Ratings and Reviews
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.
I've had these pants for about two years. Nice fit and feel. However, the pockets are impossible to get into. With a belt wider than one inch the extra rear pockets are totally inaccessible, and don't even think about trying to carry a small backup gun in the front pockets. I wear a lot of western wear at work, but I seldom wear these pants because of multiple pocket issues.
Bought the Taclite Jeans-Cut after getting tired of having to buy new Covert Cargoes every few months. Was hoping the gusseted crotch and blended rip-stop fabric would be longer wearing and more comfortable (especially in hot weather). So far, they are proving to be a comfortable and durable replacement for causal wear.
With that said, there are some things I would change if I could...
The front slash pockets are way too shallow.
The double knees do not have knee-pad pockets (despite the description) and the external double layer detracts from the casual look of these pants. Moving the second layer inside (so only the stitching was externally visible) and actually including an opening to insert knee-pads would make these pants much more useful for both casual wear and range use.
Lastly, I'd really like to see these pants available in a wider range of colors. Recently 5.11 has introduced some newer colors (such as Tundra and Battle Brown) that are functional for field use, but don't scream "tactical!" Those colors would be the perfect fit for their more causal-style pants (like the Taclite Jeans-Cut).
I own multiple pairs of 5.11 pants for Duty Wear and Off Duty. These are simply the least impressive pants I've purchased. They sound like a great idea and look nice but that's about were the "impressive 5.11 experience" ends. While I still strongly recommend nearly every other pant in their product line - this is one that I cannot in good consciousness encourage anyone to buy these. I thought I'd try them out for a change from my Covert Cargo Pants that I wear all the time. Basically, they cut the pockets in half, added an inch + to the advertised waist line, and put in a few useless little pockets. The watch pocket actually ends up opening UNDER the belt (a 5.11 Web Belt and Leather Belt), the little slash pockets under the main pocket are either too shallow our too deep to use depending on what you might want, and the hand pockets are too small of an opening to put your knife and hand in at the same time, and the back pockets are so loose that I'm afraid I'll loose my wallet to the worst pickpocket in the world or just simply falling out as I sit down or walk around. If your looking for something with less flaps and a more refined appearance - stick with the TacLite Pro or the Covert Cargo... actually the Covert Cargo I recommend 100% - they will be my day to day favorite off duty 5.11 product from here on out! NOT Impressed with the TacLite JEAN CUT Pants at all...
I have 2 pairs of the khaki color and wear them on a regular basis. I was looking for a pant that lighter than the cotton khakis I normally wear but didn't want the cargo pockets that come with most pants made from a poly-cotton blend like these.
These fit the bill perfectly. They are durable and the pocket cuts match a jean layout which I prefer. The best feature in my opinion is the additional pockets on the front and "hidden" pockets on the back. The front fit my cell phone and folding knife very well and my flashlight goes in one of the back. This frees up my main front and back pockets for keys, wallet, etc. that used to get in the way before.
I only wish they did have the knee pad pouch as in the description. There is a double layer of material but no "pocket" opening for the pads.
Otherwise great durability and stain resistance.
I like to wear off duty it is lightweight and versatile breathable even in wet weather,cold weather and Hot weather, it keeps the moisture away.
At first I was a bit shy about 5.11, as I am not military, not police, not a "survivalist" and do not want to look like a walking off duty military type. I travel Europe and the Far East 2-4 times a year for business and steal time to tour. I am in my 50's, a professional type (lawyer in US), have wife, kids, and a love of being on the road. I have been looking for a pair of travel pants that looks sharp and not like floppy cargo pants: and this is it 100%. The jean features are subdued so it looks like near-business wear: OK in hotel and restaurant and plane: does not draw attention, is crisp, doesn't wrinkle, is not a stain magnet and has a trim cut: low waisted and close-tapered legs that are not cut for an elephant. Do not hesitate to buy these pants as they fit all the needs for travel and then more. The pockets are there but hard to see and hard to find when you walk about. There are FOUR rear pockets that are on the seams so you do not see them. It has a great phone pocket on the upper thigh, the cargo pockets on the upper leg are discreet, small, sewn on a rackish angle which adds some flair and style. The fabric is the weight of a medium bluejean but is crisp and has a slight sheen: all of which means it can be worn all day, even for several days, and it looks good, very good. I have gone through a dozen other garments and learned what I wanted and found them in these pants. Do not hesitate to buy these pants if anything I wrote rings for you.
I'm a safety/health professional for a manufacturing plant. I was in public safety for 15 years and loved the uniforms that were provided. The pants are comfortable and durable. I actually wanted the pants with cargo pockets, but these are great. The only con is cleaning, I got some oil on the knee and cuff and cannot get the stain out. Blood is another stain that will not come out. All and all a great product.