I now own three pairs of these pants. Originally I purchased a pair, because I thought it a good way to secure travel documents among other valuables. They worked out so well keeping me organized and my possessions secure that I bought two more pair for everyday use.
I do wish 5.11 would offer this style in black and dark blue. I bought version 2.0 in black for the dressier look and was very disappointed in the number, size, and internal design of the pockets.
The pockets in version 1.0 are not exactly "hidden," but they are much less obvious than standard cargo pant pockets. The internal/secondary pockets are great for storing and securing many items. Due to the unique design, they would probably be missed if I were confronted by someone seeking to quickly extract my valuables from me. The material is good and they fit well. I rarely give any product top marks, but these pants fit my requirements perfectly.
thicker belt loops would be nice.
black and charcoal gray versions would be fantastic.
I love these pants, agree w/ another that they're great for business casual. The CCW/ Mag pockets are perfect. For this that don't know: there's 2 purposes to the vertical cargo pocket. 1) more low profile; 2) you can put rifle mags in them and when you unzip to access the mags won't just fall out..and the zipper is quieter than velcro. Show me another pr of pants where I can have 2-4 pistol mags and 4 rifle mags discreetly at the ready as well as a concealed pistol.
They are relatively cool in warm weather which is a big bonus.
Lots of useful pockets in a nice configuration that doesn't scream "I'M WEARING CARGO PANTS!" merely as a fashion statement. As an engineer, I am interested in having my tools readily available at all times, but don't need/want the Rambo image. The cut is sufficiently roomy, without allowing items to flail around when moving vigorously or in tight spaces.
I would like a more durable material that doesn't show wear so rapidly, and isn't so prone to major rips if it gets snagged on something. Also would like a wider range of colors, specifically a darker hue (dark blue or black?) that would blend better in somewhat more formal settings, and not show minor smudges so prominently.
Bought these to compare to the covert khaki pants. These are OK, comfortable, pants but other than the "concealed" cargo pockets and normal back pockets they are not much more practical than Taclites. The stitching of the cargo pockets is easy to see and the zippers are obvious. Nothing really covert about them but they are really comfortable and don't have the out-dated back pockets like the traditional tactical pants which is a big plus. They do have a large zippered pocket directly behind each front pocket which would be handy for a pocket gun or cell phone.
I like the fit of these pants but get frustrated with how fast they wrinkle. I would pay more for wrinkle free or different combination of materials for longer lasting wear.
I love the fit. Very comfortable.
Well made and multi-purpose use cargo pants that will accept abuse!
I wear these at work.
I thought this was the same series that my fire company purchased, but they were not. the only things i don't life is that the main hand pockets, stuff will fall back out if you change your body orientation. also its weird placing objects in the cargo pockets from the side and not from the top.
I am a photojournalist and I use these pants almost every day, including while embedded overseas with the military. The pockets are ideal for everyday use along with more extended use during a multi-day operation. The pockets are great and the fact that they are not obvious means I can wear these in almost any occasion without looking too obviously gearheaded. In fact these pants are perfect with only two problems.
1: The zippers on the side pockets tend to break fairly easily. I have probably a 25% break rate where the zipper becomes separated at either the top or bottom making the zipper useless.
2: The knees wear out too fast. I go through these like crazy. One pair will typically last me only about 3-4 months of use before the knees wear out. In the field the material in the knee is a bit too soft, I can feel every pebble on the ground when kneeling and if I need to put weight on the knee it can easily tear the material. I wonder if a sort of double knee material wouldn't work well here or maybe a thicker material for the whole pant as an option.
Those are my only two gripes though and at the price it's not a complete deal breaker, I love these pants.