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.
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?
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!
Nice short excellent quality
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.
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...
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.
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).
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!
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.