We,ve had mixed feelings about REDWOOD pants from the very beginning. Big plus is that their producer  Black Mountain Tactical is a Polish company ( their distributor is GUNFIRE) but they’re “tactical” only by the name. In reality, they’re just a bit improved BDUs (not the BDUs, just overally that type of pants)- with similar “lacks” in their design, like no internal organizers or small amount of outside pockets, for example for a phone (like those in UTP, Tru 24/7, Blackhawk Lightweight and many more).

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We’ve tested them in various conditions, starting with water and mud…

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…up to snow and ice 😉

DESIGN AND QUALITY

We were lucky enough to get our hands on both versions of them – olive (ripstop 50% cotton/ 50% polyester, also available in black) and grey (95% cotton/ 5% Spandex, also available in coyote brown). Aside from those, we can also get them in wz.93 Polish Woodland (65% cotton/ 35% polyester).

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Ripstop olive.

I personally was preety happy with the quality- the sews are straight, nothing fell off, the fabric is really nice. some places could use double sews, but i’m still happy with them. Lazar did’t have it so good- first time, and the entire Velcro closing them in the waist wanted to rip off.

The grey ones are made of 95% cotton 5% Spandex fabric, which makes them a bit stretchy, making them more comfortable. all sews are straight, but a few threads came out of them, and i have to say that there’s been quite a few of them. Also they’re sticking ouut in few places.

The design isn’t too complicated. The cut is well fitted- not so roomy as ACU, but not so low-profile as tactical low-procile UCPs.

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They’re closed with a bar with velcro and a zipper.

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Belt loops can take a belt up to 50mm (60mm according to the producer). on both side there is a bit of rubber, to make them fit better.

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The knees are reinforced with a second layer of the fabric (there’s no space for inserts); there is no reinforcement on the ass, but it think it’s a good idea- it doesn’t sweat as much.

There are 6 pockets- 2 flat, low-profile cargos closed with velcro, two open on the front, and two in the back, closed with a zipper.

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All three types of pockets. also, you can see an elastic insert on the waist.

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Using bright threads with dark fabric is quite interesting, but it gives them a bit of “taste”

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The open thigh pocket with an extra layer of fabric to make them more durable, when carrying a folding knife or a multitool with a clip.

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Back pockets are closed with a zipper, and despite not looking like that, they’re are really big- they come down  to the bottom of your thigh; they’re closed with a zipper, sewed in a bit angled, to make accessing them easier. they’re so big, that you could easily carry two AK mags in them.

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Back pocket on the left- it can easily store two full size AK mags, front pocket on the right. As you can see, they’re a lot bigger than in a classic BDU/ACU.

There is one problem with cargo pockets- the flap is sewed shut on both sides, with velcro in the middle. it makes taking anything uot of them a real pain i nthe ass. Yeah, you won’t lose anything, but you can forget about taking anything out quickly and easily. of course you can rip that velcro out. And it likes to catch gloves. Yeah, taking anything out wearing gloves is even worse…

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Cargos are good only for flat objects. That flap sewed shut on both sides makes putting in anything bigger really hard.

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USAGE (PERSONAL OPINION)

What do i see when i hear “tactical pants”? First of all, they’re a kind of trousers in which you can carry all the stuff that you can’t carry in a waist bag. ( a folding knife, multitool, 1-2 phones, power bank, wallet, keys, lighter, small first-aid pack.) Also, they should be easily accessible, and not be loose in the pockets.

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Unfortunately Redwoods are more like BDUs: there are open thigh pocket (usually it’s hard toaccess anything in them, especially siting down), flat, low-profile cargos (extra-narrow and with a really anoying velcro) and two back pockets closed with a zipper.

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Spontaneously going inna woods? You won’t take much in those pants.

Normally “tactical” means “good for every day use”. Well, i ended up carrying most of my stuff in a waist bag or/and jacket- it was way more comfortable.
You can forget about taking your phone out quickly, unless you put it into the back pocket… which is really big and everything’s loose in there. Knife? Okay, there’s a thigh pocket. Wallet? You can put it in the back pocket, but you’ll feel it, and it will be uncomfortale to sit down. And it’s not so easy to access, because the pocket is narrow and deep. There also is a Cargo pocket, from which it’s even harder to get out (I’m using a big Baribal wallet, stuffed with paper just to show off, because tactical blogers don’t make any money and  it’s quite big). So, there is just to little space to carry all of out stuff, and there is no way to get anything out quickly. You can really feel the lack of “fast” outside pockets, especially when compared to other, real tactical pants.

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Sizes with no relation to reality…

The biggest problem is with sizing. Lwas supposed to be for Grabek, with 98cm in the waist. In reality, they fitted my 88cm just a bit loose, there was no way Grabek would fit into them. Klaudia on the other hand drowned in the S size, and they went up to her belly button. For me they were a bit too low, like some low-rise pants- when leaning forward, my back got a lot of cold air. I won’t even mention squatting.

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Low rise can sometimes be quite a problem.

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Yes, they’re quite comfortable, but they can squezze your nuts a little bit. They don’t ensure 100% mobility. A wedge would be useful, and woulg allow sticking with the current, non-stretchy fabric.

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Shade of green used in those pants blends in quite nicely with the trees. It’s quite hard to come by that kind of green, most shades are more greyish or brownish.

The fabric-  the green is nice and dark, looks really good. 50/50 version works quite well down to 0 degrees Celcius- below that, it’s worse. It ain’t Twill, but it’s still better than a regular, thin ripstop, like in the SFU. And that’s [reety much the best thing about Redwoods, I’d love me some pants made with this fabric, just a different design.

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What Redwoods are best for- cesual tactical.

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Grey spandex…

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DEV: Redwoods aren’t perfect for the woods, but they can do the job. There is no place for protective inserts, but well, they’re designed for different things. I’ve worn them for a few trips, i like them mostly because of their fabric and color. There is a lot of potential, but they should work on the pockets, especially accessability and make the rise a bit higher (so it doesn’t expose your back and squeeze your nuts).

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LAZAR: I’ve had an opportunity to hike Tatra mountains in them, and i have to admit, they were one of the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn. I only missed the reinforced butt- sliding down the rocks on your ass wasn’t the best experience. Velcro in them are the worst- they’re loud (If they’re ment to also be used in the field) not too durable, and can hurt your hands in cold weather. Of course, it has it’s advantages, like being quick and comfortable, nothing’s pressing on your stomach. The thing i missed the most were the welt on the bottom of the leg and a slot for protective inserts on the knees- but they’re ment for more urban use, Cedars meant for outdoor are yet to be released. Things i would change are velcro and cargo pockets’ flaps, sewed in on both sides, which makes accessing them harder, but they secure your stuff really well. So, to sum up, they’re good for every-day use and a firing range, or some short trips. but it wouldn’t take then to “war”.

 


SUMMARY

Redwoods have a potential. A lots of it. The fabric and quality are really good, but with that sizing, small amount of pockets (to small to be called “tactical”) and a price over 45 euro, they’re just a more expensive BDUs. It could’ve been something great, but the producer rushed it a bit too much and released not fully thought through and tested product. For a similar price we can get UTPs from Helikon-Tex which are way more tactical, and for half that price we have SFU Next, which may not be so low-profile,but way better in terms of pockets. Black Mountain Redwoods aren’t bad, but there is a lot of room for improvements, if they want to be “tactical”.

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