The 10 Best Camouflage Pants
Hunters or those that live in the wild benefit greatly from wearing camouflage clothing. From being on the hunt to pursuing prey to just or blending in with your environment might mean the difference between living to see tomorrow, getting that hunt kill, or not being noticed by other predators in the wild.
Many of the items on this list can, and do come in so many various patterns and colors to simulate some of the surroundings one might find themselves in while needing to camouflage. The pants in question range from snow camo, desert camo, wood camo, water camo, and even black-which is camo for the dark … sans any traditional camouflage pattern.
Here’s our list of the ten best camouflage pants found on the market today.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 13 hrs of research
Over 20 variations
- Rothco BDU
- Army Universe
- Match Men's Wild
- Victorious G-Style
- Mens ACU
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Rothco BDU
Over 20 variations
Larger sizes raise the price
Some customers think they’re “not flattering”
Now, even though we mentioned that many of the non-outdoors specific pants are great, we felt it necessary to ensure that the number one item on our list does the thing you imagine it too when you think of purchasing camouflage pants. These BDU Pants from Rothco aren’t going to pop up in your Forever 21 shops, but they might arrive at the 21 Gun Salute. Rothco has put together a gold standard for camouflage pants, in both use and variety.Read more
Ready for Anything
One of the best things about the Rothco offerings with their BDU Pant is that it comes in over twenty visual options. There’s different color desert prints, wood prints, grass prints, and even solid colors. There’s even pink camo. You might be asking your screen right now, but GearHunt, why would anyone want pink camo? Well, faceless friend and commenter, pink is a “no color” which means most animals in the woods that one might hunt can’t see pink. But humans can. This means you’re more easy to be spotted by other hunters (making you way safer), and you’ll still blend into your environments thanks to the patterns (keeping you from being noticed by that which you stalk.)
The Rothco BDU Pant is the king of essential build and structure within the universe of camo pants. When you’re out and about, doing outdoor things, you probably want a cargo pant. That’s exactly what these are. You get cargo pockets on either hip, flap-top back pockets, two front “slash” pockets, and extremely well made reinforcement on the knee areas, keeping your pants from the normal wear and tear of being on your knees or bending at the knee excessively.
Cost and Value
While most of the items on our list will be a standard price throughout their offerings, the Rothco BDU Pants are so meticulously manufactured that, depending on the size you choose, the price might differ. Though, for the amount of well constructed, and useful pant you get, the value is over-the-top with these.
Some reported zipper problems
Color fade issues
The Ochenta apparel company has come to bat with a slugger of a pair of pants, right at the bottom of the ninth inning. Too many sports references? Sure. Okay. But this is our last slot, and these cargo camouflage pants truly knock it out of the park. The quintessential pair of camo fatigues runs straight into the standard mold that nearly everyone seeking a piece of clothing like this will see in their mind. They’re nearly picturesque.Read more
If there’s something that one must consider when applying a pair of pants to their legs (via wearing them … I’m sorry that I made that so awkward), it should be the materials the pants are made out of. We've spoken a ton on cargo fatigues from other manufacturers that are built from a rugged blend of polyester and cotton, but these fatigues from Ochenta are made from one-hundred percent cotton, making these fatigues quite a bit more comfortable than others, but perhaps without the strength.
If you’re going to “catch 'em all” you might as well have the pocket capacity to transport them all right? This reference to a cartoon and video game franchise is going on a little long, right? The Ochenta Cargo Combat Trousers comes with the standard 6 configuration of pockets that almost all cargo pants come with, but also include two more pockets further down the leg of the pant. So many places to put things.
Cost and Value
Roughly a bit higher than the budget pants of yore, the Ochenta Cargo Pants come in a few camo colors, and a lot of civilian colors, but they’re one-hundred percent worthy of making this list, even if it’s just by the skin of their teeth (disclaimer: there are no teeth on, around, or in these pants.)
