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.
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!!
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.***
I have been a fan of the 5.11Women's EMS pants for several years. I truly live in these pants between regular shifts, overtime shifts and paramedic school. Living in Houston, a HOT & humid environment, I wished for a taclite version in black. They are now available and I promptly bought a couple of pairs. I bought the long length and had them hemmed because I have a 31" inseam. The fabric reminds me of the hot weather BDU's I had in the military and I expect they will become softer and more breathable with additional washes. They are water resistant but I expect that finish will become less effective with many washes. The regular version of this pant I have is still somewhat water resistant even after years of washes. The black fabric from 5.11 stays black even with several washes a week and several years of use. The cotton strap on the right rear does fade, but that's it. The cut for women is higher in the back and lower in the front so you are covered when you bend down to treat a patient and at the same time, your belt buckle is not halfway to your armpits. The waist rides just above the hipbones on me and it's very comfortable. Sizing is pretty true to the size 2 I would buy in other pants. The multiple pockets work beautifully and have added a great deal of functionality. A button or dot of Velcro on the left rear wallet pocket would be nice because I find that sometimes my cards & cash try to migrate out of that pocket… of course there are plenty of other pockets to choose from! The side thigh cargo pockets have interior dividers, which helps to keep those pockets organized. As an added bonus, the slant cut on the rear pockets make the butt look good! In short, 5.11 EMS pants are the only pant I wear and I LOVE them!
I like the lower rise, and the pockets with the radio strap in back. The size is off. I wear a 10 in all of my other emt pants and jeans, but in these I have tried a 12 and 14 to see if it would help avoid the problem of the snaps coming open.I have four of these now in several different sizes, and all have the same problem with the snap not staying closed. Also have had to replace two of the zippers, because the zipper handle just slid right off the top. Afterwards i checked and noticed both zippers were sown on incorrectly. Checked my other two and found only one of them was correct. Guess I will be replacing it soon. I have owned all of these pants less than six months.I have never tried the original emt pants by 5.11, but I live in southeast texas and these are not lightweight. They are horribly stiff at first, and have to be washed many times to soften them up. The only reason i keep buying them is because i hate high rise pants.