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TACTICAL CLOTHING – FIELD TESTED: LA Police Gear Operator Tactical Pants

LA Police Gear Operator Tactical Pants Being Field tested in Iraq by James G.

No matter how much I loathe tactical clothing it is something that is a part of my daily life, especially considering my occupation as a Security Contractor in Iraq. I remember getting a big box of 5.11’s on my first gig in Iraq and thinking “cool, free Tactical Clothing for James G.

And after a week of dealing with the saggy ass, flat leg pockets that were just small enough that nothing really fit in them, the “grandpa height” waistband that rode half way up your stomach and the tons of metal hardware that sets off every other airport metal detector I was pretty much sick of 5.11’s.

But at that time I really didn’t have any other option outside of buying pricey climbing gear pants like North Face, and being the cheap type that idea passed in and out of my mind in like 3 seconds.

Fast forward a few years and the Tactical Clothing market was flooded with Tacticool pants… At prices that would make you piss your ill-fitting 5.11’s. So I was pretty much content with wearing issued Tactical Pants that even had my grandfather making fun of me because they rode too high.

Ahhh… but then the Tactical Fairy came and visited me one night right before my latest gig in Iraq and stuffed a pair of LA Police Gear Operator Tactical Pants under my pillow.

I tell ya, it only took a week of wearing them for me to give away all but one pair of my 5.11’s [got to have something to wear on laundry day] and replace all of my work Tactical pants with LA Police Gear Operator Tactical Pants

These pants have every feature that an active Security Operator working in War Zones would need. Diamond Gusset Crotch [great if you have a big package], Double Fabric on the Knees and Ass, fits riggers belts like a glove, a lower leg pocket on each leg right around the calf [I keep my smokes in them] and are tough as nails.

Some of my favorite features are:

The Cargo Pockets

The Cargo Pockets are my favorite part of the Tactical Operator pants, first off they are Gusseted Cargo Pockets so you can stuff tons of junk into them. One of the biggest problems with other Tactical pants is the pockets are sewed down so tight you can barely put a notepad and a pack of smokes in them before they are too tight to fit anything else.

The LA Police Gear Operator Tactical Pants also have two inner pockets inside that are extremely handy if you carry around a lot of smaller loose items like I do. Surefire flashlights, pistol magazines, smokes, pens and cameras fit perfectly and leave the remainder of the pocket free and uncluttered for other stuff.

The cargo pockets are also slanted so you don’t have to do the “stand on one foot with half your ass off the seat in the car” mambo whenever you need to grab something inside. They are secured down solidly with 2 wide strips of Velcro that will stay shut even at an all-out sprint with the pockets stuffed to the brim.

Front Slit Pockets

Finally front pockets that are actually useful, unlike that “other” brand of tactical pants when you put something inside of them you don’t end up crushing your balls every time you sit down. You know what I am talking about if you have ever put a pistol mag or Nokia phone in the front pocket of 5.11’s and abruptly sat down.

I also like that they are about 1/3 deeper than the front pockets on other brands of tactical pants. The front slit pockets do not have a Velcro flap like in 5.11’s, which makes it easy to take thing in and out without fumbling around.

Plastic Hardware

I am sort of old school when it comes to things like zippers, generally I like metal zippers but after getting felt up by 3rd world airport security guards dozens of times I am pretty much a “F-Metal Hardware on pants” guy now.

The other reason I don’t like plastic zippers is they tend to wear after a while or come off track, so you end up having to walk around with your fly open all day.

But after wearing, washing and abusing the LA Police Gear’s Operator Tactical Pants every day for 7 months here in Iraq the zipper has NOT failed once. In fact they zip up and down just as smoothly as the first day I wore them.

Extremely Durable

>Anyone who has been deployed or has worked in Iraq will tell you the no.1 threat and true test of clothing here is the KBR laundry. I have had shirts with the logos completely stripped off after 10 washes, pants that went from Coyote Tan to light khaki in 20 washes and large pants that came back small after only one wash.

I don’t know if it is the “harder than diamonds” water they use, the boiling hot washer water in the summer time or the industrial strength laundry detergent but whatever it is the KBR laundry will straight-up destroy clothing.

But after 7 months of 2 to 3 KBR Laundry washings a week [around 60 washings and counting] and sometimes wearing a pair for a week straight 18 hours a day these pants have held up like a mo-fo.

Actually, one of the first thing I noticed about these pants was they don’t fade, even after months of KBR Laundry washings my Coyote Brown Tactical Operator Pants are still pretty much Coyote Brown.