Insanely large cargo pockets
Not large back pockets
You might want to read the full title of these pants again. And then you might want to ask a fair few questions. But tell me this; when was the last time you saw the word “casual” and the word “tactical” in the same product description or name? Probably never right? I mean, they’re a tad contradictory. But ZLSLZ truly has its cake and eats it too.Read more
Pockets of Perfection
With your two normal front pockets, you've got some very deep pouches. They cover a large portion of the thigh area. Then you've got two large back pockets with top flaps to keep your stuff safe, though they’re not the biggest pockets on earth. But the kicker it the backpack (slight exaggeration) size of the cargo pockets on the side of the leg.
Much like the other pairs fatigues on this list, the ZLSLZ Men’s Military Tactical Casual Cargo Pants are made with a special polyester and cotton blend that makes for a mean and tough pant. There’s not a lot of give to the materials, but there’s also not a lot of give when it comes to abrasion.
Cost and Value
Luckily for the rugged and outdoors types, there’s an optimistically low price set on these multi-pockets BDU Cargo Pants, and they can easily be yours for very little. An added benefit is the extremely well made blend of materials that ensure you won’t be running into any holes, or scrapes anytime soon.
4. Army Universe
Fit a little big (perhaps order a size down)
Another addition to the list from Army Universe, and considering its a whole universe of Army stuff, you’d be right to expect some above average things in the fatigue department. These offerings, the Paratrooper titled pants, are near authentic replicas of the fatigues seen in or around most armies of the twenty-first century in North America.Read more
It’s truly a beautiful thing when one gets to stop fussing about with things that could go wrong or break, instead, substituting said thing for a tried and true version of the same mechanism. That’s where the ankle ties in the Army Universe Paratrooper Fatigue Pants come into play. The standard twenty-first century ankle tie is more like an underwear strap, but the Paratrooper Pants from Army Universe come with string ties, far less likely to mess up on you.
How Many Pockets Are Too Many?
There truly is no such thing, though, right? There is the standard front pockets, like any other decent pair of pants worth their salt. They've even included the good ol’ back pockets the come standard across … well … pants, in general. The perks don’t even stop at the standard cargo leg pouches that most of these fatigue replicas have, instead, the Paratrooper Cargo Pants from Army Universe come with an extra set of pockets near the bottom of the leg under the knee. Eight pockets!
Cost and Value
Much like the other Army Universe pair of fatigues, these Woodland Military BDU Paratrooper Cargo Fatigues are slightly above average for this marketplace, and will run you an above average price in order to acquire them. But think of all the things you can put in all of those pockets, and no real price is too high, is it?
5. Match Men's Wild
Some complaints about stitching seams
Some might say that there’s no church in the wild (I’m looking at you Kanye, and Hova. Is it Hova? Or THE Hova? … doesn’t matter), but these “Wild” cargo pants sure want to put you out in the sticks. Match is a wonderfully clean and comfort-focused design company for men and women with a unique spin. Match’s Men’s Wild Cargo Pants are no different than the rest of their collections.Read more
There’s no ifs or buts here, the Match offerings with the Men’s Wild Cargo Pants is a nutty total. Going over forty options for all sorts of situations (only about a third of those being true camouflage patterns) is a little crazy, to say the least. Ranging from great desert camo colors to snow or urban camo, you’re sure to find the camouflage pattern you’re after with the Wild Cargo Pants.
In the true spirit of working outdoors pants, these are a wonderful Match made in heaven. Get it? Because the brand name is Match? … Okay. Moving on. The Match Wild Cargo Pant at the core is a standard cargo pant with from slice pockets, cargo thigh pockets, and reinforced stitching. But it also comes with two shin pockets, and leg-hole drawstrings to keep the things of the wild from climbing up your legs.
Cost and Value
Could be that all of this awesomeness in one pair of pants is the cheapest item on our list, and deserves (very much so) to be within your window of consideration. Heck! At this price, you can afford to get a few pairs of various patterns or colors. And if you like them so much, you can get regular fashionable colors too for that ever-necessary blending in at a Starbucks.
