UF Pro Striker HT Combat Pants

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Author, at a training exercise with a "casualty" (dummy) but updated for reactionary people who can't read.

Last year was a dubious year for me when it comes to pants and pant reviews.  I spent a bit of money on a couple of different pairs of pants, only to have some fall apart on me after a couple of washes and no hard use, and some others that just…well, in the end, they weren’t worth writing about.  So, when I dropped more cash on a pair of UF Pro Striker HT Combat Pants, I was a little more than nervous.

 

UF Pro Stiker HT Pants mag capacity.

BLUF: Tran tells us these pants will carry four rifle mags securely, or six pistol mags “in a pinch”.

One, the pants were from Slovenia, so not only was I concerned about European vs American sizing, but also the timeliness of delivery (if at all). I also had the usual concerns regarding the quality of fabrication, durability, and overall cost-effectiveness at their listed price point.

I held my breath and hit ‘purchase’. Much to my surprise, DHL had my pants delivered to my office in the PacNW in a week.  From Slovenia.

That’s a promising start.

Chris Tran reviews the UF Pro Striker HT combat pant

The author, during a training exercise with casualty dummy, wearing UF Pro pants. The dummy is not a real body. Which is to say it’s not a dead person, it’s a training tool. Think simulacrum or manikin. Fantoccini would be a stretch, as would marionette and moppet. But hopefully you get the point. In short – no need to get your bowels in an uproar, to be triggered, or to leave badly spelled/poorly informed comments on our social media posts. It’s not real, and even if it was we’re not entirely sure it would cause the cessation of civilization as we know it.

Once in hand, the Strikers HTs looked and felt great.  Sizing for my modestly athletic frame was spot-on, and the pants have lived up to all of the advertised features.  Interestingly enough, fabric selection is different depending on the pattern/colors of the pants.  I purchased the Brown-Grey model, which is made from a polyester/ripstop Cordura construction.  Additionally, the entire seat of the pants is made from a four-way stretch material from Schoeller Dynamic, as are two strips of the material above and below the knees.

UF Pro Striker HT combat pants

The UF Pro blend of ripstop/nylon Cordura and Schoeller Dynamic 4-way stretch material provides a rugged, flexible, comfortable and versatile pant.

The stretch fabric really shines, and mobility is 100% uncompromised.  The polyester/ripstop Cordura blend is rugged yet supple, is slow to bind, and sheds light amounts of surface water well.

Magazine Capacity and Storage Potential for All The Things

Let’s talk pockets.  The Striker HT’s have pockets upon pockets upon pockets – fourteen in total.  The pockets, and more importantly their placement, are very well-thought-out with multiple access points.  The standard front pant pockets are biased towards the centerline for easy access.  There are an additional two hidden zippered shallow front pockets to secure small items such as loose change, foam earpro, or your stick of Blue Force Gear chapstick.

2.Dual hidden zipper pockets keep small mission-critical items in secured, easy reach.

Dual hidden zipper pockets keep small mission-critical items in secured, easy reach.

The rear pockets are secured with YKK zippers and are quite generous in size (~8 in. W x 7.5 in. H).

Tabbed rear pocket zippers keep essential items secured.

Tabbed rear pocket zippers keep essential items secured.

 

Quality YKK zippers are used for pockets on the Striker HTs.

Quality YKK zippers are used for pockets on the Striker HTs.

Cargo pockets are roomy, but lie flat, with two internal organizer pockets inside.  The cargo pocket itself has two (2) zippered access points so the end-user can access the pocket contents while standing or seated.  If that wasn’t enough, there is an exterior accessory/gear pocket sewn on top of the main cargo pocket itself.  These pockets are open-topped but come with a removable reinforced strap that will minimally secure accessories on the outside.

4.Dual-access cargo pockets enables the user to access cargo pocket contents in any position.

Dual-access cargo pockets enable the user to access cargo pocket contents in any position.

 

5.Dual internal pockets secure smaller items such as a Multitasker tool and a 20-round AR magazine.

Dual internal pockets secure smaller items such as a Multitasker tool and a 20-round AR magazine.

 

6.The exterior pocket features a removable friction strap that assists to secure needed items such as AR mags.

The exterior pocket features a removable friction strap that assists to secure such needed items as AR mags.

 

Inboard of the main cargo pockets, are two small flashlight/knife/spare mag pockets featured on many other tactical pants on the market today.  Working down to the cuff of the pant is a zippered pocket on the exterior of the calf area for additional gear and accessories.

