Insomniac Sale Picks SPECIAL EDITION: Black Cotton Work Pants

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

This special request comes from Cathi on behalf of a friend who works as a pilot and aircraft mechanic, and who struggles to find work pants that fit her woman’s body. Initially I hesitated to do a sale picks post since I didn’t want to limit the options to on-sale items. Then I figured, hey. Just put a disclaimer out there. So here it is: These aren’t on sale specifically and none are truly sustainable, but I hope they’re helpful in case any of you are ALSO seeking durable work pants:


womens tactical work pants

Propper Women’s Tactical Canvas Pant – $39.95

Also available on Amazon in more colors and sizes, and with a matching belt. This pant has reinforced knees and seat, and is made from a cotton canvas coated with a water-repellent finish. Nine total pockets, including two cargo pockets with hook-and-loop closures, two hook-and-loop back pockets with wallet pockets inside, two front pockets with reinforced openings for knife or tool clips and a phone pocket with a hook-and-loop closure. Also in olive, khaki, or navy. Available in sizes 2 – 24. Propper is a brand to keep in mind.

emt pant

5.11 Tactical EMS Pant – was $64.99, now $59.99

This pant is a poly/cotton blend, but even heavier duty than the Propper pair above, so hopefully still in the running. The fabric has been treated with Teflon for stain, soil and liquid stain resistance, and the pant has a self-adjusting tunnel waistband that moves with you. Sounds like sizing can get a little wonky so order a couple of sizes if you can, and send back the ones that don’t work. Available in black and navy in sizes 2 – 20, including long inseams. This pant has higher cotton content in regular and long sizes, but is sold out in black in several sizes.  5.11 is another brand to keep in mind.

heavy duty womens cargo pant

Vertx Tactical Pants – was $57.95, now $49.95 – $52.94

These are 98% cotton but don’t appear to be treated for stain resistance. A waterproofing spray like this one could solve that issue. Love this detail from the product description: “Developed in conjunction with an all-female panel and utilizing the same world-class design features, our women’s Vertex Original pant delivers all the benefits of our best-selling low profile pant with a fit tailored waistband.” Available in black as well as khaki, olive, navy, or tan in sizes 0 – 18, and in 30″, 32″, and 34″ inseams. Vertx has a couple of other options, too.


TRU-SPEC Lightweight 24-7 Pant– was $51.95, now $36.97 – $47.23

Lighter weight and another poly blend, but still a solid option and well reviewed by customers. Designed with reinforced knees with inside openings for knee pads and a slider waistband. Available in this black as well as khaki, navy, or olive in sizes 2 – 24.
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4 Responses to “Insomniac Sale Picks SPECIAL EDITION: Black Cotton Work Pants”

  1. JW

    I agree that Duluth Trading Co offers some working pants for women that fit well with squatting, bending, reaching, etc.