A bit awkward in the hip fit
Some complaints about short legs
Another pair of exemplary sweatpants that also comes in an awesome camouflage pattern, with woodland camo colors. The SweatyRocks Women’s Pants are the “female” equivalent of the joggers we showed you earlier on this list. Luckily for the ladies, these awesome sweatpants, or joggers, also come in a snowy version of the woodland camo print.Read more
Movement is Free
It might sound a whole lot redundant, but these sweatpants can truly move. There’s nothing restricting about them. Which is essential in a lounging pair of leg coverings, or if you’re keen to be in motion, the joggers have got to have a ton of give in order to facilitate such a thing. Being as they were designed without any sort of structure in mind, sweats or joggers are a great route to go when shopping for something to move around freely in.
Comfortable and Sturdy
With a soft interior to the material, the inside of these is crazy comfortable to wear. The drawstring waist, and the ankle cuffs also work to ensure that not a drop of cold air seeps into your comfy joggers as well.
Cost and Value
A great budget option for those comfortable nights in, or those exercising days out. The camouflage designs are also perfectly designed. They’re versatile and warm, and won’t be busting up your wallet in order to come and be a part of your closet. SweatyRocks truly has something going with this magical with their Yoga Jogger Sweatpants.
No additional pockets
Waistband is cheap
Taking the jogger pants game to the next level, the folks at ProCube USA have created what is essentially a sweatpant, and put some awesome colors on them. The camouflage version of the ProCube Men’s Casual Jogger Sweatpant might not be available at hunting stores around the world, but that doesn’t mean that these sweats are any less an option for your days and nights in the woods.Read more
A relaxed around the thighs, drop-crotch design, paired with the taper of the calves, and a cinch at the leg hole is the essential design of a “jogger” pant, and ProCube’s offering does those things almost better than anyone else. Jogger-style pants are all the rage these days, and there’s no need to be unfashionable when heading out into the brush.
Perhaps one of the best uses for a camouflaged out pair of sweatpants is that they can become the final piece to your outdoor puzzle. Wear whatever you may underneath, be it pockets galore, or perhaps a warming, or sweat wick layer, but you throw on this pair of camouflage sweats and you've all of a sudden become a lot harder to see, and a lot warmer.
Cost and Value
The smallest of these pairs comes in at just about nothing on the price scale, and even the most expensive of the lot are barely more than a meal for two at a fast food chain. Which is fitting because they don’t have a whole lot of frill. But you get a whole lot of warmth, and style out of this potentially epic top layer out in the woods, or lounging around in your cabin.
8. Victorious G-Style
Added flex in knees
Runs a size small (order up)
Can be a big snug in the calve
Do you have a lot of “L’s”? Find yourself watching the winner brag about the spoils of defeating all other opponents? Well, these pants are Victorious. But there’s no telling what the G-Style part of the title means. Victorious, the fashion forward brand takes the multi-use cargo pants, mixes them with the ever-popular today style of “jogger pants” and throws some very interesting patterns and colors on them to make one of the most well-made, and “hip” pair of camouflage pants on the market.Read more
Let’s just get this out of the way right out the gate, the Victorious G-Style USA Zipper Knee Biker Twill Jogger Pants (whoa … what a mouthful) comes in many colors that aren't camouflage patterns, making them a great option for any use. But the traditional wood camouflage version is by far the most astounding pair in the set.
The Intriguing …
One might not ever consider intriguing additions from the twenty-first century when shopping online for cargo pants, but that’s exactly what Victorious does with this product, because they've got the drawstring belt, the cinched ankle, the tapered legs, the flexible bendable knee with added stretch folds, and two stylish (but ultimately useless) under-knee zippers.
Cost and Value
They might not have all of the pockets one would look for in a workable camouflage pant, but the Victorious Camo Jogger Pants are the most fashionable pant on this list, as they ooze with the trends of a modern day kick. The price is super comfortable too, just skirting the line of budget pant, and with so many standard color options, you’d be hard pressed to find a reason why you shouldn’t buy a handful of these pants.
