DENIM THROWDOWN: You Don’t Need To Buy Tactical Jeans! Regular Denim for Concealed Carry Performance

Concealed carriers gravitate to tactical clothing brands: 5.11, Vertx, Viktos, etc. The good news? You don’t have to relegate yourself to just jeans made by tactical pants companies.

Jeans Worthy of Replacing Tactical Denim

The denim market has exploded over the last few years, and the direct-to-consumer model has made feature-rich pants more available than ever.

Each brand was ranked out of 10 points each in comfort, fit, style, durability, and value, with bonus points added for variety of colors (1/4 point per color). 50 total points were possible before the bonus is factored in.

Here’s the breakdown of what I reviewed:

Arizona Jeans by JC Penny.

44/50 (3rd Place)
71% Cotton, 19% Repreve Recycled Polyester, 8% Rayon, 2% Spandex

Amazon Essentials

44.5/50 (2nd Place)
99% Cotton, 1% Elastane

Dearborn Denim

41.25/50 (5th Place)
92% Cotton, 7% Polyester, 1% elastane

Bluffworks Departure Jeans

47.5/50 (1st Place)
68% Cotton, 22% COOLMAX Polyester, 9% Rayon, 1% Spandex.

5.11 Defender Flex

31/50 (8th Place)
76% cotton / 24% polyester with Lycra® T400 Tough Max™

Duluth Ballroom Double Flex

37.75/50 (7th Place)
70% cotton/20% polyester/9% rayon/1% spandex


38.75/50 (6th Place)
92% cotton / 6% polyester / 2% elastane

Bulletprufe Denim

41.5/50 (4th Place)
50% Cotton, 35% Nylon, 10% Polyester, 5% Spandex

The Suited Shootist
Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation's top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others. Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between "best practices" in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations. "I've never carried a gun professionally. I'm just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle. Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I've discovered that a lot of the "requirements" and norms of gun carriers at large aren't necessarily compatible with that professional environment. I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership. This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial. This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle."