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Style# 73285

5.11 Tactical® Short

Average rating of 89%
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Purpose Built

The standard, popular choice of law enforcement and operators worldwide, the 5.11 Tactical® Short provides the durability, comfort, and functionality needed for the harshest tactical environments. Made from tough cotton canvas, featuring an action waistband and double-reinforced seat, these shorts will take the beating of a hard day’s work, time after time. Seven pockets, including our patented strap-and-slash pockets, keep your gear organized and optimized. We made these shorts with your work in mind. We made them for you.



  • Tough, durable, original tactical shorts
  • Ideal for operational or recreational outdoor demands
  • Extra pockets sized for tactical use



  • 8.5 oz. cotton canvas fabric
  • Action waistband
  • Bartacking at major seams and stress points
  • Seven pockets, including strap-and-slash pockets
  • Hip-mounted D-ring
  • 9" inseam
  • YKK® zippers
  • Prym® snaps
  • Imported
Product Reviews

Ratings and Reviews


(based on 124 reviews)

89 %

Classic, tough shorts


From RoadDog


The last time I bought a few pairs of these was 15 years ago...because I got 15 hard years out of them! Glad to see they moved the "tool" pocket from the right side to the left. Perfect for right handed shooters who want to stash a magazine there for quick access. These would be perfect if the cargo pockets were put slightly higher up on the shorts, and the cargo pockets about 1" or so longer. Heavier items like cuffs or multiple magazines would have better weight distribution higher up on the thigh. A smaller "wallet catch" pocket built within the rear pockets so a wallet can ride higher would be nice, but I don't want to lose the big rear pockets. When standing those big rear pockets are great for tools, big cell phones, water bottles, asp baton, flashlight, etc. Oh, and it's been 15-20 years, more colors!!!!

Tactical shorts are great but baggy


From David


Ordered a pair of Tactical shorts. Same great quality as the pants. Ordered same size of waist, fit good everywhere except pretty baggy in the seat. I might try one size smaller the next time.

Add Grey color




Great shorts, have one in every color for summer wear. One request: make them in GREY also, please.

Try before you buy


From snorth70

from Mo

This was a poor decision on my part to purchase this pair of pants mail order runs small and will not stay snapped.

Perfect: exactly like Royal Robbins


From none

from Ellicott City, MD

Exactly as promised.

Great Shorts


From Juan Carlos

from Chicago

Great for everyday use.

Excellent Value


From Sean Mc

from New Orelans, La.

I wear them to the range and on casual outings. The phone pocket easily fits my iPhone with battery case and all pockets are roomy and well made. The shorts are heavy duty and durable. The khaki shorts, however, have some irregularity in the color and if you look closely they are splotchy in spots varying from dark to light. They are not noticeably irregular enough not to wear them out. The OD green pair I purchased were excellent so maybe it is a problem in the khaki line.

I would buy this product again and again


From ST

from ohio

I have used the 5.11 shorts for years and it was time to update the worn pair that gave men years of great wear. Great performance and crosses over into the casual wear when not wearing them in a training environment. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a function pair of shorts.



From fireman

from Indianapolis, IN

The only thing I don't like is the rear slash pocket is a little deep. When you put your wallet in it, it puts it in an awkward and uncomfortable place when sitting for a longer duration.

These shorts r great,but r PRICY!!!!


From Ginny

from Dublin,Ca

These shorts are really great all around shorts ,but they are not worth the high price that they are selling for......

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