These feel great! As Matt described, It is hard to tell from the available images on the website, but there is also a second pocket, mid thigh at roughly 0330, right up next to the outer seam. These pockets are great for an AR mag or smartphone. Looking at the pictures in the 5.11 website of the grenade color, it looks like the colors are very different from the top and bottom half of the pants. In reality, its not that differentiated. It is more closer in color. Im thinking of getting the Khaki color sort as well. If grenade was offered in other pants, i would get more. The fit is good. not baggy, nor super slim fit. I have no issues kneeling, squatting, or kicking. Keep you posted after few weeks of use. Thanks 5.11 for making another solid field product.
Just got these in today! As I've not had a chance to give them a run through at the range, I'll try to keep this to a brief but thorough first impression.
Overall these pants are excellent, another great addition the 5.11 line! They remind me of a hybrid of the Apex and Ridgeline pants. There's an odd combination of streamlined style and rugged functionality that I am just absolutely thrilled with. The materials and craftsmanship are, as always, superb and the fit is true and very, very comfortable.
The upper is pretty much exactly like the Apex pants. Pockets, zipper, gusset, material....pretty much everything but the hidden key pocket inside the back of the waistline is basically the same. There is a slightly different belt loop (first on the right side) that has an interesting little tag for a clip on keyring/chain. I doubt I'll use this, but it seems pretty sturdy and low profile so I don't have any problem with it at all.
On to the differences.....
The thigh pockets blend in very well with the seam between the canvas lower and the Flex-Tac upper. I really like these! They are open topped (no zippers or any other sort of closing fasteners) which I like as it allows for easy access to your phone, knife, wallet, or mag. They're pretty much perfectly sized to hold a 30 round AR or AK mag or smartphone so I will use them often. They keep your items close without being either too snug or too bulky, something I loved about the "cargo" pockets on the Apex pants, so I'll call this aspect of these pants a very solid win and an excellent design idea.
It is hard to tell from the available images on the website, but there is also a second pocket, mid thigh at roughly 0330, right up next to the outer seam. My only qualm on this pocket is that I wish it was mirrored on the left leg. (Possibility for the Stonecutter 2.0s?) It is slightly shallower than the other thigh pockets but like them it is otherwise pretty much perfectly sized for a smartphone or mag.
As for the fit, the gusseted crotch leaves no restricted movement whatsoever. Also, I've got pretty long, skinny legs (I wear size 30x36 and the waist and inseam fit perfectly.) With that said, I would love to see these (along with the Ridgeline and Apex pants for that matter) have a "slim fit" option for the sizing. (Any chance of that ever happening 5.11?)
Also the available colors are nice. I got them in Grenade, which is basically a dark greenish/OD. (Would love to see them in other colors though later on down the road.)
Other than that, and overall, I am super excited about these pants! They are functional, comfortable, very well made, and they look great. Would definitely recommend and would love to get more! Well done 5.11!