Thursday, May 22, 2008

5.11 Tactical Pants

These pants are made by 5.11 Tactical, which originated from the rock climbing/outdoor company Royal Robins. These pants come in both Cotton and Nylon and also come in sizes to fit men and women. They are great tactical pants as well as rugged everyday pants. I have only had these pants for a short time, but so far they have held up well and I love the features. One feature that I wish they had was a dedicated wallet pocket above the back pockets. The back pockets are large, and if a wallet is placed in them it rides low and ends up under your leg when sitting. I normally carry my wallet in the thigh cargo pocket on pants with cargo pockets it's not too big an issue. This way, also, you can put things such as AR magazines in the back pocket and have plenty of room. Speaking of cargo pockets...I have seen in one place an advertisement for these pants saying they have the 5.11 BBS (backup belt system, velcro which allows pockets to be attached) in the cargo pockets. Some 5.11 pants do have this...these pants, however, do not.
I noticed two things on these pants that is not mentioned in their description. One thing that can be seen in the picture below is that they have an additional button to hold the fly closed on the inside. Another is the fact that the hemmed versions also have holes in the cuff for you to add a drawstring for blousing like BDUs.
Fading in the coyote color that I bought isn't an issue so far. I have seen coworkers with black cotton 5.11 pants that don't appear black after the first couple washings. They appear a dark green and sometimes a dark navy blue, and seem to fade faster.
Here are some of the other listed features of these pants:
1- Double knee with pocket for kneepad. The pocket opening is on the inside of the pants and opens from the side.
2- YKK zipper fly with Prym snap closure.
3- Solid Brass D-ring off the right front belt loop.
4- Wider Belt loops are more durable.
5- Magazine/cell phone pocket on front of left thigh.
6- Bellowed cargo pockets with velcro closure.
7- Double seat.
8- Rear slash pockets with Velcro. These pockets are large.
9- Elastic waist.
10- Utility strap over right back pocket. This feature comes from the original pants designed for rock climbing and is where carabiners were attached. I have used this strap to attach a small MOLLE cell phone pouch.
11- Reinforced areas on front and rear slash pockets to reduce wear from knife clips.
12- Bartacks and triple-stitched for strength and durability.
13- Made from 8.8oz cotton canvas or 7.4ox nylon canvas.
Sizes: Mens:Even waist 28-44in, even inseam 30-36in or unhemmed.
Womens: Even 2-16, unhemmed available.
The MSRP on these pants is $49.99, but can be found almost everywhere for $39.95.
LA Police Gear
always seems to have good deals on 5.11 products and is a reputable place to order from.
Colors: Khaki, Walnut, OD, Black, Grey, Charcoal, Coyote Brown, Tundra, Sage, Fire Navy, Desert Sand (nylon only).

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