Below premium quality
Fits small (order a size up)
Making and selling clothes to the public is hard. It’s a rough market and sees a lot of rise and fall stars. Which is why we can’t blame some manufacturers from making a bunch of variations to the same piece of clothing. The wider the offering, the more people it can appeal to. It’s with this that we ignore half of TwiinSisters variety with the High Rise Jogger Pants, because half of the various styling don’t include cargo designs, nor do they have camouflage patterns. But the half that does, is the perfect solution to the previous pants con list.Read more
No, not flatter as in more flat, rather, the idea that a “female” body type can find and wear a pair of well-made camouflage pants without having to look like they've hopped into a funnily patterned burlap sack. Function and aesthetic are on two different wavelengths for a very good reason. But, TwiinSisters takes pride in offering a camo pant that looks as good as it should, all while maintaining the use of great front pockets, and cargo pockets.
TwiinSisters offers a lot of non-camo alternatives, but we’re focusing on this list. In the vein of camouflage purposes, the High Rise Jogger Pant from TwiinSisters has amazing options. Not only do they have standard camo patterns and colors, but they also have unique designs that include one pant leg of one color, and another pant leg of a different color. Keeping them fairly useful in the field, but also interesting and fashionable on the street.
Cost and Value
We haven’t yet established a budget end to this market on the list, but the TwiinSisters Camo High Rise Jogger Pants sure do land somewhere near it. You shouldn't be able to get this well-made of a product at this price-point, nor one that offers unique styles. If you’re looking for a flattering pair of cargo camos, look no further.
10. Mens ACU
Almost budget price
Some fly issues
Fits a little small (order a size up)
Obviously, the birth of camouflage pants as we know them today come from the different arms of the military. Depending on the situation, most modern militaries have camouflage for it. Whether it’s sea, grass, forest, desert, or snow, the ideal squad blends in with their environment. So when a brand calls themselves the Army Reserve, you've got to take their attention to detail a little bit more seriously.Read more
Strength Without Fatigue
The camouflage military BDU Army Fatigues are designed and manufactured with a poly/cotton blend that is reinforced with durable, and high-quality materials. The kind of fatigue that doesn't have a lot of give. A real pair of protective pants. The design of the extra-durable BDU Pants are made with comfort and fit in mind, so even though they are reinforced, they’re not uncomfortable.
Closed Button Pockets
These wonderfully rugged, and truly magnificent pants come standard with six pockets all with deep pouches. But the best addition is the button pocket openings, meticulously designed to keep all of your important things within the pockets you put them in. Two from pockets, two back side pockets, and two large cargo pouches on the side.
Cost and Value
You’d rightfully want to pay a little bit extra for a few extra reassurances, and that’s okay. But the real reason why this pair of Army Universe fatigues made our list was simply because it is an extremely high-quality pair of camouflage pants without an extremely gut-wrenching price tag.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Cotton or polyester? Polyester or cotton? Or maybe a grand old mix of the both in one percentage or another? There’s a lot of fine details when it comes to the strength and quality of a pair of pants build. The marketplace for clothing is a thick one that comes down to a lot of nitty-gritty details if that’s what you’re looking for.
The options on our list a mostly polyester or cotton (for the sweatpants), but the best of the tough list is the poly and cotton blends that are designed to be a little stiff, and stand up against abrasion.
Other types of great build quality notifiers are the level of thought and construction put into the pockets. Or the zipper. Whether or not there is a button fly or a zip fly doesn’t necessarily denote the level of quality or care put into the pants, but it might make a big difference in how things go out in the wild if you have a button fly rather than a zipper.
It’s important to understand and be sure you’re aware of the quality of materials, and the thought and care put into the manufacturing of a garment before you purchase it. Especially online.
The pant game isn’t an overly complicated one. But there has been a long-standing battle within the apparel world regarding the dizzying amount of variety, even in the slightest amount between common clothing items that are very close in theory, but become different very quickly when you reach down into the finer details.
Things that stand out off the top are the variety in camouflage colors. Considering this is a list about camouflage pants, it would make sense, wouldn’t it? Well there are a handful of standard camouflage prints (the shapes and design of the camo, in a particular way to aid in the blending in with one’s environment), and among those standard prints, are the variety of colors that come with it.
