Well, I was beyond excited to finally have a pair of stretch denim from 5.11. Being that I'm slender, a 28 waist tactical pant, that's not tactical looking, is hard to come by. Hence the excitement for this pant. Well, I can say that I was thoroughly disappointed. The length at 30 inches is much longer than any other pant I own (its definitely NOT 30 inches). The 28 waist is more like a 29-30. The pant legs are not quite slim - they were more loose fitting. The concept and quality are great, but the execution was quite poor for a 'slim fit' pant.
I am enthusiastic about the brand, and especially the tactical pants in their various applications, however these Jean Defender Flex are worthy representatives of the brand. I bought this model with the expectation of the good quality of the 5.11 products and they are astonishing in their quality, design and the way of carving to the body. Summary that are great.
Where do I start? The quality of the jeans are top of the line. Very comfortable and the flex fabric allows the jeans to move with you. They look great on the range and for going out. My favorite feature are the back yoke pockets. Those of us who conceal carry know what a pain in the butt it is to carry extra mags. I have purchased 3 different mag carriers and they all are uncomfortable or show. These pockets allow you to conceal extra mags in comfort. Thank you 5.11 for making an innovative jean. I can't wait to buy another pair and to buy the defender flex pant.