Additionally, they have not come apart at the seams, had any hardware come off or torn or worn through at the ass. Even after all I have put these pants through I fully expect them to last past next year and most likely ever father out beyond.

They Fit: AKA No Ass Sag

The one thing I hate the most about 5.11’s is the “Saggy Ass”, you end up walking around looking like you have a load in your pants. The Operator Tactical Pants actually fit like… wait for it… wait for it… Pants.

The belt-line also stops right above your hips where it should, so no more pulling your Tactical pants up past your belly-button like gramps.

Why Tactical Pants designers think just because they slap “Tactical” on a pair of pants gives them free license to make saggy assed ugly pants is beyond me. These actually look good and “normal” enough I have worn them stateside [Yep, at Starbucks baby].

They Don’t Cost More Than A Louis Vutton Purse

They Don’t Cost More Than A Louis Vutton Purse

Sure there are many good comparable Tactical Pants out on the market these days [including the brand that these are modeled after], but they are fucking expensive.

I have really no idea who sat down one day and decided “Hmmmm… 100 to 400 dollar Tactical Pants is a great idea!” – Tactical Clothing that is more expensive than Egyptian cotton Italian designer brand pants is ridiculous. I mean, who buys this stuff besides Adam Savage?

Seriously, some tactical Pants are so expensive that I see people on forums say they are “saving up” to buy a pair. Really? You save up to buy a gun or Plasma TV – not so you can buy a pair of pants.

Anyway, the LA Police Operator Tactical Pants are less than 20 bucks a pair. Yep, 20 bones for a pair of high quality Tactical Pants that have been field tested and proven by Team DVM in Iraq.

In Conclusion…

No matter what you say about these pants the 20 bucks a pair argument will win every time in my book. And on top of being only 20 bucks they are high quality Tactical Pants that won’t make you look like an escapee from the FBI Academy.

The LA Police Gear Operator Tactical Pants are Team DVM Approved after hard-use field testing in Iraq and the Official Tactical Pants of Death Valley Magazine.

Now go buy a damn pair!

Note: These tend to run 1 size small in the waist so order up a size.

LA Police Gear
Operator Tactical Pants


~James G
Founder – Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and running with scissors. James G. on FACEBOOK


  1. Nice review. I like the fact that the front slit pockets are just the right size for an iPhone and carried face in, are in a pretty ‘safe’ spot as far as pants pockets go. Diamond gussets are the way to go, if for no other reason than not having your nuts mashed every time you shift position, lol :)

  2. Does it not bother you that these are almost seam for seam ripoffs of TAD’s Force 10 cargoes?

    • Honestly It bothers me more that a company sells 100+ Dollar Tactical Pants [that cost 25 bucks to manufacture] to people in this economy.

      ~James G

  3. James, I’m curious to hear what you think of Propper’s tactical pants and their discount brand, Genuine Gear. The GG pants are $24.99 and are comparable to LAPG’s tac pants.

    Great review and excellent video!!

    • Those Genuine Gear pants are cheap ass 5.11 Tactical knocks offs made by Propper for another website. Nice try. They suck.

      • LOL I appreciate your honesty! I’m just wondering how they compare to LAPGs pants since both pants are not very expensive.

        • I don’t know anything about that brand Jeanette – Honestly I think Tactical Clothing is ugly as hell, the only reason I know anything about Tactical Pants is because I wear them at work and on expeditions.

          But the LAPG Operator Tactical Pants are the shit especially when you consider the 19.95 price tag and the excellent quality

          ~James G

  4. I’ve been hesitant on buying these for a while now as I was afraid to see if they would hold up or not. I am hell on pants and I tend to where through a “good” or brand new pair of pants fairly fast.

    Sold! Just bought three pairs…..

    • Sweet!

      ~James G

  5. I love these pants. My unit was big into the 5.11 pants until I had my boss get a pair and now we all wear them. Now to use this review to get the few non-belivers to get a pair! Excellent review!

  6. Hmm. Is it really positive being able to stuff so much shit into the cargo pockets? It has a nasty habit of getting you sore on the outside of your knees when walking great distances? Have you experienced any of this James? I learnt that the hard way walking 2 days with a 50m roll of fuse for the explosives in my cargo pockets.

