Three Things to Consider Before Buying Cargo Pants

A rugged, durable pant with plenty of pockets are as useful in the field as they are in the office.

Sitting on a big rock in cargo pants
You’re not going to score any major fashion points wearing cargo pants, but you’ll probably be the most comfortable in the room.LA Police Gear

Cargo shorts may be anathema to high-brow fashionistas, but full-length cargo pants are as popular as ever. Whether you actually use every single pocket is sort of irrelevant. The point is that you can. The extra compartments are there if you need them to horde the bits and bobs and tools and treasures that make life all the more worth living. If you are in the market for a pair of five-pocket pants that won’t ever go out of style and always say “Ready Freddy,” then take a look at these popular options.

Even More Pockets!

5.11 Men's Stryke Tactical Cargo Pant with Flex-Tac
Cargo pants are appropriately named so because there are so many pockets to carry your cargo.5.11

Cargo pants don’t have to be limited to the standard five or six pockets. But seriously, if you can’t carry it in one of these twelve pockets, then you probably don’t need it.

Active Cuts

LA Police Gear Mens Urban Ops Tactical Cargo Pants
Before you buy a pair of cargo pants, make sure the stitching is strong and heavy-wear areas are reinforced.LA Police Gear

Any pair of pants intended for hard use should have articulated knees and a gusseted seat. Action tailoring prevents binding behind the knees or ripping a seam when chasing bad guys.

Casual Readiness

Wrangler Authentics Men's Classic Twill Relaxed Fit Cargo Pant
Some cargo pant styles are fancy enough to wear in an office setting.Wrangler

Just because you work in an office doesn’t mean you have to limit your pocket count. A pair of business-casual twills looks just as smart on the job as in the field, and that fifth pocket is mighty handy for a cellphone or note pad.