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Style# 16001

5.11 RECON® Trainer

(33 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 33 reviews)

84 %


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.


good shoe

By jimmy

from Jacksonville, FL

I have finicky feet and knees, tough to find a shoe that works. These started out feeling about half a size too small, after some use, they stretched and formed to my feet pretty nice. They are a minimalist type shoe, but I can use them for workouts and some running. I haven't tried any distance runs yet, but I think they could be ok.


Best pair of shoes ever.

By J

from SC

I was initially hesitant about ordering a pair of shoes online that I've never tried on nor seen in person. I was absolutely floored by the fit and comfort. Very well built minimalist shoes, I've had several pairs of Nike Free Runs, Reebok Crossfit shoes, and they don't even come close to what 5.11 has created here. I wear them everyday, I use them at my box and afterwards if I'm going to dinner I can put on a pair of khakis and a polo and these shoes work with it. They aren't too "loud" like some other companies out there. The only thing I would change are the spaghetti shoelaces, I haven't had them break yet, they just seem a little flimsy to me. I will definitely be ordering another 2-3 pairs in different colors. Highly, highly recommended.


Wasn't sure at first

By Captain Obvious

from Land of ?, CT

Bought these last fall. I was put off by the fit when I got them, they seemed too narrow. As I planned on wearing them May-October as uniform footwear, I decided to give them a chance. I found they broke in well and I bought thin performance socks to fit, and they are very comfortable. Occasionally I wear them off duty for outdoor activities and at the range. Recently been through extensive boat training, and was very impressed with grip and stability, and they are far more water resistant than I expected. They dry quickly as well. After heavy wear since May 2014, they still do not smell. Comfortable and supportive enough to work out in if I don't have a change of shoes. My only complain is the lining is wearing thin at the top of the big toe on one shoe, not noticeable with black socks.


Ultimate crossfit shoe


from Boise, ID

I use my Recon shoes daily for my crossfit workouts and they work great for all areas of my workout from powerlifting and other functional training. The show feels comfortable, is lightweight And durable. Very impressed after a months use.



By Nicky Illiopolis

from Dayton, OH

Fantastic shoes! Ordered them in Sage which look great and fit perfectly (size 13). Super light, breathable and even though they don't have a big cushy feel, they keep my feet feeling good regardless of the hours I'm wearing them. Would highly recommend!

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