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Style# 73312

Academy Shorts

Average rating of 98%

Regular Price: $47.99

Special Price $14.99

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Purpose Built

The 5.11® Men's Academy Short offers lightweight maneuverability and superior durability for multipurpose utility that excels in recreational, work, and tactical environments. An extended 6.5" inseam provides additional leg coverage and increased pocket depth, maximizing protection and offering plenty of space for your gear. The seven pocket configuration includes blousing cargo pockets at each thigh and our trademark rear strap and slash pockets at the rear, while abrasion-resistant Cordura® nylon pocket reinforcements provide plenty of strength to carry all your gear. A double-thick seat and extensive bartacking offer rugged resilience without sacrificing ventilation, and a self-adjusting tunnel waistband ensures a secure fit on the move. Combining comfort, performance, and lightweight breathability, the 5.11® Academy Short is an ideal choice for a broad range of applications.



  • Multipurpose utility for work, recreation, or tactical duty
  • Tough and lightweight
  • Traditional seven pocket configuration
  • Cordura® nylon pocket reinforcements
  • Double-thick seat
  • Self-adjusting tunnel waistband



  • 8.5 oz. 100% cotton canvas
  • 6.5 inch inseam
  • Triple-stitch construction
  • 45 individual bartacks at key stress points
  • YKK® zipper hardware
  • Prym® snaps
  • Imported


Product Reviews

Ratings and Reviews


(based on 17 reviews)

98 %

Best of its kind!


From Bret


5.11's "Academy Shorts" are the best of their kind, bar none! Good fit with wide size selection. Ample color choices available. Very comfortable in hot, humid weather...is anyone having trouble with the "hot" and/or "humid" part?

"Global" pocket coverage/arrangement allows me to carry a G19 Gen 3, spare mag, a fighting folder, utility folder, badge case, business card case, money clip, two sets of keys,

I originally purchased six pairs and two pair are still charging on. I have been attempting to purchase more but I've been unable to locate the size/color combinations I want. I sincerely hope 5.11 hasn't gone stupid à la Coca Cola and decided to discontinue the line.

My favorite shorts


From Paul


I am very disappointed 5.11 is discontinuing these shorts. I prefer the shorter inseam on these over all other 5.11 shorts. Make them in a tac lite material and they would be even better. 5.11, are you listening?

Fantastic everyday version of the Tactical Shorts


From Gryff

from Castro Valley, CA

I bought a pair of the Academy Shorts because I wanted something similar to the Tactical Shorts I wear in competition, but with a shorter inseam (I don't like long shorts for everyday wear).

The Academy Shorts fit the bill superbly. All the quality and design innovation that is synonymous with 5.11 Tactical, but in a (to me) better everyday design. I don't think I can ever where shorts without slash pockets again!

I would buy this product again


From KC

from Tampa, FL

Nice short excellent quality

Academy Shorts Review


From DocMelton

from Western, New York

The Academy Shorts are one of the best products 511 has made for summer wear. I have the all colors and live in them during the warmer months. They are very comfortable to wear, hold up to a lot of washings and they look good with a tee-shirt, golf style shirt or my favorite, a Hawaiian shirt. They also blend in. They don't shout cop. I'm able to carry a firearm in the back or side pocket, spare ammo and all the other stuff you would normally carry in the various pockets. Great shorts.

Hot weather shorts!


From Shawn

from Nebraksa

I call these my hot weather competition shorts! These are great for warmer weather USPSA competition as they are a bit shorter than other "tactical" shorts. The extra pockets on the front help me distribute my personal items so I don't need to go to my range bag for every little thing. I like to keep a few spare mags in the small front pockets while I use the bigger pocket for brass. The back pockets are not as deep as the regular 5.11 series but you have to give up some pocket space for comfort. The belt loops fit the CR Speed belt very well and the larger spaces between them make for a better inner to outer belt fit. Belt keepers are still a good idea though. I wish these shorts were slightly less expensive as they seem a little pricey for shorts but I think the comfort makes up for it.

Now if only they made them in the Hot Weather nylon style...

Well worth the investment


From MikefromIL

from Illinois

The shorts are both durable and comfortable. The pockets are the best part. The rear pockets are deep enough to put small pouches in or just keep you from sitting on your wallet. You could also use a concealment pocket holster and hide a small revolver or auto if you are in a CCW state in either the front or rear pockets. The front pockets are great for mag storage, phones, flashlights, or your money clip. If you like rappelling, the rear pocket strap is great for holding your carabiners and anchors.

good shorts


From TheLetter3

from Collierville, Tennessee

You can never have enough pockets ... but these shorts maximize number of pockets by putting one everywhere possible. great waist fit; maybe a little tight in the rear (only noticed when getting into or out of a vehicle).

Good Shorts


From CpdK9

from Jackson, MS

I have to recommend these shrts fully- They are not too long for those of us with shorts legs! Very durable. In the Homeland Security / Disaster Field, these are a must in hot weather!

Great Bike Patrol Gear


From Freakshow

from La Junta, CO

I experimented with the 5.11 Academy shorts for bicycle patrol nd found them to be much more comfortable and practical than any other short made specifically for bike patrol. They are comfortable, durable, and allow access to pockets even while riding. Highly recommended for any bike patrol officers out there.

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