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Style# 74477

Defender-Flex Straight Jean

Average rating of 85%
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Purpose Built

After searching for years for a denim fabric that meets our mission criteria we bring you the Defender-Flex Jean by 5.11 Tactical®. We can't tell you the number of times our end users have asked us to do a jean and we know it's a favorite on the range as well as just about everywhere else.

Features and Benefits

  • Five pocket styling plus two rear hip pockets
  • Double needle construction with bar tacks in high-stress areas
  • Fitted waistband


  • Rinse Wash Indigo or Dark Wash Indigo
  • Button top fly with locking YKK® zipper
  • Dual back patch pockets
  • 10 oz. mechanical stretch denim (76% cotton / 24% polyester with Lycra® T400 Tough Max™)
  • GSA/TAA compliant
  • Imported
Product Reviews

Ratings and Reviews

 4.3 average rating

(based on 40 reviews)

85 %


 Rated 2.0 stars

From Samuel


These are a great pair of pants, but the quality is garbage. After two months of regular everyday use, it's already tearing at the belt line. Looks like it's due to rubbing from my belt buckle. I do wear a crossbreed holster belt with Ares buckle. No other pants I own had any issue with this belt. I bought two defender flex straight pants and one jean. All three have the same tear forming in the same spot. Will not be buying again. If it can't survive a heavy duty belt, I doubt it can survive heavy duty use.

I'm only giving it a two star for how good they were while they lasted, after two months.

Good First Impression

 Rated 5.0 stars

From Dale


Just received in the mail. First impression is positive. As noted, as I was unwrapping and trying on, some “blue” already rubbed off on my hands. Also, as noted by others, the fabric is thinner than normal Levi’s but not sure that’s necessarily a problem. I won’t be using these for tactical purposes. The stretch is perfect. Very comfortable. Sizing is accurate.
I can fit a Sig 226 13 round mag in the “mag” pockets and it sits just proud enough to be able to grab. A 30 round Magpul also fits easily in the “mag” pockets with majority of mag tucked down inside the pocket.
These should work out very well while in plainclothes capacity but still needing to carry that extra gear you may want to carry without loading up your belt.

Good Jeans but they Bleed

 Rated 3.0 stars

From Dale


These jeans are really well designed and very comfortable. The small pocket added on each side is great for holding a pistol mag and in a pinch will hold a 30 round P-Mag. The coin pocket is great for a knife or small pistol mag. My only problem is that these jeans bleed hardcore. I have washed them at least 7 times (I've tried cold, warm, and hot water) and my hands and legs still look like I'm a smurf. Hopefully, that will go away soon but it's pretty annoying.

Simply The Best!

 Rated 5.0 stars

From Charles


Listen, I've purchased diamond gusset jeans for years, most have not even heard of them and they are top of the line jeans. These 511 Jeans are even more comfortable and better. I am a athletic build man as well. Very comfortable.

Best pair of blue jeans I own at the moment

 Rated 5.0 stars

From D


Very comfortable when just wearing them, or when actually full on running.. or anywhere in between. Pockets aren't as shallow as I expected them to be; my ZT561 fits well. LOVE the mag pockets.
About the color bleeding; I washed them once and most of the extra blue was gone, without any significant fading of the jeans. After that I've washed them with the rest of my denim jeans and haven't noticed any more significant color running. Your personal results may vary.
I love em. Discreet and functional.

The. Best.

 Rated 5.0 stars

From Andrew


Umm, unbelievably comfy! Lots of storage and tons of flex. Best jeans I ever bought. These are going to see some hard use, will return with a follow up. More colors please, and none of that millennial crap like orange and evergreen.

Great Pants. Won't wear anything else.

 Rated 4.0 stars

From Will


Only thing preventing a 5-star rating is, like has been previously mentioned, the front pockets are too shallow. They would be great about 1.5 in longer, and an additional left side watch pocket might be nice as well.

Awesome jeans

 Rated 5.0 stars

From Chris L


I purchased a pair of these to try and shortly returned to buy 3 more pair. These are very comfortable and look like my more expensive designed jeans. Love the mag pocket for lazy days when I don't want to snap on a mag pouch. Only complaint as other have noted is that the dye bleeds significantly. Had mine for over a month and washed a couple of time and still have blue hands after wearing them. Other than that, they are close to perfect!

flex jean

 Rated 3.0 stars

From nate


great fit and build quality. Jeans bleed the blue color very badly. If you stick your hands in your pockets they will come out with blue on them.

Absolutely love these jeans!

 Rated 5.0 stars

From Robb


I rarely leave reviews but I felt compelled to share this one. These pants feel and look amazing. They fit me perfectly and the quality is really good. Love the pockets for my mags the best. Color is awesome too. They actually look like my $125 dress jeans but actually feel nicer. I am ordering a 2nd pair today. My only recommendation to 5.11 is to add an additional color - maybe a lighter jean color.


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