore jobs that need hardcore dependability, ruggedness, and quality. With 11 pockets and numerous ways for customization, these pants are brilliant.
    Cons: This is an expensive pair and slightly on the heavier side of the scale.
  • Raptr
    Raptr 12.8 ounces Carbon, Dark Khaki 75-percent cotton/25-percent nylon $99
    Innovations: Two-way stretch nylon blend that's abrasion and water resistant, mesh pockets for airflow, articulated knees, gusseted crotch, Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+
    Pros: Cut like jeans, light as shorts, and tough as nails — the Raptr is the perfect hybrid pants for almost any outdoor occasion, be it social, shooting, or camping. Plus, it's the lightest pair of this group.
    Cons: It doesn't have as many pockets as the other pants we evaluated.
  • Revolvr
    Revolvr 14.8 ounces Black, Brown, Carbon, Gun Metal, Khaki 75-percent cotton/25-percent nylon $69
    Innovations: Double layers at cuffs and pockets, articulated knees, gusseted crotch, Athletik Fit for athlete's large thighs, Uberkuhl Fabric (cotton-nylon blend) with vintage dye is lightweight, comfortable, and “quick-dry”
    Pros: Revolvr helps you achieve that gray man look by appearing to be ordinary jeans but operating like outstanding outdoor apparel. One of our favorites.
    Cons: There aren't too many pockets, including an open compartment at the side of the thigh that is too shallow to hold important gear securely.
  • Tactical Trousers
    Tactical Trousers 1 pound 10.6 ounces Black, Brown, Charcoal, Coyote Brown, Grey, Khaki, LAPD Navy, Olive Green 65-percent polyester/35-percent cotton $40
    Innovations: reinforced seat and knees, internal kneepad pocket, ripstop blend, Teflon coating
    Pros: Affordable price for solid shooting pants with lots of pockets and compartments, and they come with a free belt.
    Cons: It might just be the color, but our navy blue pair attracted dust like a dryer lint filter. Despite being a ripstop blend similar to other brands, the fabric felt just a tad stiffer and heavier.
  • Guide Zip-Off Trail Pants III
    Under Armour
    Guide Zip-Off Trail Pants III 13.2 ounces Desert Sand, Uniform (Brown) 100-percent nylon $75
    Innovations: Under Armour's Moisture Transport System, Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+, vent zones to increase air flow, converts into shorts
    Pros: Incredibly light and breezy, these pants are fantastic for shooting, hiking, or pretty much any athletic adventure.
    Cons: These aren't as rugged as the other pairs we reviewed.
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