I currently have 5 pairs of the Recon Trainers. I've worn them now for 2 years. I can honestly say they're the most comfortable shoes that I've ever worn. I've worn them while on duty, to the gym, around town, vacation, you name it; they've been there. These shoes have also been very rugged. They're showing less wear than other shoes that I purchased around the same time period. The Recon Trainers also have a very unique, distinctive look. I've had many people ask me about them, and where I purchased them. I highly recommend these shoes based on comfort, style, and appearance.
I've had a few pairs of lightweight cross trainers from UnderArmour, Oakley, etc., and to be honest I wasn't expecting much for $70...and its not that I expected 5.11 to produce anything less than their competitors, but $70 at ANY tactical retailer can be quite the crapshoot! BUT, to my surprise, these are the best pair of running/cross-training/EDC shoes I've ever owned, and could easily beat out most cross trainers that are double the value in stores.
They are incredibly lightweight, have great breathability, and the most amazingly comfortable insoles & soles, and can tell that they will kick ass once broken in...they are really quiet too! The laces don't pinch up when tying, and the laces themselves don't seem like they will break anytime soon, and won't come untied either.
Definitely got way more than I expected, and will look to 5.11 for my running/cross training/EDC footwear in the future!
Bottom line up front: True to size, moderately comfortable, versatile.
I ordered the sage green shoes in size 10. They are very true to size for a cross trainer. Whatever size you wear in a running shoe should be the size to order with these.
Anyway, I was let down in the expectation that I would be able to do a lot of running. You are much better going with a running shoe. There is minimal heel and arch support and the insoles don't offer a lot of cushioning. Having said that, they do secure my feet pretty well and are comfortable enough to wear the whole day. Excellent traction on most any surface.
Unfortunately the soles squeak on some floors.
Those little squares on the back with the orange 5.11 logo are tiny velcro patches and they ship with replacement black patches. (I loved this feature)
The design is neutral enough to not draw attention.
Weight is similar to a running shoe. There is almost no heel to toe drop, I would assume for increased stability.
I have not tried out the rope feature, but having worn these for a couple months I would imagine they would hold up for a few uses.
Overall these are good shoes, but not very specialized for any one application.
When I first received these shoes they were insanely tight in the toe and uncomfortable, Immediately I thought maybe I should have gotten 1/2 size larger. I took a really close look at the material of the upper and decided to give them a chance to break in with very thin polyester socks. Within about 3 days worn daily they were comfortable for the type of shoe they are. After a couple of weeks they were great and I am glad I waited the break in out. They are light, breathe well, and I feel more connected to the surface that I am walking or running on. On top of that, they appear to be very durable and built for an active user. I am thrilled with my purchase and the contrast from day one to now is extreme. They are worth the wait and a great value.
The insoles are too thin for me. the top of the outside wall of the shoe rubs against the bottom outside of my ankle bone causing raw skin. If the insoles were just a bit thicker the problem would be solved.
bought a pair of trainers and love everything about them but they are coming apart after 30-40 days after purchase. Hope they figure something out.
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.
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.
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.
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.