My agency has been using 5.11 for sometime. They used to be a lot better fit. These have a useless side pocket and fit is like skinny jeans, pinches the crotch to much. Needless to say these are horrible. Will buy my own.
The pants feel fine and relaxed to me, I prefer bigger rather than just fitting. I like the ease of ironing them and how the crease stays although it's not a permanent crease (it should be).
I like how the pants naturally repel water to a certain degree. I came in out the rain and literally wiped them off. That was better than sinking in with polyester.
The waistband is nice too.
I don't care for the back pockets, I was trying to get my wallet out with my duty belt on and it was like prying teeth. Maybe this is due to the back pockets being too deep but I don't know. the front pockets were great with the inside change carriers.
The side pockets made me feel like there's really nothing to put in there. I like the idea however the pocket should be deep enough for at least some O.C./Pepper Spray. All I could think of is a small knife.
If 5.11 made the back pockets shorter being able to get your wallet without injuring your fingers or wrist with a duty belt on, and made the side pockets deeper, the review would be better.
My department switched from a class B to a class A only style of uniform. I used the 511 brand class B pants prior to the switch. The class B is awesome. The new class A is horrible. I did not like the new design of the hidden side pockett. It is so small you cant fit much in it. If you can find something small enough to fit it creates a bulky look on your pants. I dont know what 511 was thinking.
We are a dept. with about 45 patrolmen and We've had these uniforms over a year and not one single officer is happy with these pants. They feel more like "skinny jeans" than PDU's. It's almost impossible to get to your wallet while wearing a duty belt. The tiny hidden pocket on the side is useless. They attract lint like velvet! The waist isn't true to size. I found the wide band to be uncomfortable however this is one of the few things other officers liked about them. They show dirt and dust very easily. The crotch does not have more room despite what's advertised. Give me back my old poly class A's.
I bought 2 pairs of PDU pants until my new department got my order in. These look and feel great for all day wear. The creases have stayed sharp for over a month of wash and wear, without ironing. The first day of wearing them I got caught walking in a rain storm. Once I walked into the building a quick shake of the pant legs and the water flew off. No more saturated pants for a whole shift. Now that we are looking at changing uniforms, the PDU is in the budget for all of our officers.
Pants not true to size - in the traditional 5.11 uniforms I wore a 32 comfortably. In the TacLite PDU's I have to squeeze into a 34. Another officer in my department had to go up two sizes in the PDU pants. The waistband is horribly uncomfortable. If your department requires braids on the sides of your pants, forget this item. The hidden pocket in the Class A pants that they don't list in the description, doesn't allow that braid to be sewn on correctly. You will have to have the braid placed behind the side seam on each pant leg. That's what I had done and honestly it looks bad. I'm not exactly sure what 5.11 was thinking, but I'm EXTREMELY disappointed with the TacLite PDU's Class A and B. My department is currently looking to replace 5.11 uniforms since the traditional poly/rayon uniforms are no longer available.