I used to live i my 5.11s but over time that has changed. I get the feeling that 5.11 has changed manufacturers and is accepting sub par products. From the shirts hat no longer fit right nor last a year, to pants that let loose at the seams, with pockets desiged for "non Ameican hand sizes" (they are too damned small for a real hand to fit) to pockets sewn closed... Ive taken to purchasing my 5.11 geat fom a local supplier because sizes fluctuate wildly within a specific product and need tobe tried on to ensure fit. Glove and shoes? they dont follow US sizes at all...
By design idea These pants should get five stars, but for the Issues outlined I'm being overly generous giving 3, and that is only because they really do fill a unique roll, and that is the cut, if you find a pair that fits properly, crosses between casual and dressy when you throw on a blazer. If 5.11 straightens out the manufacturing flaws, in the entire clothing line, they could step up and ad a blazer or two, and possibly a safari jacket to their line for security firms. But when they are ruining their own name by using contractors that screw up the product why even bother? These pants would have also been Killer in black and indigo denim but why revive a dying plow horse for the race track? Bad upper management only cares about quarterly bonuses. And those dont come by running off loyal customers with poor quality control.
I'm a veterinarian and as such I'm up and down all day, wrestling patients from the might domestic short haired cat to english mastiffs. These pants are comfortable, stain resistant, wear resistant and reasonably fashionable. This is no complaint but people need to know that if you are a 37" waist do not buy a 36 and hope for the best, the waistbands do not stretch, do not stretch!
These were my favorite everyday-wear pants, I own 2 pairs in each of the 4 different colors. I was hoping the number of available colors would be increased, but it appears that they are being discontinued. I liked having hard wearing, comfortable pants with hidden extra pockets that didn't make other people automatically assume that I was a cop. I guess I'll have to see who else has available offerings of non-tactical looking rip-stop pants with hidden extra pockets.
I have owned a lot of 5.11 gear and it's not often that I find things I don't like about these products. Unfortunately with these pants, the cons FAR outweigh the pros.
1. The fabric is ULTRA thin.
2. These are not really "jean" cut at all.
3. The length is not the same as other 5.11 pants I own...these are a bit shorter.
4. These are what we used to call "nuthugger" pants back when I was in school. They are very constrictive and tight in the midsection....making them quit uncomfortable in the butt, thighs, and "package" sections.
5. The front small pockets, as well as the ones inside the other pockets are far too small for any legitimate use. The tightness of these pants also makes using any of the pockets a hassle.
I regret this purchase...I don't like being disappointed, especially by a brand that I've grown to love and recommend.
Love these pants! Durable and big bang for your buck! I work corporate security for a power company and we have the option of wearing slacks or tact pants. I love these because they look dressy, but theyre tactical. It's like you wanna party but look formal at the same time.
I do like these pants overall, good idea and alternative to something that screams "tactical", more mainstream look. But I do have 2 issues.
1) front hand pockets need to be a little wider at the top- I have smaller hands and they are a challenge for me to get my hands in; 2) i bought my usual 511 waist size and the crotch is a bit snug. Maybe I need to go up a size or maybe it could be widened a bit
The ar mag pockets fit my shield perfectly. They are light, but tough and comfortable. I had a pair for over a year and then bought the rest of the colors and got my Dad a pair as well.
These pants are amazing, very functional and a great price. They are perfect for everyday wear when you aren't trying to look too "tactical". But the front side pockets aren't very comfortable especially if you want to put your hands in the pockets. I also have a few pairs of the Taclite Pro Pants, I wish 5.11 would use those same pockets and that there was a larger selection of colors. If those changes were made these pants would be absolutely perfect. Great pants but a few small changes would drastically improve them.
I really liked the idea of the Taclite® Pro Pants, then I put them on... I gave it a few weeks to see if I could get used to them could not.
Then I came across the Taclite® Pro Jean-Cut Pants and the stars aligned. My significant other would probably like me to wear some other pants as every day wear simply because she makes her money selling Fashion clothing that goes way over my head. I have never been big on "fashion" I care more about Function, and Durability I work as a Commercial Diver, the Teflon® impregnated fabric helps keep water beading up and it helps resist staining.
I own 3 pairs of Taclite® Jean-Cut Pants I wore the living hell out of the first 2 pairs for 6 months washing and wearing them enough for 2 years worth of wear if you had a decent number pairs for a wardrobe and they are still going strong. Don't get me wrong they still the wear and tear. However if these were regular jeans regardless of price point they would be destroyed by now. I used to buy $150-$250 jeans from Nordstroms that came with "free" tailoring so the jeans fit correctly hence wore better then off the shelf jeans. Then the fabric quality of even those jeans dropped and as a result the durability dropped as well.
Long winded way of saying these pants are worth every penny they are extremely comfortable have ample storage. They fit my EDC items Leatherman (mid or Full size), Spyderco H1 Steel Knife, GLOCK 42 with 2 extra magazines that fit in upper back left pocket), cellphone, car keys, & wallet.
The worst thing about these pants was the legs, they narrow around the lower thigh and the knee and then open back up some around the ankle. Like a boot cut, but less obvious. You definitely fee it when you wear them, this was a negative. When I lift my leg to put my socks on, the pants are super tight around my thigh and knee. I'm an athletic slim fit guy. I did like that these pants did not seem as baggy around the leg and ankle as the cargo pants. Another negative is that the pockets are attached to the outer leg seam all the way to bottom of the pocket... makes it hard to put your hand in your pocket and reach to scratch your crotch area, which also feels restricted due to the fit in the thighs. I ended up returning these after the left leg seam busted at the bottom of the pocket.