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Function over Fashion is the Next Trend in Jeans

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We’ve been talking about it for a while. We are now seeing the shift towards functional denim and we’ll soon see it in a lot of other clothing come next year.

Hi tech fabric is being incorporated into denim and soon other types of clothing will follow. Nike has filed a patent for “architecturally reinforced denim” that will provide “high tenacity and/or moisture management and/or stretch materials.”

Nike already does some incredible shoes such as their Flyknit line using knit construction but they are looking to make an impact in fashion culture with denim for extreme sports athletes such as skateboarders. Denim users from all different kinds of cultures will grab these up for certain.  Competitive shooters, preppers, protective agents are just some buyers that would be happy to purchase ‘flex’ denim or ‘tactical’ denim. In other words denim that can be used for running, kneeling, kicking, and using for concealed weapon carry.

Back in the day they relied on gussets

Under Armour has led the way with tech infused clothing and more companies will follow. American Eagle Outfitters Inc offered a Flex Fit denim for students going back to school. I purchased a pair. Sweat pants, yoga pants are popular but flex denim will offer an alternative.

Tech infused fabrics for active wear is the latest trend and we’ve been asking about this for a long time. Let’s see what happens when a big company like Nike gets into the mix. Tactically minded users such as protective agents, police officers, and guys doing the gray man will appreciate the flexibility of having jeans that look good but function really well for their purposes. We wrote about flex jeans in our last article: BEST GUIDE FOR GETTING JEANS TO USE WITH A CONCEALED CARRY.   Let’s stay tuned and see what happens with big brands like Nike.

Helikon-Tex makes what they call Urban Tactical Pants Denim for about $80.00

  • 80% Cotton/19% Polyester/1% Spandex
  • Imported
  • Unique US and EU patented design – A well-known, Helikon-Tex best seller
  • Thanks to its 2-way elastic fabric, you get a comfortable, slim look with an increased range of motion without unnecessary stress on its seams. Its stretchable waist gives you up to 2 additional inches for improved comfort
  • Its lightweight and breathable materials provide an increased comfort during prolonged use in a magnitude of different climates
  • The casual, low profile design combined with the jeans look gives the versatility and capabilities to fulfill the needs of professional users while in an urban setting
  • It has a perfect, patented pocket arrangement for carrying all your essential equipment in an organized discrete fashion without losing your tactical advantage.

Condor makes a jean they market as the Condor Cipher Tactical Jean for about $50.00

Engineered for the urban operator in mind, the Condor Cipher pants blends modern aesthetic with technical performance. Constructed with lightweight quick-drying stretch fabric to ensure 24/7 comfort, micro mesh pocket liner to boost breathability, and a gusseted crotch for enhanced maneuverability. The Condor Cipher  balances performance and comfort for the challenges ahead.

  • Elastic waist band for IWB holster
  • Two gadget pockets for phone or mag
  • Two back pockets
  • Zipper pocket on the right
  • Articulated knee construction
  • Imported
*Slim Fit*
ColorBlack, Charcoal
NotificationsMaterials: 97% Nylon/ 3% Spandex

5.11 markets a jean they call the Defender Tactical Jeans for around $70.00

  • 5.11® brings you the comfort and styling of your favorite everyday pant with tactical functionality and stretch built right in. The Defender-Flex pant has been developed for 5.11 end users who are looking for low-vis tactical without sacrificing performance at the firing range or comfort for everyday wear. Crafted with a Cavalry Twill cotton/polyester blend, with just enough elastane for stretch, these pants are made to keep their shape with style. The five-pocket styling and soft fade finish look sharp, and the back mag pockets mean you’ll always be ready.


  • Comfortable, slim, and tactical pant
  • Five pocket styling plus two rear hip pockets
  • Soft fade finish and enzyme washed fabric
  • Fitted waistbandSPECIFICATIONS
  • Button top fly with locking YKK® zipper
  • 8.8 oz. stretch Cavalry twill (66% cotton / 31% poly / 3% elastane)
  • Dual back patch pockets
  • GSA/TAA compliant

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Motorcycle jeans made with Kevlar would definitely get a boost with Nike and Under Armour created more robust materials.

 Image of Verdun city councillor and longtime skateboarder Sterling Downey  from Montreal Gazette




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