The weather patterns across the United States varies. Here in the Northeast we get 4-6 seasons. Most operators are wearing lightweight clothing because they are moving all the time and sweating. There are big differences in all the materials used in various tactical pants but the most common is 65/35 polyester/cotton ripstop. While I can tell you why it is the most common, it is not the most popular because it does not have the best reputation of being all that lightweight in 85F and up temperatures. It is an easy maintenance pant that doesn’t wrinkle like some other fabrics and it’s also very resistant to absorbing moisture. Tru-Spec pants can be made from varying types of polyester cotton ripstop, 100% nylon, 100% cotton and cotton canvas and lycra.
When the temperatures drop up here, the Tru-Spec original pant is an easy switch over because the pocket patterns are identical to the polyester cotton ripstop but the material is heavier and warmer. If you are out on the range from October-March here in Pennsylvania, the last thing you want to wear is ripstop pants. You’ll feel that cold wind blow right through you on the course. If you are running and gunning and stop for long periods of time that’s when you’ll wish you had the Tru-Spec pants in 8.5oz Cotton Canvas.