    • I have never encountered sore knees when I have stuffed the LAPG Operator Tactical Pants Cargo pockets to the brim – I think the inner pockets helps offset the weight distribution

      ~James G

  7. Honestly It bothers me more that a company sells 100+ Dollar tactical Pants to people in this economy.
    ~James G  

    I get that and I understand. The problem I have, though, is that these features that you’re touting as great and innovative are direct rip offs of TAD.

    TAD’s trousers may be super expensive (I’m not in the market for ’em anymore either) but you do need to give credit to them for their design abilities.

    • Yo dude – I was careful as not to say any feature was unique to LAPG, and I mentioned they are copies in the vid so I am not sure what you are talking about.

      And that other company did not create anything new, I had cargo pants with pockets in the inside of the cargo pockets when I was 15, and pretty much every brand of Tactical pants are copies in one way or another of the 5.11’s business model and I don’t see anyone telling TAD or any other pants shop to credit Royal Robbins.

      I’ll leave it up to the consumer to decide between paying 20 or 100 bucks for tactical pants – I just report on the quality from my testing

      But seriously dude, I am not going to debate the LAPG VS TAD thing here as it has already been done into the ground on forums

      ~James G

  8. Sorry, man – I was reading in an rss reader and didn’t watch the video.

    Hell of a review, too. Very in-depth and I love the site.

  9. I bought them while in Iraq with SOC but they got shipped back , instead of forwarding them to my address from LA Police gear ! Never got them but looked TITS ! So I liked them , never got them ! I have to agree with James G ,seem bullet proof ! Much love 511 unless tailored Suck !

    • Ha – Some Ugandan is running around on base wearing your LAPG Operator Tactical Pants – lol

      ~James G

  10. LA Police Gear is a great company to deal with. They seem to be a major liquidator for companies such as Blackhawk, 511, Galco, Columbia, Bates etc. Some items can be picked up at extremely low prices. Quality is good and there are times where discounts and low shipping rates makes a unbelieveably good deal. Checkout the “Closeout Page”

    • True dat, I know as a fact that LAPG is one of the preferred liquidators for the Tactical Clothing Industry- sometimes they have crazy deals like 15 dollar Tactical Pants and free knives.

      Sign up of their newsletter to grab the sales and deals, sometimes they have 10% off of everything on their site [that is usually when I buy expensive stuff like Knives and Lights] – but often they only run for one or two days so the only way you catch it is if you get the newsletter

      ~James G

    • Current discount on everything is 15% – the cupon code is NOTIME good to the 27th.

  11. +1 on these. I got two pair when they were offering the $15 factory seconds, and with one minor problem that needed re-stitching (6 minutes on my sewing machine) they’ve been fantastic.

  12. Awesome review James, I’m glad you enjoy these pants. I’ve had a pair for a while and I’ve loved them too. Survived many trips to Death Valley, scraping your ass and knees over rocks or through dried out ungodly sharp brush. Never failed.

    A cool feature I found out with these pants, is the lap ‘camera’ pocket and the calf ‘smokes’ pocket will fit an M16 magazine and close. The calf can bounce too much and smack your leg if you run with it, but they fit none the less. I never realized the knees had a pad pocket, I’ll have to try that.

  13. this are also my favorite pants right now. love the fit (my waist is 44″ and their pants fits just enough, not too tight and not too loose either) and its very very affordable too. had my bro in the US by me another 2 pairs. the front split pocket’s good for storing wallet and cellphone.

  14. I guess all it took was for someone with the practicality and experience of actually being out in the field to recognize the gem known as LA Police Gear Operator Tactical Pants.

    Views about LAPG Tac Pants fall into two groups; those who actually wear the pants and appreciate their price, durability, versatility etc and those who assume their cheap or some third rate knock off because of their price or spurious comment made by a person who does not even have a pair.

    James G I respect and admire the DVM community I printed up the Old School Man post for my Great Grand Father a Korean War Vet and my uncle a Vietnam Vet they both love it. Now if we could only get Mr. Szabo to post part 2 of his Tactical Watch Series.

    Keep fighting the good fight. The only easy day was yesterday.

    DVM is the rebirth of the Old (True) School Man.

    • Thanks man, glad you and your OSM gramps like DVM

      The Second Part of the Tactical Watch Series is coming up after the holiday season so stand by

      ~James G

  15. Good review, and I’m glad those are working out for you. I’m generally not a big fan of LAPG’s in-house products, because, as was mentioned before, most of their designs are nearly exact copies of other brands, and until today I hadn’t heard many good things about their quality or durability.

