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


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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.

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