The basic selection for camouflage prints are the sea, the desert, the forest, and the grass. Things get more varied from there in which the colors chosen for said camouflage have a huge impact on how or where the camouflage can blend. Some camos have a variant that includes a bit of white to ensure that even in a slightly snowy forest, there will be minimal visibility on you. But most standard camos will blend in with their base natural colors. Beiges for desert, shades of green for forests and grass, and blacks and blues for the sea.
The modern pants, they have various additions as well that include different types of waistbands, various kinds of taper (the youths these days like a good taper). There’s a lot less combative, or survival use built into the ideals of these modern camouflage pants because they weren’t necessarily designed to be used in camouflage situations, rather, they are simply modern pants with a selection of camouflage prints or color variations available.
Our list attempts to strike up a good balance between the modern, and the meticulously crafted outdoors specific options. There’s a good mix of both. It goes without saying, also, that both the modern makes of pant and the utility or military fatigue makes will both make a decent cross over into the other’s world.
There’s a lot of price differential in the world of fashion. You’re looking at one of the world’s biggest, and most lucrative businesses, now aren’t you. The bottom end is so far away from the top end that most people live within a single range for their entire lives, and nothing really moves them around. It’s pretty bonkers the difference in decimal placement when comparing a budget piece of clothing with something more couture.
But that big scary “c” word isn’t coming anywhere near this list, for good reason. There’s no place for couture clothing in a list about camouflage pants.
At the bottom end of our own scale is a beautiful place filled with comfortable lounge sweatpants and nice additions to your basic wardrobe that just so happens to get the camo treatment form the paint department. These might run you a few bucks, and generally range from dinner for one at the golden arches, to dinner for two at your local pub. We kept away from the dizzying price tags.
The military remakes, the fatigues from the army surplus outlets are going to vary a little less in price, and stick to roughly the dinner for two at a real diner, plus desserts.
Things in both fields don’t shift in price too much depending on the size of the garment, but they can on occasion.
Keeping with our intentions to not over-complicate this list, and our choices to put the specific pants on said list, we stuck to a healthy (and relatively cheap) price range, and it makes it easier to put all of the items up against one another when playing the compare game. Price matters in all choices for purchasing, and it matters with camouflage pants as well.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
There’s no real right answer when it comes to purchasing the perfect pair of camouflage pants. Other than to find the style that accompanies the perks that you’re looking for. It’s important to narrow down all of the things you need, before setting out.
Frequently Asked Questions
These sorts of things often range from a few to a lot, but asking about the standard is a difficult thing. As we stated earlier, there is a bit of a range with the pants we chose to include on our list. The modern pants — or sweatpants, modified to include a camo print — usually only come with a single pair of normal slit pockets on the front of the pant. Some might even include back pockets. The Military fatigues, designed to replicate the standard uniforms from armies from around the world, can have anywhere between size pockets and eight.
This isn’t a question that can be answered all that easily from where we sit. Being that we have never seen you, nor do we have a measuring tape on us right now. The best of the options on the market will display, or have links to, a buying guide or size chart that should help you make the right decision. But note that because so many different areas of the world have different measurement rules, you should (and we advise this strongly) read the reviews of the products, because some of these pants will fit a size up, or a size down, depending on the make and manufacturer of the pants. To save some pain of having to do returns or reorder things, check those comments and reviews to see if anyone else has done the hard part before you arrived.
The proper mix. If you can. If you’re seeking a great pant that will inevitably save you from a scrape or two, then you should seek a manufacturer that is putting in a poly and cotton blend. This blend finds a good middle-ground between tough and rugged, and the softness and warmth of a cotton. Cotton will keep you warm, and be a lot nicer to wear. Where as polyester will be stronger, and more resilient to wear and tear.
A lot of the military designed fatigues have the letters BDU in the title somewhere. It seems a little bit out of the blue, but it actually stands for Battle Dress Uniform. This is the real name for military fatigues that armies of all specialties wear out into the battlefield. Designers use this term to express how meticulous they are with the design and replication of government issue fatigues.