    However, I’m writing this as a guy who chose to spend $40 on a Condor knock-off of a $200+ TAD Gear jacket, so I can’t be too critical.

    That said, I want to throw in my support for EOTAC and Vertx pants. The EOTACs are very similar in construction to 5.11s, but fit better, last longer, and have a few features the 5.11s lack. I wouldn’t wear them to Starbucks, but they’re great for the range and other “overt” stuff. The Vertx pants are my new go-to pants for civilian CCW wear. They have a low-profile design that doesn’t scream “gun,” and have a combination of features that offer great utility and comfort.

    • How have the Vertx pants been holding up? I really hate huge cargo pockets on my pants and really liked the Vertex “cargo” pocket idea. They fit really well, when I tried them on, and I had good range of motion in them too, just wasn’t sure how they would last.

      • I can’t speak about their durability from personal experience, as I just exchanged the two pairs of Vertx I have for a larger size, but friends of mine who have been wearing them since they came out last year have had no issues whatsoever. An excellent review can be found here:

      • I’ve been wearing my Vertx for about 4 months now and they hold up great! Great durability, so far all of the stitching and seams are still flawless, and they hold up incredibly well under strenuous exercise.

        Another great thing about the Vertx is how hard it is to get them dirty and/or stinky. If you can only do laundry once a month, the vertx pants are definately a good choice.

  16. Not sure if another commented mentioned this or not, but those mystery rings above the front slits are so you can hook a lanyard from what is stored in those pockets and have then attached to your pants so you don’t lose stuff. Things like keys, a small flashlight, etc.

    Digging these YouTube reviews. “Not from my mom’s backyard” indeed. That about sums up your reviews vs. a lot of others. Really helps pin where your reviews are coming from. Awesome.

  17. How does the leg pocket looks when you don’t have anything in there?

    • They look like normal Cargo Pockets bro – they don’t flare out at all [so no worries about looking like a Canadian Mounties]

      ~James G

  18. If you enter the code “NOTIME” between now and the 27th [Dec] you will get 15% off all of your orders at LA Police Gear.

    So the Operator Tactical Pants will only cost 17.70 a pair – Great fucking deal my Pimps so get on it

    ~James G

  19. I have never encountered sore knees when I have stuffed the LAPG Operator Tactical Pants Cargo pockets to the brim – I think the inner pockets helps offset the weight distribution
    ~James G  

    Sweet! Thanks for the input

  20. I really like wearing these pants. They are comfortable and carry lots in the pockets and stuff doesn’t move around. My experience with the plastic zippers has not been good though. I have gotten two pairs of these and both zippers failed.

  21. James,

    Thanks for another informative article. I’ve had a pair of the LAPG pants for awhile, but I haven’t been downrange with them and I was concerned about how they would hold up. I’m glad to hear they’re doing good. Most ACU’s don’t survive 7 mos of KBR washing. I’ve been buying stuff from LAPG for at least 5 years and I’ve NEVER been disappointed or had any problems with them.

  22. Have you tried the elastic waistband model yet? Sometime I carry IWB, sometimes not. The elastic in other brands is a big help with that.

  23. Have you tried the elastic waistband model yet? Sometime I carry IWB, sometimes not. The elastic in other brands is a big help with that.  

    GET THE ELASTIC!!! Put on my first pair today for the first time while I was trying to cinch down the pull tab around my IWB the plastic loop broke on one side of my pants!

    We’ll see how LAPG’s customer service is…

    Overall I do like the pants on first impression. I got two pairs of the pull tab versions in Coyote Brown and Sierra. I really like the Sierra borwn/dary gray color. The pockets are nice although I’m not sure if they will take the place of my favorite tacticool cargos, TruSpec 24/7 pants. The 24/7 have a similar cargo pocket system with interior pockets that are designed to hold M4 mags but work well for a lot of stuff. They also have a billow that is kept tight with a small bit of velcro. The also don’t look that much different from normal cargos since they don’t have that weird moon shaped pocket deal that 5.11s have. However, I’m just a mall ninja civilian and not sure how they would stand up to KBR washings. My first canvas pair is just now starting to show wear after 2 years of use.

    I like all the features that James pointed out. My other minor gripe (besides for the big one about the pull tab plastic breaking) are that the front pockets are too small for carrying a larger pocket pistol like my Glock 26 or Kel-Tec P11.

  24. The last pair of cheap pants I bought from LAPG (sold as LAPG Exclusive Tactical Pants, but made by Berne’s) were shit on a burning stick (and I bought two pairs). The stitching needed reinforcements everywhere. Had ass sag something terrible. Worst of all, It was button fly and on one pair, I was missing a button, on the other pair was missing a button hole. I promised I would never buy another thing from LAPG as long as they continued to sell shit like that…

    …Well, I watched the video. I’m ordering two pairs right now. If they meet my work needs, then shit, I’ll be buying more! The price alone is worth it, even after shipping. Three pairs costs the same as one pair of my usual pants and I can’t argue with that, especially when I’m saving up to get a house!

    I’ll either hate you for this if the pants I get are terrible, or I’ll be as happy as a redneck at a free beer festival if they’re as advertised.

  25. Got my replacement pair back from LAPG today. Quick turn around and no hassles. I did have to pay return shipping to there but no restocking fee or shipping back to me. I got the elastic waistband version in exchange. First thing I noticed is that if you don’t have a belt on they will look cheesy. They aren’t a hidden elastic system which makes them look like sweatpants at the waist, but at $20 I’m not complaining especially since I pretty much always wear a belt. One other minor difference is that the elastic waist band has thicker belt loops than my adjustable tabs one which has the same size front loops with the plastic d ring bit the rest are just the same size as jeans loops.

    My wife likes their looks (no ass sag) “besides for all the damn pockets you use”.

  26. Does it come with the belt in the video? I noticed the site shows the belt and pants together on the lapg site.

  27. Dude, normally I agree with you however, I just purchased 3 pair of LAPG operator pants and found the following FAILs:

    Each pair was more than a size too small (I ordered too big, based on the rep for these pants).

    One of the pairs came with no waist button, and the zipper was jacked up.

    One of the pairs had a major belt loop fail on the second wearing.

    The third pair, worn this morning on a Search Warrant, blew out the crotch causing me to do a field expedient repair with duct tape.

    That makes 3 for 3. The funny thing is that my last batch went strong for over two years through all types of operations and conditions.

  28. @Ed – I think it bought some of the FUBAR load of pants. Those issues were all present with a bad load we got in that we sold as defective and named them FUBAR. We are using a new factory now and quality is way up. Problem is just slow shipments coming from China. 70,000 pairs are on order BTW. Some colors of BDU’s and Basic Operators arrived 2 weeks ago.

    @Firewalk – You say “made by Berne’s”. What are you talking about? Who is Berne? No Berne has made pants for me.

    And lastly Live Inventory is available on our site now for everything except boots that we drop ship from the manufacturers. We stock 5.11 and Converse boots. Most other boot brands we drop ship from the manufacturers.

    And PS We are still making Operator Pants despite rumors being put out by fucktard competitors.

  29. @sean What is currently up with the Operator pants, I see they are on close out. What will be different when he new line gets here?

    I hope you guys keep the Sierra color, it is really nice and chameleon like, sometimes almost OD, other tomes brown depending on the light.

    I’ve now broken 2 of adjustment tabs’ plastic hardware. I’d like to switch to the elastic bands but I AIWB and the wider front belt loops on the elastic verisons make me put my holster out the sweet spot. Will the new versions change the belt loops at all?

  30. Thanks for the review. I had wondered about the LAPG pants for awhile as far as their durability and kept passing on them and buying 511’s. I always hated the price and the way the 511’s seemed to shrink up after a year or so of laundry. I bought several pairs of LAPG’s and so far I love them, especially the Sierra color. I keep reading DVM for the no BS style of writing and reviews.

  31. Just bought these puppies and DANG! Apart from the fact that they’re about an inch small in the waist these things are the dogs testicles. Thanks for a good tip.

  32. Ha, I was checking these out to buy for Academy, and when I googled them, I was led right back here to DVM. Thanks a bunch James, I will give these a shot.

    • That’s a shrewd answer to a tricky quotisen

  33. I’ve had these pants for 2-3 years. Used for hiking, camping, fishing, etc. I spray mine w/ a silicone waterproofer too (I’m in Oregon). Fit, comfort & utility cannot be beat.
    I keep looking at pants from Columbia & other Tac companies, but just cannot justify the $50-250 price, ESPECIALLY considering they are ALL made in Asia. These companies should hang their head in shame. If a US built pant like this could be done for around $50 or less, I would switch to them, provided they were built like LAPG pants. Until then, LAPG gets my Duckets!

  34. Was just advised that the regular pants are being discontinued. They will only be offering the elastic waist version from now on.

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