7.Dual hip-area accessory pockets will fit a knife, a spare mag, or a Surefire STILLETO with ease.

Dual hip-area accessory pockets will fit a knife, a spare mag, or a Surefire STILLETO with ease.

 

Anything such as a IR identifier, a spare mag, or a Phokus Research SHIELD IFAK fits in the calf-height accessory pocket.

Anything such as a IR identifier, a spare mag, or a Phokus Research SHIELD IFAK fits in the calf-height accessory pocket.

The cargo pockets and lower calf pockets have small grommets for water drainage, which is a nice touch.

Additional features aside from the pockets abound.  Starting again at the top, the pants can accommodate suspenders, and have a secondary set of keeper loops sewn on top of the standard belt loops.  The HTs are also compatible with a zip-in windstopper system; an internal windproof and breathable lining that adds weather protection and insulation for when the temperature drops.

The pants feature a dual-zipper fly, for easy dual-direction access (if that’s your kind of thing), and while on the topic of zippers, we must stop to address the next issue.

Dual-zippered fly allows front access regardless of the gear loadout.

Dual-zippered fly allows front access regardless of the gear loadout.

The Striker HTs were designed as hot-weather pants.  What sets the HTs apart from other pant offerings on the market is its air vent system.  Placed along the hip creases are two angled zippers that open up mesh channels right along the crotch area.  There is another set of horizontal zippers that are directly above the kneepad area that also opens up large mesh pockets.  When all zippers are open, the vents allow airflow to travel up and down the upper leg area, allowing air to flow up and down the upper leg during movement.

Soft kneepad pockets also double as an airflow point. Opening the knee-level vents in conjunction with the two groin-area vents allows for active airflow from the knees to the waist with movement.

Soft kneepad pockets also double as an airflow point. Opening the knee-level vents in conjunction with the two groin-area vents allows for active airflow from the knees to the waist with movement.

The lower set of zippers have a dual function, in that they are a part of the 3-part kneepad system.  The Striker HTs come standard with a removable lightly padded fabric kneepad that offers light knee protection right out of the box.  The second part of the system is an optional hardshell knee pad that can be slipped behind the fabric pad and secured with hook and loop.  The third part of the system is an optional soft pad that fits into the mesh pocket inserted through the horizontal zippers used for the air vent system.  I like these options a lot, as the end user can scale the level of knee protection depending on the mission requirements.

11.Lightly padded integral kneepads are standard with the Striker HTs, however hardshell pads can be placed behind the integral ones, or softshell pads can be slid behind them via the main knee-height vent. Truly versatile and mission-scalable protection

Lightly padded integral kneepads are standard with the Striker HTs, however hardshell pads can be placed behind the integral ones, or softshell pads can be slid behind them via the main knee-height vent. Truly versatile and mission-scalable protection

Finally, back down to the cuff of the pants, and there are two final features that complete the absolute versatility and functionality of these range-worthy, shoot-house-worthy trousers.  The first is a vertical zipper on the rear of the pant leg that reveals a cinch shock cord to tighten down the cuffs of the pants.  The shock cord is then secured with a hook and loop tab prior to re-closing the zipper.

he hook & loop-secured shock cord cinches down the diameter of the cuff of the pants, and are secured is stowed cleanly away behind the cuff zipper.

he hook & loop-secured shock cord cinches down the diameter of the cuff of the pants, and are secured is stowed cleanly away behind the cuff zipper.

On the front, is a hook that will hook onto the user’s bootlaces, which secured the cuff of the pants down onto the user’s boots, preventing the pants from riding up during vigorous activity, or long periods in the prone position.

13.The hook at the front of the cuff of the pant leg secures to the user’s bootlace. This keeps the pant leg secured down to boot level; and ensures that the pant won’t ride up, or exposed the legs to any creepy-crawlies while the user is proned out in a dedicated shooting position

The hook at the front of the cuff of the pant leg secures to the user’s bootlace. This keeps the pant leg secured down to boot level; and ensures that the pant won’t ride up, or exposed the legs to any creepy-crawlies while the user is proned out in a dedicated shooting position

Now that we’ve finally made it through the excellent features of the Striker HTs, the real question is “so how do they perform?”

In a word, outstanding.

Not a real casualty- not a real body.

This is not a real body either.

