The Covert Khakis have become my go to casual pants. They fit well, are comfortable and very stylish. They pair well with my 5.11 covert shirts as well as my Reyn Spooner aloha shirts.
I find the Covert Cargo Pants v1.0 to be excellent and exactly what I need, but they do not come in a dressy, black version, so I bought a pair of v2.0 and I am disappointed.
Overall v2.0 is well made and fits well and the price is fair, so I will not be sending them back, but...
In v2.0 are only two hidden pockets (compared to four in v1.0), the pockets are small by comparison, there are no secondary pockets in the hidden pockets, and the zippers close in the up position, making them more likely to open unintentionally putting the contents at risk of falling out.
The zippers on the lower pockets in v1.0 also close in the up position, but they are bigger, and the secondary, inside pockets have the benefit of helping to secure the contents. For example, my passport fits perfectly in the lower, secondary pockets of v1.0, so even if the pocket were to come open, the passport remains secure. I will not risk putting anything of value in the hidden pockets of v2.0, which defeats the purpose of the hidden pockets.
I own three pairs of v1.0. When 5.11 makes a pair of v1.0 in black or dark blue (or both), I will buy them. I will not buy another pair of v2.0, as the two are not even equal, much less an improvement.
I really like these pants but wish they was made of other material . don't get me wrong these are nice and comfortable .Only thing is the black ones in my case will show up any lint at all so I had to redry these with a dryer sheet .they do make a bit of a swishing sound when walking but not really bad . these are almost like dress pants and could easily be worn out with a button down and no one would be able to tell they are not .this is my second pair of 5.11 pants and I have to say I am pleased with the quality of their products
I saw some of the reviews on this product, and I was hesitant to order them. But they looked cool, and I liked the idea of the teflon and waterproofing on the pants. I was not prepared for how comfortable these pants are. The expand-o-tabs on the sides allow me to wear the correct size pants and still use an IWB holster. The crease is very solid. The pockets are big and useful. If you spill something on these pants it wipes right off. My cell phone fits in a pocket. Several of the pockets are big enough for an AR mag. The feel of the fabric is crisp and clean. They wash up nice. I can recommend them with no reservations.
I want to give them 5, but just can't.
I just received them a day ago and have worn them once, so this is not a long term review, more like initial observations.
Pants look great and seem well made, and look really nice. Easily some of my nicer khakis. Almost pass as dress pants. I especially like the way the covert cargo pockets are made, they really disappear. The other 4 pockets are also nice and deep.
The fabric treatment has already saved me from a balsamic vinaigrette spill. Hope that finish lasts a long time.
I don't like the fit though. I have the correct size based on waist and length (34x32), and the fit is just right for dressier wear, but they are much more tightly fitted than I would like. (I'm average size and build and not overweight).
I think a relaxed fit sizing would be a great offering. My wallet in the hidden cargo pocket prints like crazy, and it's not unusually big or thick, its just because the pants fit too tight. I can't imagine using these pants as is, for CCW.
I was also disappointed that the pants did not have the zippered front slash pockets as shown for the covert cargo pants (it wasn't advertised, just expecting them based on a bad assumption)
I needed a pair of dress pants that did not look like dress pants, and plus they do not look like tactical pants but has the pockets on the legs. Just that the side (cargo) pockets are a little small, but not a big deal. I ordered two blacks, and going to order two more of the Khaki colors as well in the near future.
I really like these pants as a true high quality utility pant disguised as a pair of business khaki's. I get all the rugged utility I have come to expect from 5.11 in a pant that I can throw on a tie and coat and go to court with. PLEASE add more color choices. Add a grey and a navy option and these will be the only pants I ever wear at work!
I own these in black and in khaki. They are very comfortable. I use them for work and the nature of my business requires me to wear dress pants and a jacket so this is ideal. I love the covert pockets and the stretch waste band.
My only big complaint is that they are only offered in two colors. They should offer grey and brown, etc etc. I check this site from time to time and I'm still waiting for that to happen. I recommend this product.
If you stay in your career long enough, you'll eventually become a "suit." Throw a long sleeve shirt and a tie on over these and you are ready to be the professional required by your assignment but the extra pockets allow you to be prepared for battle. By far my favorite pants to wear at work.
If you take a minute to iron them, and put a bit of a crease in them, they pass for a comfortable pair of uniform pants with extra stoage. Unfortunately our uniforms are midnight navy and I do get corrected for wearing the black ones. If you add midnight navy to the color options I will definitely purchase several more pairs of pants