Carrying a pistol in your waistband can be pretty uncomfortable, especially if you don’t have the right clothes for the job. Once you start carrying, your wardrobe changes fast. All the tight-fitting jeans, shirts, and belts go right out the door. 

Being comfortable while carrying is essential. If it’s uncomfortable, you’ll eventually stop carrying, which won’t help you at all. 

You don’t need much. You only need a couple of pairs of loose-fitting shirts and pants and a quality belt. This will not only make carrying more comfortable but also help you conceal your firearm better; no one needs to know that you’re carrying. 

I recently gathered with long-time concealed carriers to compile this list of pants. We and other shooters in our circle have tested all of these pants, which range from practical to tactical. 

Suppose you don’t want to look tactical; in that case, number five on my list will be a great option. If you don’t mind a tactical look and want extra pockets, I have options for that, too. 

Let’s get into this list so you can start carrying more comfortably. 

Best CCW Pants

1.Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers 

Some of the best-carrying pants are actually made for trekking or hiking. The Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers are made for just that. 

These pants remind me of a much lighter version of Deluth Firehose pants and are far more comfortable and durable. They are made from polyester and cotton with G-1000 fabric and double fabric on the knees and butt.

They don’t scream, “I’m carrying a gun!” and look more like working pants, so you don’t have to worry about giving yourself away. They have many pockets, which can be helpful for various EDC items and spare magazines, and are more of a do-it-all type of pant. 

They are also water resistant and feature a brass hook on the bottom to help the pants stay where they should. 

Fjallraven is an expensive brand, but you pay for what you get.

Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers

Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers. Source: fjallraven

2.Wranglers Flex Waist Outdoor Cargo Pant (96% Nylon, 4% Spandex)

If you don’t want to spend a crazy amount of money on carry pants, the Wranglers Flex Waist Cargo Pants are a great option. They are possibly the most comfortable option on this list, too. I own five pairs of them and have worked in them, exercised in them, and done plenty of shooting. I’ve never had any issues. 

I mention 96% Nylon and 4% Spandex because Wrangler offers the Flex Waist pants in different blends, and I don’t want you to make the mistake of buying the wrong ones. 

These aren’t tactical pants and serve as more of a business casual, around-the-town type of pants. If you want extra pockets, these are not the pants for you.

Wranglers Flex Waist

Wranglers Flex Waist (96% Nylon, 4% Spandex). Source: wranlger 


3.Otte Gear Range Pant V2

As for another pair of highly comfortable pants, the Otte Gear Range Pant V2 offers the same comfort and stretch as the Wrangler Flex Waists but with a softer feel and more durable fabric. 

These pants are neither too casual nor too tactical- they are just right. Otte Gear blended the two and dedicated them to the use and abuse that fast-movers subject their pants to. 

They are built specifically for EDC, so the belt loops are offset to allow proper placement of your holster clips, and they have reinforced patches on the pockets so your knife clip doesn’t cause unwanted wear. 

The Otte Gear Range Pant V2s are comfortable, versatile, and ready for any situation.

Otte Gear Range Pant V2

Otte Gear Range Pant V2. Source: ottegear 

4.Savage Tacticians Trail Pants 

Do you prefer a slimmer-fitting pant that is suitable for both day and night? If so, you might want to consider the Savage Tacticians Trail Pants.

Made from a cotton, polyester, and spandex blend, these pants offer the range of motion you need while maintaining a slim-cut profile. The waist and hip areas are looser, though, to give you more comfort when carrying your firearm. 

There are seven pockets, yet the pants are incredibly lightweight. The legs stretch as well, so if you’ve been working on legs, then you won’t have to worry about them not fitting around them comfortably. 

These are some of the best grey man pants on the market.

Savage Tacticians Trail Pants

Savage Tacticians Trail Pants. Source: sav-tac

5.Lee’s Extreme Motion 

As a plumber, I had trouble finding pants that allowed me to maneuver how I needed to while carrying. I tried almost every other pant on the market. 

Lee’s were right in front of me the whole time. I spent several hundred dollars on various pants, and for $50, I found the best concealed-carry jeans on the market, unless you want to spend $150+ on a pair of Viktos. 

Made from a cotton, polyester, spandex, and rayon blend, the Extreme Motion jeans are comfortable and stretch the way you need while maintaining a sleek and casual look. They don’t have any of the tactical pockets, but that’s a plus for those who don’t want that look. 

They look like typical everyday jeans, which help you lay as low as possible, taking the grey man aesthetic to the next level.

Lee’s Extreme Motion

Lee’s Extreme Motion. Source: Lee


I asked many concealed carriers for their opinions around concealed carry pants, and all of us agree that the number one thing you should do is order one or two sizes up. The worst thing you can do is try and squeeze a firearm in the pants you wore before you start carrying. 

It’s uncomfortable, to say the least.

Another pair of pants I’d like you to consider are the Viktos Tactical Pants. I didn’t include them in my top choices above because of how expensive they are, but if you want a solid pair of jeans for concealed carry, they are hard to beat.

If I had to recommend only one of these pants, it would be the Otte Gear V2. They’re not super expensive, and you get many features that are made for concealed carry. 

They are tough to beat. 

Be good and take care.

Brian Zerbian
Brian is a USMC Veteran and avid gun enthusiast from New Jersey who loves to spend his time shooting, writing, listening to classic rock, and learning new things.
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