This Chameleon Jacket is perfect for my needs. I sometimes have to go to remote tower sites and the jacket provides me with what I need whether I am inside the shelter or outside. it also has a very professional look as I have to go to police and Fire Departments for their radio needs. When I wear it for off duty events, I conceal my weapon and no one can tell. It also provides a perfect fit. I really like the zippered pockets as I can store small items and not worry about losing them. Great Job 5.11 Tactical.
+ Material is lightweight, durable, semi-stretchable, water-resistant (but not water-proof) synthetic material.
+ Comfortable, very comfortable. Soft lining and fleece.
+ It fit a little tightly at first, but the material relaxed slightly over time and now fits me like a glove. Perfect.
+ Collar can be folded down for a professional appearance or unfolded up for a windbreaker collar.
+ Handy, comfortable, ergonomic, textured zipper pull. Strangely, it's the most satisfyingly ergonomic zipper pull I've ever touched, and I'm reminded of this every time I hold it. I know, it's weird.
+ YKK (plastic) zipper. This means it's not shiny, heavy, sharp, or painful if you catch yourself with the zipper.
+ Side pocket on the left arm. Honestly, I've never found a good use for it, but you might.
+ Internal left-side chest pocket for a notepad and some pens.
+ The two-tone black and green version looks awesome. I've gotten compliments on it multiple times, and it looks less like tacticool blacktical. I just wish they had some kind of two-tone black and blue or black and gray combination.
- Short on the torso, or maybe just long sleeves. Either way, it's meant for Irish people like me with stubby torsos and elongated limbs.
- Drop-tail design looks weird, like nerdy-weird (and I'm a computer programmer).
- Isn't really that warm, doesn't have a lot of insulation (good for Fall or California Winter, not anything colder).
- Velcro sleeves tend to catch and stick on things. Over time, the velcro accumulates loose threads, lint, dust bunnies, and other undesirables.
- Adjustable waistband has a cord that runs through the pockets and sometimes catches on things at inopportune moments.
- Can be a little tight at the elbows when bending the arm.
- Bizarre, annoying little flap of cloth on the right side of the collar. It doesn't really do anything, it just looks and feels bad, and sometimes it's distracting.
~ Has concealed pockets containing velcro patches for undercover police. This might be helpful for detectives, but as a civilian, the pockets are too deep and unergonomic to use, so the only thing you'd use it for is dropping hand warmers into them.
Recommended for: Undercover / Plainclothes Law Enforcement, Tacticool Dudes, 5.11 Fanboys, Fallwear
Why: I recommend this to plainclothes police because it's the only tactical jacket on the market to my knowledge that features concealed, fold-out Velcro for "POLICE" patches. I recommend this to tacticool dudes because it's a fairly good choice for anyone who wants a general, all-purpose "tactical" jacket for EDC. I recommend this to 5.11 fanboys because this jacket made me a 5.11 fanboy. I recommend this for Fallwear, but not Winterwear, because it's warm enough for cool weather but not nearly warm enough for cold or snowy weather.
Not Recommended for: Concealed Carry Permit / License Holders, Casual Wearers, Winterwear
Why: I don't recommend this to CCW / CHL holders because there are probably better options on the market (like the 5.11 Sabre), but you certainly wouldn't go wrong with this. In other words, this is a solid choice, but perhaps not the best? I don't recommend this to casual wearers because it's probably a little too much, too overengineered, and too expensive when you could just buy a normal jacket. Again, I don't recommend this for Winterwear (unless you're Californian like me) because it's not warm enough for cold or snowy weather. Trust me, I've worn this thing through both Californian and Pennsylvanian winters, and it barely keeps me warm in Californian "cold."
Overall Rating: Good, maybe great, but not quite perfect.
Very good jacket, but it is a pity that there is no hood.
Where to start? I've owned this jacket for more than a year now. I've worn it in every thing urban to dense forest, warm weather, cold weather, rain, and snow.
I love wearing this jacket to the range it fits slim around my waist so it doesn't interfere with my pistol belt. When I'm on duty I can comfortably fit a level 3a vest with a backup pistol under this jacket, and when I wear just a shirt underneth it's roomy without being to bulky.
In Colorado's Spring, Summer, and early Fall this is a great standalone jacket. When it gets colder than 50 degrees (f) I recomend putting in a liner. (5.11 fleece works great for that)
I've taken this jacket everywhere and given it the worst of treatment, but it's taken it very well showing little signs of abrasion and no cuts or tears. Once while hiking I slipped and fell down a rocky slope. My pants tore and my legs got some cuts, but my arms and torso recieved only bruises. I like to think my jacket was responsible for that (the protection not the fall).
The only cons I can think of aren't very big:
The mesh liner creates good airflow, but under heavy physical exertion zipper armpit windows would be appreciated (if you know what I mean).
Jacket is not a substitute for a rain coat. After several hours working outside in the rain, water did start seeping through the fabric on the shoulders. Despite that I think 5.11 acheived a good balance here, because (as anyone who has tried running in Goretex knows) more water proof means less breathable. Though a detachable or perhaps roll/fold concealable hood would be a good addition, because my hat won't stop rain from going down my collar.
Lastly the lower front pockets have holes for headphones, or other devices, so just know that if you put dimes or other small objects in those pockets they may fall out. :)
Good for everything perfect for none.
Short front and longer back good for sitting or bending without exposing lower back.
Low profile plus zip, Velcro, and elastic adjustments ideal for movement and activities.
Remained waterproof for 2 hours in medium rain. Then became water resistant and soaked through around shoulder areas.
Zip up collar excellent for wind protection.
High warmth to weight ratio.
Low profile allows additional layers on top.
Moss/Granite color blends well in both urban and field conditions.
This is a great coat for off duty
Great lightweight jacket. Warm, comfortable, flexible. Highly recommended
Ordered this jacket because I had talked to another officer who had one on. He convinced me to try it and I am glad I did. This is an excellent lightweight jacket for any season, or use. Nicely constructed.
picked up this jacket at Cresent Supply / 511 store in Modesto. I have to first say, I have been in there several times, and the staff is wonderful. very helpful in helping with selection, product info and telling you about sales and upcoming sales. I like this Jacket. Perfect weight for Spring thru Fall, and warmer winter days. The fit was fine, I would like about another inch in lenght in the front. I would have liked an interior rightside chest pocket. Plenty of realestate on the inside for more pockes. I think this is ment to be a fast jacket for on the go, with out becoming a do all jacket. If your looking for a jacket you can rull around in, and not use it like a gear collector, then its perfect.
great fitting jacket that looks great too. Spent three days rolling around in the dirt and mud. I thrrew it in the washer and it came out looking brand new. The only thing that would make tihs jacket better is if it was water proof instead of water resistant.
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