 

Upon arrival, the HTs became my new range pants; I wore them for department training sessions on the range, both as an instructor and as a student.  A few weeks later, I attended the Mountain State Tactical Officers Association (MSTOA) Operational Medicine tract (you can see part of an exercise from that course in the image above); a week-long trauma medicine course designed for SWAT teams, tactical medics, enhanced patrol response, and Rescue Task Force (RTF) teams.  Montana weather at that time of the year varied; it was cold and rainy on a few days, and definitely t-shirt weather for a couple of others.  While at the course, I engaged in multiple team scenarios, a lot of running around in full kit, worked on multiple scene casualties, rappelling, prolonged scenarios, and a team competition that included an obstacle course, pistol, and rifle stages, hostage rescues stages, and of course, a medical stage.

UF Pro: The author gets down at MSTOA with several SWAT officers and a former 18Delta during a warm zone medical scenario while wearing the Striker HTs.

[From the original post] The author getting down at MSTOA with several SWAT officers and a former 18Delta during a warm zone medical scenario while wearing the Striker HT UF Pro Pants. Edit: this is still not a real body. 

UF Pro pants on the range: Unorthodox shooting position? No problem. The excellent stretching capabilities of the Striker HTs will allow the end user to focus on the task at hand, rather than the fit and comfort of their pants.

Unorthodox shooting position? No problem. The excellent stretching capabilities of the Striker HTs will allow the end user to focus on the task at hand, rather than the fit and comfort of their pants.

The pants and I went through the wringer, and I’ve continued to use them since then on a weekly basis.  They still look and feel almost brand new, except for one pulled thread on the 4-way stretch material in the seat when I sat on a jagged piece of cover.

 

HT Striker Pant Features

Let’s start with what’s arguably the HT’s best feature – that these were designed as hot weather pants.  I’m located in the PacNW, which is a very moderate climate and rarely hits the 90s, but on the warmer days in training or on the range, I can attest that this system works, works well, and definitely lends to additional comfort on hot days.

Pros

⊕ Even minor movement generates a small bit of airflow cooling the surface of the upper legs, and definitely gives the crotch area some space to breathe, and some airflow across the body to assist mitigate any…

Swampiness.

⊕ The four-way stretch material was perfect, regardless of any compromised position I found myself in.  Standing, squatting, kneeling, sitting, prone, supine, etc., the pants never proved to be binding, never twisted uncomfortably, and I never landed on a knee without the padding absorbing impact.

⊕ The pockets were a great balance of roominess without extra play or movement.  I was able to carry all of my necessary gear, extra medical supplies, multiple phones, even enough tubular nylon rolled up to make a rappelling harness for myself without the pants swishing around my legs due to extra weight.

⊕ The pant cuff hooks grasp boot laces well, and although I haven’t been low-crawling through brush or spending a prolonged period of time proned out behind glass, I see no reason why the hooks should or would fail.

⊕ I mentioned before that the pants seemed very true to fit.  With the elasticized waistband, they provide a snug fit around the waist with enough give to carry a pistol inside the waistband, but there is no appreciable sag or looseness, and they haven’t shrunk after multiple washes.

Cons

⊕ I have not yet used the integral belt keepers, and I don’t think I will.  For my application, I think they’re too short to accommodate a 2.25” duty belt, so unless I’m wearing a smaller 1.5” rigger belt or the like, I don’t think they’re going to fit my needs, and because they’re directly over the standard belt loops, the external belt gear has to line up with the keepers and I don’t think that’s realistic – keepers should be placed based on gear, gear shouldn’t have to accommodate keeper placement.

⊕ The only other criticism I have of the HTs is that they are DEFINITELY tactical combat pants.  They’re not going to be confused for anything else but that, so they are not what I’d wear on a tactical trip to the grocery store, or a tactical mission to the gas station.  That being said, UF Pro have other models such as the P-40 Urbans or P-40 Tacticals for a more toned-down look.

Final thoughts.

All in all, the Striker HTs are winners.  They offer an incredible number of features for the price, international shipping is very prompt (and they are also available in limited sizes from domestic companies such as US Elite), and durability over the last several months hits the mark.

I can definitely recommend these pants as on par with other makers out there, and I will definitely purchase a few more for myself in the near future.

 

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Just relaxing in these here UF Pro pants.

