I had ordered these to get a change from the Elbeco Tek 3 and because I desperately need new pants. (The Tek 3s are 4 years old and just now starting to show their age) maybe I was spoiled by pants that are true to their size. I had ordered size 20, I had read a review that said they run a size small. Ok no problem. The size 20 is the same size as my size 16 Old Navy Jeans. There is a 2 inch difference in the waist between Old Navy size 18 jeans and the size 20 5.11 pant. 2 inches...Get your sizing right, now I have to pay to return these to the third party site.
I bought these for my daughter and ordered the size based on her measurements and they are at least 2 sizes too big.
I bought these because I'm in an EMT class and need a pair for clinicals. The material is so durable and light weight all at the same time. I would give 5 stars but I normally wear a 3 or 4 in pant size and had to buy a 6 in these. The waist band does stretch but barely enough for a woman with some hips. I love all the pockets though and I'm glad these pants exist!
I am usually an Old Navy size 14 and the 18 fit great. I'm a classic pear shape (ain't no shame in my game) and it was pretty depressing to put a size 18 in my cart, but it fit great. The waist band is snug and there is no stretch in this fabric. Im 5'9" with long legs and I got the pants in a long and they fit well, if maybe an inch of extra fabric. The waistband comes about an inch under my belly button and there is no muffin-topping. I also got a size 20, but it was too big everywhere, will be returning it.
Also, I called the customer service line to return the extra size, they also shipped me another pair by accident and wanted a refund on the expedited shipping for the unrequested pair. The entire call took 6 minutes they handled it perfectly. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!
I wear 5.11 Women's Stryke pants everyday, and they are great, but I'm not a huge fan of the pockets, so I recently purchased a pair of these. The pocket configuration is great, there's space for everything and anything you need to access is right at your fingertips. However, the fit on these is terrible. I wear a size 4 in the Stryke, and that is what I should wear according to the size chart, but they are so snug at the waist. When designing women's pants you think they'd accommodate for the hips a bit better. I am hoping the waist will loosen up a bit as I break them in, or may have to see if a tailor can let them out a bit.
I LOVE these pants! They fit, the waist isn't too high - its not a low cut, but it doesn't ride at your bellybutton either - just right! I work in AZ and these are light and breathable. They are sturdy and wash well. Also, blood and body fluids bead off rather than soaking in.
I've has these pants for 5 months now and I wear them every day I'm working as an EMT. They have a pocket for everything so I can carry all the basics with me, easily accessible.
The waist is definitely too tight. I got a size 2 and had to return it for a size 4. The 4 is still too tight... But aside, the length is good. They may be a bit heavy for sure, but it does not have an effect on my work.
Overall, I love them, going to buy another pair; I refuse to buy a different pair.
My son ordered me these pants for Christmas. He is an EMT and recently roped me into joining his squad. I am an RN and challenged the state test to also become an EMT.
The size of these pants needs to be reconsidered by 511. He ordered a size 18 for me and they feel like a size 14. Now I have to return these through mail. Not sure if I should risk getting a size 20 which is the highest they come in.
I have worked in EMS for 4 years now and 5.11 EMS/Taclite pants are hands down the best choice for women in this field because they provide the durability and functionality you require AND they look good on you! :) The new Taclite brand are my favorite by far and I prefer them in hot summer temperatures vs. the 5.11 EMS pants. I also have 2 pairs of the EMS pants that have lasted me for 4 years and are still in great shape. *** Just make sure you order a size larger than what you normally wear in pants because they run about 1 size small.***
When I began my EMS career, I thought finding pants to fit me was a lost cause!! I am a size 4 and approx. 5'8. Initially, I wore men's pants because all the women's I tried on had all this extra fabric in the front to give room for the "panniculus" that I don't have and I felt like the waists all came up to my chest. The men's pants were honestly no better. I had extra fabric in my crotch area that I would have to pull up if I needed to squat down or bend or lift my leg. I would also come home with small bruises on both hip bones because of where the waist sat. I could have fit three other people's rear-ends along with mine in both the women's and men's pants I tried! 5.11, you are my HERO(s) because the Women's Tactlite EMS pants fits me PERFECTLY! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I do order the tall length because the regular length come up too high when I'm sitting, I love all the pockets (especially the pockets INSIDE the pockets!)! Also, I have delivered a baby and have had LARGE amounts of blood run onto these pants without ANYTHING seeping onto my skin! Again THANK YOU!!