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Style# 16001

5.11 RECON® Trainer

(38 Reviews)

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Regular Price: $99.99

Special Price: $70.00

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Purpose Built

The 5.11 RECON® Trainer blends comfort, durability, and agility into one high-performance shoe. The stretch mesh frame promotes flexibility and airflow, keeping you cool, and HELCOR® leather overlays ensure strength. A full-length CMEVA midsole adds structure, and an OrthoLite® insole provides comfort, while the broadened forefoot and integrated Rope Ready™ Zones offer enhanced speed and traction. Lightweight, minimal, and exceptional. Shoes for the everyday workout warrior.



  • High-performance training shoe
  • Enhanced comfort, stability, and traction
  • Ideal for cross-training and any heavy-lifting workout



  • 8 mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Toe reinforcement
  • OrthoLite insole
  • Full-length CMEVA midsole
  • HELCOR leather and stretch mesh
  • Rope Ready Zone

Ratings and Reviews


(based on 38 reviews)

83 %



By Michel


I have been happy with 5.11's equipment and these shoes were the first product which disappointed me.

After 6 months of use the fabric uppers and foam liners disintegrated, the uppers started separating from the sole, and the soles cracked. I typically run/jog 15km/day every day outside in all weather conditions.

I may have accelerated the wear on the shoes but everything else I have purchased has lasted 18 months with heavy use.


Very comfortable

By Rodney


I just received these shoes in the mail yesterday. I typically wear a 10.5, but I ordered up to an 11, and they fit perfectly. Just fyi, I don't have an extremely wide foot - typically normal shoes fit me fine. If you have to have a wide shoe I don't know how this one will work. I run about six miles every morning, and I typically use Brooks, but I will be using these trainers soon. I was impressed slipping them on. They were very comfortable, lightweight, and fit well. I can't comment on there running capabilities, but I will definitely be trying them out as soon as tomorrow morning. For this price, so far, I feel like I have found a huge bargain. Very, very pleased.



By jt


I'm fresh out of the military and not a POG. Firefighter and heavy crossfit/crosstraining. I've used these shoes for many different uses and environments. When you look at the money and what you get these shoes are a awesome choice! No, they're not long distant running shoes, no they're not specific crossfit shoes, no they're not hiking boots specific. What they're is a great all around of all these combined as much as possible. I've thrashed these shoes and held up well, still together. Can the heal be a little better, yes. Is the toe box perfect, no. Those are minor complaints. I have 2 pair and would buy them again.


Training shoes.

By Rugerusa


Purchased these for the gym. I do weight work and cardio 5-6 times a week. After 2 weeks of training so far so good. The fit and feel is no different than a pair of converse Chuck Taylor's, only that these on sale still run north of the Chuckies on cost. The other difference is that the Converse come withe real shoelaces, the 5.11 use dental gloss instead. I ordered up half a size based on the reviews that said they were tight in the toe box, but I wasn't that way with me. Won't be sending them back though, I can live with them being that way. All in all to me they're just an average shoe performance wise. Will have to think real hard about purchasing another pair, especially if they aren't on sale. Definitely won't size up. Also will be buying real shoelaces.


Great Running Shoe

By Raymond


I bought a pair of these in Coyote for my Luke Skywalker Bespin themed costume for the annual Disney Star Wars Half Marathon weekend’s 10K run. They are not boots like in the movie, but I chose them because were close in color and more importantly practical in function in running a 10K. I matched them with khaki 5.11 TacLite Pro pants. I purchased the shoes about three months prior to the run to train in them, ordering my exact foot size. When I slipped them on at first, they seemed too small with my toes hitting the front, but when using the lace locks, they fit perfectly. It only took a couple of weeks before they were broken in and the toe box opened up to conform to my feet. Most of my training was done on a treadmill with speed and interval work. When it came time for the run, I was perfectly comfortable in them for the whole time. One great advantage that the shoes had was that they provided traction on wet parts of the course where other runners using traditional athletic shoes experienced slipping. I did not notice any change in traction throughout the entire course, which helped me focus completely on my run. I thought I would be going back to my usual Asics running shoes after the 10K, but these are now my favorite shoes to run in. I feel much less stress on my joints, which I think is attributed to the relatively short 8mm drop and the firm sole. With all the training I did for the 10K, they didn’t show as much wear as my Asics did training for a 5K. I hope 5.11 continues to make these great shoes for as long as I will be running races.


5.11 Recon Trainer Excellence!

By Kevin


I have 5 pairs of these shoes now. They look awesome, wear forever, and feel great. I wear mine at the gym and for duty work. Some of the best shoes I've ever worn. Period!


Needs improvement

By Barndoor


Preface: I am a regular CF person. I found these shoes to be sloppy. The heal has little/no support. The toe box was too tight for jumping exercises (even though the description says it wide). The vamp (where the laces are) was snug too. The tongue is narrow.
Pros: traction, breathable, and cushion.
Wouldn't recommend for heavy lifting.
Purchased on other site.


The perfect sneaker!

By Hoodstark

from New York,NY

This sneaker is perfect IMO. Spent to many years shuffling b/t Reebok, Nike and Under Armor sneakers looking for a sneaker that had it all. With those brand there was always a compromise b/t comfort, aesthetics, weight, rugged make, etc. This sneaker has it all; it is comfortable enough for long runs, rugged enough to last 1.2yr (and going) of rough wear, and aesthetically appealing enough to wear out to the bar or to the office commute with dress clothes. I NEVER write reviews, but I want to make sure people buy these so they NEVER stop making them. This is my sneaker for life.

BTW, this is my 3rd pair and I am writing a review b/c Im on here to buy a 4th.


Too Narrow - Poor Customer Service

By Michael B.

from Michigan

The shoe for me was too narrow so I had to send it back. It's unfortunate that they don't offer a "wide" size.

I had also ordered a pair for my wife. Upon receipt, she decided she wanted a different color so I sent hers back asking for an exchange for a different color. I never received an exchange nor a phone call. We've been waiting for it to arrive for the past month. I did see today that they refunded the shoe to me but it would've been nice customer service if they had contacted me to let me know that they weren't going to do an exchange. She's been expecting the shoes for a month. It makes me hesitant to order from 511.


Great workout shoe

By Mr. Boon

from Alhambra. Ca

The shoes were alittle narrow at first but after a few days of breaking them in the feel wonderful. I use them for crossfit and everyday wear and with the mesh top they stay cool during workouts and hot weather.

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