Relaxing in them UF Pro britches. #christranshenanigans

Chris Tran is a seasoned and accomplished law enforcement officer for a large metropolitan agency in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to photography and videography efforts, Tran writes equipment reviews aimed towards the everyday user with a focus on functionality, durability, and cost-effectiveness.

Chris advises, “I support and will positively review any products that I find to be interesting and of quality as it pertains to normal people like me. I am not a high-speed, super-secret ‘operator’. I am a normal civilian like many, if not most. Anything I review will be from an end user’s perspective with my background as a cop to supplement my perspective on usability, function, and cost-effectiveness. Bottom line, I won’t speak about what I don’t know, and if I like or don’t like it, I will candidly tell you why.

Among his credits are numerous articles written for Guns & Tactics Magazine, UN12, Black Sheep Warrior, and Concealment (q.v.). Follow him on IG, @christranfiveoh.

 

Chris Tran Five-Oh writer-photographer

 

  • Colin DuPée

    So… Is that picture you emailed me some poor mangled bastard with a testicle hanging out? Because I would swear that’s what it looks like.

    • Banker

      Exactly. This dude is one sick fooker. Totally inappropriate.

      • grunt1807

        Not real, It’s a training mannequin.

      • grunt1807

        LOOK CLOSER, No blood, plastic joints, it’s a training mannequin.

        • Banker

          Still inappropriate and disgusting.

    • Tod A. Wulff

      It’s a tactical medical scenario training dummy, peeps.

    • grunt1807

      It’s a training mannequin.

  • Banker

    What kind of F’in bs is this? An “ad” for pants with a naked dead dude In the pic. You sick son of a bjtch.

    • grunt1807

      It’s a mannequin.

      • Banker

        Still inappropriate and disgusting

  • Dick Diggler

    Yeah, what’s up with the shit in the pic. Looks like a mangled dead dude with his dick diggling out and all f’d up. But then at closer examination, it looks like the torso is stuffed with white foam.

  • twarfield1204 .

    That’s an interesting pic of that dudes messed up testicalia.

  • Wow

    These comments … wow. You do realize this is a review of COMBAT pants, right? And realistic training scenarios are necessary to effectively prepare for COMBAT? If you can’t handle pictures of realistic training aids, then stay out of the combat arena. This wasn’t a review of a pheasant hunting vest. Those of us who train to deal with such injuries and situations appreciate the fact that the equipment was used in such settings, and not just some overweight bench shooter with perfect backdrops. Stay in your lane.

  • Zeal

    Yeah Wow, we realize this is a review of combat pants…
    Still sick and unfortunate that it got published for so many people to see before Gunmagwarehouse figures it out.
    How in the fark do you consider this a combat arena?! Looks like you’re outa the lane pal.
    Veteran Trauma surgeon

    • grunt1807

      IT’S A PLASTIC DUMMY! Hint the lack of blood.

    • grunt1807

      Why are you having a panic attack over a mannequin? What a little softy you must be? Life must be terrifying for you outside your parents bubble?.

  • grunt1807

    There’s seems to be a few people here triggered over a training aid/mannequin. Realistic training aids have progressed over the years.

    • Zeal

      Well see you went and used the word “triggered” and let us all know which camp you’re from. Bet you’re late for supper, so get on back now…

      • grunt1807

        How weak minded and thin skinned you must be to get triggered over the phrase triggered. Man-up and grow-up softy.

        • Zeal

          Man up? Know the term before you go throwing it around little man.. cuz real life ain’t like this.

          • grunt1807

            Man-up is what you tell a lesser man or softy like yourself who freaks out and panics over a common phrases.
            Now go to your safe space and drink a soy mocha latte like the weak little soy boy we all know you are.

          • grunt1807

            Man-up is what you tell a lesser man or softy like yourself who freaks out and panics over common phrases.
            Now go to your safe space and drink a soy mocha latte like the weak little soy boy we all know you are.

          • Zeal

            Little pathetic person behind the keyboard… all you are. That’s the story of you. ES&D boy.

          • grunt1807

            Google what a grunt is Soy Boy, We all know who the real ‘triggered keyboard gender-less soft warrior is! lollol

          • grunt1807

            Some day when your parents finally kick you out you’re gonna have to try to become a man.
            The military would be a good start but I’m guessing you will need to lose A LOT OF WEIGHT???

  • Tracy Griffin

    Excellent research and review. And the Rescue Mannequin definitely needs some R&R.