How the Non-stick Surface Works & Why You Need It

How many times has this happened to you? You throw on a clean pair of pants, head out to the range, grab a fast-food coffee on the way and BAM you spill it on your pants leg. Not the best way to start your day. Or you manage to get to the range unscathed, but during your first pistol run you drop to one knee to engage a target and discover later that your knee landed in a puddle of muddy water.

Conventional khakis might carry those stains around for the rest of their lives. But tactical pants with non-stick Durable Water Resistance (DWR) are different. They are designed with the whole situation in mind. Not only do they offer a plethora of pockets to hold everything from a knife to spare magazines to your wallet and keys, they also provide a level of durability not found in typical off-the-shelf khakis.

DWR Durable Water Resistance

Why is DWR important? Why would manufacturers go to the trouble and expense of adding non-stick coating to a pair of pants? Consider some of the harsh environments where the pants are typically worn: at the range, during a takedown, on duty, etc. They take a beating. So they should be rugged and durable while maintaining a level of professionalism and clean appearance. The best way to ensure that high level of performance is to repel dirt and stains in the first place. DWR is a non-stick coating formulated to keep your tactical pants looking clean and professional.

The more often a garment is washed, the faster it begins to break down. By eliminating the need to wash tactical pants as often, they are more likely to wear slower and last longer.

Teflon™ by DuPont is by far the most common brand of stain repellant on the market, and you’ll find it on many of our tactical pants to keep them – and you – looking good longer. The stain-resistant feature works by forming an invisible protective layer that maintains the original color of the garment while forcing liquids that spill onto the material to bead up and roll off rather than penetrate the fabric.

Water Rolloff

Unlike other stain protectants typical found on furniture or carpet, Teflon Fabric Protector is applied during the weaving process to incorporate the stain resistance into the material rather than sprayed on top of the fabric. This allows the tactical pants to remain soft and not stiffen up because the Teflon does not form the hard, glue-like surface found in many stain-fighting sprays that are added after the material is finished.

Propper tactical pants come with material options: lightweight ripstop, canvas and stretch micro ripstop. No matter which you choose, they will all look good longer thanks to Teflon Fabric Protector.